Newfield, N.Y. — The Newfield Central Schools District is closed Thursday in light of the death of a teacher’s son, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Cheryl Thomas said.

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A notice was posted on the school’s website of the closure and parents have been notified. An additional notice says that all sporting events, parent/teacher conferences and the Board of Education meeting have also been canceled.

This is what Thomas said in an email:

“The son of one of our teachers passed away unexpectedly last Friday.

Because the young man had gone through school in the Newfield School District and because his mother works here, there are many teachers and staff members who know the family and want to attend the funeral tomorrow.

It is impossible to find enough substitutes to cover all of them. Therefore, we are using one of our “emergency closure days” to resolve this situation.

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