Midway Elementary closes following COVID outbreak

By Zach Armstrong

DINWIDDIE, Va -- Dinwiddie Public Schools announced Midway Elementary School would be closed Nov. 3-5 after confirming multiple and widespread Covid outbreaks at the school with operations at the school resuming on Monday, Nov. 8.

“We are working under the guidance of the Crater VDH to identify additional close contact exposures.” stated DCPS on social media. “If your child is determined to be an exposure, you will be contacted directly by the school.  We will also continue to clean and disinfect all areas of the school.”

For planning purposes, instructional pacing was adjusted when the students returned to school, according to a DCPS social media post.

The school division first became aware of COVID exposure among staff on Nov. 2, which students had off. A robocall was sent to parents letting them know the school would be closed that week. Contact tracing also occurred following the outbreak and anyone who was exposed was contacted alerting them to take quarantine protocol.

During the closure of Midway, extra cleaning procedures were undergone in every room inside the school.

DCPS recommends that families continue to monitor their child’s health for any Covid symptoms and if the child develops symptoms, please contact their healthcare provider immediately. The division also urges families to continue to contact the school to report any potential exposures and positive cases and the school nurse will follow up.