Extra safety precautions to be in place ahead of students’ arrival at North Cross School in Roanoke

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ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — With the new school year just around the corner, things will be different for the 500 children who roam the hallways at North Cross School in Roanoke.

“We are doing everything possible we can do to make this as safe as possible,” said the headmaster at North Cross School, Dr. Christian Proctor.

Extra safety precautions have been put in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

“We’ve got air handlers that have F-13 filters in to filter out the disease particles in the air. We’ve got electrostatic foggers to disinfect the classrooms at night,” Dr. Proctor said. “We’ve completely changed the way we will arrive at school and depart school to spread people out.”

Like many other schools, North Cross School officials are requiring their students to be tested.

“We will test all of our kids one week before school starts, one week after school starts, and three weeks after school starts,” said Dr. Proctor.

The reason behind these tests is to identify anyone who is asymptomatic.

“Through this, we can make sure we are not actually transmitting the disease here at school and if we are we can shut down before it becomes too negative,” Dr. Proctor said.

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