Suffolk Public Schools cancels return to in-person learning in January due to increasing COVID-19 rates

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Posted at 12:44 PM, Dec 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-21 18:23:33-05

SUFFOLK, Va. - Suffolk Public Schools announced Monday that students will not be returning for face-to-face instruction like scheduled in January.

Due to increasing COVID-19 rates, Suffolk Public Schools says students will not return to in-person learning on January 4 for elementary or January 11 for secondary.

SPS says VHSL winter activities will also continue to be suspended.

The school district also announced that specialized program students will continue in-person learning one day a week, which will be on Wednesdays. A SPS spokesperson told News 3 that these students with specialized needs are the same group of students who were in school previously for two days a week; school officials have just reduced the number of days for in-person learning.

On Monday, Suffolk reported 44 new COVID-19 cases and 2 deaths, the only local viewing area to report deaths on Monday.

School officials say the school board will determine the return of students at a future date.

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