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Wise School in Bel-Air closes, says parent ‘likely to be diagnosed’ with COVID-19

The Wise School in Bel-Air is temporarily closing its campus beginning Thursday after revealing a parent is “likely to be diagnosed” with COVID-19. The private elementary school did not reveal the identity of the parent due to privacy constraints but did post the following information: The parent has not been on the campus in the […]

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The Wise School in Bel-Air is temporarily closing its campus beginning Thursday after revealing a parent is “likely to be diagnosed” with COVID-19.

The private elementary school did not reveal the identity of the parent due to privacy constraints but did post the following information:

  • The parent has not been on the campus in the past two weeks;
  • No member of the household was present at the Purim Carnival or subsequent events on campus;
  • The Los Angeles Department of Public Health, in addition to advice we have received from medical experts, have not recommended that any other students or families at Wise School self-quarantine in response to this incident.

The school said it would keep families informed if there was a need for anyone to self-quarantine in the future.

A number of other private schools, including The Buckley School in Sherman Oaks, Crossroads School for Arts & Sciences in Santa Monica and Harvard-Westlake would close their campuses over coronavirus concerns.

Harvard-Westlake was also halting its sports program and said that one parent was being tested for the virus, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The Los Angeles Unified School District announced Wednesday that all large student and staff gatherings have been canceled.

All LAUSD schools are currently open, but student competitions and sporting events will continue without spectators, the Times reported.

More than a dozen Southern California colleges, including UCLA and USC, have suspended on-campus classes.