McLean County Public Schools Returning to Virtual Learning

Students in the McLean County Public Schools district will return to virtual learning through at least Thanksgiving Break.

Posted: Nov 13, 2020 4:22 PM
Updated: Nov 13, 2020 4:31 PM

Officials in the McLean County Public Schools (MCPS) district announced Friday that all students within the district would be returning to virtual learning as of Monday, continuing through at least Thanksgiving Break.

According to the statement made by MCPS Friday, the rising number of COVID-19 cases and quarantines within McLean County and the district itself was the leading factor in the decision to switch back to virtual instruction.

Though MCPS students will be participating in virtual learning for the next few weeks, the announcement made by MCPS did say that schools would still be able to have small groups, with each school communicating with parents on small group activities.

District officials say they plan to monitor the county's COVID-19 data daily leading up to the weekend following Thanksgiving, at which point the decision to continue virtually or switch back to in-person learning will be made.

The school district had previously noted that its main goal was to continue with in-person learning so long as it was possible to do so safely, but with McLean County currently in Kentucky's COVID-19 Red Zone and the district lacking substitute teachers, the decision to go virtual was made.

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