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Bellwood-Antis schools go virtual

Williamsburg also votes to adopt remote platform

BELLWOOD — The Bellwood-Antis School District will move to full remote education when classes resume Tuesday. The remote learning platform is expected to continue through Dec. 11, according to Superintendent Thomas McInroy.

School board members made the decision at an emergency meeting on Tuesday, McInroy said. The session was permitted under the Sunshine Law.

“We will evaluate the conditions prior to the 11th to determine if we will remain remote, go hybrid or go back to face-to-face instruction,” McInroy said. “Our community has had a significant increase in COVID-19 related issues. The number of people out due to quarantine made it difficult to keep our doors open. At one point, we had seven teachers at the elementary school out. Between that and the governor’s new regulations, it made it impossible to keep our doors open.”

“We hope this will give us a break, and use the holiday for everyone to get healthy. We hope people don’t travel, and stay with their immediate family and don’t go out of state. We hope to return on the 14th with everyone healthy,” McInroy said.

Bellwood-Antis had been one of the few area school districts using five days a week in-school instruction.

On Tuesday, the Williamsburg Area School Board also voted to shift all K-12 students to virtual instruction through Dec. 11. Students will return to face-to-face instruction on Dec. 14. This shift will include Greater Altoona Career and Technology Center students.

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