Savannah-Chatham public school students will not return in-person learning

ByWTOC Staff|January 6, 2021 at 3:15 PM EST - Updated January 6 at 11:27 PM

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) - The Savannah-Chatham Public School System will remain virtual, and students will not return to in-person instruction on Monday, Jan. 11.

The three criteria for returning to in-person learning are all in the “red” category, meaning COVID-19 transmission is too high in the county for the school system to consider it safe for children to be in class.

A statement released by the school system said, in part “When the District recessed for winter break, it was our hope that metrics would stabilize following the increase after the Thanksgiving break. Unfortunately, that has not proven to be the case. Instead, all three of the indicators that are monitored - Community Transmission Index, Percentage of Positive Tests, and Daily Case Rate per 100,000 – are in the RED ZONE and rising.”

Associate Superintendent Dr. Valerie Cave says students have all of the technology, learning packets and resources they need.

“The thresholds are at that point. so based upon the board action, we are now ready to return our children to virtual learning and it’s for the safety of all of our employees, our students, our families and our communities,” said Dr. Cave.

She also says staff will remain in buildings during virtual learning.

“It’s very important for children to receive face to face instruction but we also know that safety and security is one of the most important things. "

The district’s Twilight program will continue as well as their meal deliveries.

The district will re-examine and make an announcement when children could possibly return to in-person learning when any one of those indicators changes, stays above the threshold and out of the red category for 14 days.

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