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COVINGTON — Newton County students who have been participating in in-person instruction will not return to the classroom on Jan. 11 as originally planned. The Newton County School System announced Tuesday that virtual learning will tentatively continue until Tuesday, Jan. 19.

In a message to parents and families posted on the school system’s Facebook page Tuesday, officials said that the increase in community transmission of COVID-19 prompted the decision. “District officials have reviewed the COVID-19 data for Newton County and also consulted this week with local medical professionals representing both the Gwinnett Newton Rockdale Health Department and Piedmont Newton Hospital,” the message states. “Due to the increase in community transmission of the virus, Newton County School System will continue our remote learning environment for students for an additional five days. All students will now utilize online learning or pre-developed work assignments through Friday, Jan. 15, 2021. Students currently served in-person will now report to school on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021.”

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I have been editor of the Rockdale Citizen since 1996 and editor of the Newton Citizen since it began publication in 2004. I am also currently executive editor of the Clayton News Daily, Henry Daily Herald and Jackson Progress-Argus.

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