Clay closes in-person school attendance due to outbreak

All in-person attendance has been suspended for the Clay County School System effective immediately, according to school superintendent William Sexton.

The decision to suspend in-person and revert to 100% virtual learning was made due to the increased number of COVID-19 cases in the county.  The school system is being hit hard also with numerous positive cases amongst students and staff which has led to over 100 being quarantined as a precaution.

All students will go back to virtual learning beginning Tuesday, October 20th.

Students will be on virtual for at least one week as the school system and health department monitors cases.  

"Right now this will be a week-to-week decision," Sexton said.  "We are working with the health department to provide the safest learning environment possible for our students and staff.  Hopefully we start seeing a decline soon in cases."

Clay County is now listed in the "red" on the COVID-19 dashboard.  The county was in the "red" when in-person school started two weeks ago, but the majority of those cases were tied to Manchester FCI.  The current outbreak leading to the "red" designation is within the community, according to the health department.