STRATFORD — Bunnell High School will be closed for the next two weeks “in an abundance of caution” after the district said two more people tested positive for COVID-19.

District officials initially said the school would be closed on Tuesday after several teachers “had direct exposure with the coronavirus,” Superintendent Janet Robinson wrote in the letter earlier Friday

Later in the day that closure was extended to two weeks.

“Any student or staff which has been directly in contact with the positive person will be contacted individually and should remain in quarantine for 14 days,” Robinson said in her followup letter Friday evening.

The school was already due to be closed Monday due to Yom Kippur.

Students will return to hybrid learning - meaning some in person learning - beginning Oct. 12.

Earlier in the day, Robinson said “a number of students” were also among those exposed to the virus.

The town’s school buildings are closed Wednesdays for all students to participate in distance learning days under the school district’s hybrid learning plan.

The building will receive a thorough cleaning while closed, Robinson said.

The superintendent did not say exactly how many people had been exposed, but said those affected have been told to isolate themselves for 10 days and given instructions on steps to take before returning to school.

“Anyone who is considered a ‘close contact’ has been contacted or will be contacted by school or local health officials and provided with instructions on the appropriate steps to take,” Robinson said.

The news of the closure comes after a staff member at the school tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this week. The superintendent’s letter did not indicate whether officials believed the exposures reported Friday were connected to that case.

The superintendent said the last day the staff member who tested positive was in school was Monday.

Last week a staff member at Stratford High School tested positive for COVID-19.

In that case, officials said they do not believe the staff member was at the school while contagious.

The superintendent shared a list of preventative measures for students and staff and reminded anyone who is feeling ill to stay home and report their symptoms to a medical provider.

The superintendent’s letter included a link to an advisory from state officials about what to do if a student or family member has possible coronavirus symptoms.

“We are closely monitoring this situation and working with the Stratford Public Health Department and will provide you with updates as we know more,” Robinson said.