School districts across the nation are returning to remote learning due to staffing shortages and a surge of COVID as cases of the highly transmissible variant has doubled in just 24 hours ahead of the holiday break, according to reports.
On Friday, ‘s County in became the first major school district to announce that all students will make the move to remote learning.
Students in the district will begin online learning Monday, just four days before winter break begins.
The remote learning will continue for two weeks when classes resume on January 3, the county’s public school states.
‘Educators, administrators and support staff must be able to deliver in-person instruction and other activities in conditions that prioritize their own health, as well as the wellbeing of the school community,’ Monica Goldson, the CEO of the county’s public schools, said in a letter to the community.
Districts nationwide look to take students out of the classroom and back to remote learning again due to the Omicron variant. Pictured: A stock image of students in class
Pictured: A health care worker administers a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine to a student during a ‘Vax To School’ campaign event at a high school in Staten Island in August
‘The increased positivity rates have significantly challenged the ability to do so, causing anxiety among many school communities and disruption to the school day.’
And in New York City, the Department of Education has already closed 859 classrooms citywide, four times the number one