Bristol, Va. Public Schools to increase COVID-19 mitigation strategies

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BRISTOL, Va. (WJHL) – Bristol, Virginia Public Schools are increasing their virus mitigation strategies in an effort to keep in-person learning in place.

According to a statement from BVPS superintendent Keith Perrigan, on Tuesday, Sept. 14, the school system will ramp up its COVID-19 mitigation by:

  • Resuming temperature checks and screening in car rider lines
  • Performing tempature checks for bus riders upon school arrival
  • Opening windowns in classrooms to increase airflow
  • Allowing visitors by appointment only, vistors must also complete screening questions and tempature checks
  • Asking visitors about vaccination status, which will determine their level of access to the schoool
  • Approving overtime for cleaning
  • Increasing rapid testing oppurtunites
  • Providing a vaccine clinic at the football game on Sept. 10. Fans who get vaccine will be granted free admission to the game.

You can see the school’s social media post about the situation below, or visit their Facebook page for additional information.

In addition to these mitigation strategies, all staff and students are asked to not show up to school if they are showing symptoms such as fever, chills, cough, fatigue, or other symptoms.

Perrigan acknowledges that these additional steps may cause some inconveniences, however, he wrote that it will be less inconvenient than moving to a temporary remote learning model.

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