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Halifax Count school staff advised to work at home after Thanksgiving / November 16, 2020

Superintendent of Schools Mark Lineburg will recommend that school employees work from home as much as possible after the Thanksgiving break as school officials take stock of the worsening public health situation with COVID-19.

“By and large, I’d like to have people refocus on working at home,” said Lineburg, who said the recommendation applies to teachers who have adequate internet access to teach students remotely without showing up for work at school facilities. The recommendation does not apply to a small number of teachers who have students attending class in person.

The employee work adjustment is among the matters that school trustees will take up today when the Halifax County School Board meets at 6:30 p.m. at the Halifax County Middle School cafeteria.

The regular monthly School Board meeting, which was pushed back from the original date of Nov. 9, also will include discussions of efforts by HCPS to conduct the school year amid the coronavirus pandemic.

HCMS Principal Dawn Miller will provide an update on the “internet cafés” the school division is offering to students who lack internet access at home, and Halifax County High School Principal Michael Lewis will discuss preparations for the revised VHSL winter sports calendar. The VHSL Championships + 1 calendar sets fewer regular season and postseason games for basketball, volleyball, swimming, indoor track and other winter sports.

Although Richmond City Schools and other school divisions have made the decision to cancel winter sports, Lineburg said Halifax intends to go forward with the season, although that could change if the virus spreads out of control. “If it gets bad, I’ll make the decision [to cancel],” he said.

“We’ll have to see how it plays out. It’s a terrible time right now,” said Lineburg, who noted the decision to shut down high school sports is one the School Board has authorized him to make unilaterally, if necessary.

The School Board meeting is open to the public with a portion of the meeting set aside for citizen comments after trustees convene at 6:30 p.m.

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