Weddington Elementary temporarily switching to remote learning after staff member tests positive

UNION COUNTY, N.C. — Officials with Union County Public Schools said Wednesday that Weddington Elementary will transition to full remote learning until Sept. 8 after a staff member tested positive for COVID-19.

As a result, several other staff members and students may have been exposed to the virus, district leaders said.

The school district spoke to Union County Public Health officials and made the decision to close the school for staff and students from Aug. 27 to Sept. 7.

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Union County health and school district officials are working with the staff member who tested positive to determine if anyone else has been in close contact with that person.

If a student ends up being identified as being in close contact with that staff member, a school nurse or county health official will contact parents within 24 hours for further guidance, according to a release.

In the meantime, the district said it is following cleaning protocols and sanitizing the school according to recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.