Cherokee County elementary school students whose families opted for them to start the year learning online at home will be able to remain in distance learning through Dec. 18, officials said Friday.

Before school began Aug. 3, parents were able to choose a digital learning option for their students rather than send them to in-person instruction during the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic. Almost a quarter of students are engaged in distance learning.

The school system's statement reads:

On behalf of the Superintendent, please be advised that he has decided to extend Digital Learning for elementary school students for the second nine-week grading period, which ends Dec. 18, 2020.

Parents/guardians of elementary school students currently enrolled in Digital Learning (kindergarten through fifth grade; and Special Education preschool and PreK) must complete a declaration form by 4:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11; a link to the form will be emailed to them separately this afternoon.

A decision has not yet been made whether to extend Digital Learning beyond Dec. 18, 2020 for elementary school or for middle and high school; we will keep parents informed.

Digital Learning enrollment for students currently attending in-person school will continue to be considered on a case-by-case basis at the school level.

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