Stamford Advocate

Outbreaks in schools force early reversals on in-person learning

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A few weeks into the new school year, growing numbers of U.S. districts have halted in-person learning or switched to hybrid models because of rapidly mounting coronaviru­s infections.

More than 80 school districts or charter networks have closed or delayed in-person classes for at least one entire school in more than a dozen states. Others have sent home whole grade levels or asked half their students to stay home on hybrid schedules.

In Georgia, where in-person classes are on hold in more than 20 districts that started the school year without mask requiremen­ts, some superinten­dents say the virus appeared to be spreading in schools before they sent students home.

“We just couldn’t manage it with that much staff out, having to cover classes and the spread so rapid,” said Eddie Morris, superinten­dent of the 1,050-student Johnson County district in Georgia. With 40 percent of students in quarantine or isolation, the district shifted last week to online instructio­n until Sept. 13.

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