TRINITY — Trinity High School continues with its fully-virtual remote learning days after an individual on campus tested positive for COVID-19.
Randolph County Schools Superintendent Stephen Gainey told the A-T News on Monday that protocols which had been determined during the summer months have been implemented and will be followed as presented. After discovering the case Sunday, Brian Toth, the school’s principal, sent a telephone message to the homes of all students to inform parents of the change.
“Any person who has been exposed has already been notified of this exposure, or will be contacted by the leaders of Randolph County Public Health through their contact tracing process,” the phone message from Toth said, in part. “In addition, due to the reduced number of staff members available to operate the school with face-to-face instruction as a result of this case and the one on [Aug. 24], the school system has decided to place Trinity High School on remote instruction for 14 days.”
The school is scheduled to return with in-person classes Sept. 14 with Group A students. Group B students are set to return Sept. 17 to their portion of face-to-face instruction.
Gainey said the school system is working closely with Randolph County Health to coordinate its response. Staff and students were notified of the most recent case Sunday afternoon.
Toth and Gainey both reiterated that RCSS followed all directives of the health department to ensure the safety of students and staff. Those directives, according to Gainey, involved a structured sequence of events that began with informing all exposed individuals by telephone, then providing the phone message for students and parents, and finally, sending an email to all staff members of Trinity High School that afternoon.
“In [previous interviews], I was asked what our protocol would be,” Gainey said of inquiries throughout the summer regarding Randolph’s return to campus. “I said if we had a case, we’d review it, work very closely with Randolph County Health — as we have been since way back in March — and determine the extent of the exposure. That hasn’t changed.
“After 14 days, we’ll bring the students back to campus and try again.”
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