OCEANA, WV (WVNS) — 2 p.m. Sept. 24, 2020: Wyoming County Superintendent of Schools Deidre Cline announced Westside High School will be closed for 14 days following a positive COVID-19 test. In-person instruction and activities will resume on Oct. 8, 2020.

Students will continue remote learning through LiveGrades. This will also give them a chance to communicate with their teachers.

All sports and extracurricular activities are also suspended until Oct. 8. Superintendent Cline asked everyone to continue practicing social distancing and mask use.

ORIGINAL STORY — 2:45 p.m. Sept. 23, 2020: A positive case of COVID-19 was identified at Westside High School on Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020. The announcement was made by the the Wyoming County Health Department and Wyoming County Schools.

Effective immediately students who attend Westside will begin remote learning. All sports and activities are also suspended.

It was a single case among a staff member. After contact tracing was completed, the health department determined the school should be closed. Deep cleaning and sanitizing will be completed before the school is reopened.

School administrators are working with the health department on protocols and notifying everyone about a re-entry date.

The case is believed to be from community transmission and not from contacts within the school. Further details were not released due to privacy laws.