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CCSD Restores In-Person Classes Five Days a Week

CCSD Superintendent Xernona Thomas.

Clarke County School District students will be back in their buildings five days a week when they return from spring break on Apr. 12, Superintendent Xernona Thomas announced Monday.

Currently, elementary- and middle-school students are going to class four days a week, with a virtual day on Wednesdays for deep cleaning and contact tracing. High-school students are attending class in-person in two cohorts two days a week.

Thomas cited consistently low numbers of positive COVID-19 tests and associated quarantines. Last week the district reported four cases that occurred on school grounds and 17 precautionary quarantines.

On Monday, the number of cases per 100,000 people over the past two weeks in Clarke County stood at 123, well below the 200 threshold the CDC set as one of its benchmarks for safely reopening schools.

In addition, by Apr. 12 the majority of teachers and staff will have received their second dose of the Pfizer vaccine, Thomas said.

Full-time virtual learning remains an option for students and parents who are uncomfortable with in-person instruction.