Schools consider going remote

Staff shortages among rise in COVID cases prompt look at ‘operational changes’

From staff reports
Posted 1/18/22

The Harnett County Schools district is considering whether or not to switch to remote learning after a recent rise in COVID-19 cases among students and staff.

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Schools consider going remote

Staff shortages among rise in COVID cases prompt look at ‘operational changes’

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The Harnett County Schools district is considering whether or not to switch to remote learning after a recent rise in COVID-19 cases among students and staff.

“Harnett County Schools is actively evaluating current staffing levels in our schools,” read a post on the district’s Facebook page. “The main priority is to keep schools open for in-person learning, but the possibility of operational changes may occur as we navigate through the current COVID variant. Examples of operational changes may include remote learning, altered bus schedules, and limited options for meal service.”

According to the district’s COVID-19 dashboard, 551 students and at least 136 staff members tested positive and 3,121 students and 150 staff members were in quarantine on Friday. The total sick was almost double the number of students and staff that tested positive (687) reported Jan. 12.

Harnett County reported a total of 3,422 cases of COVID-19 on Friday, up from 1,277 cases reported on Monday, Jan. 3, according to the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services online dashboard.

Attempts to reach district officials were unsuccessful on Friday.

The Harnett County Schools Board of Education will meet in a work session to discuss this and other matters at 9 a.m. Jan. 24 in the Lillington Education Center Board Room at 900 S. 11th St. The public can also visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_0rghUBjw3k to listen to the meeting online.

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