HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – According to a release from Whitesburg Christian Academy, an upper school student tested positive for COVID-19 Sunday.
Classroom instruction started last Wednesday, August 5th, at the school. On Sunday, August 9, The Academy was notified of a student tested positive for COVID-19 from an off campus exposure.
The Academy says they immediately started contact tracing protocol to determine possible exposure to other students.
“We do assign seats. So we took those seat assignments and this was an upper school so they are changing classes and we were able to track where that student was in every class and identify all the people that sat around that student,” says Headmaster Jerry Reeder.
The school says they determined that only two students were exposed outside of school and that the two students were transferred to distance learning Monday.
“We take a computer and sit it on their desk and its pointed towards the teacher ant they are hearing the same instruction that everybody in the class is,” says Reeder.
Whitesburg says their campus is closed to outside visitors and have isolated students into four main buildings with little or no cross traffic between buildings.
“So even if we had a severe outbreak in one building four buildings of our students would still be able to come to school and we feel like that has really helped us a lot,” says Reeder.
Students are required to wear masks, practice social distancing, and good sanitation practices.
While this is the first positive COVID-19 case at Whitesburg Christian Academy, Head Master Jerry Reeder says he doubts it will be the last. And that’s why the school is focused on having many protocols in place to mitigate a large outbreak from happening at the school.