Fayetteville Public Schools to return to class Jan. 18

Fayetteville Public Schools will return to in-person classes on Tuesday, Jan. 18, district officials announced Monday afternoon.

The return to in-person classes on Tuesday after Monday’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday was the plan all along after the district switched to virtual classes for two days late last week, but some had speculated that classes could be postponed for longer due to the recent rise of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in the region due to the fast-spreading omicron variant.

The district sent a one-sentence email to parents affirming that in-person school would in fact resume Tuesday.

“All Fayetteville Public Schools campuses will be open for in-person instruction on Tuesday, January 18,” it said.

State officials announced 3,600 new cases of the virus on Monday. Hospitalizations were up 35 to 1,420, and there were three new deaths announced Monday bringing the toll from the virus to 9,437.