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Schools move to all remote learning Oct. 28

COVID continues to spread like wild-fire causing cancellations throughout the county. The Fall Festival scheduled for this Saturday at the DeKalb County Fairgrounds, along with in-house classes at schools have both been cancelled.

The one-day event was a last attempt to offer the residents of the county an alternative to the week-long summer fair that had to be cancelled in July. Several members of the fair board have been working hard to pull together a fun-filled day for everyone. However, with the sudden jump in COVID cases, the board decided it was not safe to have such a large gathering.

Also due to high numbers of positive COVID cases and quarantines among staff, Director of Schools Patrick Cripps has announced that the DeKalb County School District will transition to virtual learning beginning Wednesday, October 28.

“The anticipated date of return is November 11, however we will continue to monitor the numbers and will make adjustments as necessary. Our expectation is that all students will continue their education virtually through Google classroom,” said Director Cripps.

The following locations can be utilized for hotspots to download assignments if needed:

*DeKalb Middle School Parking Lot

*Northside Elementary School Parking Lot

*DeKalb West School Parking Lot

*DTC Office Smithville location (beside Walmart) 200 Walmart Drive

*DTC Office location in Alexandria at 111 High Street

*Community Center locations: Belk, Blue Springs, Temperance Hall, Keltonburg, and Midway.

“All schools will be thoroughly cleaned during this time. A meal schedule will also be provided and details about pickup locations will be provided in a later announcement,” said Director Cripps