COVID-19 outbreak at Amherst County Schools results in immediate closure of secondary schools in the district


Online instruction to begin at the schools being shut down.

AMHERST COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) – Amherst County Public Schools announced Wednesday that the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) has recommended that all secondary school facilities in the county be closed until Sept. 2 due to an outbreak of COVID-19.

These schools included in the announcement are Amherst County High School, Amherst Middle School, Monelison Middle School, and the Amherst Education Center, all of which will be closed starting Thursday, Aug. 26.

The school district says say a person who tested positive for COVID-19 entered a building without notifying staff.

According to Amherst County Public Schools, this incident is “the source of many positive cases that has led to an outbreak and subsequent closure.”

School officials say that after Thursday, Sept. 2, students will be asked to provide a negative test result for COVID-19 in order to return to school.

If a student refuses to test, they will be eligible to return on Tuesday, Sept. 7.

Students who test positive or are displaying symptoms must contact their schools for their return date.

A testing clinic will be provided by VDH on Tuesday, Aug. 31. More information on this will be provided soon regarding location and times.

Students’ instruction will continue as all teachers will provide Google Meet links to their students who will follow their normal class schedule from home.

All healthy students will be expected to attend each of their classes during these days. Attendance will also be taken.

The Superintendent of Amherst County Schools, Dr. Robert Arnold, released a message to the community on Wednesday, Aug. 25 about the temporary closure of secondary schools, which you can watch below:

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