Russell County Superintendent Michael Ford announced on Thursday that all Russell County Schools will go back to virtual learning on Monday, October 19th. This tough decision was made due to a rising number of COVID-19 cases, resulting in the county entering the “red” category. Mr. Ford put out a statement to the public saying, “I realize this decision will be disappointing for some; to be frank I regret that this decision has to be made.” But, due to safety concerns for the staff and students of Russell County Schools, Ford felt that going back to virtual learning was the best option as of now.
Ford says, “Russell County Schools will need to, at a minimum, return to the “orange” category before we resume in-person classes.” He also spoke on what urged him to make this decision by saying, “I have said that Russell County would abide by the metric regarding the decision to provide in person classes or virtual instruction. I was alerted yesterday by the health department that Russell County would be going “red”. Their data is a day or two ahead of what is reported at the state level. Additionally, we now have students that were attending in-person classes that have tested positive, many more quarantine because of exposure including some faculty and staff.”
Mr. Ford and the local health department will continue to monitor the data and make an announcement when in-person learning can resume. As of now, everyone in Russell County is encouraged to take safety precautions to reduce the spread of COVID-19.