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Florence Carlton School pivots to remote learning until after Thanksgiving

Posted at 8:49 PM, Nov 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-18 10:49:56-05

FLORENCE — The Florence Carlton School District moved into full remote learning on Tuesday. They'll stay in that model until the Monday following Thanksgiving.

Superintendent Brian Rayburn told MTN News they received an alert on Tuesday of a positive COVID-19 case in one of their essential support staff, subsequently pinning the whole crew as close contacts.

During an emergency board meeting Tuesday night, Superintendent Rayburn explained that the department impacted by the positive case assists with school lunches.

Unable to offer a meal program, the school has no choice but to shut down for a two-week quarantine period. It’s the scenario they were trying to avoid, but Rayburn said it’s not completely new for the district.

“Six through twelve has gone through this already,” said Rayburn, “In fact, seventh grade right now, the entire seventh grade, is on remote learning. For K-through-five this is the first real closure that they’ve seen this year, but things are different than what they were in the spring and we’re a little better prepared.”

During the emergency meeting, Rayburn and members of the school board emphasized their confidence in the teaching staff as they navigate this school-wide shutdown.