WYTHE COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — Starting next week, many Wythe County public school students will be spending every school day actually in school, thanks to the Wythe County School Board’s decision from Thursday.
Wythe County Public Schools released a statement on Monday, Jan. 18, announcing the school board’s vote to bring students back to the classroom five days a week for in-person learning — with a 2 p.m. dismissal each day — starting on Jan. 25.
However, school officials say any families who choose to stay 100% virtual will still have this option moving forward.
In addition, the school district will continue to enforce all safety mitigation strategies for in-person learning amid the pandemic.
For example, the school district says all individuals — except for those who qualify for a health or safety exemption — will be required to wear masks while indoors at public or private school settings. Furthermore, masks will reportedly be mandatory outdoors when six-foot social distancing is hard to maintain.
Wythe County school officials also say they will continue to follow any new guidance or executive orders and update their plans as needed.
“Wythe County Public Schools would like to thank ALL of our students, staff, and the school community for their cooperation and support!” the school district wrote on Facebook on Monday. “Together, we can continue to provide everyone with a safe, healthy, positive, and productive learning environment.”