‘We need help from everybody’: Roanoke County Public Schools issues plea to families to follow proper COVID protocols at home


ROANOKE COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) – As COVID-19 cases continue to rise in our schools, administrators are calling for a team effort to combat its further spread.

Roanoke County Public Schools asks parents and community members to aid in making sure kids are being kept safe outside the school as well to prevent transmitting coronavirus.

Dr. Rhonda Stegall, the assistant superintendent of administration with Roanoke County Public Schools, says CDC guidelines — such as keeping children three to four feet apart while eating — can be very difficult.

“There are just some situations where we can’t do that,” said Dr. Stegall. “When you have 26 kids in a classroom, it’s very difficult to adhere to that three-feet distancing. So we do the best that we can. If there is room to accommodate greater than three-feet, we do that.”

The district is making sure to provide the necessary cleaning to make sure even when a case of COVID-19 is found in the classroom they can do their best to sanitize the environment.

“Whenever we have a situation where we have had a lot of exposures in a classroom or we’ve had positive cases in a building or have had to shut down a classroom, we have an electro-static sprayer that comes in and it sprays the entire classroom and sometimes the entire school,” Dr. Stegall said.

Even with protocols in place, there are still high cases among kids leading schools to resort to virtual learning. Dr. Stegall says parents and staff must work together to keep kids safe in and out of school.

“We also need our parents and our community to help support kids not coming to school when showing symptoms. If you have been exposed you have to quarantine. Basically, what we’re seeing is a large percentage of our cases that are entering schools are coming from outside of our school,” Dr. Stegall said.

Nurses within Roanoke County Public Schools have also been overwhelmed as a result of the rising cases. Most are having to stay extra hours to treat students.

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