Roanoke City Public Schools prepares for start of school year with new plan in place


ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — With a new plan for reopening in place, Roanoke City Public Schools staff members are working to prepare.

Most students will return to school virtually for the first nine weeks. However, according to Roanoke City Public School Superintendent Verletta White, between Wednesday, Aug. 12, and when school starts on Monday, Aug. 31, officials will make sure teachers know how to use the learning management system and how to set up a classroom in the virtual format.

Once school starts, White says school officials will reevaluate constantly and plan to give an update about a month into the school year.

“So that we’ll know exactly where we are as far as community transmission, and we’ll know how well the virtual program is progressing as well. I think our school board deserves that type of an update and I think the community does as well,” said White.

White says the overall plan is to get students back in the classroom when it is safe. However, Roanoke school officials have not abandoned the previous plan, which included students going back four days a week.

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