All Accomack County Public Schools Learning Will Be Virtual or Remote Effective Jan. 11

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By Connie Morrison —

Households with students in Accomack County Public Schools, as well as teachers, will have to shift gears quickly because beginning tomorrow, Monday, Jan. 11, all students will be moved to virtual or remote learning.

Parents began reporting the calls and emails announcing the change beginning around 7:30 p.m. Sunday night.

Accomack County Public Schools Superintendent Chris Holland told a Post reporter the change is until further notice.

Staff members, including teachers, are to report at their usual times. Teachers “are going to be working out of their (class)rooms,” he said.

Holland said he spoke to school board members on the phone to arrive at the decision.

“We looked at the numbers,” Holland said. “It’s the right decision to make.”

Community spread of COVID-19 has skyrocketed in Accomack County, with 245 new COVID-19 cases in the last 7 days, compared to 49 cases in Northampton County over the same period.

Holland made a robocall to parents Friday, Jan. 8, announcing that school meals for virtual students will be available for pickup Monday through Thursday, 5 to 6 p.m., at Accawmacke, Chincoteague, Kegotank, Metompkin, and Pungoteague elementary schools.

The school meals are available for any children age 18 and under, whether or not they are students of Accomack County Public Schools, and may be picked up from any school listed above.

Children do not need to be present when parents pick up meals. Any member of the household who is sick should not visit the school.

This story was updated to add the information on school meals.