School System and Health Department Work Together to Combat COVID Spread

When a suspected case of COVID-19 is reported to Hardy County Schools, the school system works in conjunction with the Hardy County Health Department to determine the outcome. This according to the latest information from the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources. Hardy County Schools Superintendent Sheena VanMeter provided the Board of Education with information regarding responding to suspected COVID-19 cases at their meeting held Monday, Oct. 5.

When the school system is notified of a suspected case, they immediately contact the health department, who determines if the case is positive. From then on, it’s a joint effort.

The health department and the school system work together on contact tracing and both determine the next course of action. 

According to DHHR, there are four courses of action.

•The school goes on remote learning while the contact tracing is completed and the building cleaned.

•Specific individuals are required to quarantine.

•A classroom is quarantined.

•The school goes on remote learning for 14 days because of an outbreak.

An outbreak is defined as two or more people from separate households with confirmed COVID-19 in a single classroom or core group.

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•The next meeting of the Hardy County Board of Education will be held on Monday, Oct. 19, beginning at 5 p.m. The meetings are held at the Central Office, 510 Ashby St. in Moorefield. The public is welcome. Masks are required.