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COVID-19 scare: Warhill High School shuts down for two weeks

Warhill High School shut down because of coronavirus cases, school division says. (WYDaily/ Courtesy of WJCC Schools' Facebook page)
Warhill High School shut down because of coronavirus cases, school division says. (WYDaily/ Courtesy of WJCC Schools’ Facebook page)

Warhill High School is closed for at least two weeks.

Williamsburg-James City County Public Schools shut down the high school after an uptick in coronavirus cases among staff –– five cases since Nov. 4 with four of the cases being reported in the past week.

“Teachers and staff are working remotely and return to the building on Nov. 30,” said Eileen Cox, spokeswoman for WJCC Schools, adding the decision was made out of an abundance of caution.

Teachers and staff were coming to the school building and working, remotely teaching inside their classrooms.

Cox said “one small group of students” –– about a dozen students considered special education and English learners –– were at Warhill and have now gone back to remote learning.

She reiterated the decision to have staff work remotely for two weeks was made “out of an abundance of caution” even though the cases “appears to be limited to one department.”

Cox did not identify the department because it might “potentially identify the small number of employees.” She did note, however, the department “does not interact with students in the building right now.”

When asked if the Nov. 30 date was concrete or tentative for staff to return to Warhill, Cox said yes.

In addition, 12th grade students are supposed to return to school for several in-person learning days starting on Nov. 30, but the timeline for the Warhill 12th grade students could change.

Cox said “a decision hasn’t been made on that yet” but the division will keep families posted on the timeline.

At this time, the division does not plan to close other schools in the district.

According to the WJCC’s COVID-19 Dashboard, which was last updated on Monday, there have been 17 positive coronavirus cases among staff since July 1.

The latest numbers for the Peninsula Health District, including the Historic Triangle area are below, courtesy of the Virginia Department of Health’s COVID-19 Dashboard:

Here are the latest positive coronavirus cases, hospitalizations and deaths in the Historic Triangle, information courtesy of the Virginia Department of Health. (WYDaily/ Julia Marsigliano)
Here are the latest positive coronavirus cases, hospitalizations and deaths in the Historic Triangle, information courtesy of the Virginia Department of Health. (WYDaily/ Julia Marsigliano)

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Julia Marsigliano is a multimedia reporter for WYDaily. She covers everything on the Peninsula from local government and law enforcement agencies to family-run businesses and weather updates. Before WYDaily, she covered Hampton and Newport News for WYDaily’s sister publication, HNNDaily before both publications merged in December 2018. Julia was born in Tokyo, Japan and moved to Long Island, New York in 2001. A true New Yorker, she loves pizza, bagels and good Chinese food. Send comments, tips and other tidbits to julia@localvoicemedia.com. You can follow her on Twitter at @jmarsigliano

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