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A teacher at Riverside Elementary School and a student at Avery County High School was reported on Nov. 13 to test positive for COVID-19, according to a release from Avery County Schools.

NEWLAND — According to an Oct. 28 press release from the Avery County School System, a staff member at Newland Elementary School has tested positive for COVID-19.

Due to the possibility of exposure, students in the associated classroom will be placed on remote learning to allow for a quarantine period until Friday, Nov. 6. Students in this class will return to in-person instruction on Monday, Nov. 9. 

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 this classroom have been notified by the school administration. All schools, including Newland Elementary, have been 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," Brigman said.

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