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LCS to open schools in fall, continues to make plans

LCS to open schools in fall, continues to make plans

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Tom Hodgert, a driver, waits for students in a bus at E.C. Glass High School in Lynchburg on Nov. 20, 2019. Lynchburg City Schools have canceled all out-of-town field trips.

Lynchburg City Schools will open school buildings in the fall, but plans regarding student schedules, academic calendar and other details for reopening remain in development.

The division plans to remain flexible as it cultivates a reopening plan, a Monday news release from the division said, because COVID-19 effects are still being determined.

The release urged LCS families to prepare for schools to open at half capacity and the possibility of students attending at different times or on different days. The division said it is considering options for virtual learning to continue into the fall.

Transportation remains a critical factor in reopening plans for K-12 divisions; LCS said it is continuing to discuss options for transporting students as buses will likely not operate at full capacity.

More details of the division’s reopening plan will be shared at the July 7 school board meeting.

— Jamey Cross

Va. health officials warn against coronavirus scams

ROANOKE — The Virginia Department of Health is warning residents that scammers might call them posing as COVID-19 contact tracers in order to take their money.

A news release from the department on Monday said its contact tracers will not ask for money or for a Social Security number, bank account details, credit card numbers or payment of any form. Their services are covered by tax dollars, not individual fees, the department said.

When they call, your phone will identify the caller as “VDH COVID Team,” the release said.

— From news reports

Jamey Cross covers education. Reach her at (434) 385-5532.

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