Columbus County Schools will continue to provide remote-only instruction through Feb. 1 “due to spiking [COVID-19] numbers,” the board of education announced Wednesday afternoon.
“We apologize for the change, and understand this is a major inconvenience,” according to a CCS statement. “We are trying to keep all adults an children safe, and we believe that an additional two weeks will help that to occur.”
“There are concerns with numbers not declining enough to be confident that staff and student exposure can be limited,” Superintendent Deanne Meadows said. “We hope that a couple more weeks will give enough time that our staff will feel safe having students return to buildings. We recognize the challenge this is for parents and have tried hard to keep kids in the buildings as much as possible. We have to consider our own staff as well when we make these decisions that have no good solution.”
Superintendent Marc Whichard said Monday that Whiteville City Schools planned to resume in-person classes on Jan. 19.
Some area school districts, including Bladen, Robeson and New Hanover, decided in recent days to extend their remote-only instruction.
This is a developing story. Check back to NRcolumbus.com and see Friday’s edition of The News Reporter for additional coverage.