Shown is the Shamokin Area Middle/High School.

COAL TOWNSHIP — Shamokin Area School District announced Thursday it would be going completely virtual with its classes beginning Monday through Friday, Dec. 4.

Superintendent Chris Venna said the district's position remains that children are safer in school, but noted that with the Thanksgiving holiday and a rise in positive COVID-19 cases the virtual learning model allows the district to reevaluate the situation and is the appropriate instructional model during this time.

"Meaningful instruction will continue to occur virtually with our amazing teachers and staff," he said. "Our goal is to get our students back to in-person instruction on Monday, Dec. 7," he said.

He said the district plans to release more information regarding free meal distribution, deployment of technology devices for elementary students, connectivity options for families and special education serves.

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