West Liberty Elementary To Re-Open Monday

WHEELING ­– West Liberty Elementary School will reopen Monday and resume in-person classes four days a week, Ohio County Schools officials announced Friday.

The facility was closed last week “due to staffing issues” after one employee tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.

Contact tracing revealed six staff members were exposed and needed to be quarantined.

No students were exposed, Superintendent Kim Miller said.

Students at the school have been doing remote learning from home this week.

West Liberty Elementary again will be on the same schedule as all other public schools in Ohio County, according to Gabe Wells, communications coordinator for Ohio County Schools.

All school buildings will continue to be open four days a week for in-person learning, while the buildings will be closed on Wednesdays for cleaning.

On Wednesdays, students are responsible for online assignments from home.

School officials offered no additional comment Friday.

A Wheeling Park High School custodian also tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday, as did a bus driver and a transportation aide within the school district.

In total, 15 staff members at WPHS were determined as direct contacts of the infected employee and were quarantined. WPHS has remained open.

In addition, the Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department announced Friday that a single probable COVID-19 case has been identified at Elm Grove Elementary School. The student is in a household with two other positive COVID-19 cases and is showing signs and symptoms of COVID-19. The health department and school officials have investigated and identified the students and staff that were direct contacts. Those individuals are being contacted and placed in quarantine. School staff will conduct appropriate disinfection and cleaning of all areas within the school.


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