Halifax County Public Schools delays younger students’ return until Feb. 16

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HALIFAX COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — Halifax County school officials announced Tuesday they will postpone younger students’ return to the classroom until mid-February after the community’s coronavirus positivity rate reached “an all-time high” this week.

Even though the school board approved the decision to have PreK through third grade students return on Tuesday, Feb. 2, Halifax County Public Schools announced that return has been delayed until Tuesday, Feb. 16, depending on the number of local virus cases.

The school district says the plan is to administer vaccines to employees alongside the Halifax Health Department as soon as possible, as well as implement virus mitigation strategies to fidelity.

According to the school officials, they hope the postponement of in-person learning will give them more time to carry out the first round of employee vaccinations and to see an improvement in the health matrix.

You can read the rest of the statement released by Halifax County Public Schools on Tuesday, Jan. 26 here:

Dear Families,

It is our hope that we are close to turning the corner and getting our students back in school. As you are likely aware, the positivity rate for our community is currently at an all-time high this week. That being said, it is our hope that the days ahead will be better and that we can slowly return students to school safely. Certainly, we have been cautious and will continue to take a cautious, careful approach as we follow the recent guidelines established by the Virginia Department of Education and the Virginia Department of Health.

Our cautious approach will be to bring back small groups of students and build confidence in our approach to returning students. Thus, the moment it is safe enough for us to return students back to school – we will.

First, we will administer vaccinations as soon as possible in coordination with the Halifax Health Department.
Second, we will implement our mitigation strategies to fidelity.

It is our hope that we are close to turning the corner and getting our students back in school. As you are likely aware, the positivity rate for our community is currently at an all-time high this week. That being said, it is our hope that the days ahead will be better and that we can slowly return students to school safely. Certainly, we have been cautious and will continue to take a cautious, careful approach as we follow the recent guidelines established by the Virginia Department of Education and the Virginia Department of Health:

Our school board has approved Pk-3 to return on February 2, 2021. We will delay that return until February 16, 2021, dependent upon the number of COVID cases. We hope this allows us to get our first round of vaccinations for our employees, and we hope the health matrix will improve during this time.

In the meantime, we ask for your patience and appreciate all of your patience in the past year. We look forward to seeing students back in school soon.

Mark Y. Lineburg, Superintendent of Halifax County Public Schools

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