Avery County School students in grades K-9 returned to in-class learning five days a week on Monday.

The Avery Journal reports the Board of Education voted to approve the transition at the BOE meeting February 9.

According to the report, students at Avery High School will continue to have in-class instruction four days a week, with a remote learning or split learning day set for each Wednesday.

Avery Schools Superintendent Dr. Dan Brigman told the board that data and research shows schools are not transmitters of COVID-19, especially among elementary age kids.

Brigman said being at home is more devastating to the children, from their social and emotional well-being, to the nutrition that they’re not getting.

The school board also got an update on the new high school construction project. The new expected completion date is now set for June. It had been expected in May.