A high number of COVID-19 cases has forced West Craven High School to return to online-only classes.

Based on the COVID School Closure Alert System, West Craven High School is in the red with 31 percent of its instructional staff out of school due to either testing positive for COVID-19 or as a result of being identified as a close contact needing to quarantine for 14 days.

Screen shot from Craven County Schools website.

“Out of an abundance of caution for our students and staff, West Craven High School will move to full remote learning starting Monday, February 1st until Friday, February 5th. It is our goal for the school to return to in-person learning the week of February 8th, 2021,” the school district announced on Sunday afternoon.

“We apologize for this inconvenience for our students and families but are hopeful this time will allow for our staff to safely return to school. Craven County Schools will continue to evaluate this situation and will inform our West Craven High students, staff, families, and the community of any further decisions. It is recommended if our West Craven High parents have any additional questions to please contact their child’s teacher or school administrators for assistance.”

Craven County Schools reported on Sunday that 5 staff members and 16 students tested positive between Jan. 28-29. One staff member and nine students tested positive for COVID-19 Jan. 21 and 22. The cases are spread across several campuses, but enough are at West Craven High School to move its staffing status to “red” status.

Roger Bell New Technology Elementary School and J.T. Barber Elementary School report “yellow” statuses, wheres all other Craven County Schools report “green” status.

Craven County has 7,177 lab-confirmed cases and 106 COVID-19-related deaths, according to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.

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