Radford City Public Schools will now resume in-person learning on Aug. 31

School leaders made decision after 'recent, close social gathering' of RCPS students, staff, parents

RADFORD, Va. – One day later and Radford has a new plan.

Rather than two weeks of 100% virtual learning, in-person learning will continue on Aug. 31.

The decision to cancel in person classes comes after concerns over a social gathering where teachers, students and parents may have been exposed to COVID-19.

“We just determined that it would be out of an abundance of caution to go ahead and just close temporarily,” Superintendent Robert Graham said.

Superintendent Robert Graham says the division was notified about a large gathering in the city over the weekend that students, teachers, and parents attended and were potentially exposed to Coronavirus.

The New River Valley Department of Health was able to expedite its investigation and contract tracing regarding a social gathering in the community this past weekend and found minimal exposure to COVID-19.

“When you have those large gatherings of over 40 or 50 its just difficult to know who is at risk, that’s what we were concerned with and we certainly didn’t want to take a chance,” Graham said.

But for parents like Charlotte Parks, it leaves questions about the remainder of the school year.