Radford City Public Schools returns to in-person learning

Published: Mar. 1, 2021 at 5:35 PM EST
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RADFORD, Va. (WDBJ) - Radford City Public Schools returned to in-person learning March 1, with some calling it similar to the first day of school.

“I don’t think we could’ve had a better, better restart... if I can use that word... restart to have them, all of our students who want to be back,” said Robert Graham, superintendent of Radford City Public Schools.

Students who opted for face-to-face learning are back in the classroom four days a week.

The superintendent says more than 90% of students at the elementary level returned to the classroom, while secondary and high schools had a few more students stick to learning remotely.

“I think I see great things again, you know, moving forward with having everybody back in,” said Graham.

Graham says there was excitement everywhere, but also updated mitigation strategies in place to keep students safe.

“Making sure that we are fully masked up, making sure that there are no students that are closer than feet 3 feet apart, and we did go down to 3 feet; we had to in some of our rooms, most of them are 4.5 feet apart,” said Graham.

Graham adds even though many teachers are vaccinated, they still follow all COVID-19 safety guidelines in and outside the classroom.

As parents dropped off or picked up their kids, there were a few traffic issues near schools, but Graham says that was expected.

He credits the community, school staff and administration for making this return possible.

“We are a strong-knit community, and I think that’s made it manageable and unity, and unification of the whole entire school community is just so important,” said Graham.

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