Charter school’s students switch to at-home learning after staffer’s positive COVID-19 test

VIDEO: Charter school’s students switch to at-home learning after staffer’s positive COVID-19 test

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - Students at Orange Grove Charter School will not return to the classroom until after the Thanksgiving break after a school staff member tested positive for COVID-19, the school’s principal has confirmed.

“I don’t want to create some type of undeserved fear about know hey we had some huge outbreak,” Principal John Clendaniel said. “This is more of a staffing related issue just because of the location with it being in the employee daycare. This is our first case. We’re taking it very seriously.”

Clendaniel confirmed Thursday morning a school staff member and the staff member’s child tested positive for COVID-19. The child attends a school-sponsored day care.

Following guidelines from the state’s Department of Health and Environmental Control, close contacts with that staff member were contacted and any impacted classes were quarantined, he said.

“Today we’ve learned that the family members of the staff member who tested positive have also tested positive,” he said in a message sent to parents. “This finding impacts my employee daycare and the 14 teachers who have children there. The employee daycare will have to be closed for two weeks and I will inevitably lose those 14 teachers while they are without a childcare provider.”

Clendaniel said that because of the Thanksgiving holiday, Orange Grove’s elementary and middle school students will only miss six days of in-person instruction.

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