Following a dramatic increase in the number of positive COVID-19 cases, the Birmingham City School System has announced plans to return to full-time distance learning beginning Monday, December 7th.

"The current COVID-19 global pandemic is drastically impacting our community and our schools, requiring that we return to full remote learning for the two weeks beginning Monday, Dec. 7. Following the winter holiday break, we will reassess the impact of the pandemic and decide on our next steps," said Birmingham City Schools Superintendent Dr. Mark Sullivan via a press release Wednesday morning.

"While we realize many students have enjoyed in-person learning, we feel that our remote model is the best option at this time," Dr. Sullivan added.

"The number of positive COVID-19 cases has increased, and currently Jefferson County is experiencing a positive test rate of 11.4 percent. Public health officials project additional increases in the coming weeks. Our students and faculty are not immune from these spikes. We are seeing an uptick in the number of positive cases throughout the district among our students, faculty and staff," Dr. Sullivan said.

Students will participate in remote learning Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays with Wednesdays as an independent study day. The school system says it plan to continue to serve hot meals to its student body during the remote learning period.

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