Sampson County teacher tests positive for coronavirus

Posted August 12, 2020 11:49 a.m. EDT
Updated August 12, 2020 11:59 a.m. EDT

At East Hoke Middle School, the cafeteria has been divided into temporary classrooms with desks spaced six feet apart.

— A Sampson County Schools high school teacher tested positive for the coronavirus Tuesday. Teachers in Sampson County have started coming back into the buildings to prepare for the school year.

The district decided to start the school year online. Kindergarten through eighth-grade students will learn remotely until Sept. 14, and high school students will learn remotely until Oct. 14.

The Hobbton High School teacher came to work on Monday and did not come into work on Tuesday. A cleaning company was at the school on Wednesday to sanitize the building.

The principal at Hobbton High had breakfast for the staff set up and social distancing guidelines in place. Most of the staff was socially distanced during breakfast, but not all, Assistant Superintendent Wendy Cabral said. Masks were worn at all times except when staff was eating together.

Virus screenings were in place the morning the sick teacher came into work, officials said. Buildings are sanitized daily, and staff do not leave the building for lunch.

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