Another Savannah-Chatham school shifts to virtual learning due to COVID-related staff availability

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Shuman Elementary and Groves High School have shifted to virtual learning for the week due to COVID-related issues and confirmed positive cases among staff and students impacting staff availability, the Savannah-Chatham County Public School System (SCCPSS) announced on Monday.

In an email, the district said the schools will start virtual learning on Tuesday and will end on Friday.

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These moves come a week after Beach, Islands and Johnson High schools shifted to virtual learning because of confirmed COVID-19 positive cases among staff and students impacted by staff availability.

On Tuesday, Islands and Johnson High Schools resumed in-person learning. Meanwhile, Beach will continue with virtual learning because of staff impacts due to COVID-19 protocols.

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The district plans to resume in-person classes at Shuman, Groves and Beach on Monday, Jan. 24, but families will be contacted through the Parent Notification System if the schedule changes.

As of Jan. 17, the Coastal Health District reported 306 new, confirmed COVID-19 cases in Chatham County. Since students returned to school after winter break, COVID-19 cases in the district have also increased.

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According to the district's weekly COVID-19 tracking report, on Jan. 7, 728 students and 340 personnel tested positive. The district also reported 2,859 students and 235 personal were in quarantine due to a positive case or exposure.

Bianca Moorman is the education reporter. Reach her at or 912-239-7706. Find her on Twitter @biancarmoorman.

This article originally appeared on Savannah Morning News: Shuman Elementary shifts to virtual learning for the week

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