Cherokee County School District leaders announced Saturday that students will not physically return Monday for classes at three high schools.
Parents at River Ridge, Sequoyah and Woodstock high schools received letters saying virtual learning would begin Monday and that in-person classes would resume Wednesday, Jan. 6.
“In-person students will take their final exams at home online as scheduled from Tuesday, Dec. 15, through Friday, Dec. 18,” officials wrote to parents. “ ... The building(s) will be thoroughly sanitized over this weekend in advance of staff returning.”
The winter break, from Dec. 19 to Jan. 4, will continue as planned. Jan. 5 had already been set as an online learning day so schools can be used as polling places for the U.S. Senate runoff election.
Forsyth County Schools announced online Saturday that the district was moving high school instruction classes online for the remainder of 2020 because of “an increase in positive COVID-19 cases and direct exposures.” Those classes are also slated to resume Jan. 6.
In Cherokee, extracurricular athletics will continue after school “with additional safety measures in place, but continuation will be closely monitored for possible cancellation,” according to the letters.
In August, Cherokee was among the first school districts in the country to physically reopen following the initial March shutdowns. The district drew national attention when photos of unmasked students jammed together went viral online — and when cases quickly rose.
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