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Tri-county schools check-in: 586 cases in NHCS, another record

SOUTHEASTERN N.C. — New Hanover County Schools reported 586 Covid-19 cases among its students and staff this past week. It’s the highest amount the school system has ever reported in one week.

At least 158 quarantines were assigned due to exposure that took place at school, according to the district’s latest update on its public dashboard.

Last week was the second-highest week on record. From Jan. 1 to Jan. 7, the district confirmed 302 cases. Most of the affected students had not been in schools considering winter break, which extended through Wednesday.

Alderman Elementary — 10
Anderson Elementary — 14
Bellamy Elementary — 7
Blair Elementary — 14
Bradley Creek Elementary — 6
Carolina Beach Elementary — 3
Castle Hayne Elementary — 12
Codington Elementary — 16
College Park Elementary — 10
College Road Early Childhood Center — 4
Eaton Elementary — 17
Forest Hills Elementary — 7
Freeman Elementary — 10
The International School at Gregory — 49
Holly Tree Elementary — 10
Howe PreK Center — 1
Johnson PreK Center — 14
Lake Forest Academy — 1
Mary C Williams Elementary — 4
Murrayville Elementary — 10
Ogden Elementary — 9
Masonboro Elementary — 18
Pine Valley Elementary — 11
Porters Neck Elementary — 9
Snipes Elementary — 9
Sunset Park Elementary — 11
Winter Park Elementary — 5
Wrightsboro Elementary — 13
Wrightsville Beach Elementary — 4

Holly Shelter Middle — 15
Murray Middle — 19
Noble Middle — 23
Roland-Grise Middle — 29
Trask Middle — 15
Williston Middle — 4

Ashley High — 56
Career Readiness Academy at Mosley — 3
Hoggard High — 61
Isaac Bear Early College High — 6
Laney High — 11
New Hanover High — 32
JC Roe Center — 4
Southeast Area Technical High — None reported
Wilmington Early College High — None reported

Brunswick County Schools

Brunswick County Schools confirmed 274 active Covid-19 cases, including four in the central services, as of Friday on its dashboard. More than 800 students and staff were out of school and in quarantine following exposure.

BCS canceled classes Thursday and Friday due to a staffing shortage and a large number of student absences because of quarantine protocols.

Students will return to campuses Tuesday in masks with a new mandate in place intended to keep quarantine numbers low moving forward. Per state guidance, quarantine is not required following exposure when masks were worn appropriately and the contact is asymptomatic.

“This data reflects the number of reported COVID-19 cases in the district,” according to BCS. “Due to a revision in testing requirements from NC DHHS and in the Strong Schools NC Public Health Toolkit, the dashboard may not accurately reflect the number of positive cases of the number of close contacts.”

RELATED: Brunswick County Schools moves to staff workdays Thursday and Friday, will resume mask mandate

Belville Elementary — 39
Bolivia Elementary — 7
Lincoln Elementary — 13
Southport Elementary — 8
Supply Elementary — 5
Town Creek Elementary — 10
Union Elementary — 11
Jessie Mae Monroe — 1
Virginia Williamson Elementary — 8

Shallotte Middle — 10
Town Creek Middle — 17
South Brunswick Middle — 11
Cedar Grove Middle — 9
Leland Middle — 21

Waccamaw School — None reported

North Brunswick High — 17
South Brunswick High — 53
West Brunswick High — 20
Early College High 3
The COAST — 7

Pender County Schools

Pender County Schools reported three Covid-19 cases the week of Jan. 2-8, according to its latest report. Twenty-two people were directed to quarantine following exposure to the virus.

C.F. Pope Elementary — 1

Heide Trask High — 2

However, the health department told the school board on Jan. 11, 444 students and 110 staff are at home (she did not use the word positive).

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Alexandria Sands
Alexandria Sands is a journalist covering New Hanover County and education. Before Port City Daily, she reported for the award-winning State Port Pilot in Southport. She graduated from UNC Charlotte and wrote for several Charlotte publications while there. When not writing, Williams is most likely in the gym, reading or spending time with her Golden Pyrenees. Reach her at or on Twitter @alexsands_

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