Superintendent confident in school’s COVID-19 response

NICHOLAS COUNTY, WV (WOAY) – Earlier today, Nicholas County Schools confirmed a case of coronavirus on bus 12.

School officials say the student will stay at home for at least 14 days since testing positive. Students who came into direct contact with the patient are also asked to self isolate. The superintendent says she’s confident in the school task force’s quick response, thanks to guidance from the health department.

“We have a lot of support, i have to say that,” said Dr. Donna Burge-Tetrick. “We received a lot of support from the state Department of Education, our local health department and of course, our delegate has stopped in quite often to check in and is here today to provide us with some support. I feel like we’re in good shape in Nicholas County.”

Students are required to wear face masks on buses, which officials hope will help prevent the virus from spreading. Buses are also cleaned twice a day.

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