As schools go virtual, Grayson County is sticking with in-person education

County has experienced more than 500 total COVID-19 cases, according to VDH

INDEPENDENCE, Va. – Several school districts across Virginia are switching back to remote learning because of COVID-19 concerns; however, one district along the North Carolina border is committed to in-person learning.

Grayson County Schools announced it will continue regular classes indefinitely, with social distancing procedures in place.

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

Superintendent Kelly Wilmore believes his school district is safe because of the rural make-up of Grayson County.

“Children are not meant to be socially isolated, and at this time of year, we felt it was imperative to keep the kids in school,” Wilmore said. “Our numbers and our isolation are very positive for us. That’s the only reason we’re able to continue to stay open.”

The school district has only experienced four coronavirus cases, according to Wilmore.

In total, Grayson County has had 587 COVID-19 cases, with 44 hospitalizations and 22 deaths, according to VDH.

Mount Rogers Health District Director Karen Shelton said the coronavirus can still become a threat, even in rural areas.