UPDATE: Giles County Schools switching to virtual learning through Sept. 10 due to COVID-19 concerns


UPDATE 7:09 p.m.: Narrows Parks and Recreation and Narrows High School are giving updates about instruction and athletics across their Facebook pages in light of Giles County Public Schools suspending in-person learning through Friday.

Narrows High School stated that all virtual learning will stay in place until Monday, Sept. 13. The reason behind this decision was due to a lack of staff to effectively operate the school. School officials went on to say that all athletic practices and games are still scheduled.

Meanwhile, Narrows Parks and Recreation stated on their Facebook page that flag football season will continue. Those who are at the games are asked to socially distance themselves when possible.

Also if you or any person in the household is sick, you are asked to keep all members out of games or practicies.

If you have any questions, you are asked to contact the Narrows Recreation Department at 540-726-2961 or 540-599-1135.

GILES COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — Public school students in Giles County will be learning virtually for the rest of the week due to the high coronavirus transmission rate within the community, as well as the inability to provide vital functions for the school district safely and effectively at this time.

According to Giles County Public Schools, the district will transition to remote instruction from Wednesday, Sept. 8 through Friday, Sept. 10.

This decision comes after the district consulted with the local health department and determined that the spread of the virus interferes with the ability for schools to provide meals, cover classes in person, provide bus transportation, etc.

If the district’s current staffing issues show signs of improvement over the next few days, school officials say they hope to return to in-person learning on Monday, Sept. 13 under Phase III of the school reopening plan, which makes masks mandatory for everyone, no exceptions.

This news comes after the number of positive COVID-19 cases at Giles County Public Schools more than tripled in the span of a week, going from eight cases as of Friday Aug. 27 to 26 cases as of Thursday, Sept. 2.

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