Shelby schools
Shelby City Schools are shifting to online/distance learning on Nov. 23.
SHELBY -- As coronavirus cases continue growing in the region, Shelby Schools Superintendent Tim Tarvin on Tuesday announced a two-week move to online/distance learning starting Monday, Nov. 23.
"...The recent surge in COVID-19 cases in our area is beginning to negatively impact our student attendance and particularly our ability to adequately staff our buildings throughout the district," Tarvin wrote in an online letter posted on the district's website.
"In an effort to alleviate this situation so that we can maintain the long-term ability to provide face-to-face instruction, the Shelby City School District will be making an adjustment to the school calendar," he wrote in the letter to Shelby families.
The announcement came the same day the district announced that two additional students and one staff member at Shelby High School had tested positive for COVID-19.   
Other cases were announced at the high school on Oct. 17 and Nov. 13, and another case involving a person at Dowds Elementary School was announced Nov. 15.
In all as of Nov. 17, 87 people were reported in quarantine at Shelby schools: Little Whippets Preschool (2), Dowds Elementary (24), Auburn Elementary (4), Shelby Middle School (9) and Shelby High School (48), according to the district's website.
The school district's shift to online/distance learning starts Nov. 23 (three days prior to Thanksgiving) and will remain in effect through Friday, Dec. 4 with face-to-face instruction resuming Monday, Dec. 7 and running through Tuesday, Dec. 22.
Winter break is to start Wednesday, Dec. 23 with in-class instruction resuming Tuesday, Jan. 5.
"The Shelby City Schools will continue to assess the current situation on a daily basis with the understanding that these plans are subject to change," Tarvin wrote.  "Again, it is our goal to provide face-to-face instruction to our students but we must balance that objective while maintaining the focus of keeping our students and staff safe," he wrote.
Statewide coronavirus K-12 building closures extended from mid-March 2020 through the end of the 2019-20 academic year.
Shelby’s 2020-21 academic year started Aug. 24. The district offers in-building classes plus the option of online learning through the Whippet Academy.
The city of Shelby's coronavirus update on Tuesday reported that overall in the community, 31 active cases were being monitored. Three people were hospitalized
The Shelby City Health Department has documented a total of 150 individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 since the outbreak began in March, Mayor Steve Schag said via email Tuesday. Of that number, 118 have attained recovered/resolved status, he said. One death was reported on Sept. 29.
 An internet link to Tarvin's letter is available at

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