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Rockwood announces all virtual school start

Rockwood held out hope of a hybrid start to the 2020-2021 school year, with students attending class on campus on alternating days — two days on campus, three days off. But on Aug. 6, Superintendent Dr. Mark Miles told parents the district had “made a change.”

“All Rockwood students will start the school year with the at-home, online education program with Rockwood teachers,” Miles told parents in an email. “We are unable to provide the reduced-capacity option with in-person services two days a week at this time.”

Miles said the decision was a difficult one to make and that it was made with the best interest of the students in mind.

“Over the last few days, we’ve spoken to health officials regarding current public health mandates and guidelines for safety in schools,” Miles shared. “We’ve also heard from local officials about the restrictions placed upon St. Louis County to help contain the spread of the virus. In addition, we have realized significant logistical challenges related to scheduling a hybrid education model.”

Despite the change, school will begin on Aug. 24.

“Families will be hearing from their school principals and teachers in the coming weeks as we begin the school year online at home,” Miles said.

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