Staff Report —
Occohannock Elementary School will be closed to students until Jan. 4, 2021, according to a notice posted to the school’s website.
Principal Frank Palmieri announced in a letter sent home to parents Tuesday, Nov. 24, that an Occohannock Elementary School student had tested positive for COVID-19.
The school was notified of the COVID-19 case late Monday, Nov. 23. The student has not attended school since Thursday, Nov. 19.
Northampton schools Superintendent Eddie Lawrence stated in a Nov. 30 letter that a total of four individuals at Occohannock Elementary have tested positive for COVID-19, but the school division was not notified of the three additional cases until after the Thanksgiving break had begun.
The decision to close Occohannock until Jan. 4 was made due to the need to quarantine instructional staff and to prevent further spread of the virus.
Lawrence advised parents that if any children exhibit symptoms of COVID-19, the children should be quarantined until they are diagnosed by a doctor, and arrangements can be made for them to continue their education virtually while in quarantine.
This story will be updated as more information becomes available.