HIGHLAND COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — Even though the new school year has not started for students in Highland County, the school district will be closed for two days this week — except for the school board meeting — because of an electrical upgrade.
According to a Facebook post from the district, Highland County Public Schools will be closed on Monday, Sept. 13 and Tuesday, Sept. 14 for all students, parents, and staff.
However, school officials say that Monday’s Highland County School Board meeting — which was rescheduled from last week after an attendee at the Aug. 31 meeting tested positive for the coronavirus and a school board member needed to quarantine — will still take place at 7 p.m.
The members of the school board are set to discuss a proposal for the district’s COVID-19 mitigation plan and the calendar for the school year.
Highlights of the proposed plan — which you can read in full by clicking here — include the following:
- Masks will be required for all students, staff, teachers and visitors, regardless of vaccination status
- Masks must be worn at all times on school buses.
- Only visitors with appointments will be allowed into a school.
- Students will be required to wear a cloth mask in common areas, hallways and whenever entering or exiting a building.
- Students and staff are being asked to provide their own face covering, if possible; however, if a student or staff member needs one, the school will provide one.
- Students unable to wear a face covering for documented medical reasons will be kept at least six feet away from others. Families with vulnerable students need to talk to their family doctor to make sure a return to in-person learning is in the best interest of the child.
- If a student refuses to wear a mask, they will not be allowed to attend classes. They will be placed in a supervised area and a parent will be called.
Meanwhile, the new proposed 2021-22 calendar for the new school year recommends beginning on Sept. 20 instead of Oct. 1.
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