GILES COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — School officials in Giles County released a timetable for transitioning the rest of the school district’s elementary, middle, and high school students to four days a week of in-person learning by the end of January.
On Tuesday, Jan. 19, Giles County Public Schools says fourth through seventh grade students will begin shifting back to four days a week of in-person instruction. Even though the transition will begin on a Tuesday — due to Monday, Jan. 18, being a holiday — school officials say face-to-face learning will take place on Mondays through Thursdays.
In addition, according to the school district, eighth through 12th graders will continue the hybrid learning model through next week, but then they will start moving toward in-person instruction four days a week on Tuesday, Jan. 26. Once again, even though in-person learning will take place Mondays through Thursdays, the transition will start on a Tuesday because Monday, Jan. 25 is a teacher workday.
“We look forward to bringing more of our students back for 4 days per week of in-person instruction beginning next week,” Giles County Public Schools posted on Facebook on Thursday. “We continue to ask everyone to continue to follow the necessary safety protocols so we will be able to continue operating under this model moving forward.”
This news comes one day after the school district reported 14 positive coronavirus cases from five different schools:
- Eastern Elementary/Middle School: One positive staff case
- Giles High School: Six positive student cases
- Macy McClaughtery Elementary/Middle School: One positive staff case
- Narrows Elementary/Middle School: Three positive staff cases
- Narrows High School: Two positive staff cases and one positive student case
Giles County school officials say they will continue to review and emphasize the importance of following proper health practices every day, especially wearing face coverings.