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Chatham High School is one of the county schools returning to in-person instruction this week.

One Chatham High School student has tested positive for COVID-19, Pittsylvania County School Board Secretary Dr. Jessica Jones said at a county school board meeting last night.

Students in grades four through 12 returned to in-person instruction Monday for the first time since March, following an adapted A/B day schedule that puts one group of students in the classroom on Mondays and Thursdays and another group in the classroom Tuesdays and Fridays, with Wednesday dedicated as a deep-cleaning day.

"We understand this news is concerning and want to share our efforts to keep students and staff safe, healthy and in school," Superintendent Dr. Mark Jones said in an email to parents yesterday.

"We have been working closely with the Pittsylvania-Danville Health District to identify anyone who had close contact with the person to determine if they might have been potentially exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19," Mark Jones said. "In working with School Health Services and the local health district, it has been determined that any individual considered potentially exposed has been contacted and appropriate mitigating measures taken."

A "potential exposure" is defined as a person who has had close contact with a person who tested positive for COVID-19.

A "close contact" is considered less than 6 feet, for at least 15 minutes, with or without a mask or face covering.

"You do not need to take any further action at this time," Mark Jones continued. "The classrooms and any other spaces impacted have been cleaned and disinfected."

Mark Jones encouraged concerned parents to contact their child's school principal for further information, and to seek help from a healthcare provider if they believe their student may have contracted COVID-19.

"The health and safety of our students, families and staff remains our top priority," Mark Jones said.

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Officials say the other CHS students are not at risk, following a contact trace on the infected student.

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