The Henrico County Public Schools Department reported 55 new cases in its schools and offices last week — a slight increase from the last week 44 reported cases.
The largest increase in COVID-19 cases occurred in primary schools, where 36 positive cases were reported. There, most cases were reported at Pinchbeck Elementary with eight cases. In elementary schools, there were 192 exposures in the week – 39 at Colonial Trail, 31 at Glen Allen and 27 at Highland Springs.
Nine positive cases and 101 close contacts were reported in HCPS secondary schools. The highest number of exposures, 64, was reported at Fairfield Middle School.
There were also nine cases reported in county high schools, along with 59 exposures — 51 of those close contacts took place at Glen Allen High.
A positive case and four close contacts were reported to the Central Office of the School Division.
As of Sept. 1, HCPS has reported 1,094 cases among students and staff — 572 in elementary schools, 227 in high schools, 275 in high schools, and 20 in various annexes. There are about 48,000 personal students and about 7,000 staff in HCPS, according to the most recent school district estimates.
Student absenteeism has been twice as high in the past two weeks as the Baseline 2018-2019, according to HCPS Chief of Staff Beth Teigen. Research show that Chronic absence—missing 10% or more of school days for any reason—can cause third-grade students to have difficulty learning to read and fail to graduate from high school.
But the number of young students who have to stay home from school and quarantine should soon decrease because children ages 5-11 are now eligible for the Pfizer vaccine, and those who are fully vaccinated generally don’t need to go into quarantine if they’re exposed to the virus.
The Richmond and Henrico Health Districts hosted a pediatric vaccination event at Fairfield Middle School on Saturday and more than 150 children under 11 received a dose of the vaccine.
Since pediatric COVID-19 vaccines for 5-11-year-olds became available locally on Nov. 4, more than 3,300 Henrico children under age 11 have received one dose, according to the Virginia Department of Health vaccine. dashboard.
The next special pediatric clinics will be held on Nov. 20 at Elko Middle School, 5901 Elko Road, Sandston, and George Wythe High School, 4314 Crutchfield Street, Richmond, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
You can find appointments for these and other clinics at: vax.rchd.com or by calling 804-205-3501.
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Anna Bryson is an educational reporter for Henrico Citizen and a member of the Report for America Corps. Make a tax-deductible donation to support her work, and RFA will match it dollar for dollar.
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