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Newport News superintendent postpones plans to return to in-person learning

Superintendent Dr. George Parker announced Tuesday that the school district will postpone returning students to the classroom and continue planning.

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — Newport News' school superintendent is putting the brakes on plans to return students to the classroom.

Superintendent Dr. George Parker announced Tuesday that the school district will postpone returning students to the classroom and continue planning.

Last week, the Newport News School Board approved a phased timeline to return some students to in-person instruction, which was originally set to begin next Monday, October 19.

Dr. Parker said he’s delaying the implementation because the school division’s "most recent input from key stakeholders has led to a decision that we simply need more time to plan for the safe arrival of students."

"It is my expectation, that in collaboration with you [the parents], we will complete the necessary planning during the month of November," Dr. Parker said.