Kelloggsville Public Schools parents received notice Tuesday that all district schools would close at the end of the day and would be moving to virtual learning until reopening in person Monday, Nov. 30.
But Mason City Schools is staying the course, despite the fact it sits inside the "overwhelmed" Warren County Health District.
"This is creating a staffing shortage for in-person learning that can no longer be overcome", Interim Superintendent Corey Wise said in a letter to district families.
The two cases are in addition to a third person who tested positive for COVID-19 last week. Elementary school students will remain in in-person classes five days a week.
As of Thursday, the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control classifies Beaufort County as "medium-risk" for the spread of COVID-19, with 150 new cases per 100,000 people, a "high" trend in new cases and an 8.1% positive rate among people tested for the virus in the last two weeks.
According to the district, there are several cases between the middle and high schools, plus another two in two elementary schools.
Piscataway: The district announced November 13 that it will delay the start of its in-person hybrid learning to January 11 and students who were attending in-person will revert back to virtual learning November 15 because COVID cases in the state are rising quickly. Teachers will also have the option to teach from school or from home.
The district's Nutrition Services Department will start meal bag pickup sites to distribute free meals to children 18 and under on Tuesdays and Fridays from 1 to p.m.at these locations.
Students are expected to go back to the current learning models beginning December 4th.
But Wise said that the move was now the only option. "In just the first part of this week, we had 86 unfilled substitute positions leaving schools to scramble to ensure students have a teacher in front of them delivering instruction". Making the decision to transition to remote learning, yet again, has been absolutely heartbreaking. "We know this is not ideal for most of our students to be in remote instruction but we're trying to do the best we can with it and start passing out materials to our students".
Komitas detailed mitigation strategies for students and staff, including: Social distancing when possible, daily self-certification for students and staff, small class sizes, shortened attendance times for fewer days, exclusion of all symptomatic, exposed and positive cases, and required face coverings.
Students will be able to change their registration from virtual to in-person instruction or vice versa for the spring semester, which begins February 2.
Furthermore, Wise added, the large number of cases and contacts have led to staff being overwhelmed with tracing efforts.
East Kentwood High School and East Kentwood Freshman Campus closed for in person learning November 10 through November 20 for to allow for contact tracing and deep cleaning, following nine new COVID-19 positive cases, five of which were confirmed in the past 24 hours, according to a letter sent to parents from Superintendent Michael Zoerhoff.