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More students return to in-person learning in Williamsburg-James City County Schools Monday

Posted at 5:33 AM, Oct 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-26 05:33:26-04

JAMES CITY CO., Va. - Williamsburg-James City County Schools will start "Path 2" of returning to school on Monday.

Up until October 26 students and staff were on Path 1 in which the majority of students were learning remotely.

Beginning October 26, the division plans to transition to Path 2, which includes in-person learning two days a week for students in grades K-3 and in-person learning for Bright Beginnings PreK students four days a week.

Students with disabilities and English Language Learners who returned to school in September will remain in classrooms for on-site learning.

School officials said the ultimate goal is for all teachers and students to return to classrooms in the safest manner possible. That requires careful planning using data from the Virginia Department of Health and guidance from the Virginia Department of Education.

WJCC Schools created a COVID-19 dashboard to share data with families, staff, and the public. School leaders use this information when considering the division’s operational capacity to transport, teach, feed, and care for students if a significant number of staff members contract COVID-19.

All students and staff must wear a face covering while on the bus and at school. Preventative measures such as social distancing and rigorous cleaning protocols will also be in place, officials said.

The return to in-person learning at Clara Byrd Baker and Laurel Lane elementary schools is delayed until November 9 while staff resolve an air quality issue.

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