Data provided by Campbell County Public Schools (CCPS) show 97 COVID-19 cases have been reported in the school system between August 16 and September 2.
13 cases were reported at Rustburg High School, 10 at William Campbell Combined School, and 9 each at Rustburg Middle School and Brookville High School. 8 cases each were reported at Yellowbranch Elementary School, Leesville Road Elementary School and Brookneal Elementary School. 7 cases were reported at Brookville Middle School and 6 at Rustburg Elementary School. All other county schools reported 3 or fewer cases between August 16 and September 2. Cornerstone Learning Center was the only county school with no reported cases in that window.
“Due to the increased COVID transmission rate in our region, CCPS has begun posting our COVID positive numbers on the Campbell County Public Schools webpage,” a statement from the school system released on August 31 reads. “This data set will be maintained as case data becomes available and will be subject to change as we receive case data.”
School officials have received calls from various community members voicing concerns about students’ safety during in-person learning.
“State law requires that we maintain in-person learning five days per week unless we are forced to move to a temporary virtual learning model due to high COVID transmission within a particular school, and in conjunction with VDH guidance,” CCPS’s August 31 statement reads. “If that were to occur, it would only be for the time required to lower COVID transmission inside that particular school.”
Data provided by the Virginia Department of Health updated on September 2 show an average of 25 new cases per day reported in Campbell County between August 26 and September 2. Daily cases in the county have climbed slowly and steadily since early July.