Group of Henry County middle schoolers going remote for two weeks after student diagnosed with COVID-19


HENRY COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — A group of students at a Henry County middle school will be switching to remote learning temporarily after a student at that middle school — as well as a student at a local high school — tested positive for the coronavirus.

According to Monica Hatchett, Director of Communications for Henry County Public Schools, one student at Fieldale-Collinsville Middle School has been diagnosed with COVID-19.

In response to this positive student case, “a grade level team” — defined by Hatchett as a group of classes rather than the whole grade level — at the middle school will learn virtually for two weeks as an extra precautionary measure.

That grade level team will reportedly return to in-person learning on Nov. 9.

In addition, Hatchett told WFXR News a student at Magna Vista High School has also been diagnosed with the virus. However, Hatchett says the two student cases are not related to each other or to the schools, adding that these cases have been identified as “community spread.”

As with any identified case — whether staff member or student — the schools have reportedly conducted contact tracing to recommend quarantine for anyone exposed to the students in question. In addition, crews are cleaning and sanitizing the areas of the buildings the students visited, according to Hatchett.

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