ROCKBRIDGE COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — Six students are quarantining after a student at a Rockbridge County elementary school — as well as staff members at two other local schools — tested positive for the coronavirus.
According to Rockbridge County Public Schools’ statement from Wednesday, Jan. 20, after learning a student at Fairfield Elementary School tested positive for the virus, school officials and the health department began working together to conduct contact tracing and identify any potential close contacts.
The investigation reportedly determined six students needed to quarantine.
However, Rockbridge County school officials say all classroom spaces and any common areas occupied by the students were set to be cleaned and sanitized thoroughly before other students and staff members return on Thursday, Jan. 21.
Meanwhile, the school division also discovered two positive staff cases — including one from Rockbridge County High School and one from Natural Bridge Elementary School — but contact tracing protocols did not uncover any close contacts for these two staff members.
This news comes after the school division announced the athletics schedule for the shortened winter sports season.
Rockbridge County Public Schools continues to encourage people to wear face coverings in public, maintain appropriate social distancing, wash your hands thoroughly and frequently, self-monitor for symptoms, and stay home when you feel sick.
If you want to review the current COVID-19 data from across the school division, click here.