Altavista Elementary School sees second COVID-19 case this month, officials say

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ALTAVISTA, Va. (WFXR) — Since the beginning of September, Campbell County Public Schools have seen two positive coronavirus cases at Altavista Elementary School, resulting in at least two classrooms being closed off and potential contacts being quarantined until next week.

According to a letter sent by Denton Sisk — the director of Student Support Services with Campbell County Public Schools — on Sept. 4, school officials learned on Sept. 3 of a person who was in two classes at Altavista Elementary School.

Even though this person wore a protective mask and followed mitigation protocols, Sisk says the nature of educating PreK and Kindergarten students means physical contact with these children to help them through the first few days of school is a possibility.

After communicating with the Virginia Department of Health and deciding to take extra precautions, Campbell County Public Schools announced the closure of the two classes where this person served until Sept. 17, during which time crews will clean the classrooms thoroughly.

In addition, faculty members and families of students deemed close contacts with the positive individual were notified and placed under quarantine until Sept. 17, according to Sisk’s letter. Meanwhile, for all other students and faculty, Altavista Elementary School would reportedly be open for classes on Tuesday, Sept. 8.

On Friday, Sept. 11, Sisk told WFXR News that Altavista Elementary School has seen one additional positive case, but that person has not been at school since the previous case was reported.

WFXR News has inquired about the school’s actions — such as notifications and contact tracing efforts — in response to this second case, but has not heard back as of this writing.

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