Educare pre-K campus closes for 2 weeks after COVID-19 case found

The Long Beach Unified School District has closed down one of its pre-K childcare campuses for two weeks after a person in the school tested positive for COVID-19, officials said today.

Educare Los Angeles at Long Beach is one of the few pre-K sites that the state has allowed to operate with health and safety precautions even though other school campuses aren’t allowed to open until COVID-19 cases are significantly reduced. No other childcare sites run by the LBUSD have been shut down, LBUSD spokesman Chris Eftychiou said.

An email sent to parents said that staff had noticed a higher than average number of Educare student absences due to illness, too.

The school learned of the case on Tuesday and consulted the city health department before deciding to temporarily close for two weeks, Eftychiou said.

Starting Thursday, learning programs will be done virtually, the parent email said. The school is scheduled to reopen in person on Aug. 26.

Editor’s note: The LBUSD Educare is not related to the Educare preschools in Lakewood. 

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