The frigid week ahead is bringing with it the possibility of an extended virtual school week.

While Alcorn County schools were out Monday for Presidents Day, Corinth city schools went virtual and are doing the same Tuesday. Alcorn students will also distance learn if able on Tuesday.

Corinth school officials announced Monday that due to the Winter Storm Warning with an expectation of significant mixed precipitation, snow and extremely low wind chills, classes would take place virtually on Monday and Tuesday.

The district prepared for the possible weather last week by sending home assignments with students through the fourth grade. The remaining students received instructions in Canvas for the virtual day and teachers communicated additional information to parents. Students were reminded that attendance – even during what might have been a “snow day” in the past – would be required and work must be completed to be counted present.

“We are closely monitoring the situation for Wednesday and the remainder of the week,” Superintendent Lee Childress told the Daily Corinthian. “The additional wintry precipitation will continue to create challenges in returning to school.”

While students in the county enjoyed Monday off, staff attended professional development virtually said Interim Superintendent Brandon Quinn.

“Teachers and administrators were meeting and planning all day Monday on ways to meet students’ needs in and out of the classroom during this winter weather,” said Quinn. “Teachers will continue making contact with students throughout the day on Tuesday to provide some expectations.”

Quinn said while school will be virtual on Tuesday, a decision has not been made beyond that. District officials are worried that possible power outages in some rural parts of the county might prevent students from being able to attend virtually.

“Due to the ever changing forecast, no decision will be made past Tuesday at this time, but lessons and plans are being made to extend virtual learning through the week,” he added. “We want to keep students and staff safe, but engaged.”

Road conditions were an issue going into Tuesday for both the city and county, while the week’s forecast from the National Weather Service includes continued freezing temperatures and a 100 percent chance of a wintry mix Wednesday through Thursday night.

Staff Writer

Zack Steen was first hired in 1999 as a junior in high school to work in the Daily Corinthian design department. After several years away, he returned in 2014 as staff writer. He's married to the love of his life Brandy and they have 5 wonderful fur-kids.

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