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South Columbus High School moving to virtual instruction next week

Published: Aug. 27, 2021 at 9:27 AM EDT|Updated: Aug. 27, 2021 at 5:09 PM EDT

COLUMBUS COUNTY, N.C. (WECT) - South Columbus High School will move to virtual instruction for the week of Aug. 30-Sept. 3 due to a high number of COVID-19 cases, Columbus County Schools announced Friday.

“We need our students to be safe. It’s not a defined as a cluster yet, but we have a large number of students at south Columbus that have tested positive and we feel like we’ve got to take a step to kind of slow the spread a little bit in that school setting,” said Ronnie Strickland, Vice Chairman of the Columbus County Board of Education. According to the school system, there have been 92 positive COVID cases among staff and students since Aug. 9.

“We all want a return to normal. Our students have suffered academically, athletically and socially because of the disruptions created by the pandemic,” the school system stated in a news release. “We need students back in school, but in order to do so, WE NEED YOUR HELP. Please curtail all social activities and gatherings to the greatest extent possible.”

Strickland added that “students need that class time. They don’t get as much from a virtual learning environment as they do in that face-to-face.”

The press release stated “if a gathering must happen, observe masks and social distancing. If there is a suspected exposure or symptoms in your home, do not send your students to school. Vaccines, if desired, are another way to avoid school closures and quarantines.”

“This is not the start for which we had hoped, but if we can pull together and observe safety protocols in our communities, churches and homes, we should be able to return to normal quickly. Please monitor social media and school and district websites for updates.”

Strickland said that the school system will continue to monitor case numbers throughout next week, and then make a decision if an additional week of virtual learning is necessary.

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