Coronavirus US Updates: School district moves to virtual learning when over 90 staff members forced to quarantine

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Coronavirus US Updates: School district moves to virtual learning when over 90 staff members forced to quarantine
Coronavirus US Updates: School district moves to virtual learning when over 90 staff members forced to quarantine

Over 90 staff members in Georgia’s Barrow County School System are in quarantine due to a confirmed COVID-19 case, a suspect case or direct contact with a confirmed case, prompting the district to make a last-minute switch to virtual learning, district officials announced Wednesday.

The district had planned to begin the year with in-person and virtual learning.

“If today was the first day of school, we would have been hard-pressed to have sufficient staff available to open,” Superintendent Chris McMichael said.

Distance learning for all students will begin Aug. 17.

On Friday, district officials will “present a phased approach to bring students back into the classrooms as quickly as possible,” the school system said.

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