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Virginia Beach switches back to virtual learning

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Posted at 2:27 PM, Nov 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-16 14:35:18-05

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - Virginia Beach City Public Schools will return to virtual learning due to the state's recent COVID-19 metrics.

Starting Tuesday, all students are heading back to virtual learning through at least the Thanksgiving holiday.

Students returned to classrooms in Virginia Beach on November 4.

Virginia Beach Public Schools said the decision was based on consultation with the Virginia Department of Health officials and in the best interest of their students and staff.

Last week Superintendent Dr. Aaron Spence told WTKR, "So if we were to get above 10% positivity and if we were to get above 265 cases a day and/or above 265 cases, that's a bright line. We would have no choice at that point. We would have to go back to virtual."

School officials say they have a plan in place that will do everything possible to keep students fed and engaged in their learning for however long the closure is necessary.

As of Tuesday, school buildings and administrative offices will be available to students and families by appointment only.