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YMCA child care program at Henrico High reports first positive COVID-19 case

YMCA child care program at Henrico High reports first positive COVID-19 case

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The Henrico County School Board met Thursday to receive health information.

A student who attended the YMCA’s child care program at Henrico High School has tested positive for COVID-19, according to Karen Castillo-Rose, the school’s principal.

This is the first positive case involving a student in the child care program, which serves about 700 students, said Henrico County Public Schools spokesperson Andy Jenks.

All other 36 cases across the school system have involved either employees, parents or school visitors.

School officials learned of the positive case on Sunday. The student was last at the school on Friday.

Lindy Bumgarner, a spokesperson for the YMCA, said those who were in contact with the student are required to quarantine for 14 days. She declined to comment further, citing privacy concerns.

According to Castillo-Rose, the child care program operates in a building away from Henrico High School staff.

The positive case comes as the county School Board prepares to weigh expanding in-person learning.

The system’s health committee is scheduled to issue a recommendation to the board on Oct. 22. Some teachers have expressed uncertainty in going back to their classrooms; some say they are considering resigning if they aren’t allowed to continue to teach virtually.

Right now, students with special needs, English Language Learners, early learners and other small groups are allowed to have in-person instruction.

Jenks said all child care programs operate under the school system’s health plan, which requires social distancing and cloth masks to be worn in the buildings.

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