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Mathews schools: Return to in-person instruction Jan. 19

Mathews County Public Schools plans a return to in-person instruction on a hybrid model, beginning on Jan. 19, 2021.

School board members gave superintendent of schools Nancy Welch the go-ahead with, as she said, “a very cautious face-to-face reopening” during Tuesday’s monthly meeting, which was held in the Harry M. Ward Auditorium at Mathews High School.

Since March 16 when Gov. Ralph Northam first shut down state schools due to the coronavirus pandemic, most Mathews students have been receiving virtual instruction.

At present, about 15-20 percent of the student body—the most vulnerable students, including pre-K, English Language Learners and those with identified high special needs—has been receiving onsite instruction, either one or two days a week. The vast majority, however, have been attending classes online.

Welch praised her staff for the “outstanding job” they have done in both providing instruction to students and remaining safe, with no outbreaks in the schools...

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