By Erica Thomas, managing editor
School systems across the state are making changes as the number of students testing positive for COVID-19 is increasing.
Smiths Station High School, in Lee County, announced it will switch to a blended learning model on Wednesday, Aug. 24, with students staying home and doing virtual learning, and staff that is not quarantined, remaining in school. The model will continue through Sept. 7, according to a statement from Lee County Schools.
The school’s extracurricular activities, including football, will continue.
Two other schools in Lee County, Beulah Elementary School and Wacoochee Elementary School, also went virtual this week.
More than 200 students in Lee County Schools have tested positive for COVID-19.
Other schools that have switched to virtual since the beginning of the school year include Hatton Elementary School in Lawrence County, Thomasville Elementary School in Clarke County, and all Greene County Schools. Pike County Schools also closed for one day for cleaning, but returned after the cleaning and sanitizing was completed.