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Portland High School closed Tuesday following COVID cases over Labor Day weekend

The closure comes less than a week after students in Portland Public Schools returned for the first day of classes of the 2021-22 school year.

PORTLAND, Maine — Portland High School closed Tuesday after two COVID-19 cases were discovered over the holiday weekend. 

Tess Nacelewicz, communications coordinator for Portland Public Schools, confirmed to NEWS CENTER Maine Tuesday that the school is closing in order to sort through and notify close contacts as the weekend did not allow them to do so. 

Nacelewicz did not say whether the cases were among students or staff members or whether they were among vaccinated or unvaccinated people. 

The school is closed and will not operate remotely on Tuesday, according to Nacelewicz. She said the school expects to reopen on Wednesday. 

The closure comes less than a week after students in Portland Public Schools returned for the first day of classes of the 2021-22 school year.