Covington City Public Schools will continue virtual learning through mid-January.
In a press release Tuesday afternoon, Superintendent Melinda Snead-Johnson said students will return to in-person learning on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021.
“A return to in-person learning was scheduled for Monday, Nov. 30. Due to current COVID-19 health pandemic statistics, advice from health professionals and support from the Covington City School Board, Covington City Public Schools will not provide in- person learning on Nov. 30, but will continue our virtual learning platform,” Snead-Johnson said.
Winter break and holidays for December and January will be observed as noted on the division’s 2020-21 school calendar, which is available on its website.
“We continue to work closely with the Virginia Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to provide guidance for the determination of public school safety and best practices during the current health crisis,” Snead-Johnson said. “The impact of bringing students to our buildings during the months of December and January pose additional health concerns,” Snead-Johnson also stated in the release.
During the past few weeks, Covington City schools has provided instructional learning through its virtual platform. Covington schools observed the Thanksgiving holiday from Wednesday, Nov. 25, through Friday, Nov. 27.
“Please continue to be vigilant in practicing established health safety,” Snead-Johnson said. “It is our hope that through these safety measures, our school community will remain healthy and our schools will be able to resume our in-person learning program on Jan. 19.”
Last week, Bath County Public Schools announced a return to full virtual learning, beginning on Monday, Nov. 30. A target date to return to its hybrid learning model is slated for the week of Jan. 18.
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