Rockdale County Public Schools will be starting classes virtually in the New Year.
The move was made amid the surge of coronavirus cases in Georgia due to the highly contagious omicron variant, according to a statement.
“In short, our local community spread is extremely significant,” Superintendent Terry Oatts said in the statement.
Students were scheduled to return to school buildings next week, following their winter break. Now, they will pick up classes remotely from Tuesday through Jan. 7.
The district plans to return to in-person classes on Jan. 10.
“Staff, students, and families are urged to get tested for COVID-19 before the return to in-person learning,” the statement said.
Clayton County Schools said it will also conduct classes online next week.
On Thursday, Georgia set a daily record for new confirmed and probable coronavirus infections with more than 25,000. That’s nearly double the worst day the state reported before the omicron variant, according to health data.