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George Washington High in Danville going virtual for 2 days as school reports 30 COVID-19 cases, 44 exposures

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(Photo: Courtesy Pxfuel)

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DANVILLE, Va. (WFXR) — With a considerable number of coronavirus cases and exposures being reported among students and staff members at George Washington High School in Danville, the school is reverting to remote instruction for the rest of the week in order to adjust virus protections.

This news comes as Danville Public Schools’ COVID-19 dashboard reports 29 confirmed COVID-19 student cases, 42 student exposures, one confirmed staff case, and two staff exposures at George Washington High School as of 6:45 a.m. on Thursday.

The Danville Public Schools COVID-19 Dashboard is reporting a total of 78 confirmed student cases, 79 student exposures, nine confirmed staff cases, and three staff exposures as of 6:45 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 2. (Photo: Courtesy Danville Public Schools’ COVID Dashboard 2021-2022)

Rather than reporting to George Washington High, students will use their Chromebooks to log onto Google Meets with their teacher(s) starting with “1st Block” at 8:40 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 2 and Friday, Sept. 3, according to a Facebook post shared by the district.

If you do not have internet access at home, the high school will have hotspots available at the IT Help Desk — which is located at the I.W. Taylor Virtual Academy at 825 Piney Forest Road — from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

The Help Desk is also available to help with any hardware or login issues students may have while learning virtually, so either visit the Help Desk in person or call them at 434-773-8157.

However, students who attend Governor’s School or AET will still need to report to classes at the Institute on Thursday and Friday, according to school officials.

School officials say you can pick up student lunches at Ballou Park Shopping Center, Nor Dan Shopping Center, Riverside Shopping Center, and Cane Creek Shopping Center from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each day.

During this temporary closure, George Washington High’s custodial staff will be putting finishing touches on desks and desk shields, as well as deep cleaning classrooms, buses, and other shared spaces so students can return to a safe and clean environment when face-to-face instruction resumes on Tuesday, Sept. 7.

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