Student tests positive for COVID-19 at Lord Botetourt High School


BOTETOURT COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — A Lord Botetourt High School student has tested positive for COVID-19, according to Thursday’s announcement from the school district.

Botetourt County Public Schools released a statement on Thursday, Oct. 1, saying the student has not been in the school building for two days and that Lord Botetourt High School will remain open at this time. In addition, school officials say they have not identified any students or staff members who were potentially exposed or considered close contacts of the student in question.

This new coronavirus case is at least the second student case to be reported from Lord Botetourt High School, following one reported on Sept. 14.

The school district says the areas impacted by the potential exposure were cleaned per protocol, which also involves using EPA-registered disinfectants.

According to school officials, they have worked alongside the Roanoke and Alleghany Health Department, who will contact any person who was potentially exposed to offer guidelines on necessary actions.

If you are contacted by the health department and your child needs to stay home temporarily, you are asked to contact the school so your child can have the opportunities to continue learning during that absence from school.

However, if you are not contacted by health officials, there is no need to stay home or avoid activities at this time, school officials say.

Parents are asked to monitor their children — especially if they have underlying medical conditions — and the rest of their family for coronavirus symptoms. In addition, family members are encouraged to promote healthy behavior and other practices shared by health officials amid the pandemic, such as hand washing and facial coverings.

You can read the full copy of Botetourt County Public Schools’ letter to the Lord Botetourt High School community by clicking here.

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