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Virginia Beach schools releases more details about in-person learning set to start Nov. 4

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Posted at 8:51 PM, Oct 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-29 20:51:46-04

Virginia Beach Public Schools sent out more details on the back to in-person school plan on Thursday evening.

Classes for both Option 1 and Option 2 students will resume Wednesday, November 4.

Virginia Beach School Board unanimously approved Superintendent Dr. Aaron Spence’s recommendation to resume in-person instruction for all remaining Option 1 students on November 12 – including those at ATC, Tech Center, GSA and ESP at Brock Center. While schedules will remain the same for our pre-k – 6th grade students, all other students will return to school on a hybrid model, including current 9th graders, school officials said.

Here is the schedule for students from VBPS:

Elementary School

  • All pre-K – 5th grade students will continue with their current schedule (Option 1 and 2)

Middle School*

  • 6th grade students who chose Option 1 will continue reporting to school for in-person learning Tuesday thru Friday.
  • 7th grade students (Option 1) will attend school face to face Tuesday and Wednesday each week, and they will continue with remote learning Monday, Thursday and Friday.
  • 8th grade students (Option 1) will attend school face to face Thursday and Friday each week, and they will continue with remote learning Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
  • Option 2 Middle School students will continue with remote learning Tuesday – Friday.

High School*

  • High school will bring back all Option 1 students in grades 9-12 with last names starting with “A” through “K” Tuesday and Wednesday each week. These students will continue with remote learning Monday, Thursday and Friday.
  • High school will bring back all Option 1 students in grades 9-12 with last names starting with “L” through “Z” Thursday and Friday each week, and they will continue with remote learning Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
  • Option 2 High School students will continue with remote learning Tuesday – Friday.

*For Option 1 middle and high school students in grades 7-12 who will return to school two days a week, Monday will continue to be reserved for asynchronous learning, but the remaining two remote days will be used for synchronous (live) learning in each class period. More details on this will follow from your child’s school.

There are also new camera requirements for virtual learning. Beginning Wednesday, November 4, student cameras must be turned on at the beginning of class for teachers to verify attendance. In addition, cameras should be left on during live instruction and group work and may be turned off during independent work.

The Department of Technology is working on a solution for students to be able to either blur their background or to use a virtual background when their Chromebook camera is activated for video conferencing via Zoom or Google Meet. In the meantime, parents are encouraged to assist their children with identifying a suitable location in their home when engaging in synchronous instruction, school officials said.

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