James River High student tests positive for COVID-19, Botetourt County Public Schools says

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BOTETOURT COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — Another high schooler in Botetourt County has been diagnosed with the coronavirus, school officials say.

According to Dr. Janet Womack — the Assistant Superintendent for Instruction at Botetourt County Public Schools — school officials learned on Monday, Oct. 26, about a student at James River High School who tested positive for COVID-19.

After school officials gathered the facts, they determined there were no identified close contacts of the student in question.

While parents and staff members were reportedly notified about this positive case, Dr. Womack says James River High School will remain open at this time.

“The health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff is a top priority. Botetourt County Public Schools will continue to implement health and safety procedures outlined by the CDC, VDH, and state and local officials,” Dr. Womack said. “These procedures include daily screening requirements of students and staff, daily temperature checks of students, use of cloth face coverings, physical distancing requirements, and enhanced cleaning and disinfecting procedures. We will continue to work closely with the VDH throughout the school year.”

This news comes less than a week after the school district announced a staff member who works at three Botetourt County schools — including James River High School — was diagnosed with the virus.

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