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Temperature checks end at Halifax County schools / April 29, 2021

All parents, families, and students were notified via email Tuesday evening that temperature checks are no longer being taken at Halifax County Public Schools. The CDC and Virginia Department of Health (VDH) no longer recommend temperature screenings for K-12 schools.

As of Friday, temperatures will no longer be checked for persons entering school buildings.

School administrators continue to ask parents to keep their students at home if the child is ill, has COVID-19, or has been exposed to the COVID-19 virus or its variants. Employees will continue to monitor themselves daily for symptoms, according to HCPS.

Staff will continue to follow their mitigation strategies of social distancing, mask wearing, hand washing, increased sanitation, and improvement in air quality.

The easing of health protocols comes as Halifax County continues to see a low level of new coronavirus cases. Over the past seven days, the county has experienced an average of two new cases per day. VDH has reported 92 cases new in Halifax County in April, through Wednesday.

The virus is blamed for 77 deaths in Halifax County, the most recent of which was reported April 19 by the health department.

As vaccines become widely available to persons ages 16 and up, Halifax’s vaccination rate is running behind the state average. 34.2 percent of the local population has received at least one dose — mostly of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, which provide near-total immunity with two doses — and 27.3 percent is fully vaccinated.

The Virginia average for getting at least one dose is 43.5 percent, and the share that is fully vaccinated is 29.4 percent.

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