Schools in southwest Virginia announce closures, virtual learning days due to vaccination events this week

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(WFXR) — Several school districts in the New River Valley and the Roanoke Valley will be closed or operating virtually on Wednesday, Thursday, and/or Friday in order to accommodate vaccination events for school employees.

Those school districts that have announced scheduling changes for the sake of vaccine administration:

Alleghany County

According to Alleghany County Public Schools, Thursday, Feb. 11 and Friday, Feb. 12 are virtual days for all students so staff members can both receive and recover from their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

In addition, school officials remind parents of JK through second grade students please be informed that those student will either attend in-person classes four days a week or attend all virtual classes five days a week starting on Feb. 18.

If you have any questions, you are asked to contact your child’s school.

Carroll County

Carroll County Public Schools will be closed on Thursday, Feb. 11 as a Code 0. School officials say this will be a non-instructional day to allow employees the time to receive their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, which will place on Wednesday, Feb. 10.

With the chance for those who receive the vaccine to experience flu-like symptoms for 12-24 hours after receiving the second dose, school officials deemed it necessary to close school the following day.

Galax

On Thursday, Feb. 11, Galax City Schools will be closed and treated like a traditional snow day after staff members receive their COVID-19 vaccine, which means no virtual or in-person instruction will take place.

In addition, the district says attendance will not be taken and meals at city schools will not be provided.

Roanoke County

School officials say Roanoke County Public Schools will be closed on Wednesday, Feb. 10 for a teacher workday and again on Friday, Feb. 12 for both a teacher workday and a vaccination event so K-12 staff can receive their second dose.

According to the district, student services will not be provided and teachers will not schedule synchronous learning or offer instruction on Wednesday or Friday.

However, students and parents are reminded that these closures give students the opportunity to finish their assignments.

Wythe County

Since Wythe County Public Schools employees took part in a division-wide vaccination event on Tuesday, Feb. 9, school officials decided to make Wednesday, Feb. 10 a Code 4 “Digital Learning Day,” which will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Drive-up and bus meal services will not be provided to students on Wednesday, the district says.

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