Sheffield Elementary switching to virtual learning until Monday, Lynchburg school officials say

Lynchburg & Central Virginia News

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — In order to protect students and staff amid the coronavirus pandemic, Sheffield Elementary School in Lynchburg will spend the rest of the week providing remote instruction.

According to Lynchburg City Schools, the elementary school building will be closed to students from Wednesday, Oct. 13 through Friday, Oct. 15.

Then, if school officials determine that Sheffield Elementary has enough staff members to ensure the safety and supervision of students, the building will reopen for in-person learning on Monday, Oct. 18.

You can read the full statement released by the district on Tuesday, Oct. 12 below:

Our priority through this COVID-19 pandemic is to provide excellent educational programs and services while maintaining high standards for the health and safety of our students and school community. Sheffield Elementary School will shift to remote learning for all students. The building will be closed for students from Wednesday, October 13, 2021, through Friday, October 15, 2021. The plan is to reopen Monday, October 18, 2021, provided we have the necessary staff to ensure the safety and supervision of our students.

This decision was not made lightly, and we understand that this may be a hardship for some families. However, the health and safety of our students and staff must be taken into account. Principal Lisa Lee has already communicated this shift to remote learning with her Sheffield families and staff. We have shared our plans with the Virginia Department of Health, and together, we believe this is the right step to take for the health and safety of our students, families, staff, and the community at large at this time.

Lynchburg City Schools statement from Oct. 12, 2021

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