Alleghany County Public Schools switches to virtual learning until after Thanksgiving due to coronavirus concerns


ALLEGHANY COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — As localities around southwest Virginia see a spike in coronavirus cases, Alleghany County schools officials have decided to switch students to 100 percent virtual learning until after Thanksgiving break.

The school district’s website says that Alleghany County Public Schools will operate on an entirely remote learning plan from Monday, Nov. 16, through Tuesday, Nov. 24, as a precautionary measure supported by guidance from the Virginia Department of Health (VDH).

Meanwhile, school officials say 12-month employees will report Nov. 16 through Nov. 24, but other essential employees may receive direct communication from their supervisors about placements, hours, and/or days during this virtual learning period.

In addition, schools will be closed for all forms of instruction from Wednesday, Nov. 25, through Friday, Nov. 27, in honor of Thanksgiving.

However, Alleghany County Public Schools is set to resume in-person learning on the previously established hybrid/blended learning model on Monday, Nov. 30.

This news follows an announcement of a similar policy for Covington City Public Schools, which originally planned to operate on a remote learning schedule through Friday, Nov. 13, but then decided to extend that virtual instruction period until after Thanksgiving break.

Furthermore, instead of distributing report cards the week of Nov. 16, school officials say report cards will be distributed the week of Nov. 30 once hybrid learning resumes. Parents and/or students can view those grades by accessing their PowerSchool accounts.

“ACPS is appreciative of everyone’s cooperation in moving to a 100% remote/virtual plan across the district until after the holiday,” Alleghany County Public Schools said in an online statement. “Uncertain times require flexibility in order to ensure everyone’s continued safety. Thank you for your continued support throughout the school year.”

According to the school district, food service — as well as extensive cleaning at schools — will continue during this remote learning period.

Those meals will be available on a first come, first serve basis, as a “grab-n-go breakfast and lunch unitized meal,” Alleghany County school officials say.

However, students are reportedly required to be present to receive a meal or the parent/guardian will be required to provide the students’ names. 

Alleghany County Public Schools says meal pickup will proceed at the following locations from 9 to 10 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 16 through Friday, Nov. 20, as well as Monday, Nov. 23 through Tuesday, Nov. 24:

  • Alleghany High School
  • Boiling Springs Elementary School
  • Callaghan Elementary School
  • Clifton Middle School
  • Falling Springs Elementary School
  • Mallow Mall Parking Lot
  • Sharon Elementary School
  • Victory Baptist Church Parking Lot

For more information on meal distribution, technology support, etc. during this remote learning period, check out the Alleghany County Public Schools website.

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