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Coronavirus positive: Matoaka Elementary returns to remote learning

Matoaka Elementary School (WYDaily file)
Matoaka Elementary School (WYDaily file)

There have been three positive cases of the coronavirus from staff at Matoaka Elementary School this week, prompting Williamsburg-James City County Public Schools officials to return students there to remote learning until Nov. 16.

The school also closed at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, according to an online post from WJCC.

The district’s COVID-19 dashboard on Thursday showed the first positive case at Matoaka was reported Saturday, then another Wednesday and one more Thursday – all staff members.

So far, there are nine total reported coronavirus positive cases in the school district.

Some schools in the district transitioned to Path 2 of WJCC’s Return to Learn Plan, and Matoaka was one of them.

Unrelated to the coronavirus, two other WJCC elementary schools Laurel Lane and Clara Byrd Baker –– have a mold outbreak which has now delayed the return of K-3 students to the classroom until Nov. 9.

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John Mangalonzo (john@localdailymedia.com) is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.

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