School reopening plans for central and southwest Virginia


ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Schools across central and southwest Virginia have announced or will soon announce reopening plans for the 2020 school year.

Below you can find the full list of re-opening plans as of July 27. As new plans are announced, this page will be updated.

Alleghany County Public Schools

Schools in Alleghany County will open to students September 9 with a combination of online and in-person learning.

“Adjustments to the ACPS academic calendar were considered by ACPS School Board on
Monday, June 22, 2020 and were approved on Monday, July 20, 2020. New teachers will report
on August 24; all teachers will report on August 25, and the first day of school for students will
be September 9. This adjustment delayed the school year by approximately four weeks to
provide time for the CDC and VDH to release guidance for Virginia schools to develop “best
plans and practices.”

Alleghany County Public Schools

Amherst County Public Schools

Students in Amherst County will attend school on a hybrid model, according to a plan released on July 10. In a July 30 school board meeting, the official first day of school was pushed back to September 9. It was originally planned for August 26.

What is the Elementary Schedule?
Group A 8:00-2:00 M-Th (Start in Hybrid, finish in Homeroom)
Group B 9:00-3:00 M-Th (Start in Homeroom, Finish in Hybrid)
What is the Secondary Schedule?
Group A will be in-person on Monday and Wednesday from 10:00a.m. to 4:00 p.m. ( Days at
home, students will be given specific work/tasks to complete)
Group B will be in-person on Tuesday and Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Friday will be used for some CTE hours, academic and technology supports”

Amherst County Public Schools FAQ

Appomattox County Public Schools

Appomattox County Public Schools has not updated its website with re-opening plans as of July 27, 2020.

Bath County Public Schools

Bath County Public Schools plan is expected to be approved on Aug. 4.

School would begin instruction for the school year on Wednesday, Aug. 26.

The plan includes instruction that will be delivered in a blended model or completely virtual, according to a social media FAQ posted on July 26.

The blended model calls for students to attend in-person four days a week on Monday through Thursday. A virtual-learning day would be scheduled for Friday.

Students who opt for complete virtual learning would not attend in-person instruction at all.

Students would receive the same instruction both in-person and online.

For a full look at frequently asked questions, click the Facebook post below:

Bedford County Public Schools

Bedford County Schools has updated their back to school plan.

Grades Pre-K through third grade will begin school on Aug. 19 and will have instruction from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Fourth grade through sixth grade will begin on Aug. 20 with instruction from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Grades seven through twelve will have students begin classes on Aug. 24 between 10 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. with a mix of in-person and online instruction.

Bland County Public Schools

Bland County plans to begin the school year with hybrid learning. The deadline to notify the school of student enrollment and participation in either hybrid or distance learning was Monday, July 27.

Botetourt County Public Schools

School will resume Aug. 24 and will continue until the end of the first semester.

Plan highlights include:

  • Preschool through Second Grade will receive four days of in-person instruction, with remote learning done on Wednesday of each week.
  • Third through 12th Grade will receive in-person instruction two days per week and remote learning three days each week. Students will be split into two groups.
    • Group A to receive in-person instruction on Mondays and Thursdays
    • Group B to receive in-person instruction on Tuesdays and Fridays
  • Preschool through Second Grade will transition to in-person instruction five days per week beginning the first day of the second marking period on Oct. 19.
  • Third through 12th Grade will continue with the hybrid schedule and alternate Wednesday in-person instruction beginning on the first Wednesday of the second marking period on Oct. 21, as designated on the A/B calendar.

Botetourt County Schools’ goal is to begin full in-person learning in January if permitted by the CDC, the Virginia Department of Health and the Virginia Department of Education.

Buena Vista City Public Schools

Students will start classes Aug. 31 in Buena Vista. PK-7th students will be assigned to one classroom. Teachers will rotate classrooms while students stay in place. Instruction will be Monday through Thursday. Fridays are for at-home learning for students while buildings are deep cleaned.

Eighth through twelfth grade will attend two days per week and do virtual learning the rest of the week.

View the complete plan here.

Campbell County Public Schools

School will begin Sept. 1 for elementary school students, while secondary students will begin September 8.

The last day of class is scheduled for June 7 for elementary students and June 11 for secondary students.

Elementary students will attend class all day Monday through Thursday. A breakdown for each secondary school is available here.

Carroll County Public Schools

Aug. 17 is the start date for students in Carroll County Public Schools.

“The way we attend class, enter and move about the building, eat lunch, ride buses, and socialize with each other will not be the same during our Phase III Reentry Plan. Classrooms will be
cleaned and disinfected frequently throughout the school day when they are unoccupied. Hand sanitizing stations will be provided throughout the buildings with staff ensuring students utilize them often. Social distancing will be required and face coverings will be worn when social distancing is not possible. School lunches will be eaten in the classroom. Access to communal areas will be limited.”

Carroll County Public Schools

Covington City Public Schools

Currently, the school calendar shows staff members returning on Aug. 24. Students K-12 will then return on Sept. 9 with an electronic device for academic purposes.

Schools will split into blocks and allow one block per day to attend in-person classes. Students would attend three hours per block in person. The schedule will also allow for a weekly deep cleaning.

Preschool through second grade will attend school five days a week. Third through seventh grade will use an A-Team, B-Team system where students will attend five days in class and five days of virtual learning. For eighth through twelfth grade, students will attend four days per week in person with A and B groups split for morning and afternoon sessions, with one day of virtual learning.

