Laurel Park Middle School switches to virtual learning for two weeks after staff members test positive for COVID-19

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HENRY COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — A Henry County middle school is switching to remote learning until early November after two staff members reported testing positive for COVID-19 just one day apart.

Monica Hatchett, Director of Communications with Henry County Public Schools, told WFXR News two staff members at Laurel Park Middle School reported positive coronavirus test results this week — one on Monday, Oct. 19, and one on Tuesday, Oct. 20.

In response to these positive test results, numerous staff members at Laurel Park Middle School are reportedly being quarantined after contact tracing identified them as possible exposures to positive COVID-19 cases.

“This puts Laurel Park in the same position as Meadow View elementary — when a large number of staff members are unable to be present, we do not have enough substitutes to cover all classes: therefore, the school will operate virtually for a period of two weeks to ensure that all students receive high quality instruction,” Hatchett said.

Meadow View Elementary School postponed its transition to in-person learning from Oct. 12 — which is when other schools in the district returned to the classroom — to Oct. 26 after two coronavirus cases were reported at the school and several staff members needed to quarantine for two weeks.

Contact tracers with the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) have reportedly contacted any students or staff members who may have been exposed to someone who tested positive for the virus, which is always the practice for Henry County Public Schools.

Hatchett says Laurel Park Middle School is set to resume in-person classes on Nov. 4.

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