School system closes West Chatham Elementary for one week after positive COVID-19 cases

School system closes West Chatham Elementary for one week after positive COVID-19 cases

CHATHAM COUNTY, Ga. (WTOC) - The Savannah-Chatham County Public School System is closing West Chatham Elementary School for a week after positive COVID-19 cases.

According to the school system, there have been positive COVID cases identified among administrative and front office personnel. The school system states that there is no indication that those who have tested positive have been in close contact with any students at the school.

Parents are still asked to monitor your child closely for possible symptoms.

The school system says that the school will be deep cleaned and disinfected while the building is closed for one week.

West Chatham Elementary students will use virtual instruction Oct. 19-23:

  • Students should follow their normal instructional schedule and log on to “itsLearning” for classes during the closure.
  • Should you have any questions about assignments or instruction during the closure, please contact your child’s teacher.

While April Zamora doesn’t have kids in the elementary, she does have two sixth graders next door. She says the closure was alarming.

“It was scary to me because I felt like well it happened there so is there any children that live in the same household that goes to the middle school as the elementary school,” Zamora said.

She sent her kids back to in-person learning on the first day of phase two on Oct. 5, but says the recent news has her reconsidering. While she feels the district is handling it well, she wants more oversight on the COVID screenings.

“I just hope they can get a hang of it because I know there’s so many students going into the school now that it’s kind of hard to keep up with everyone, but as with my students, I have to do a survey every morning if they have a temperature or anything so I just hope that they are able to keep it to where it won’t happen again,” Zamora said.

Parents will be notified of the school reopening no later than close of business on Thursday, Oct. 22.

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