Isle of Wight County Schools to allow return of in-person learning 5 days a week for select elementary students

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Posted at 6:03 PM, Feb 08, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-08 18:03:25-05

ISLE OF WIGHT COUNTY, Va. - Isle of Wight County Schools announce the return of in-person learning 5 days a week for PreKindergarten through 5th grade students.

On January 28, Superintendent Jim Thornton announced the possibility of returning some students on the in-person continuum plan to a full, five-day weekly schedule beginning February 16.

Since the announcement, the division says they have been monitoring data for positive cases and quarantines and adjusting furniture in classrooms to assist with physical distancing.

At this time, PreKindergarten through 5th grade students on the in-person continuum model will return to 5-days of in-person instruction beginning Tuesday,

All schools and offices will be closed Monday, February 15, for the Presidents' Day holiday.

The in-person continuum model allows for students to move between learning remotely, learning on a hybrid model, or learning in person 5 days a week, based on data related to COVID-19.

If cases or quarantines increase, school officials say the Superintendent can close a classroom, a school, or even the entire division and quickly return students to temporarily remote or hybrid learning if necessary.

Since school opened on September 8, officials say there have been no cases of student to student spread, student to teacher spread, or teacher to student spread.

Updated bus schedules for elementary schools will be posted no later than Friday here.

Officials say they will continue to monitor data for a potential return of additional grade levels to five days a week in person.

This decision does not impact students on the virtual learning model for the second semester.