HALIFAX COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — Following a significant increase in local coronavirus cases, Halifax County Public Schools announced Monday that all school facilities will be closed for in-person instruction until at least early December.
Halifax County school officials say they have vigilantly monitored health data — including two health core indicators — and remained in constant communication with the Virginia Department of Health (VDH). However, between Monday, Nov. 9, and Sunday, Nov. 15, the school district says those health indicators showed a significant spike in community coronavirus spread.
On Monday, Nov. 16, Halifax County Public Schools released the most recent health indicator information about the county’s virus spread over the past 14 days:
- Total number of new cases per 100,000 persons within the last 14 days (as of Nov. 16): 521.7
- Percentage of RT-PCR tests that are positive during the last 14 days (as of Nov. 16): 11.8 percent
According to Halifax County Public Schools, the county is now in the highest risk phase, which means the school district needs to follow Phase 1 guidance from the Virginia Department of Education. Therefore, school facilities will be closed for all students until Dec. 7, at which time the health situation will be re-evaluated.
School officials say they hope the numbers will allow the district to return to Phase 2 so the groups permitted to enter school facilities can resume face-to-face instruction.
For the time being, Halifax County Public Schools says remote learning will continue, and groups of students receiving in-person learning — including Special Education students, English Learners, homeless students, and students meeting with teachers for face-to-face appointments — will return to remote learning.
In addition, the only students allowed to enter the building between Tuesday, Nov. 17, and Dec. 7, will be individual special education students who are being tested as part of the eligibility process and have previously established appointments, according to the school district.
Meanwhile, employees are asked to work alone as much as possible, but they will continue to operate from classrooms and other work spaces.
For more details on how this decision impacts Halifax County students and employees, follow this link.
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