Chesapeake private school to be closed Tuesday after 2 people test positive for COVID-19

Posted at 5:49 PM, Sep 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-07 19:20:29-04

CHESAPEAKE, Va. - A private school in Chesapeake will be closed on Tuesday, September 8 after two people have tested positive for COVID-19, the head of the school confirmed to News 3 Monday.

Kathy Rader, the head of StoneBridge School, said school officials found out that the two people in the Upper School tested positive for the virus on Saturday. She said while school officials were unable to get in touch with the health department Monday, they are being proactive and will consult with the department on Tuesday.

Rader said the school values in-person instruction and that they hope to reopen on Wednesday. She says the health department will be in touch with parents who are concerned about the positive cases and who want to know if their children need to self-isolate or get tested. She added that to her understanding, it's the health department's responsibility to contact parents.

In a message to StoneBridge parents, teachers and staff, Rader said the entire campus will be sanitized and deep cleaned and that the Upper School Back to School Night will be rescheduled for a later date.

While Tuesday is the first day of school for many school districts in Hampton Roads, according to StoneBridge School's calendar, students went back to school on August 27.

According to the director of StoneBridge School, masks are optional for students in the Lower Schools, which consist of pre-K through 5th grade. They are not optional for students in the Upper Schools, which are 6th-12th grades.

Stay with News 3 for updates.