CHAMBERS COUNTY, Ala. (WTVM) - Schools in Chambers County are being closed for the rest of the week after dozens of employees have either tested positive for COVID-19 or been quarantined due to exposure.
Chambers County School District officials say that Tuesday, 24 school employees and counting were being quarantined due to the virus.
The school board held a called session to approve measures from Chambers County Superintendent Casey Chambley to close all schools and facilities between Jan. 6 and Jan. 8.
A blended learning model will resume next week between Jan. 11 and Jan. 15, allowing parents to choose whether their children will participate in in-person or virtual learning.
Beginning Jan. 19, the District will resume a traditional learning model for all students except those who previously decided to participate in virtual learning for the third quarter of the school year.
“Furthermore, we continue to urge students, parents, and employees to follow the recommended health guidelines of social distancing, wearing masks, and frequent hand- washing,” Superintendent Chambley added. “Anyone who experiences exposure or receives a positive test for the virus while they are home should immediately notify school officials so that accurate data related to the virus can be properly maintained.”
The school board also voted to extend the the Families First Coronavirus Response Act for school employees through Mar. 31.