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Here's how Petersburg plans to keep students safe when they return to classrooms

Posted at 4:58 PM, Mar 12, 2021

PETERSBURG, Va. -- After a year of virtual learning, some Petersburg students will return to in-person learning over the next few weeks.

  • March 17, 2021 - 750 pre-K thru 5th-grade students will return to classrooms
  • April 12, 2021 - 700 - 800 middle and high school students will return to classrooms

"We know that for many of our students, in-person instruction is vitally important," Dr. Maria Pitre-Martin, Superintendent Petersburg Schools said. "It's our job to lower the risk."

With the help of CARES Federal Funds, each Petersburg school building will use a layered approach to protect students and staff.

A UV machine will be utilized at each school.

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"It's going to be used daily to ensure that those rays are able to get at any of the viruses that needs to be taken care of," Pitre-Martins said.

Schools will also disinfect common areas daily and enforce social distancing.

"We also have student-appropriate masks, for different age groups," Pitre-Martin said. "We have the Face Recognition Temperature Scanner, it also checks to see you have a mask on when you come in."

Dr. Pitre-Martin said it was important for families to know the school system has worked hard to make in-person learning as safe as possible.

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While all the in-person learning slots of elementary school students have been filled, parents of middle and high school students could still sign their children up for in-person learning by contacting their child's school.