‘We knew this was going to happen:’ PCS responds to recent COVID-19 cases

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Classroom (Photo: ZUMA / MGN)

PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Pender County Schools says specific classes at Topsail Elementary have been asked to quarantine.

More than two dozen students and eight staff members were asked to do so after being exposed to a positive case of COVID-19, according to the district’s spokesman Alex Riley.

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The county health department is reaching out to the families of all the students.

WWAY was told that both of the classrooms have been thoroughly cleaned with a fogging device and will continue to be cleaned daily with hospital-grade sanitizer.

Riley says the school system was prepared for this.

“We knew that anytime you bring people together in a situation like this there’s definitely a chance there’s going to be an exposure, there’s going to be a need to make sure that things are sanitized and clean,” Riley said. “So we’ve been preparing, we knew this was going to happen at one point and wanted to make sure we were in the best position possible when it did happen.”

Riley says the group is quarantining for 14 days.

He says the school will continue to operate as it has been at this time.

On August 21, teachers, staff, and students at several Hampstead-area schools were advised to quarantine after a possible COVID-19 exposure.