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In Mathews: Hybrid model endorsed

At present, Mathews County Schools Superintendent Nancy Welch plans to start the 2020-2021 school year with a hybrid education model, combining both in-school and virtual instruction, at least for the first few weeks.

Beyond that, she indicated, the middle and high school may go with entirely online curriculum for the remainder of the first nine weeks or perhaps for the entire first semester as the superintendent keeps a close eye on the spread of COVID-19 both in Mathews and throughout the region. The schools will also see massively stepped-up cleaning and disinfecting protocols, social distancing, health screenings of employees and students, as well as a slew of other protective measures.

The school board, meeting Tuesday night in the Mathews High School media center, gave Welch the go-ahead for the reopening plans with the understanding that much could still change between now and the Aug. 31 opening date.Welch said she hopes to have a better handle on exactly how the plan wi...

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