Positive COVID-19 cases prompt changes at Avalon Elementary School

3 of 4 cases involve employees, school records show

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – Kindergarten, 2nd-grade, and 4th-grade students at Avalon Elementary School will be pivoting to virtual learning after four positive coronavirus cases at the school, according to Orange County Public Schools.

Three school employees and one student tested positive for the coronavirus, and a total of 38 people are now under quarantine, officials said.

The school district said LaunchED learning starts Wednesday for students affected by the cases and they will continue online learning until Oct. 23.

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The students who are moving temporarily to virtual learning will return to in-person classes on Oct. 26.

School officials said students and parents of kids who should quarantine have been notified.

“Everyone’s health and safety is our top priority,” officials said in a statement.

The district said the campus will be cleaned and disinfected.

Any students who need to pick up curbside meals can do so on Monday, according to the district.

Avalon Elementary student parent Matt Murphy was dropping off his daughter to class on Wednesday morning and said he’s confident she’ll be OK considering the precautions but the new cases hit “close to home.”

“I think they are trying to handle it properly and we are happy that the kids are able to go back to school so hopefully we can continue that and get pass this,” he said.