Extended Christmas break helped curb COVID-19 surge in Lawrence County Schools

Teachers to receive vaccine next month

Extended Christmas break helped curb COVID-19 surge in Lawrence County Schools
Lawrence County Schools (Source: LCS)

LAWRENCE COUNTY, Ala. (WAFF) - An extended break from traditional learning this winter likely eased pandemic strains on the Lawrence County School System, according to Superintendent Jon Bret Smith. Read more on The Moulton Advertiser.

“All our schools transitioned to virtual a few days before the Christmas break, I think it helped slow the spread among the last big surges,” Smith said. “We had several get sick that week before the holiday. Even extending the return to traditional school after the break, we believe was the right decision.”

Lawrence County students were delayed returning to school one day due to winter weather. Students in public schools resumed in-person classes Tuesday.

“We’re taking everything day by day,” Smith said. “Really the issues we’ve seen with COVID-19 hasn’t been among students, we’ve had more educators and staff members come down with the virus.”

Smith said educators and school staff are next on the state’s vaccination allocation list. State health officials told Smith that educators will begin receiving the vaccine in February.

Smith said it is still unclear how vaccinations will be rolled out to the school system when the time comes, but he said school nurses will not be responsible for distribution.

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