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Valdosta City Schools to reopen Thursday after disinfecting all schools, buses due to coronavirus concerns

Valdosta City Schools
Posted at 10:43 PM, Mar 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-11 16:49:23-04

VALDOSTA, Ga. (WTXL) — Valdosta City Schools will reopen after closing Wednesday out of an abundance of caution over a student-teacher who may have been exposed to coronavirus.

During the closure, officials say they were able to successfully clean and disinfect all schools and buses.

"Our schools were closed today out of an abundance of caution as a preventive measure to allow us to clean and disinfect all schools and buses to protect the health of our students and staff. We will continue to disinfect our schools, buses and frequently-touched hard surfaces daily," said Dr. William "Todd" Cason, the superintendent of Valdosta City Schools.

Tuesday night, officials announced that the school would be Wednesday after it was revealed a student-teacher at Sallas Mahone Elementary School in Valdosta had indirect contact with family members over the weekend who may have been exposed to COVID-19.

Valdosta City Schools was notified Tuesday evening and immediately alerted public health officials of the potential exposure.

Public health officials advised Valdosta City Schools that based on the available information, the student-teacher has an extremely low risk of any significant exposure to COVID-19. The individual and their family members do not currently have symptoms of the virus, but have decided to self-quarantine for the next two weeks.

Valdosta City Schools will continue to follow guidance from the CDC and DPH, and will communicate updates to our families, staff, and the community regularly at