Churchland High School to return to in-person learning Monday after virtual learning Thursday, Friday

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Posted at 1:23 PM, May 11, 2022
and last updated 2022-05-13 10:21:09-04

PORTSMOUTH, Va. - Churchland High School is scheduled to return to in-person learning Monday, May 16, 2022.

The school temporarily returned to virtual learning Thursday and Friday due to an increase in COVID-19 cases.

Families were notified of the change to virtual Wednesday afternoon.

According to a spokesperson for Portsmouth Public Schools, breakfasts and lunches will be available from 9 a.m. to noon at the school for families to pick up. In addition, a school bus will travel through specific Churchland neighborhoods with meals available for pickup.

The Portsmouth Health Department would be the one to determine whether Churchland High is experiencing a COVID-19 outbreak.

According to the health department, at this time it is not considered an outbreak. They say it was reported that the cases are both students and staff and the decision to return to virtual learning is due to staffing issues.

"By state law, students are no longer required to wear masks," Lauren Nolasco with Portsmouth Public Schools told News 3. "This requirement was also removed for staff members by the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry."