Roanoke County Public Schools responds to student, teacher testing positive for COVID-19 at different schools

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ROANOKE COUNTY, Va (WFXR) — Roanoke County Public Schools sent three different letters home to faculty and staff confirming two COVID-19 cases.

“We were hopeful that we’d go a little bit longer into school, but of course, that’s something that we’re not in control of,” said Dr. Rhonda Stegall, the Executive Director of Administration for Roanoke County Public Schools.

The first involves a student at Back Creek Elementary School. The school has since been cleaned extensively. District officials say that the schools are deep cleaned weekly, and sanitized daily.

Stegal says the district was prepared.

“Luckily, we had the plans in place. We’re able to respond, we did get letters out within 24 hours, and the protocols we had in writing actually worked.”

A second case involves an employee at Green Valley Elementary School who tested positive for the virus.

A letter was sent home to parents, faculty, and students Wednesday, Aug. 26, to inform them of the situation. In those letters, it was explained that those who may have come in contact with either case have been notified.

The school district is working closely with the Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts on both cases and making sure that schools in the district are abiding by CDC guidelines.

Roanoke County Public Schools says schools will stay open unless there is an outbreak, as determined by health officials. At that point, there may be a two or three day shut down for deep cleaning.

View a copy of the letter below:

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