Wythe County School Board approves plan to push start date for 2020-21 school year to September, move to 100% virtual learning through October

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WYTHE COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — Wythe County school officials announced Thursday afternoon their decision to postpone the start date for the upcoming school year, as well as to spend the first quarter of the school year employing a purely virtual learning model for students.

On Thursday, Aug. 13, Wythe County Public Schools announced the school board approved a plan to move the first day of school from Monday, Aug. 24, to Tuesday, Sept. 8.

In addition, from Sept. 8 to Oct. 26 — which was scheduled to mark the end of the school year’s first quarter — officials say the district will follow a 100 percent virtual instruction model for all students. However, there were reportedly no other changes made to the 2020-2021 school calendar.

After the Wythe County School Board receives an update at their meeting on Sept. 10, school officials say they will determine if they need to take any additional actions beyond those introduced Thursday.

Wythe County Public Schools says students and families will be provided with more detailed information with regard to the virtual instruction plan in the “very near future.”

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