North Cross School announces reopening plans for fall semester


ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) – North Cross School has announced its plan to reopen for fall semester.

The semester is scheduled to begin on Sept. 8, 2020 “with a disciplined and accurate COVID-19 diagnostic testing regimen in place that will allow the school to reopen as safely and normally as possible,” according to a statement submitted to WFXR News.

North Cross has partnered with Helix, one of the world’s largest clinical laboratories that has added COVID-19 testing during the pandemic.

A complex testing regimen has been developed at the school for students, staff and faculty to be tested before the school year begins to help identify and isolate cases of the virus at the school which will also help to protect against the possibility of a reemergence of the virus in the Roanoke Valley.

“We believe this regimen sets us apart and highlights the responsiveness of North Cross as well as emphasizing the commitment we have to our student’s education. The program will allow testing of all members of the school community under supervision of the school nurse with a quick, self-administered, nasal swab test. Helix plans to deliver accurate results within 24 hours of receipt running seven days a week. The school will use test results to determine an adaptable testing protocol and schedule intended to quickly identify and isolate.”

Christian Proctor, Head of North Cross School

When students return to campus at North Cross, they will experience a new campus as a result of a $16 million Legacy campaign that included redesigning and renovating key spaces including the library, student center, classroom buildings, and auditorium.

The project is anticipated to be completed by September.

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