Barrington school staff member tests positive for coronavirus

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BARRINGTON, R.I. (WPRI) — School officials in Barrington have been notified by the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) that a school support staff member has tested positive for the coronavirus, according to an email sent to parents on Saturday.

In an email to parents, Superintendent Michael Messore said the person had limited exposure to students and staff.

According to Messore, “a few” students and staff members were “exposed” to the infected individual.

Messore said RIDOH sent letters to the affected families that were expexted to have arrived by Saturday.

The district did not go into detail about which school the support staff is associated with, but said that they are working diligently with state health officials for more information and guidance.

Barrington schools are already closed for the next week after Governor Gina Raimondo ordered all Rhode Island school districts to move up April vacation in an effort to help decrease the spread of coronavirus.

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