Covington City Public Schools returned to virtual learning this week after administration learned late Friday that a staff member had tested positive for COVID-19.
Out of caution, Covington school officials decided to operate on a virtual/remote learning schedule beginning Monday, Nov. 9, and continuing through Friday, Nov. 13.
No students will attend school, and all learning will be done virtually.
Covington administrative staff and nursing staff have been working closely with the local health department to monitor the Coronavirus.
“Because of the overlap among our three schools with our students, families, staff and community and the uptick of increasing numbers of COVID in our community, the Virginia Department of Health and best practice recommends that our three schools go to virtual/remote learning for a period of time this week while contact tracing is completed,” said Superintendent Melinda Snead-Johnson.
Staff and students will be contacted by Covington and Virginia Department of Health staff when contact tracing must be done.
During the remote learning week, all Covington schools will continue extensive cleaning and be proactive in mitigation plans.
“Be assured that Covington City Public Schools continually monitors local COVID-19 information,” Snead-Johnson said. “Covington City Public Schools is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for all students, faculty and staff.”
Principals have contacted families and staff with information regarding virtual learning this week.
“Updates will be provided throughout the week,” Snead-Johnson said in conclusion.
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