BEDFORD COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — Officials with Bedford County Schools have announced that Stewartsville Elementary School will temporarily be closed as cases of COVID-19 have increased which has resulted in additional staff being placed into quarantine.
The closure will be active between Monday, Jan. 25 through Friday, Jan. 29 and only affects Stewartsville Elementary School.
Officials say that they may need to extend the closure further if additional cases are reported.
Those who have had close contact with those who have tested positive have been notified through contact tracing efforts.
The nature of the contact between staff is said to have occurred outside of classroom activities.
Staff at Stewartsville Elementary School will continue to utilize enhanced cleaning protocols recommended by the CDC to reduce viral transmission.
While students are home, teachers will continue to instruct students remotely. During this time, students will be considered present if they are engaging in a meaningful way with their remote learning content activities which may include working in learning packets that teachers have sent home previously or participating in virtual content through Canvas.
Teachers will communicate with families using Remind, email, or Canvas of their individual grade level expectations.
During the closure, curbside pickup of meals is available to families from noon to 1 p.m. each day. The hot item on the menu will be served as lunch and breakfast for the next day will be included.
Stewartsville will have staff available to distribute Chromebooks and classwork on Tuesday, Jan. 26 from 8 a.m. to noon and Wednesday, Jan. 27 from 3 to 6 p.m. Teachers will be reaching out to parents with their Remind app or by phone.