Pulaski County Schools addresses commitment to in-person learning following positive COVID-19 diagnosis at Dublin Elementary

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PULASKI COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — An elementary school student from Pulaski County has tested positive for COVID-19, leading school officials to address their commitment to in-person learning amid the rising case count in southwest Virginia.

According to an undated updated on the Pulaski County Public Schools website, one positive coronavirus diagnosis has been confirmed for a Dublin Elementary School student.

The last time that student was present at school was Friday, Nov. 6, officials say. However, the school district says it was determined that proper mitigation strategies were followed in the areas where the student was present.

The school has reportedly been cleaned thoroughly and will continue classes as scheduled. Meanwhile, Pulaski County school officials say they keep working with the New River Health District throughout the investigation and contact tracing processes.

In addition to announcing the positive COVID-19 case from Dublin Elementary, Pulaski County Public Schools shared the following statement online:

“The Pulaski County School Board is committed to maintaining 4 full days of face-to-face instruction each week for as long as safely possible. As the number of Covid cases in Southwest Virginia continues to increase, it is more essential than ever that our students’ families become diligent in practicing the recommended mitigation strategies and follow the guidance for quarantining when there is a positive test or possible exposure.

The level of adherence to the VDH/CDC guidelines within our schools has thus far been impressive and is the primary reason that we have been able to offer more in-person instruction this year than any other school division in the New River Valley.

However, there also seems to be an increased lack of adherence to Covid mitigation strategies within our community as evidenced by the recent dramatic increases in Pulaski County’s number of positive cases.

It is only by taking the steps necessary to protect each other that we will be able to weather this current storm without having to disrupt the incredible progress that we’re making inside of our classrooms.

PCPS will continue to closely monitor the data within our community but stands ready to make changes to our instructional program to protect our students, employees, and families if our number of positive cases continues to trend upward.”

Pulaski County Public Schools

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