Lafayette County Schools take a step back as COVID-19 cases increase

WATCH: Lafayette County Schools take a step back as COVID-19 cases increase

LAFAYETTE COUNTY, Miss. — The Lafayette County Schools District moved middle and high school students back to the hybrid schedule used at the beginning of the school year Tuesday.

Superintendent Adam Pugh told FOX13 the school system went back to a hybrid schedule because coronavirus numbers started to spike late last week.

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“We had an increase in numbers and we had many of our kids we had to quarantine and we have had an increase in our staff and students," said Pugh. "Just trying to keep them safe is our top priority. We feel we need to go back to our hybrid schedule to spread our kids out.”

The move back to the hybrid schedule will only affect 7-12th graders and their teachers. The change will run at least through Thanksgiving break, possibly longer.

The hybrid schedule has 500 students coming to school Monday and Tuesday. Wednesday is a virtual day and another 500 students are in class Thursday and Friday.

“We have 16 or 17 that are positive at the high school and we have four or five teachers that are positive at the high school and several members who are quarantining for contact tracing,” Pugh said.

Pugh said the scheduling decisions he has had to make around COVID-19 are among the toughest in his education career.

“Trying to keep them safe and do the right thing with extracurricular activities and trying to do the right thing with academics has been one of the most difficult years I have had,” Pugh said.

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