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Ramstein school will remain closed after more positive coronavirus tests

The gate to the campus of Ramstein Intermediate School on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, was closed on Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020. School officials announced this week that the school will remain closed until Oct. 14 due to quarantine requirements resulting from five positive coronavirus cases associated with the school. The school was supposed to reopen Monday after closing Sept. 25.

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By JENNIFER H. SVAN | STARS AND STRIPES Published: October 1, 2020

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KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany — Ramstein Intermediate School will stay closed to students until Oct. 14 due to quarantine requirements, officials said after the number of confirmed coronavirus cases at the school rose to five.

The school, closed since Sept. 25 after three staff members tested positive, was originally to reopen Monday.

“Contact tracing is complete, however, the staffing requirements for face-to-face school instruction cannot be met until the required quarantine is completed,” Department of Defense Education Activity- Europe officials said in a statement Thursday.

One additional case was identified after testing the close contacts of the three staffers, officials said. The circumstances of the other case were not disclosed.

Students will continue digital learning with their assigned teachers, the school said. Students have three days off during the closure — one for Columbus Day on Oct. 12, and two for teacher training days.

Meanwhile, about three dozen students at DODEA’s school in Brussels whose bus driver tested positive for coronavirus last month were released from quarantine this week, DODEA-Europe officials said.

All students who rode Route 1 were cleared to return to school after receiving a second negative coronavirus test Tuesday. Students also had to remain symptom-free in order to be cleared, school officials said.

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Ramstein Intermediate School on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, will remain closed to students until Oct. 14. The school has more than 700 students in grades 3-5.
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