The spike in COVID-19 has prompted West Oxford Elementary School to cancel in-person learning for tomorrow (Friday) and Monday, Jan. 10. Instead, both days will be full virtual learning days, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
But the Granville County Unit of the Boys & Girls Club that operates at West Oxford will be open to serve its registered club members on both days. The club will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Parents should send devices and bookbags with their students to the club, according to a post on the school’s social media site from BGC Chief Operating Officer Jacqueline Robinson.
School leaders posted on social media Thursday evening about the change, and offered several opportunities for parents and students for school assignments and for lunch pickup.
Students in Granville County Public Schools returned to school on Wednesday after the winter break.
The Facebook post stated, in part, that “nearly half of all of our teachers at our school are unable to report to work, mostly due to the pandemic.”
The lack of substitutes available further exacerbated the situation.
West Oxford students with an internet connection and a device are supposed to login to their Google classroom to get lessons and assignments at 9 a.m. Parents of students without a device or an internet connection can come to school after 11 a.m. to pick up an instructional packet. Parents who come after 3:30 p.m. will find packets in the self-serve stations.
The school plans to run regular bus routes about midday to deliver both instructional packets and meals. “These routes will run approximately five hours later than their normal pick-up time in the morning,” the post stated.
Parents also may stop by the school between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. to pick up a lunch free of charge for any student.
West Oxford serves Pre-K through grade 5 and is located at 412 Ivey Day Rd, Oxford.