Colonial Heights elementary school to move to virtual-only classes over COVID-19 cases

'Out of an abundance of caution and transparency'
Posted at 7:32 PM, Oct 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-26 00:04:42-04

COLONIAL HEIGHTS, Va -- Lakeview Elementary in Colonial Heights will shift to all virtual classes Monday because of more COVID-19 cases at the school, district officials posted on social media Sunday evening.

"Students will not report to the building tomorrow," district officials posted. "The school will contact families of students who may have been exposed."

The school system said families would be contacted with specific information related to virtual learning, parent sessions, and laptop pick up dates.

"As we move forward, we will continue to evaluate the situation and keep you updated. We will follow the guidelines and safety protocols outlined by the Chesterfield Virginia Department of Health," district officials said.

School leaders also reminded parents that if their child is not feeling well or has come in contact with someone with COVID -- or is waiting on a test result, to "please call before sending your child to school."

According to the Virginia Department of Health's COVID-19 tracker, three outbreaks and 186 cases have been reported in K-12 settings in the Chesterfield Health District, which includes Chesterfield and Powhatan counties as well as the City of Colonial Heights.

"We urge families to continue to be diligent about wearing masks in public, handwashing, and social distancing," officials said. "The safety of our students, staff, and community is a top priority, and we will continue to be transparent while following VDH guidance for each unique situation."

Colonial Heights is one of a number of Virginia school districts who let parents choose between in-person or virtual learning for the start of the 2020 academic year.

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COVID-19 Precautions

Most patients with COVID-19 have mild to moderate symptoms. However, in a small proportion of patients, COVID-19 can lead to more severe illness, including death, particularly among those who are older or those who have chronic medical conditions.

COVID-19 spreads primarily through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

Symptoms include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. Symptoms appear within 14 days of being exposed to an infectious person.

Virginia health officials urged the following precautions:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer only if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Avoid contact with sick people.
  • Avoid non-essential travel.