Halifax County Public Schools announced on Monday, November 16, that it would be halting in-person instruction until December 7, at which time the school system will reevaluate whether students can return to in-person instruction.
According to a statement issued by Halifax County Public Schools, the school system has been in frequent contact with the Virginia Department of Health (VDH), and it was recently determined by the school system that community spread in Halifax County warrants halting in-person instruction.
VDH numbers show an average of 521.7 cases per 100,000 people in Halifax County, and a positivity rate of 11.8% of those tested in the county.
Under Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) guidelines Halifax County Public Schools are a part of the highest risk “Phase 1” group. VDOE recommends schools in Phase 1 consider remote learning as their primary method of instruction.
No students will be allowed back into school buildings except for special education students for the purpose of taking previously scheduled eligibility tests. No other students will be able to reenter school buildings until at least December 7.
Employees have been advised to work alone as much as possible and wear their masks at all times inside school buildings.
Superintendent Mark Lineburg said anyone having trouble accessing remote learning materials should feel free to ask for help.
“When in doubt, call the school. We will bend over backwards to help you,” Lineburg said. “We will be patient. We will help.”