Danville Public Schools announce return to all-virtual schedule for one week after Thanksgiving holiday


DANVILLE, Va. (WFXR) — In a news release on Sunday, Danville Public Schools announced that two members of the Transportation staff have tested positive for COVID-19 and three more were exposed on Saturday.

Late on Saturday, Nov. 21, the district also announced a staff member at Gibson Elementary School tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday, Nov. 20.

The cases are said to have been contained and no further action is needed.

Anyone who is found to have been exposed will be contacted, if they have not already been.

Danville Public Schools officials have noted an increase in COVID-19 cases in the area. The district has seen seven positive cases and 14 exposures since last Wednesday and is concerned about a possible surge around the corner.

Due to the increase, Danville Public Schools has made the following decisions:

  • All students will return to virtual instruction the week after Thanksgiving (Monday through Friday, Nov. 30 through Dec. 4). Unless otherwise notified, face-to-face instruction will return on Monday, Dec. 7.
  • During this time, teachers and staff will continue to deliver instruction virtually from their buildings. Teachers and staff are expected to report to their buildings following their normal schedule Monday, Nov. 30 through Friday, Dec. 4.
  • Preschool students will have assignments to complete at home provided by their teachers.

“Crystal Cobbs, Chair of the Danville City School Board, and I are confident this is the best decision for the health and safety of our students and staff; however, we are extremely disappointed because we know instructional goals are best achieved by maximizing in-person learning.”

Catherine B. Magouyrk, Ed.D., Interim Superintendent for Danville Public Schools

Danville City Schools will continue with normal operating schedules for staff and students on Monday, Nov. 23, and Tuesday, Nov. 24.

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