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'Our goal is to keep students in school' | Davidson County Schools holds board meeting to discuss COVID-19

The meeting was held at Davis-Townsend Elementary.
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DAVIDSON COUNTY, N.C. — Editor's Note: WFMY News 2 has corrected the name of the superintendent.  

Davidson County Schools held a school board meeting Tuesday to discuss the current state of COVID-19 within schools in the county’s school system.

The meeting was held at Davis-Townsend Elementary. The board opened the floor for public comment.

Superintendent Dr. Emily Lipe spoke on the rate of COVID-19 cases in the Davidson County School System at Tuesday’s meeting.

Lipe said the number of students who have tested positive for the virus in the school system has increased.

360 students were confirmed as COVID-19 positive for the week of August 28 to September 3, according to the Davidson County Schools’ dashboard.

“It is important to note, the increase in cases line with the number of trends, we are seeing in the county and state,” she said. “We are also monitoring daily attendance in our schools.”

Superintendent Lipe expressed her desire to continue to keep students face-to-face for class instruction.

“Our goal is to keep our students in our schools five days a week, for in-person instruction,” she said. “It takes all of us working together. We will get there in time.”

The board discussed future heating and ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) projects, guidance on COVID-19 from the StrongSchoolsNC Public Health Toolkit for K-12 Schools, personal protective equipment (PPE) for music and chorus students and more.

School officials said the next scheduled board meeting will be held on October 4 at 6:30 p.m.