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Pulaski County Schools release potential plan for reopening

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PULASKI COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — During a board meeting on Tuesday night, the Pulaski County School Board announced its plans to reopen this fall.

Pulaski County Public Schools’ plan — which was proposed on Tuesday, July 14 — would begin the school year on a tiered system, where elementary and high schools would be on the same schedule. School officials released the following checklist for the Phase III reopening plan for elementary and high schools:

  • Step 1 (Sept. 8-11): 25 percent of enrolled students attend school each day of the week based on alphabetical order of their names. If there are no confirmed cases within a school during the first week of Step 1, the school will move to Step 2.
  • Step 2 (Tentatively Sept. 14-25): 50 percent of enrolled students will attend school Mondays and Tuesdays, staff will conduct online lessons while the school buildings undergo deep cleaning on Wednesdays, and 50 percent of enrolled students will attend school Thursdays and Fridays. A school will move to Step 3 after going two full weeks with no confirmed cases within the school.
  • Step 3 (Tentatively Sept. 28-?): 100 percent of enrolled students will attend school Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, with Wednesdays still reserved for virtual lessons and deep cleaning.
  • Step 4: A full return to school five days per week, but the parameters for Step 4 will remain undetermined until receiving additional guidance from the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) and the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE).

However, the middle school is set to be on a different system due to the delayed construction on the new school.

For middle schoolers, their Phase III reopening plan will bring them in for a half-day between Aug. 31 and Sept. 3 in order to receive a Chromebook and set up their virtual course schedule, which all middle school students will participate in from Sept. 8-18. Officials say Phase III’s plan means middle schoolers will attend in-person classes starting the week of Sept. 21, lining up with other schools’ schedules from that point forward.

For more details about the instructional breakdown for the various schools in both Phase II and Phase III, you can read the full copy of Pulaski County Public Schools’ instructional reopening plan here.

The plan was developed by a 35-member task force and would allow parents the option to have their children learn 100-percent online.

Not only will school staff members receive training to monitor COVID-19 preventative measures, but they will also organize classrooms, add promotional signs, implement additional sanitary measures and equipment, mandate face coverings when social distancing is not possible, conduct daily temperature and symptom screenings when students and staff arrive each day, allow only one student per seat (unless they live in the same household) on the bus, and more to prevent the spread of the virus.

You can read the full final draft of Pulaski County Public Schools’ health plan for the fall reopening here.

The school board is scheduled to vote on the plan on Thursday, July 16.

View Tuesday night’s meeting by clicking here.

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