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Some students in the Exeter School District soon will be  back inside classrooms five days a week.

The school board voted 8-1 at a special meeting Tuesday to return to full in-person learning for the entire district, beginning March 15.

School board member Dr. Sharon McLendon voted no.

McLendon said she has safety concerns, including the challenge of maintaining the recommended distances between students in the classrooms and elsewhere in the schools. She also is concerned that the majority of staff and teachers, 80%, are not yet vaccinated.

Students currently learning virtually will automatically be enrolled in the ongoing virtual option, and those in the hybrid model will automatically be enrolled in full in-person learning, Dr. Kimberly Minor, superintendent, said.

Minor said that families who do not wish to send their kids to school in-person five days a week will continue to have a virtual option. Classes will be livestreamed through Zoom for the remainder of the school year.

Any student who wishes to change their mode of education should contact their building principal or guidance counselor, Minor said.

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