Pike County Schools return to in-person learning next week

Published: Oct. 16, 2020 at 2:58 AM EDT
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Update 10/22/20:

In a Facebook post Thursday evening, Pike County Schools announced that in-person learning would resume in the district on Monday, October 26. Students that attend virtually will continue to do so.

Pike County Schools will return to in-person instruction next week beginning Monday, October 26. Students that attend virtually will continue as is. Thank you!

Posted by Pike County Schools on Thursday, October 22, 2020

Original story 10/16/20:

Students in Pike County will return to virtual learning next week.

The decision was posted on the school district’s Facebook page on Thursday. School officials say the move comes after the county went red on the state’s COVID-19 incidence rate map.

Superintendent Reed Adkins told WYMT the decision was not taken lightly but the district believes it was the best move for students.

“When you talk about virtual teaching and learning, and also the COVID situation, it’s very polarizing for parents,” he said. “We’ve seen parents that are adamantly against their students being at school, and we’ve seen parents that are really wanting their kids to be in-class learning. That’s why we set up the situation we did in the beginning, to try to give them the option of either virtual or in class.”

Adkins said the students will receive the same care and instruction from teachers who have become experts at virtual learning since the pandemic began.

“We’re actually becoming proficient as a district with that. So I’m very proud of the job our administration and staff- our principals, the teachers, our entire group- has done," Adkins said, adding that the cafeteria staff and custodians also deserve praise for their work during the pandemic.

And while he is ready for the day when they can safely return, he said keeping students safe is the first priority.

“Two biggest priorities. Number one: Always student safety. Number two: Student achievement, student learning," said Adkins. “We want to make sure that their needs are met.”

In addition to the transition back to online learning, all extracurricular activities and sporting events are suspended starting Monday, October 19, until further notice.

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