LOW?MOOR? — Clifton Middle School will be closed through Nov. 6 as a result of an employee testing positive for COVID-19 on Monday.
The school was closed Tuesday to allow the Virginia Department of Health to conduct contact tracing to determine the level of exposure.
School officials made the decision Tuesday afternoon to keep the school closed through Nov. 6 after consulting with health officials.
“As a result of the contact tracing practices, Clifton Middle School met the threshold of a 20 percent exposure rate in the building; therefore, it is the Virginia Department of Health’s recommendation and best practice that the Clifton Middle School building remain predominantly vacant until Monday, November 9,” Sherman Callahan, acting superintendent for Alleghany County Public Schools, said Tuesday afternoon.
All instruction will be online during the closure. When students reurn on Nov. 9, the school will resume a hybrid mode of instruction with students taking classes online and in poerson on certain days of the week.
“Be assured that Alleghany County Public Schools continues to monitor and process a great deal of information as it pertains to COVID-19 in order to ensure the safety of all students, faculty, and staff and know that safety is paramount to Alleghany County Public Schools,” Callahan said.
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