Two Lawrence County schools announced Wednesday that both will begin the school year online after an employee tested positive for COVID-19.
Moulton Middle School and Moulton Elementary School will both begin with online learning until at least Aug. 26, the schools said in separate Facebook posts.
The employee tested positive for coronavirus on Tuesday and school administrators began working to learn who may have been exposed to the person and discovered that several people had been in close contact with the person, according to the posts.
The decision to move to online instruction followed a recommendation from the Alabama Department of Public Health to do so, school officials wrote in the posts.
“We are following the guidance from the Alabama Department of Public Health, the Alabama State Department of Education, and the Alabama State Superintendent on closing our campuses to students. We will begin transitioning to virtual instruction until August 26th,” the post reads. “We regret the hardship that this causes many of our parents. We would like to thank our teachers, faculty, staff, parents, and students for their patience, positive attitudes, and continued support for learning shown during this difficult time.”