Students at school system Pence called 'forefront' of reopening now in quarantine

Fourth graders at a school that is part of a system that Vice President Pence visited and lauded for returning to in-person teaching have been asked to quarantine after a student tested positive for COVID-19.

Thales Academy in Wake Forest, N.C., became aware of the positive test on Monday, ABC News reported.

The fourth grader, who was last at the school Friday, was reportedly infected at home by a family member, but was asymptomatic. All of the teachers and students who were exposed must now quarantine for 14 days.


Thales Academy is not a standalone school, but in fact a system of eight private, non-sectarian community schools across the Tar Heel State.

Last week, Pence and Education Secretary Betsy DeVosElizabeth (Betsy) Dee DeVosSpecial counsel investigating DeVos for potential Hatch Act violation: report NEA president says Azar and DeVos should resign over school reopening guidance The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - You might want to download TikTok now MORE visited the Thales Academy in Apex, N.C.

"We're here today because to open up America, we've got to open up America's schools and Thales Academy is literally in the forefront," Pence reportedly said. "We really do believe that it's in the best interest of our children to be back in the classroom."


Thales Academy reopened its doors for students on July 20 and according to ABC's Durham affiliate, students either have the option to learn fully online or fully in-person. Since the network of schools is private, it is not beholden to the reopening guidelines set forth by Gov. Roy Cooper (D).

For public school districts that choose to reopen in the fall, Cooper said that classroom and school bus capacity must be capped at 50 and 33 percent, respectively.

The Trump administration has taken an aggressive stance on reopening schools. Notably, President TrumpDonald John TrumpFederal prosecutor speaks out, says Barr 'has brought shame' on Justice Dept. Former Pence aide: White House staffers discussed Trump refusing to leave office Progressive group buys domain name of Trump's No. 1 Supreme Court pick MORE has threatened to withhold federal funding from school districts that don't comply.

However, most of the country's largest school districts, including Chicago Public Schools and Fairfax (Va.) County Public Schools, have decided to begin the school year completely online amid the coronavirus pandemic.