Schools in Hampton Roads are releasing back-to-school plans ahead of the 2020-2021 school year, with many districts choosing to begin the year with virtual instruction during the coronavirus pandemic.
Here's a list of what local schools plan to do when the school year starts.
Chesapeake Public Schools will begin the 2020 school year with virtual learning. Click here to learn more.
Hampton Public Schools will begin the 2020 school year with virtual learning for at least the first nine weeks. If health conditions improve, virtual learning may be reassessed. Click here to learn more.
Parents of pre-kindergarten through third grade students can opt for a hybrid model, where children will attend school in person two days a week and work remotely on the remaining days. They can also choose for their child to be completely virtual for the entire first semester.
Parents of fourth through twelfth grade students also have a choice for their children even though in-person instruction is not an option at this time. They can elect for their child to participate in a completely virtual model that may include instructors outside the school system, or they can elect to be part of temporary remote learning with in-school system teachers and could return to in-person learning after the first nine weeks.
All students will begin the school year with virtual learning during the first quarter, which is from September 8 to November 2. Families are able to decide if their child or children will continue virtual learning through January 27, the end of the first semester.
Norfolk Public Schools will begin the 2020 school year with virtual learning for the first nine weeks.
Portsmouth Public Schools will begin the 2020-2021 school year with virtual learning for all students for the first nine weeks of the school year.
Williamsburg-James City County Public Schools will begin the 2020 school year with virtual learning.
Virginia Beach City Public Schools will begin the 2020 school year with virtual learning.
On August 11, the Poquoson School Board approved a two-option family choice plan and decided the beginning option 1 (continuum of learning) in an AB day hybrid for Pre-K-3rd grade and a full virtual start for all other grades, with the goal to get all students in school in-person through a phased-in approach as soon as possible. Option 2 in a full virtual option for at least first semester.
This story will be updated as we receive more information from local school districts.