Over the past few months, Surry County Public Schools has experienced and addressed multiple challenges as we continue to educate our students during a pandemic. This has included maintaining the safety of our students and staff members while rising to multiple challenges that would have been unimaginable at this time last year. With that being said, the purpose of this message is to inform you of a decision that was made at last night’s School Board Meeting. Based on the Superintendent’s recommendation, the School Board decided to continue Virtual Instruction until February 1, 2021 for the vast majority of students. However, there are two exceptions, students who participate in our self-contained special education classes and English Language Learners. These two groups of students will be allowed to return to in-person instruction on November 9, 2020. The decision to remain virtual was made based on feedback from parents, employees, and students. The decision was also guided by COVID-19 cases in Surry and surrounding counties. It was not an easy decision, however, we feel that it’s best for all involved at this time. We encourage all families to wear face coverings outside your homes and to follow all safety guidelines as issued by the Centers for Disease Control during this time.