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GHS campus closed

Goshen High School remained closed Monday after administrators learned a contractor with the COVID-19 virus had been on campus the previous week.

Dr. Mark Bazzell, superintendent of the Pike County Schools, said he closed the campus out of an abundance of caution on Saturday, after receiving notification that an individual employed by an outside vendor providing services to the school had tested positive for COVID-19.

“We have an out-of-town company that cleans all our facilities,” Bazzell said. “We were notified that a person who was working here last Wednesday had tested positive for COVID-19.”

Bazzell said eight employees had been on the campus between Wednesday and Saturday. “I’ve already cleared six to return to work and we’re working with the other two,” he said.

The high school building will be deep cleaned and sanitized this week before being reopened to faculty and staff. Meanwhile, the Child Nutrition Program will provide services at Goshen Elementary School from 9 a.m. until noon.

Meanwhile, Bazzell said Pike County Schools will begin distributing pre-K through sixth-grade packets and instructions for students and parents on Wednesday.

“We are asking parents to pick up these packets from their child’s school beginning Wednesday, April 1. Assignments are grouped by weeks beginning April 6th and focus on essential standards for grades PreK through third,” he said. “For grades fourth through sixth , please follow the specific guidance provided in the packets. Students with special needs will be provided services per the student’s educational plan.”

Questions regarding services should be directed to Dr. Mark Head at 334-566-1850. Directions and tutorial information for parents is included in each packet.

Parents will return the materials on May 1 for a review.

The district also will establish a hotline number for parents to call if they need help.

Packets for seventh- and eighth-graders, as well as ninth through 11th grades, will be distributed later this week.

“Our high school principals and counseling staff are contacting the seniors individually to make sure they have what they need to graduate,” he said.

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