By Carol Vaughn —
Nandua High School is closed for in-person instruction for two weeks after several staff members tested positive for COVID-19, according to a letter sent to parents and guardians Wednesday.
“Due to health and safety concerns, Nandua High School will be closed from October 22, 2020 through November 4, 2020,” the letter from School Superintendent W. C. “Chris” Holland stated.
Students are expected to attend classes virtually during the period the school is closed, according to the letter.
The letter said the school district is working closely with the health department to identify any individuals who had close contact with the staff members who were diagnosed with coronavirus.
The letter went on to say the health department will contact families of students determined to have been exposed to the virus.
“If you are not contacted by the health department, you do not need to stay home or exclude yourself from activities at this time,” it said.
The letter did not say how many staff members were diagnosed with the virus, but teachers reportedly were told of two.
The Virginia Department of Health COVID-19 daily dashboard Thursday morning showed one outbreak in K-12 schools in the Eastern Shore Health District, bringing the total number of outbreaks in the district to 15 since the pandemic began.
The CDC school metrics section of the VDH website, last updated Wednesday, showed Accomack County as reporting 43.19 new cases per 100,000 population in the last 14 days and a 2.2% positivity rate for tests during the last 14 days.