Two Marshall County schools suspend in-person teaching after staff members test positive for COVID-19

Marshall County

MARSHALL CO. W.Va. (WTRF) — Marshall County Schools and the Health Department were notified Sunday afternoon that one staff member tested positive for COVID-19 at McNinch Primary School and one who tested positive at Sherrard Middle School.   According to the release, the number of students exposed to these staff members was extremely limited and each of those families has been directly contacted.  

“According to CDC Guidelines, we only need to close the classrooms with the limited number of students who were exposed,” said Marshall County School Superintendent Dr. Shelby Haines. “However, we want to take extreme caution in moving forward with the remote learning at those two schools for two weeks.”   

In total, the Health Department says 9 staff members and 10 students were exposed to the infected staff members and those individuals have been called and quarantine procedures taken. 

There were a minimum number of students exposed but there were a number of faculty exposed, so we need to do some deep cleaning and make sure we’re taking all kinds of precautions. We spent a lot of time before school started getting ready for remote learning. So, hopefully this transition will be as seamless as possible.

Dr. Shelby Haines, Superintendent for Marshall County Schools

We’re not exempt from seeing positive cases in Marshall County. So, will it happen? Yes. Did the plan run smoothly? Yes. It ran very smoothly. 

Tom Cook, Health Department Administrator

Students at McNinch Primary School and Sherrard Middle School will begin remote learning on Monday, September 14, lasting for two weeks. Students will return to in-person learning at those two schools, following a hybrid schedule, on Monday, September 28.

All other Marshall County schools will continue to follow Level 3. This means students who don’t attend McNinch Primary School or Sherrard Middle School will report for in-person instruction two days per week and also participate in distance learning three days, based on the first letter of the child’s last name.   

County officials have been in contact with the West Virginia Department of Education and Dr. Omjod from the WVDHHR and will continue to work closely with the Marshall County Health Department. 

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