On Monday, as Peter Muhlenberg Middle School returned to a hybrid learning method, W.W. Robinson Elementary School started a two-week virtual plan.
Both schools switched to an all-virtual learning method after staff exposed to the COVID-19 virus either tested positive or had to quarantine, said Shenandoah County Public Schools Superintendent Mark Johnston.
The decision was made because of "the large number of staff experiencing an impact from Covid-19,” Johnston confirmed in a Monday email.
As of Monday, the school had five active cases — two students and three staff members, according to the school division’s online COVID-19 dashboard at shenandoah.k12.va.us.
Central and Strasburg high schools are on virtual learning models until at least Nov. 2.
W.W. Robinson is scheduled to continue with virtual learning until at least Nov. 9.
The Lord Fairfax Health District, which covers Winchester and the counties of Clarke, Frederick, Page, Shenandoah and Warren, reported 35 new cases of COVID-19 around the area on Monday, bringing its total during the pandemic to 3,851.
Frederick and Shenandoah counties each reported nine new cases, and Winchester reported 11.
Page County added four new cases Monday, Warren County added two and Clarke County reported no change in its cases on Monday.
As of Monday, SCPS was reporting seven student cases — one at Strasburg High School, two at W.W. Robinson, one at Central High School, one at Stonewall Jackson High School and two at Triplett Tech.
The division listed 10 staff cases — one at Signal Knob Elementary, three at W.W. Robinson, two at Central, one at Ashby Lee Elementary, one at Stonewall Jackson and one at Triplett Tech.
In Winchester, Daniel Morgan Intermediate School and Frederick Douglass Elementary School are also on virtual learning models because of COVID-related staffing concerns, Winchester Public Schools previously announced.
Warren County Public Schools are all open, according to its online dashboard at wcps.k12.va.us/index.php/covid-19-dashboard.
The website lists three active staff cases, one at Leslie Fox Keyser Elementary School, one at A.S. Rhodes Elementary School and one at the central office. On Monday, the district was reporting 37 students and 14 staff members quarantining from exposure to the virus.
Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail reported no change Monday after announcing 34 cases among its staff and inmates Saturday on its website, rswregionaljail.com. The jail said 26 inmates and eight staff members have tested positive for COVID-19, up from 15 inmates and six staff members on Friday.
The Virginia Department of Health reported an increase of 904 cases around the commonwealth on Monday, including 27 new hospitalizations and two deaths.
Since the pandemic started, the VDH has reported 174,275 cases (11,848 of them probable), 12,260 hospitalizations (128 probable) and 3,581 deaths (250 probable.)
Frederick County has had 1,158 cases (up nine), 83 hospitalizations (up one) and 13 deaths.
Shenandoah County has had 963 cases (up nine), 97 hospitalizations and 61 deaths.
Winchester has had 607 cases (up 11), 41 hospitalizations and five deaths.
Warren County has had 572 cases (up two), 38 hospitalizations and 20 deaths.
Page County has had 469 cases (up four), 49 hospitalizations and 30 deaths.
Clarke County has had 117 cases, 13 hospitalizations and one death.
Harrisonburg in the Central Shenandoah Health District has had 3,002 cases (up 14), 99 hospitalizations (up one) and 35 deaths.
Rockingham County, also in the Central Shenandoah Health District, has had 1,742 cases (up four), 127 hospitalizations (up one) and 27 deaths.
Tommy Keeler Jr. contributed to this story.