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2 staff cases lead to quarantine of some students

ELKINS — Two Randolph County Schools employees have tested positive for COVID-19 and some students have been quarantined as a result, officials said.

“Two employees of the Randolph County school system have tested positive for COVID-19 with the result of quarantine of several school children who may have been exposed,” Bonnie Woodrum, the Randolph Elkins Health Department’s infectious disease specialist, told The Inter-Mountain Tuesday. “Many safety plans had already been implemented by the school system to protect the children as schools opened last week.

“Although these precautions were being observed, once positive cases were identified, decisions were made to reduce risk to all children as much as possible,” she said. “Out of an abundance of caution and following direction from the West Virginia Division of Infectious Disease and Epidemiology (DIDE), the health department worked with the superintendent of Randolph County Schools to identify children with increased risk and provide quarantine guidelines to their parents.

“We realize this is an inconvenience for many families, but we want to do all we can to protect the children and to keep schools open. We’re really doing our best for the good of the whole community.”

The Inter-Mountain placed calls to Randolph County Superintendent of Schools Debbie Schmidlen on Monday and Tuesday seeking information but they were not returned by presstime.

The Inter-Mountain received an email from a parent on Tuesday stating that her child’s bus driver had tested positive for COVID-19 and that the Randolph Board of Education called her on Monday evening saying her child had to be quarantined for 14 days.

The parent said the driver picks up students from Midland Elementary, Elkins Middle School and Elkins Middle School.

In Barbour County, officials have announced a case of COVID-19 among students in the county. A recorded message from Barbour County Superintendent of Schools Jeffrey Woofter to students’ parents on Sunday evening said there was one student case. In the message, he said there had been a thorough cleaning at all the schools in the county as a safety precaution over the weekend.

The Inter-Mountain placed calls to the Barbour County Board of Education on Monday and Tuesday but they were not returned by presstime.

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