UPDATE: Roanoke Valley public schools announce closures, early dismissals Friday for vaccination event


ROANOKE VALLEY, Va. (WFXR) — Public schools will dismiss early in Roanoke City and be closed in Roanoke County and the City of Salem on Friday in order to allow staff members to receive their vaccine to protect against the coronavirus.

Roanoke County Public Schools says schools will be closed on Friday, Jan. 22 for an in-school teacher workday and a vaccination kickoff event.

This vaccine clinic is being held by the Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts; Carilion Clinic; and school officials in Botetourt County, Roanoke City, Roanoke County, and Salem for employees of public and private K-12 schools in the area.

In other words, there will not be any teacher instruction or student services provided on Friday.

While school officials say teachers will not schedule any synchronous learning that day, students are encouraged to use Friday as an opportunity to complete their assignments.

In addition, Salem City Schools is set to be closed on Friday for the vaccination clinic.

Meanwhile, Roanoke City Public Schools says students will be dismissed two hours early on Friday.

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