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Muscle Shoals 6th graders transition to virtual learning due to increase in COVID cases

Published: Nov. 15, 2021 at 7:33 PM CST
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MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. (WAFF) - Sixth graders at Muscle Shoals Middle School will transition to virtual learning the remainder of the week.

“We had more positive cases in our 6th graders than we did in our entire district,” said Muscle Shoals Superintendent, Chad Holden.

On Monday, there were seven positive cases and now ten.

Because of this outbreak in the sixth-grade class, Muscle Shoals Superintendent, Chad Holden opted for the students to have virtual learning for the rest of the week.

“We obviously are big advocates for in-person learning and we want our students here but sometimes we have to make decisions that prioritize the safety and health of our students and those things outweigh the inconveniences of remote learning,” said Holden.

The district is the first district across Alabama to return to virtual-- after several weeks.

As school districts are approaching Thanksgiving break, another uptick in cases is a concern

Holden said they aren’t letting up on monitoring cases throughout the district.

“Our nurses enter data every day that I have access to. I can look at any point to see what our COVID numbers look like,” said Holden

Sixth graders will return to in-person learning on Monday, Nov. 29 following Thanksgiving break. All Muscle Shoals City Schools will be closed for Thanksgiving break on Nov. 22 - Nov. 26.

All other grade levels in Muscle Shoals will continue to operate for in-person classes.

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