Lexington City Schools to revert to virtual learning until mid-January due to coronavirus concerns


LEXINGTON, Va. (WFXR) — Amid an increase in coronavirus cases and concerns about holiday travel and gatherings over the holiday season, Lexington school officials decided to return to 100 percent remote learning from the end of November until the middle of January.

This decision was made based on a recommendation from the Virginia Department of Health (VDH), according to Lexington City Schools’ statement from Monday, Nov. 23.

The school district says K-8 students will return to entirely virtual learning from Monday, Nov. 30, through Friday, Jan. 15, 2021. However, all virtual classes are scheduled to stop for winter break, which is scheduled from Saturday, Dec. 19, through Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021.

Details about virtual schedules, meals, and other school-based services are set to be released in the coming days. However, student Chromebooks and other learning materials will reportedly be sent home with students on Tuesday, Nov. 24, as the Thanksgiving holiday begins.

This news comes after a positive student case was reported at Harrington Waddell Elementary School on Nov. 17, which was only one day after Lexington City Schools brought fourth, fifth, seventh, and eighth graders back to the classroom.

Members of the Lexington City Schools community are encouraged to follow steps to stay healthy and prevent the spread of COVID-19 during the holiday season in order to allow students to return to in0person learning on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021.

You can read the full letter from Lexington City Schools about the virtual learning shift here:

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