Velma-Alma Public Schools Superintendent Raymond Rice announced that Jan. 13 will be a virtual learning day due to increasing cases of staff members and students testing positive or close contact quarantine.

In a post to the school social media page, Rice stated that due to the rapidly increasing cases from staff and students they felt it was necessary to go ahead and go virtual and allow for extra cleaning.

In the letter, Rice stated that Jan. 14 and Jan. 17 were already scheduled days off and the optimistic plan is for this break to allow for deep cleaning of the facilities.

Rice also stated the hope is this will allow staff and the student body to be able to return to campus on Jan. 18 as planned according to the school calendar.

Velma-Alma has updated their original quarantine guidelines to align with the new CDC guidelines put forth at the beginning of the school year and detailed information can be found on their website.

“As always, the safety of our school community is our highest priority,” Rice said. “We appreciate your patience and cooperation as we continue to navigate this challenging chapter.”

Velma-Alma Public Schools also announced that the 91st Annual Stephens County Tournament set to be hosted there has been moved to Central High. 

The announcement of the move was made Wednesday morning prior to the announcement to move to a virtual day for the district.

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