CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — Amid a high number of coronavirus cases among students and staff members, public schools in Charlotte County are planning to switch to remote instruction for the last two days of the week.
As of Tuesday, Jan. 18, Charlotte County Public Schools says 23 instructional staff members and numerous students have either tested positive for COVID-19, are symptomatic and awaiting test results, or are quarantining because of virus exposures.
Due to this staff shortage, school officials say they cannot provide adequate coverage for classrooms and other instructional areas. As a result, the district will shift to virtual learning on Thursday, Jan. 20 and Friday, Jan. 21.
According to the district, teachers will be updating lessons through Google Classroom or Canvas, which should be ready for student access by noon on Thursday.
However, school officials ask parents and students to keep in mind that some teachers will not be able to prepare lessons due to personal illness resulting from the coronavirus.
During these two days of virtual learning, staff will reportedly be available in each school to assist with any questions or concerns that you may have. All you have to do is call your child’s school.
In addition, meals will be available for pickup at Central Middle School and outside each elementary school from noon to 2 p.m. on Thursday and Friday.
If Charlotte County experiences additional inclement weather — like the kind that led to the district’s closure on Wednesday, Jan. 19 — school officials warn that staff members may not be available at schools for instructional support or meal delivery.
“I appreciate your patience as we do our best to manage a rapidly-changing health situation,” Superintendent Robbie Mason said in the district’s Facebook post on Tuesday. “It is our hope that we will be able to return to in-person instruction on Monday, January 24th.”