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Long County schools going virtual due to COVID-19

District leaders in Long County say they are excited and feel prepared heading into the first...
District leaders in Long County say they are excited and feel prepared heading into the first day.(WTOC)
Published: Aug. 13, 2021 at 3:02 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 13, 2021 at 6:38 PM EDT
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LONG COUNTY, Ga. (WTOC) - Superintendent David Edwards announced on Friday that public schools in Long County would be switching to virtual learning on Aug. 19.

Edwards said the decision is due to the large number of students who tested positive for COVID-19 or are in quarantine.

The superintendent also said the school system is looking into an extended virtual school option for parents who want to take their kids out of school for the rest of the semester.

Aug. 18 will be a student holiday and staff work day as the school system switches over to virtual learning.

“We are very concerned about the numbers in our school buildings. Last year while we would see a rise in numbers as far as the community goes, we would not see it transfer into the school system. But this year is a different story,” Edwards said.

The school system says they will reevaluate on Sept. 1.

Superintendent Edwards says as of Friday, 64 students have tested positive. Over 700 students are in quarantine. There are 20 positive cases among staff members and 16 are in quarantine.

As for athletics, the school system says they will continue, but Long County Middle School football is temporarily not playing due to positive COVID cases and quarantines.

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