MONETA, Va. (WFXR) — After consulting with the Virginia Department of Health (VDH), Bedford County Public Schools has decided to close the campuses at Staunton River Middle School and Staunton River High School, as well as switch to virtual learning for the next two days.
In addition, school officials say that all co-curricular and extracurricular activities from Wednesday, Sept. 1, through Monday, Sept. 6 are canceled at the middle and high school.
The decision to implement virtual learning on Thursday, Sept. 2 and Friday, Sept. 3, was influenced by several factors, but mainly the number of positive COVID-19 cases in the area, including seven documented transmissions in schools, according to the district.
More specifically, the Bedford County Public Schools coronavirus dashboard says that two positive coronavirus cases have been reported at Staunton River Middle School and 15 positive cases have been reported at Staunton River High School between Monday, Aug. 30 and Wednesday.
The school district also says that a large number of staff and students are currently in quarantine and more time is needed for monitoring students with pending test results. The temporary campus closure will allow more time for cleaning of both schools, as well.
Instruction will continue via Canvas courses for the next two days. Students are expected to log on at the start time of each scheduled class. Any students who are not able to access the internet are urged to reach out to their teachers by email or calling the school campus to speak with someone by phone.
Families wishing to participate in meal pick-ups, including lunch and breakfast packs, can do so at either the middle school or high school campus between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday.
In-person instruction is set to resume on Tuesday, Sept. 7, featuring “short-term enhanced mitigation and cohorting strategies,” school officials say.
“We are asking our families to cooperate with these efforts and assist us in working to control this current high rate of transmission,” Bedford County Public Schools said in a statement on Wednesday. “Please consider limiting social gatherings that would increase the likelihood of exposure.”
For more information, visit the Bedford County Public Schools website.
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