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Williamsburg-James City County Public Schools create multiple learning paths

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Posted at 4:10 PM, Jul 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-16 16:28:22-04

Williamsburg-James City County Public Schools has created four different methods of learning for the 2020-2021 school year.

These paths were implemented with the aid of the Virginia Department of Education, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local health experts.

The first path will be remote learning. All students will engage in new instruction through remote learning using WJCC Schools-issued tablets and laptops Monday through Friday.

Attendance, participation and completion of assignments will be monitored and graded. Select academic screenings and assessments may occur in-person with strict social distancing.

The second path will be blended and remote learning. Students pre-K through third grade, some students with disabilities, and some English learners will participate in blended learning with remote instruction and in-person learning on alternating days Monday through Friday.

Students in grades 4-12 will engage in remote learning. Buses will run with social distancing measures in place.

The third path will be blended learning. All students will participate in blended learning that includes remote instruction and in-person learning on alternating schedules. Buses will run with social distancing measures in place. Athletic programs and extracurricular activities may be permitted based on health and VHSL guidance.

The fourth path will be on-site learning. All students will take part in on-site instruction at school Monday through Friday. Some restrictions may continue to be in place as needed for safety.

Athletic programs and competitions will follow the guidance of the VHSL. Extracurricular activities will resume. Buses will resume normal operations.

There is a fifth option dubbed the “Family Choice” option where students can decide that they would rather do distance learning for the entire 2020-2021 school year. Students in grades K-2 who would like to continue distance learning will be issued a tablet where students from grades 3-12 will receive a laptop to access their scholastic affairs.

Schools may change their paths at any time during the school year based on the number of reported cases of COVID-19 in our schools, the local community or Virginia as a whole.