STRATFORD – School officials are asking students to bring their own lunches due to a positive COVID-19 case affecting the district’s food service program.

Officials learned Wednesday that someone in the Stratford School District tested positive for the virus, and as a result, the district will not be able to provide breakfast and lunch to students until Oct. 6, Superintendent Scott Winch said in an email to families.

Until then, students should come to school with a cold lunch, Winch said. Schools will have some cold sandwiches for students who do not bring a lunch Thursday, he said. Officials are working with another local school district to provide hot lunches to students.

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District leaders also are working with the Marathon County Health Department to identify, notify and quarantine anyone who may have had close contact with the person who tested positive, according to the district.

The school will also be cleaned and disinfected to control the spread of illness. 

Winch did not say whether it was a student or staff member who tested positive. 

Contact Natalie Brophy at 715-216-5452 or [email protected]. Follow her on Twitter @brophy_natalie

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