The entire fourth year of Thales Academy’s Wake Forest campus will be quarantined for two weeks after one of the students tests positive for the coronavirus, the school said on Tuesday.
The private school’s fourth-grader, who started a new school year on July 20 with in-person instruction, contracted the virus from a family member, the school spokesperson wrote Holly Clark to The News & Observer in an email.
“Thales Academy will continue the deep cleanings throughout the school day,” Clark wrote. “Thales Academy is committed to many security protocols and will continue to work to make students, staff and families as safe and healthy as possible. “
Clark also confirmed that a Kindergarten at the Knightdale Campus of Thales Academys also tested positive for COVID-19 last week, but the school will continue with normal activities, Clark said.
“State health officials have informed Thales Academy that no staff or children are at risk of exposure due to when the student’s symptoms started and when. which the student was last on campus, “Clark wrote of the kindergarten child.
Thales Academy has 10 campuses, eight of which are in North Carolina, according to its website.
Last week, Vice President Mike Pence and US Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos visited the Thales academy Apex site to chat with students and staff about how the school had reopened in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.
Because it’s a private school, it doesn’t need to follow the same rules Governor Roy Cooper set for public schools, The News & Observer reported. Public schools will reopen statewide on August 17, with a mix of in-person and virtual learning, or only have online instruction.
Thales Academy follows safety guidelines that include daily temperature checks, small class sizes, social distancing, staggered classes and no mass gatherings, reported The N&O.
Clark said the fourth-grader passed the daily temperature check and symptom checklist for entering school and was asymptomatic throughout his time at school.
Yet because the student was in contact with all of his fourth-grade classmates, all fourth-grade students and teachers in four classes will be quarantined for 14 days, Clark said.
Clark didn’t know how many students were in the four classes.
During Pence’s visit, the vice president said Thales was “at the forefront of reopening schools in America,” The N&O reported.
This is at least the third case where someone linked to Thales Academy has tested positive for COVID-19.
On July 20, the Thales Academy site in Raleigh was temporarily closed after a visiting staff member tested positive for COVID-19 the first week of school.
This story was originally published 4 August 2020 17:36.