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MANSFIELD -- Mansfield City Schools has modified its district calendar to include two weeks of remote learning, one immediately following Thanksgiving break and the other immediately following winter break. 

Superintendent Stan Jefferson announced the changes Monday in a letter to Tyger families.

"Recent increases in the cases of COVID-19 have negatively impacted personnel, leaving buildings short staffed and less prepared for in-person learning to adequately take place," Jefferson wrote. "In addition, as we approach the holiday season, many of our families will be traveling and visiting loved ones. These activities may mean a rise in cases.

"With that in mind, Mansfield City Schools has made adjustments to our learning plan as we enter into the holiday season."

Students will participate in remote learning from Nov. 30 through Dec. 4, then return to a hybrid schedule with four days a week of in-person learning and remote learning on Wednesday. 

The district will continue on a hybrid schedule until winter break beings on Dec. 21, then have a week of remote learning from Jan. 4 to Jan. 8.

Classes will return to the hybrid model on Jan. 11.

These changes will impact all grades and school buildings, but not students in the Tyger Digital Academy.

During remote learning, students will be expected to participate in live Google Meet sessions and complete work assigned by their teachers. If students do not attend the Google meet live sessions and complete the assigned work, they will be counted "absent" for attendance purposes.

During remote learning, meals for hybrid students will be available for pick-up daily from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Senior High and Malabar Intermediate. Breakfast and lunch will be included.

"Our primary focus continues to be rooted in an effort to deliver quality education with the health and safety of our students, teachers, and support staff in mind," Jefferson said. "Making these adjustments ensures our district does our part in reducing the exposure of COVID-19 among students, staff, and families.  We are hopeful this change also means the longevity of in-person learning."

Jefferson ended his letter with by noting that plans are subject to change and that the district continues to monitor changes alongside public health officials. 

Mansfield City is just the latest district to announce a change in scheduling due to staffing shortages and the spread of COVID-19. Other districts that have announced upcoming periods of remote learning include Shelby, Clear Fork, Lexington, Madison and Lucas.

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