It has been a difficult start to the week for Greenbrier County Schools. On the afternoon Sunday, November 8, school officials announced that an individual at Greenbrier East High School had tested positive for COVID-19.
Several hours later, it was further announced that individuals at White Sulphur Springs Elementary School and Eastern Greenbrier Middle School had also tested positive for the virus.
A post on Greenbrier County School’s Facebook page stated: “These individuals have been quarantined and contact tracing is underway. All individuals identified as close contact will be in quarantine. As always, the safety and well being of our students, staff and families is our top priority.”
In accordance with Greenbrier County’s school re-entry plan, students from Greenbrier East High School and Eastern Greenbrier Middle School have transitioned to remote-learning until Thursday, November 12 to allow for thorough cleaning and sanitization of school facilities. All extracurricular-activities scheduled at these school locations will be suspended until in-person learning resumes.
The situation in White Sulphur Springs Elementary School has prompted school officials to transition students to remote-learning for the period of Tuesday, November 10 through Friday, November 20. In-person learning will resume after the Thanksgiving break on Monday, November 30.
And on Monday, November 9, another announcement was made regarding Rupert Elementary School, as individuals at that school have also tested positive for COVID-19.
Another post on Greenbrier County Schools Facebook page read, “Rupert Elementary students will learn remotely Tuesday, November 10. The school is closed on Wednesday, November 11 in observance of Veterans Day. Students return on Thursday, November 12.”
Due to increased spread of the virus, the Tuesday, November 10 regular meeting of the Greenbrier County Board of Education will be held virtually. The link to the virtual meeting is available by visiting greenbriercountyschools.org.
In their notices to parents and media, the school system reminded everyone that to prevent the spread of COVID-19, everyone is urged to follow best health practices as issued by the Governor’s Executive Orders and outlined by the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) and the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) guidance. This includes wearing face coverings, practicing social distancing, and frequent hand washing and cleaning protocols.