- Gwinnett County Schools, in Georgia, announced that they will resume virtual classes due to the increase in Covid cases
- The measure will take effect from Tuesday, January 19
- School authorities will monitor the situation during the week to determine if it is prudent to return to face-to-face classes next Monday, January 25.
Gwinnett County Schools, in Georgia, announced that they will resume virtual classes due to the increase in Covid cases.
This Wednesday, Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) reported that as of Tuesday, January 19, they will transition those students who received face-to-face classes to digital instruction. Monday the 18th was not included as it is a school holiday.
The measure was taken due to the increase in coronavirus cases in the region. The school authorities in the area will monitor the situation during the week to determine if it is prudent to resume face-to-face classes next Monday, January 25.
Gwinnett schools to resume virtual classes due to increase in Covid cases
“As students returned to in-person and digital instruction this semester, we recognized the need to monitor the impact that increasing numbers of COVID within our community could have on our schools,” said Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks it’s a statement.
He also stressed that the consequences of the last December holidays are already being experienced.
“The reality is that our school system, like our community and the state, is feeling the results of the holidays and winter break. We are experiencing increased numbers of cases, suspected cases, and close contacts between our students and staff in person, ”he added.
“The shift to 100% digital learning for next week will allow us to serve students effectively while doing what is best for our students and staff given the current situation,” he concluded.
Wilbanks explained that it was not an easy decision, but that they had anticipated it “knowing that the safety of students and staff and our ability to serve students effectively are priorities.”
The decision was made based on concerns raised by reports about 125 new cases of employees who had tested positive for coronavirus or were suspected of having the virus. In total, GCPS reported 785 employees out of work, of which 460 are teachers.
Authorities hope that digital learning will allow those affected with the virus to remain in quarantine and recover.
They also expressed their empathy with the families, since they understand the difficulties that the decision can generate for them.
GCPS will continue to offer food service during this transition (January 19-22, available for pickup at schools or on county bus routes from 10:45 a.m.
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