Virginia Beach City Public Schools announce possible 2020-21 school year scenarios

Posted at 6:44 PM, May 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-16 18:44:35-04

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - Virginia Beach City Public Schools have announced possible scenarios of what the 2020-2021 school year might resemble.

Due to COVID-19, schools across Virginia have been closed since the middle of March.

VBCPS school officials shared three possible scenarios with students and families. According to officials, the ultimate decision to reopen schools is up to Governor Northam, the Virginia Department of Health, and the Virginia Department of Education.

Scenarios include:

  • Scenario 1: Schools reopen as close to what people think of as normal, without significant physical distancing or other public health mitigation strategies. This scenario would mean that there has been a near-total decline in COVID19 cases and health authorities have determined that it is entirely safe to resume gatherings of more than 10 people.
  • Scenario 2: Schools buildings reopen with physical distancing and/or other public health mitigation strategies in place. This plan would likely include a combination of some face-to-face instruction for students along with remote learning. This is probably the most complex of the scenarios, as the possible variations are many, with each one having its own set of operational, logistical and financial considerations and challenges.
  • Scenario 3: Schools would remain closed, as they have been since March 17. VBCPS Emergency Learning Plan (ELP) would shift to a Remote Learning Plan within a nearly all-virtual environment. Elements of the ELP would be bolstered and enhanced to ensure we provide a high quality and rigorous experience for all our learners—something closer to what might be experienced while in school, but still recognizing the challenges we face in doing so remotely.

VBCPS says summer school will still be an option for students at all levels with mostly virtual learning for the students involved. More information regarding registration for summer school will be provided soon, according to VBCPS.

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