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An increase in COVID-19 cases and exposure quarantining will result in Velma-Alma Public Schools moving sixth through 12th grade student to virtual learning as of Monday, Nov. 2.

According to an announcement from Velma-Alma Superintendent Raymond Rice, “an increase of COVID-19 cases and mandatory exposure quarantining of both staff and students,” the district will “transition to distance learning for grades six through 12.” Rice said the virtual instruction for these grade levels will remain in effect “for an undetermined period of time.”

“We are working diligently to ensure that all technology needs are readily available for students with device or connectivity issues,” Rice said. “As we have expressed since last spring, we find ourselves daily in uncharted waters. The support of the Velma-Alma community has been, and continues to be a source of great strength and resolve. We ask that you continue to grant us your patience as we work through the challenges of today’s educational setting. We are Comet strong.”

Students who attend Pre-K through fifth grade classes will, however, continue traditional learning during this time. 

Older students who attend Red River Technology Center will still receive transportation to and from the campus to “ensure there is no disruption in their career tech goals and requirements,” Rice said.

Extra curricular activities will still continue as well.

For more information, contact Velma-Alma Public School by dialing 580-444-3355.

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