Oak Grove Elementary classroom temporarily closes, switches to virtual learning, Roanoke County officials say


ROANOKE COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — A number of Roanoke County students are switching to virtual learning for the time being after officials decided to close down a classroom at Oak Grove Elementary School as a precautionary measure amid the pandemic.

Roanoke County Public Schools representative Chuck Lionberger confirmed to WFXR News one student and one staff member at the Oak Grove Elementary School have tested positive for the coronavirus. However, he did not disclose whether or not those two people are from the impacted classroom.

School officials reportedly notified families impacted by the closure on Sunday, Sept. 20.

Lionberger says students in the classroom are switching to virtual learning while officials close the classroom “out of an abundance of caution.”

According to Lionberger, the classroom closure went into effect Monday, Sept. 21, but the reopening date — which will be decided by the health department — is undetermined at this time.

While Roanoke County Public Schools has reported several coronavirus cases at various schools since the school year started — most recently a student at Glenvar High School on Sunday — Lionberger says this is the first time school officials have chosen to close down a classroom in response to the coronavirus.

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