UPDATE 4:50 p.m.: Bedford County school officials confirmed to WFXR News that Bedford Elementary School will have another virtual learning day on Monday after more staff members tested positive for COVID-19.

The district’s public relations coordinator shared the following statement with WFXR News Friday afternoon:

Bedford Elementary School Families,

After an assessment with BCPS Health Services staff, a decision has been made to close the Bedford Elementary School campus and implement a virtual learning day for Monday, May 16, 2022.  This includes the cancellation of all co-curricular and extracurricular activities for May 16th.

We have monitored the situation today and have confirmed that additional staff have tested positive for COVID-19.  This continues to place a strain on our ability to adequately staff all classrooms and maintain in-person instruction.  

Families who wish to participate in meal pick-up may do so at the Bedford Elementary office between 11:00-11:30 on Monday. This will include bagged breakfast and lunch.  

Thank you,

Marti Bradt, M.Ed.

A Bedford Elementary School parent, William Elsesser, has major concerns about the virus news from the school, especially since his son has type 1 diabetes and is immunocompromised.

“What are we going to do in the future about it and how are they going to clean the school?” asked Elsesser. “It’s Friday, are you going to have crew come in on the weekend and clean it?”

UPDATE 2:11 p.m.: WFXR News has learned that the reason behind Bedford Elementary School’s closure on Friday involves both staffing issues and coronavirus concerns.

Bedford County Public Schools’ public relations coordinator, Ryan Edwards, told WFXR News that Bedford Elementary School operated virtually on Friday due to an “influx of symptomatic students and teachers,” as well as a number of positive COVID-19 cases — more than half of whom are teachers — in the school.

Edwards says the decision to hold virtual learning is a precautionary measure based off past experiences and handlings of the coronavirus within schools.

Right now, officials say the plan is to have Bedford Elementary School students return on Monday, May 16 depending on this weekend’s evaluation.

According to the latest community coronavirus levels from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Bedford County is currently listed as “Medium” level, along with Montgomery County, Halifax County, Highland County, and Covington. However, the other localities around southwest and central Virginia are listed as “Low” level.

The CDC’s map of COVID-19 community levels from May 13, 2022 lists all Virginia counties and cities as either “Low” (green) or “Medium” (yellow) level. (Photo courtesy: CDC)

BEDFORD COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — Bedford Elementary School will be closed for students on Friday, providing virtual instruction instead.

According to the school, this remote learning day is “due to an abundance of caution and staffing issues.”

School officials say you can still pick up bagged breakfast and lunch at the main office between 11 and 11:30 a.m. on Friday, May 13.