Fairfax County Public Schools are notifying parents that thousands of children will return to all-virtual instruction as coronavirus cases rise in Virginia.
Group 3 students, including some English Language Learners and special education students, will return to online learning on Monday. About 4,100 were set to be in Group 3.
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FCPS said the positivity rate is too high to keep holding classes in-person: It’s been above the 10% threshold for seven days, officials said.
The goal is to return students to in-person learning after winter break, FCPS said.
“We know this is a disappointment to our families,” FCPS said in a statement. “We understand that in-person learning is the best option for most students.”
No announcements have been made that would change plans for an estimated 40 Group 1 students and 1,300 Group 2 students. Those groups include both high school students in career prep programs and young children getting advanced support.
Fauquier County Public Schools also announced all students will return to a fully virtual learning model on Monday. Online learning will continue, until winter break.
At this point, hybrid learning may resume in January, when the second term begins.