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Perry County Community Schools Moving to Virtual Learning

Perry County Community Schools being forced to transition to virtual learning for at least the next two weeks after more than 10 staff members have coronavirus or have been exposed to it.

Posted: Nov 2, 2020 6:07 PM

Coronavirus numbers in Our tri-state continue to rise, and with that, another local school forced to move to virtual learning.

Perry Central Community Schools announced on Monday that their schools will be going online only until at least November 16th due to covid-19.

This happening after more than 12 staff members at the schools have been quarantined due to having covid-19 or being in close contact of someone who has it.

“Quarantines have hit our staff to a level that we can’t keep appropriate numbers of staff to make sure that our students are taken care of when they’re at school," said Tara Bishop, superintendent of Perry Central Community Schools.

And Bishop spoke to 44News about why virtual learning was the way to go for her schools with this covid situation.

“Virtual works in this situation, because we don’t have any students that are actually sick, so they can all teach from home and connect with their students virtually through Google Classroom, Google Meet, and Zoom, and we can continue learning that way,” said Bishop.

Bishop said no students at this time have contracted coronavirus, but due to the low number of available staff members, they felt it impossible to properly teach their students in person.

The schools expected return date back to in-person learning is currently November 16th, but Bishop told 44News that date could change due to covid conditions within the school and community.

“We’re always looking closely at the county, but it’s a big county, so we’re more interested really in the impact of covid on our students and our staff," said Bishop. "That’s our number one concern, and then, of course, we’re watching what happens in the community as well.”

Today, Perry county added another 20 covid cases to their total.

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