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October 30, 2020

7 Highland School students test positive for COVID-19

The 489-student private school in Warrenton this month returned to in-person five days a week for all grades, with a complete “distance learning option.”
As soon as the school received information of the positive test results, the health department was immediately notified. Follow-up and instructions for families and the school will be coordinated by health department officials
— Donna Tomlinson, Highland spokeswoman
Seven students at Highland School in Warrenton recently tested positive for COVID-19, prompting a temporary return to “distance learning” for Grades 9-12.

That shift affects only the 223-student Upper School, according to Highland spokeswoman Donna Tomlinson.

Most of Highland’s 137 Middle School and 129 Lower School students will continue to study in classrooms five days per week.

“Throughout the summer, Highland prepared and implemented extensive internal health and safety protocols for the management of COVID-19, with input from the health department,” Ms. Tomlinson wrote in a press release Friday afternoon. “As soon as the school received information of the positive test results, the health department was immediately notified. Follow-up and instructions for families and the school will be coordinated by health department officials.”

Highland’s Upper School started the fall term with a hybrid system, with students in classrooms two days a week and distance learning two days a week.

All of the Warrenton school’s students also had the option of full-time distance learning.

In October, the ninth- through 12-graders started in-person classes four days a week and then five days a week on Monday, Oct. 19.

The Middle and Lower Schools began semester with in-person classes four days a week. They shifted to five days a week this month.

“We want to express our appreciation to our local health department officials for their guidance and support of the school community,” Ms. Tomlinson said.

The seven cases at Highland represent the largest number related to a public or private school in Fauquier since the pandemic started.

Fauquier County Public Schools will begin hybrid instruction Monday, Nov. 9. More than 7,000 students will enter classrooms for the first time since mid-March.

Half of those students will attend in-person classes on Mondays and Tuesday; the other half will go to school Thursdays and Fridays.

More than 3,000 students will continue virtual classes, streamed lived by teachers leading courses in schools.

Fauquier’s public schools have reported four positive tests since launching an online “dashboard” Sept. 24.

As of Friday, the health department had reported 1,114 COVID-19 cases, 56 hospitalizations and 27 deaths since the pandemic began.

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MirandaD · December 12, 2020 at 9:18 pm
How much the world has changed because of this pandemic. I am sure that this has not left without a trace on anyone, especially the education system worries me. Distance learning will not be able to provide good knowledge and educational institutions will graduate weak specialists. In my experience, I can say that due to a misunderstanding of the educational information, I cannot complete some tasks on my own, but I use the help of specialists I am sure that this will not give me more knowledge. I really want the pandemic to end and the world to be the same.
RosieRosie · November 3, 2020 at 11:10 am
Unfortunately, COVID also affected the teaching staff, there were many unemployedprofessor. I really hope that COVID will recede and normal study will come.
Holland11 · November 2, 2020 at 7:17 am
When did the testes results come back? How many more people have been positive?
Truepat · November 2, 2020 at 6:22 am
One must be reminded that the original student who brought the virus to school had a lapse in precaution somewhere outside of the school. It is imperative that parents/guardians monitor the actions of their school aged under 18 students. Although I wear a mask, someone exposed me to the virus however, since I wore a mask prior to my diagnosis, none of my close friends who I encountered caught the virus, makes you think... Most likely everyone will eventually be exposed so keep your immune system in good shape because that's the difference maker the specialists told me
Savefauquiercounty2019 · November 1, 2020 at 12:22 pm
We wish Highlander well. God bless.
badelectronics · October 31, 2020 at 7:06 am
AmericanPatriot · October 30, 2020 at 7:29 pm
How many have tested positive for opioids?

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