Mountain Valley Elementary in Alleghany County closed Wednesday for contact tracing

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(Photo: Courtesy Alleghany County Public Schools)

ALLEGHANY COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — Due to contact tracing efforts, Mountain Valley Elementary School in Alleghany County will be closed to students on Wednesday.

Alleghany County Public Schools says all staff still need to report to work at the elementary school on Wednesday, Sept. 8, unless they are directly notified by the principal.

“Be assured that we continue to monitor and process a great deal of information as it pertains to COVID-19 in order to ensure the safety of all students and staff,” the school district wrote on Facebook on Tuesday, Sept. 7.

Any updates will be posted on the Alleghany County Public Schools website.

This news comes after two other school districts in the Alleghany Highlands — Craig County and Bath County — decided to suspend in-person learning temporarily due to staff shortages amid high numbers of coronavirus cases and quarantines.

In addition, the Highland County School Board — which voted last week to postpone the start of the school year until Oct. 1 as they discuss the Highland County Public Schools’ COVID-19 mitigation plan — canceled Wednesday night’s meeting because of a board member being quarantined.

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