Danville City School Board delays in-person instruction until after winter break

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DANVILLE, Va. (WFXR) — At a meeting on Thursday, the Danville City School Board approved the delay of in-person instruction until after winter break.

The board says this will allow the school division to develop a plan to reroute school buses and hold additional COVID-19 training.

Students who chose in-person instruction will return through a phased-in approach, as according to the following schedule:

  • Jan. 4, 2021: All employees return to work
  • Jan. 5, 2021: All preschool students and kindergarten through 3rd grade students who selected face-to-face instruction return to the classroom
  • Jan. 11, 2021: 4th and 5th grade students who selected face-to-face instruction return to the classroom
  • Jan. 18, 2021: Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday
  • Jan. 25, 2021: 6th grade through 12th grade students who chose face-to-face instruction return to the classroom 

This announcement came just hours after Danville schools officials announced they learned of three positive coronavirus cases at the following schools on Thursday, Dec. 3:

  • Forest Hills Elementary School, which involved a staff member who was last in the building on Nov. 30.
  • George Washington High School, which involved a student who was last in the building on Nov. 19.
  • Woodberry Hills Elementary School, which involved a staff member who was last in the building on Nov. 24.

Danville Public Schools Pandemic Coordinator, Billy Chaney, immediately began contact tracing and the Virginia Department of Health was contacted by the school district.

However, school officials say there have not been any exposures within the district related to these cases, adding that they are confident the incidents are contained and there is no need for further action.

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