Due to an uptick in quarantines, Decatur City Schools students in grades six to 12 will move to virtual instruction Thursday and Friday, and elementary students will move to virtual instruction for Friday only, a school official said today.

The system is out all of next week for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Deputy Superintendent of Operations Dwight Satterfield said in a SchoolCast message there are currently no plans for schools to move virtual after Thanksgiving break.

"There are several rumors in the community that Decatur City Schools plans to transition to virtual learning after the Thanksgiving holiday. At this time, Decatur City Schools has no plans to switch to virtual learning after Thanksgiving. We will continue to do our best to manage this pandemic by making virtual transitions based upon school site data," the message said. "We apologize for this late notice, but our quarantine rates among students and staff have escalated since mid-afternoon."

Superintendent Michael Douglas said the reason middle, junior and high school students are moving to virtual a day earlier than elementary students is because of where the quarantines and cases are more concentrated.

"The data dictates secondary go (virtual) now. Elementary would be fine, but we will use Friday to clean the schools before the break," Douglas said.

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