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Friday Is The Only Day To Change Learning Option

WATER VALLEY – A special, one-day registration is scheduled Friday to allow students enrolled in the Water Valley School District to change learning options.  Parents will have the option for their child to return to traditional learning (classroom) or transfer to distance learning (virtual).
Parents who want to make a change can come to the school their child attends for on-site registration from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Online registration is also scheduled the same day from 7:30 to 6 p.m. To submit a change online, parents can complete the Google document that will be posted to the Water Valley School District’s website, and on the school’s Facebook page.
Students who make the change will begin with the new option on Tuesday, Sept. 8. Parents who change to the distance learning option will need to go to their child’s school if the student does not have computer access.
Friday’s special registration will be the only time that students will be allowed to change their learning option for the first semester of the 2020-2021 school year.
Superintendent Jerry Williams reported that less than 25 percent of the students enrolled in the district opted for distance learning and he has fielded numerous requests from parents who initially selected distance learning and now desire for their child to shift back to the traditional classroom setting.
Williams said the smooth start during the first three weeks may have eased some concerns about students being exposed to  the virus at school as stringent guidelines remain in place to minimize the risk of exposure to the virus. The new school year got underway on August 10 and during the first week there were 11 students who tested positive for COVID-19. Since then, one additional student tested position for the virus.
The positive cases prompted the quarantine of other students who may have been exposed, in accordance with the district’s policy adopted prior to start of school. The majority of the quarantined students returned to school last week.
Williams also said that since the start of the school year,  three teachers at Davidson Elementary School were quarantined after they were around family members who tested positive.

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