Bedford County Public Schools provides update on COVID-19 mitigation strategies

Lynchburg & Central Virginia News

BEDFORD COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) – As more students head back into the classroom, we’re hearing about increasing cases of COVID-19 in our schools.

Officials with Bedford County Public Schools say they have updated their mitigation strategies as students there head back to school.

The district says they have three goals as schools reopen.

  1. Maintain a safe learning environment for students;
  2. Sustain in-person learning five days a week; and
  3. Offer a robust extra-curricular program for students.

They have outlined a full plan which includes conducting at-home health screenings for students and staff before coming to school; regular handwashing for everyone inside of school buildings; hand sanitizer, which will be made available; the wearing of proper PPE, including face masks, which will be required for everyone; and more many more criteria that the district pledges to maintain in place to help prevent COVID-19 cases at any of their buildings.

A statement on the district’s Facebook page about this reads:

“As we continue to refine our plans for in-person learning, we have updated our mitigation strategies in response to the Executive Order issued by the State Health Commissioner on Thursday, August 12. While we remain committed to offering in-person learning five days/week as well as a robust extra-curricular program for all students, we have a shared responsibility as administrators, staff, students, and families to maintain a safe learning environment for all. Please visit the COVID-19 page on the BCPS website to review the updated mitigation plan and other related information. We appreciate your support and cooperation in helping to ensure everyone’s safety!”

View the full outline from Bedford County Public Schools below.

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