BAY HARBOR ISLANDS (CBSMiami) — Ruth K. Broad/Bay Harbor K-8 Center is shutdown after a Town of Bay Harbor Islands employee tested positive for Coronavirus. 

The decision came after officials confirmed the employee worked at an aftercare program, located at the Town’s community center and interacted with students that attend that aftercare program.

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The Florida Department of Health said the employee had self-isolated earlier this week. The employee remains in isolation under medical care.

Miami-Dade County Public Schools made the announcement late Thursday night and the school sent out an email early Friday morning but some parents were unaware.

“I wasn’t aware of it,” said one parent Friday morning. “If it’s the reason why they closed the school then yeah, its concerning.”

“At the end of the day there are a lot of kids. we have to be careful. I understand why they closed the school,” said another parent.

Parents and employees have been told not to come to the school until further notice.

Cleaning crews were seen inside the building Friday.

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Another parent says she is taking precautions.

“Yes I am concerned but its under investigation, so I am just still taking matters in my own hand as a parent first and taking my kids to their primary to make sure,” said Saint Surin.

Questions related to this confirmed case of coronavirus can be directed to the FDOH at 305-324-2400.

The District has been preparing for the possibility of school closures. The families of Ruth K. Broad/Bay Harbor students are being contacted to begin distance learning.

“The instructional continuity plan (ICP), which has been developed and shared with teachers across M-DCPS, can be found at http://icp.dadeschools.net/,” the news release stated. “A support hotline has been established for those seeking assistance with distance learning. The number for the hotline, which is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., is 305-995-HELP.”

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Thursday, Miami-Dade County Public Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho said they have no plans to close other schools. Sports, extracurricular and club activities have not been canceled.

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Other important links and numbers:

  • District’s Employee Assistance Program: 305-995-7100
  • School District Updates: covid10.dadeschools.net
  • District Hotline: 305-995-3000