Two West Alabama school systems are switching to remote learning temporarily due to surges in COVID-19 cases.

Pickens County Schools announced Wednesday that due to the a rapid increase in positive cases among faculty and staff, the system would be switching to remote learning.

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Pickens County Schools and the REACH Program closed Thursday, January 6 through Tuesday, January 11.

Students and staff will return to in-person learning next Wednesday. Parents and students are encouraged to pay attention to any updates from the schools or the district.

Similarly, Greene County Board of Education announced Thursday that from January 7 through January 21, all schools in the Greene County School System will transition to virtual learning

All students will return to campus on Monday, January 24. Teachers will report to their work site daily, and lunches will be delivered.

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