An employee at Berkeley Middle School told school administrators on Monday afternoon of having tested positive for the coronavirus.
Williamsburg-James City County Public Schools officials notified the staff the next day, said division spokeswoman Eileen Cox.
The employee was last on school property last week.
Administration notified the Peninsula Health District who will contact those who may have been exposed to the virus through contact tracing, she noted.
“They [the health department] believe there is little exposure risks because social distancing was in place and masks were worn,” Cox said.
This is second positive coronavirus case at Berkeley Middle School — the first was in August before staff arrived, Cox said.
So far there have been three cases at WJCC schools — the first case was in the operations department the last week in July.
“Recently, an employee in our school reported that she has tested positive for COVID-19,” Berkeley Middle School Principal Panagiotis Tsigaridas wrote in a Sep. 15 letter sent to Berkeley Staff. “The school division immediately contacted the Peninsula Health Department to assist with any contact tracing that might be necessary.”
“Fortunately, the health department advises us that risk to other workers is low based on the nature of the employee’s duties and limited contact with others.”
It’s unclear if the person who tested positive was female or male since the letter used both gender pronouns to refer to the employee.
Tsigaridas wrote “understandably” the news a coworker has tested positive “may be upsetting.”
The principal encouraged everyone to monitor for symptoms of the virus.
“While we each take steps to monitor and maintain our own good health, let us also send healing thoughts to our colleague and well wishes for his recovery,” she added. “If you have additional questions, please contact me directly. Please understand, however, that for privacy reasons, I am not able to discuss specifics about the employee or his illness.”
The division did not alert families about the positive case because most of the students are in remote learning.
However, Cox said there are there are currently seven special education students at Berkeley — there are 174 special education students district-wide.
“This person did not come in contact with the students at any time,” she said, adding the employee was not in the building since the students arrived on Monday.
Officials did not say disclose the employees job duties, citing personnel confidentiality.
YOU MIGHT ALSO WANT TO CHECK OUT THESES STORIES:
- Colonial Williamsburg files application to remove these downtown parking spaces. Here’s what the Planning Commission discussed
- You might want to check out this deal if you’re looking for a job
- Police: Ex-Hospice House employee embezzled funds
- ‘Colon cancer and the Black community’: Here’s where you can learn more about the topic
- ‘Reading between the Wines’: It’s Literacy for Life’s fundraiser, and it will be virtual this year
- Here is the latest on the Governor’s Inn project