Ibraham Elementary Moves to Remote Learning Until Dec. 7
Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools and school administration at Ibraham Elementary have
been informed of self-reported cases of COVID-19 and self-reported cases of individuals in preventative quarantine all associated with the school. As of Wednesday morning,
Ibraham had been alerted that more than 30 staff members were in quarantine. Because of the large number of absences, the
school will move to remote learning on Monday, Nov. 30 and the building will be
closed to all students and staff until December 7.
“This situation is somewhat unique as it does not appear the vast
majority of the cases are connected,” said Tricia McManus, WS/FCS Interim
Superintendent. “Community spread is playing
a large role in what’s impacting this school. Many staff members report being
exposed to someone positive within their daily lives. They are now doing what
they need to do to keep themselves and others safe and following quarantine
guidelines which means they aren’t coming to school,” she said.
With the large number of expected absences among staff when school
begins again next week, WS/FCS feels it best to close the school so quarantined
staff who are asymptomatic and able can continue teaching remotely. It will also allow Pre-K, kindergarten and
first grade students who have resumed in-person learning, the ability to
maintain instruction by working with their regular teachers remotely, instead
of with a substitute at school.
“A large number of substitutes at school is not what’s best for
students. By having the remote learning
days and a holiday break this week, and then moving instruction on-line next week,
we have the opportunity for folks to safely finish quarantine. Hopefully, this way we can protect staff and students,
help them all safely navigate this virus but still provide students with much
needed instruction, remotely,” said Angie Choplin, Ibraham Principal.
School officials are working closely with the local health department. They will continue to monitor to determine if
any of the cases will eventually constitute an official cluster. WS/FCS
continues to await further guidance from local health officials.
Our top priority is for the health and safety of each student and staff
member. WS/FCS will move forward with efforts to ensure proper cleaning takes
place and contact tracing continues to identify any potential exposures. The
process to disinfect and sanitize the school is underway.