Fries School closed temporarily after 3rd grade, several staff quarantined for possible COVID-19 exposure


FRIES, Va. (WFXR) — Students at Fries PreK-7 School in Grayson County are set to learn entirely remotely for the week due to the school’s temporary closure amid coronavirus concerns.

According to a statement released by the school on Saturday, Oct. 17, third graders and several staff members at Fries School have been quarantined by the health department due to possible coronavirus exposure.

Except for bus drivers, custodians, and cafeteria workers, the school says all staff members will stay home on Monday while the school is deep-cleaned. However, unless quarantined by the health department, all other Fries School staff will reportedly report back to work on Tuesday.

School officials say they plan to offer meal pickup from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Monday through Thursday at the school.

However, Fries School is reportedly the only Grayson County school impacted by this closure. According to Saturday’s statement, the buses will run on their regular schedules, and all Fries District students in grades eight through 12 who attend Independence Middle School and Grayson County High School will still go to classes.

As of Saturday, Fries School says all contact tracing has been performed. In addition, if you have a child in third grade who has a sibling, or a child or who has been around a Fries School third grader, your child does not need to be quarantined.

However, if your child has any symptoms — regardless of the grade level or the school — you are asked to call your doctor. School officials say there are a number of stomach bug and strep throat cases currently in the Grayson County schools, as well.

“Lastly, we have every intention of reopening Fries School on October 26th,” Grayson County Public Schools Division Superintendent Kelly Wilmore said in the statement shared by Fries School. “We will not close other schools because of this.”

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