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Pulaski County Schools still planning on in-person return for students on Jan. 4

New River Valley News

(Photo: Courtesy Pulaski County Public Schools Facebook page)

PULASKI COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — Amid concerns about rising coronavirus cases around southwest Virginia, Pulaski County Public Schools addressed parents’ questions about whether students will return to school in-person or virtually in January.

This announcement comes after the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) reported the largest single-day spike in COVID-19 cases and virus-related hospitalizations of the entire pandemic on Wednesday, Dec. 29. More specifically, Virginia health officials reported 12,112 new cases, 398 new hospitalizations, and 37 new deaths related to the coronavirus.

However, after consulting with the New River Health District, Pulaski County school officials announced Wednesday afternoon that students will return to school “on schedule and as planned” on Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2022.

While the district’s main goal is to continue offering in-person learning, school officials say they will monitor the COVID-19 data and make any necessary decisions on a school-by-school basis.

Meanwhile, members of the Pulaski County Public Schools are asked to do their part to prevent potential spread of the virus:

  • If you are indoors or in large groups, wear your mask.
  • Practice social distancing.
  • Wash your hands.
  • If you feel sick or experience COVID-19 symptoms, get tested and avoid contact with others until you have the results.
  • If you or your students have not been vaccinated, consider doing so because vaccination is proven to be the best tool in the fight against the pandemic.

For more information about Pulaski County Public Schools’ plan for the second semester f the 2021-2022 school year, you can read the full statement released by the district below:

With COVID-19 cases rising, many parents have been asking about any plans to go back to a virtual schedule. After consulting with the New River Health District, students will return to school on schedule and as planned Tuesday, Jan. 4.

To be clear, it is the goal of Pulaski County Public Schools to keep our students in the classroom with in-person learning. We will continue to monitor the data from our school system and make decisions on a school-by-school basis, as needed.

With that in mind, we are asking that everyone do their part.

First, we all need to ensure we are doing the basics. Wear your mask when indoors or in large groups. Practice social distancing. Wash your hands. If you feel sick or have symptoms, get tested and avoid contact with others until you have the results.

It has been proven that vaccination is the best tool in the COVID fight. If you or your students have not been vaccinated, we ask that you consider doing so.

We know the Omicron variant is now here in the NRV. While that may sound scary, most reports show that it is NOT more severe than earlier variants for children and seems to be milder for most adults as well.

New guidance from the CDC concerning isolation, quarantine times, and “test to stay” protocols is expected to be released soon. Until that time, we want to focus on protecting our students and staff and doing everything possible to ensure we keep our students in the classroom.

For more information on COVID-19, testing and mitigation measures, visit https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/.

Statement released on Dec. 29, 2021 by Pulaski County Public Schools

As of Dec. 14 — which was the last time the district updated its COVID-19 dashboard — Pulaski County school officials say 223 positive coronavirus cases have been reported within the district during the 2021-2022 school year.

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