Regular face-to-face instruction will resume on Monday, Sept. 20

Whale Branch Middle School students transition to temporary virtual instruction
Posted on 09/09/2021
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, September 9, 2021

Whale Branch Middle School students transition to temporary virtual instruction

BEAUFORT –Whale Branch Middle School (WBMS) will be temporarily shifting to virtual instruction this Friday for one full school week. This temporary, all-virtual, learning period is scheduled thru Friday, Sept. 17. Regular face-to-face instruction will resume on Monday, Sept. 20.

With just over fifty percent of the student body in quarantine as a result of being deemed a close-contact of someone with COVID-19, the decision to transition the mode of instruction was made in order to mitigate any potential spread of the virus and ensure the continuity of learning for all students.  

“The decision to transition an entire school to virtual learning, even temporarily, is not made lightly,” said Superintendent Frank Rodriguez, explaining that each school’s situation is complex and unique to their circumstances. “As school and district administrators, we take many factors into consideration when analyzing the impact that COVID-19 is having on a school’s ability to effectively and safely continue normal operations.”

Virtual instruction will be provided following the normal school day schedule. Teachers will Zoom live instruction to students during their regularly scheduled class time.

Any WBMS student in need of a hot-spot device to assist with internet connectivity can obtain one from the school’s front office.

Student meals will continue to be provided during this timeframe. WBMS will be sharing information about meal pick-up times with their families.

“We realize this temporary shift to virtual learning is an inconvenience for families,” said Rodriguez. “But, we are prepared to do what is necessary to keep our students and staff safe.”