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Growing COVID-19 cases, exposures force Danville's GW high school to go virtual for rest of week
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Growing COVID-19 cases, exposures force Danville's GW high school to go virtual for rest of week

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George Washington High School students return to classes Aug. 9 on the first day of school for Danville Public Schools.

With a growing number of COVID-19 cases and exposures, George Washington High School students are switching to virtual learning for two days this week.

The move was announced Wednesday evening by the school on Facebook.

Students were told not report to the school Thursday or Friday. Instead, they will return for face-to-face instruction Tuesday. Danville Public Schools are closed Monday for Labor Day.

“Our school has had a considerable number of COVID-19 cases and exposures,” school leaders wrote on Facebook. “During our closure, our custodial staff will be deep cleaning classrooms and other shared spaces, as well as buses so that students can return to a safe, clean environment.”

Since classes resumed Aug. 9, 29 GW students have tested positive for the illness caused by the novel coronavirus, the school system’s dashboard reports. Another 42 students have been exposed to someone with a positive case.

One employee at GW also tested positive and there were two exposures to staff members.

In all, 78 students and nine employees in Danville Public Schools have tested positive for COVID-19 in less than a month.

“The health and safety of our students is our number one priority as we continue to navigate education during a pandemic,” leaders wrote.

Students were instructed to use Google Meets via Chromebooks each day. For those without internet access, hotspots are available at the IT help desk located at the I.W. Taylor Virtual Academy from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

Lunches for students can be picked up at Ballou Park Shopping Center, Nor Dan Shopping Center, Riverside Shopping Center and Cane Creek Shopping Center from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. daily.

As of Thursday morning, Pittsylvania County Schools had 34 active cases of COVID-19. That school system does not track cumulative cases, instead it only lists those infections considered active.


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