MONROE — Union County Public Schools returned to Plan A and Plan B instruction on Monday (Jan. 11), according to a report from the UCPS communications department.

After all students of the public school district spend last week (Jan. 4-8) learning virtually due to the rapidly-increasing spread of the potentially deadly COVID-19 virus within Union County, UCPS elementary students resumed in-person classes four days a week on Monday, while middle/high school students will learn in-person two days per week. Students who enrolled in Plan D (all-virtual learning) will remain in that option. Fridays are a remote learning day for all UCPS students.

The average number of confirmed COVID cases in Union County has more than tripled since Thanksgiving, rising to more than 300 per day in 2021. The 311 cases confirmed in Union County on Sunday (Jan. 10) was a record.