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Students across the country are having to continue remote learning programs as districts fight to reduce the impact of COVID-19.

The Cumberland County Schools Board of Education voted to remain virtual through the end of 2020, with a 6-3 vote Thursday morning.

The group voted to reject a proposal from Superintendent Dr. Marvin Connelly to start a hybrid learning model on October 19, if health metrics supported it.

Cumberland County Schools had originally voted to start the school year remotely for at least six weeks, with a September 25 deadline for reviewing. That deadline was approaching and Dr. Connelly proposed transitioning to the hybrid model.

That model was rejected by the majority of the school board, deciding through at least the winter break to stay remote.

The school district sent out a brief release about the decision:

“During a special board meeting Thursday, the Cumberland County Board of Education voted to continue with remote learning for all Cumberland County Schools (CCS) students through the end of the fall semester. The Board will consider resuming in-person instruction at the beginning of the second semester, pending positive metrics from the Cumberland County Department of Public Health.

“Outside only” workouts for volleyball and cross country will begin on October 1, and other sports will begin “outside only” workouts on October 19. The Board approved the volleyball season to begin as scheduled; however, no spectators will be allowed to attend those games, due to COVID-19 concerns.”

CCS Board of Education Virtual Meeting

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Brandon Plotnick is a former sports journalist, now living in the digital space with interests all over the musical and pop culture map.