AUBURN – The Auburn Public Schools are planning a temporary shut down due to protocols established during the coronavirus pandemic.

The school sent parents a message Wednesday saying school campuses will be closed Jan. 13 to Jan. 16.

The school’s message says the action is being taken because over 11 percent of the student population is out ill and because of high school staff absenteeism.

The  shut down impacts the DOGS afterschool program, as well.

School-related activities that are scheduled off of school grounds  for the remainder of the week will be allowed. Participants will be required to wear a face mask, except while competing.

The school buildings will undergo cleaning.

Face masks will be required for students returning to the middle/school and high school on Jan. 17. Face coverings are recommended for the elementary school.

The Southeast District Health Department COVID-19 dashboard  reports the highest level of coronavirus cases  since November of 2020.

The incidents per 100,000 rose from 293 on Christmas to 745 on Jan. 9.