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The message marquis at Baker High School welcomes students back for the 2021-22 school year Monday August 9, 2021, in Baker, La.

Baker High School students will learn online because of an outbreak in COVID cases and won't return until Sept. 7, officials said Wednesday.

Other schools will remain open. 

“The information we get informs us on the decisions we make that week,” Baker School District Superintendent Dr. De’Ette Perry said.

The closure was announced after Patrick Sanders, a 14-year-old freshman football player at Baker High died after falling ill with COVID, officials said. The entire football team has been placed in quarantine.

“The loss of such a young life is always a tragedy and the preventable loss of that young life is heartbreaking,” Baker Mayor Darnell Waites said in a statement. “Young Mr. Sanders had his entire life ahead of him, one full of ambition and promise. The sorrow I feel for his family and loved ones is immense.”

14-year-old Baker High School football player dies of COVID-19