Two Hamilton County schools temporarily close due to positive COVID-19 cases

Staff photo by John Rawlston/Chattanooga Times Free Press - Apr 16, 2014 The Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences is located on Third Street near downtown Chattanooga.

A Hamilton County Schools official has confirmed to the Times Free Press that two schools - Chattanooga School for the Arts & Sciences (CSAS) and Loftis Middle School - will be closed Thursday and Friday for cleaning after someone at each school tested positive for COVID-19 in the past week.

The news broke on the evening of the first day back to classes since the school system shut down in March due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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District communications director Tim Hensley confirmed the cases for the Times Free Press on Wednesday night and said the schools are doing cleaning measures per protocol.

"They've got a 14-person dedicated contracting crew that works with our health department," Hensley said.

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