NELSON COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — Nelson County Public Schools will be closed on Friday due to a number of factors, including a confrontation at the high school, an increase in coronavirus activity in both the county and the school community, and concerns about the current heat wave.
According to the school district, while law enforcement officers were at the Nelson County High School campus for an unrelated event on Thursday, Aug. 26, they disrupted a fight between two students. Then, another student became confrontational while in the authorities’ presence and was detained.
“Safety is a top priority in our schools and for our students. Staff and administration are collaborating with authorities and conducting a thorough investigation into this incident involving several students at Nelson County High School,” Nelson County Public Schools said in a statement on Thursday. “In an effort to secure the safety of all of our students and staff, there will be heightened security measures in place as long as necessary.”
In addition to providing staff members the opportunity to investigate into Thursday’s incident at the high school, officials say the closure will allow them to conduct a deep cleaning of schools and vehicles, as well as offer a break from the ongoing heat.
Since Monday, Aug. 23, the school district has reported a total of five COVID-19 cases from four schools in the county, including one case from Nelson County High School.
Even though Nelson County Public Schools will be closed to all students on Friday, Aug. 27, teachers and staff should still report for a workday.
Employees will reportedly use this workday to evaluate, adjust, and implement safety protocols and procedures, as well as align any necessary counseling services for when classes resume on Monday, Aug. 30.
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