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A student at Crossnore Elementary School was confirmed positive for COVID-19. 

NEWLAND — According to a press release from the Avery County School System on Tuesday, Dec. 8, a student at Crossnore Elementary School tested positive for COVID-19.

Due to the possibility of exposure, students in the affected classroom at Crossnore Elementary will be placed on remote learning to allow for a quarantine period through Friday, December 18, 2020. With Avery County Schools being closed for the Christmas holidays from Dec. 21 to Jan. 4, students in the classroom will return to in-class instruction after the Christmas break on Tuesday, Jan. 5.

While masks have been worn consistently by all students and staff, the school system is proceeding with the highest level of caution and is working under the recommendations of the Avery County Health Department, according to Superintendent Dr. Dan Brigman.

"Parents and students in the affected classroom have been notified by the school administration," Brigman said. "All schools have been and will continue to be deep cleaned. We will continue to follow safety protocols and work in partnership with the Avery County Health Department to ensure a safe learning environment is maintained throughout our school system."

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