Virginia Beach City Public Schools discuss possible return of face-to-face interaction by end of September

Posted at 7:32 PM, Sep 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-14 19:32:41-04

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - Virginia Beach City Public Schools has begun to plan for the return of on-person learning by the end of September.

According to VBCPS, the School Board began discussing face-to-face instruction on September 9 and are currently schedules and staff preferences.

If the health metrics remain steady or improve in the coming days, students in designated special education groups will return to face-to-face instruction September 22. School officials say those parents and guardians should have heard from their principals or case managers directly.

For all other students whose families selected Option 1, if the health metrics remain steady or improve, staffing requirements are met, then VBCPS intends to continue phasing in face-to-face instruction on the following schedule:

  • Sept. 29 – Pre-K, Kindergarten, Grades 1 and 2
  • Oct. 6 – Grades 3, 4 and 5
  • Oct. 8 – Grades 6 and 9 (to correspond with the beginning of second marking period)
  • TBD - Grades 7 and 8, 10 through 12

Tuesday through Friday will continue to be instructional days, with Mondays serving as asynchronous learning time for students and as professional learning time with office hours for teachers. School officials say they will be sure to let parents and students know of any changes to this plan.

Due to select students reporting to the school building on September 22 and many educators serve as both virtual and in-person teachers, all high schools will revert to the 7:20 a.m. to 2 p.m. schedule for the rest of the 2020-21 school year.

There will be a slight change to the elementary schedule upon return to face-to-face instruction. Elementary A schools will begin at 8:20 a.m. and B schools will begin at 9 a.m. to accommodate elementary school transportation and cleaning schedules.

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