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Students face 14-day quarantine after possible elementary school COVID exposure

Posted at 5:38 PM, Sep 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-15 18:01:34-04

PRINCE GEORGE COUNTY, Va. -- It was a windy, but quiet, Tuesday at North Elementary School in Prince Geoge County. This after 24 students were asked to quarantine following a confirmed case of coronavirus at the elementary school.

"I got a call, 10 o'clock Monday morning and said, kind of explained what was going on, for us to come get our child," parent Kelli Guy, who was supportive of Prince George Schools giving families an option to return to the classroom, said. "They were exposed, which doesn't mean they have it, they just want to take precautions and send them home."

The students were asked to quarantine at home for 14 days.

"It was a precautionary measure, to keep our children safe, to keep our teachers and staff safe," Prince George Schools Superintendent Dr. Lisa Pennycuff said.

The school system had a plan in place for when students would be exposed to the virus and previously designated every Friday a virtual learning day so, "it wouldn't be something that would be new to them either, while we were working through this process," Pennycuff said.

Parent Pete Santella also said he was pleased with the way Prince George has handled the situation.

"I'm glad they didn't shut the schools down, glad they just identified it and did what they did," he said.

Both Guy and Santellia said when the 14-day quarantine ended, they planned to send their 5th graders back inside North Elementary.