Carroll County schools will shift to virtual amid surge in coronavirus numbers

The earliest students would return is Jan. 18, 2021

CARROLL COUNTY, Va. – One Southwest Virginia school district is preparing to not have its students inside a classroom again until next year, at the earliest.

Carrol County Public School Superintendent Dr. Mark Burnette announced Friday that starting Dec. 9, the entire school district will be 100% virtual.

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This decision follows a Thursday meeting of school superintendents across the Mount Rogers Health District with district director Dr. Karen Shelton.

That health district contains eight localities: Bland, Carroll, Grayson, Smyth, Washington and Wythe counties, as well as the cities of Bristol and Galax.

During that meeting, Shelton recommended that all school divisions within the district go virtual for the remainder of the fall semester.

On Friday morning, during an emergency school board meeting in Carroll County, the decision to go completely virtual beginning Dec. 9 was unanimously approved.

The earliest that students would return to the classroom is January 18, after two weeks of the spring semester.

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