Valdosta City Schools moves to '100% virtual learning' due to COVID-19 concerns

Valdosta City Schools
Posted at 10:15 AM, Dec 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-09 10:17:03-05

VALDOSTA, Ga. (WTXL) — Valdosta City Schools is moving to virtual learning for all students due to a "significant increase" in COVID-19 cases since the return from Thanksgiving break.

This means that all students will be learning from home through Google Classroom.

"We have noticed a significant increase in our numbers and out of an abundance of caution we will be moving to 100% virtual learning for all students," the press release sent Wednesday read.

School officials said they will begin the virtual learning model for all grade levels on Monday, December 14, and running through Thursday, December 17. Schools will have early dismissal on Friday, December 11.

Students and staff will have Friday, December 18, off to begin their regular winter holiday break. Officials hope to have students return to in-person learning on January 6, 2021.

"Please know that we are taking this action to protect the health and safety of our students, staff, and families," officials wrote. "Our hope is to be able to return to in-person learning when we return from the winter holiday break on January 6, 2021."

Each school will work with their students and families explaining how the virtual learning model will work for their classrooms.

VCS will offer virtual meal sites Monday through Thursday from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm at the following sites: Pinevale Elementary, S.L. Mason Elementary, W.G. Nunn Elementary and Valdosta Middle School.

Parents are encouraged to choose the site most convenient for your family and bring your student’s name and lunch ID number.

The four locations and VCS' Central Office also have external internet access points. For anyone without internet access at home, they may bring their device to download school assignments from the parking lot.

Details about early dismissal and this transition to virtual learning will come directly from your students’ school(s). If you have any questions, reach out to the VCS District Office at (229) 333-8500 or your student’s school.

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