LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — Lynchburg City Schools’ superintendent has laid out a plan to reopen next month and give parents an option to have their students learn virtually on a full or part-time basis.
“I’m grateful that we’re going to have some in-person opportunities,” said Ginna Haske, a parent of four children who attend Lynchburg City Schools.
Haske and her husband both work outside the home. Homeschooling their kids in the spring gave them a glimpse of what is coming next.
“It’s going to be challenging, I have no doubt, and my husband and I have talked a lot about that. We’ve already talked about it with our children, how our home life needs to change, being stricter about technology.”
The school week will be four days long in the fall. Mondays will be used to deep-clean the schools.
Parents can choose all-virtual learning if they’re not comfortable risking exposure to the virus or an in-person and virtual hybrid.
To decrease density, students will be split into two groups with each group attending in person two days a week. Grades K-5 will begin that system right away, while 6-12 will be completely online for the first couple of weeks, until Labor Day.
“Tuesday and Wednesday for one cohort, Thursday and Friday for the second cohort,” explained Dr. Crystal Edwards, the district superintendent. “And on the off days, students will either be at home or attending other off-site childcare facilities or learning centers.”
Those learning centers would give parents a place to send their kids if they need childcare, where a faculty member can supervise and help with their online lesson plans.
“Having a space for the middle and high schoolers to go to be with their peers and having some instruction additionally outside of the virtual learning or even the two days would be really helpful,” said Haske.
Edwards says the plan is flexible and subject to change, as more information about the virus becomes available.
“Any additional information what will help us increase the face to face time that we have with our children,” said Edwards, “we are certainly open to looking at that and adjusting our plan.”
The district is also working on plans to make sure students still have meals while they learn from home.
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