HAMPTON, Va. - Students in Hampton will join other students across Hampton Roads in starting the school year at home amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The Hampton School Board voted Wednesday night to approve Superintendent Dr. Jeffery O. Smith's return-to-school recommendation for 100% virtual learning for at least the first nine weeks of the 2020-21 academic year unless health conditions improve.
Smith provided the following reasons for his recommendation:
- Allows health and safety for students and staff to remain a priority
- Increases in COVID-19 cases in Hampton Roads
- Increases in COVID-19 cases among young people in Hampton Roads
- Provides the necessary time to monitor health crisis in Hampton Roads
The recommendation includes revisions to the school district's initial Phase 1 plan. Now, there will be a 100% virtual learning environment for all students, and devices will be give to all students in grades Pre-K-12.
Students will also be required to keep their cameras on when participating in Zoom sessions, with limited exceptions.
Click here to view the school district's full return-to-school plan.