For example, Covington High School released this tentative weekly schedule:

Bus drop-off for CHS would be at 8:05 a.m. each day, and students would then report to their first block. The morning bus would depart at 11:35 a.m., and begin the afternoon pickup at 11:55 a.m. Students attending afternoon classes would arrive by 12:12 and end their day at 3:35 p.m.

To read the guidelines and schedules for each school, click here.

Students have the option to attend online via Google Meet and can use mornings or afternoons opposite of attending school to complete assignments or activities on Edgenuity, Virtual Virginia or
project assigned by their teachers.

One of the goals of the school system is to provide each student with a Chromebook or tablet and hotspots for internet access. Families will also have the option for students to attend all classes online.

To address the learning gap caused by the changes during the spring semester, the school system will also hold diagnostic assessments periodically throughout the year at each grade level.

The school system says flexibility will be key as they move forward with the reopening plan.

Craig County Public Schools

Students return to Craig County Public Schools on Aug. 24 and the last day of class is set for June 8, 2021.

“The highlights of the Return 2 Learn Plan. Grades PreK-8 will attend school Monday – Thursday for in-person learning and Friday reserved for Virtual learning. Grades 9-12 will attend school 2 days per week with three days of virtual learning. Students riding the school bus will sit one student per seat (siblings may sit together) and will be required to wear a face covering.”

Craig County Public Schools

Danville City Public Schools

The original proposal for Danville Public Schools’ reopening plan — which the school board discussed on July 16 — was based on a mixture of in-person and at-home learning that varied between the various grades of elementary, middle, and high school, as well as for preschools and special education programs.

However, based on the rapid changes in data and guidance from health officials with regard to the coronavirus pandemic, staff members recommend the following “scalable” plan:

  • 100% — All students attend school on a regular schedule
  • 50% — Two days per week
  • 25% — One day per week
  • 0% — All students participate in remote learning

In addition, the “scalable” plan allows for families to choose 100% online learning for their children.

Floyd County Public Schools

Floyd County offers a 100% online option for learning in grades K-12. A Chromebook will be provided by the school district and there will be support from teachers.

Transportation will be provided, though social distancing will be observed with no more than one student in a bus seat. The students will also be staggered with the seat behind the driver left empty.

View the full back to school plan here.

Franklin County Public Schools

Franklin County Superintendent Dr. Mark Church says he anticipates schools re-opening in August as scheduled, though social distancing will be in place and reduce the number of students in a class at a given time.

View all Franklin County Public School coronavirus information here.

Galax City Public Schools

Classes resume Aug. 19 for Galax City Public Schools.

There will be two options for learning – online and in-person.

View the full re-opening plan.

Giles County Public Schools

Giles County Public Schools has not updated its website with re-opening plans as of July 27, 2020.

Grayson County Public Schools

Grayson County Public Schools plans to enter Phase III of its re-opening plan when students return to class on August 13. The school system released the following to parents:

  • PreK-12 students will return to Grayson County Schools on Thursday, August 13. A schedule of in-person includes Monday-Thursday for all students, followed by the reservation of Friday for remediation and remote learning hours. Remote students may schedule appointments with the classroom teacher on Friday for in-person learning. GCPS plans to return after Labor Day Holiday on a regular five-day schedule.
  • Some remote learning and/or staggering schedules may be needed to help with mitigation in all schools.
  • Remote learning will be accessible to students upon the request of parents. Request forms available at the schools and central office, along with the Remote Learning Plan.
  • School meal programs will continue during phase 3 both in-person, as well as pick up availability for remote learning students.
  • Schools are encouraged to aim for six feet of physical distance to the greatest extent possible; however, if six feet of distance is not feasible, schools will implement a combination of face coverings and a minimum of three feet distance between everyone present.
  • Transportation Plan may adjust the number of students on the buses in order to provide safe space.
  • With evaluation of student numbers, schools may adjust the number of student groupings for in-person instruction if needed with limited use of communal spaces restricting the mixing of groups of students.
  • Staggered schedules may be implemented based on number of students in attendance in order to meet Health Plan guidelines as needed.
  • No large gatherings will be held before, during or after school.
  • Communal spaces will only be utilized when required physical distancing is possible.
  • Limited outdoor activities/recess to 50 people, with a priority on limiting physical distancing and mixing of groups.
  • Field trips or staff travel are not allowed during Phase 3.

Halifax County Public Schools

Halifax County Public Schools published the following video on how it may return to fall in the Fall.

More information is available on Halifax County Public Schools’ COVID-19 page.

Henry County Public Schools

Students returning to Henry County Schools on Aug. 10 will attend classes on an AABB schedule.

“This means that students in group A will attend school on Monday and Tuesday and learn virtually from home Wednesday-Friday. Students in group B will learn virtually from home on Monday and Tuesday, attend school in person on Wednesday and Thursday, and learn virtually from home on Friday. Siblings will attend school on the same day, regardless of the school(s) they attend. Families who select virtual learning only for their students will be given that option for the fall semester.”

Henry County Public Schools

Highland County Public Schools

Highland County Public Schools has not updated its website with re-opening plans as of July 27, 2020.

Lexington City Schools

Assessments will be held at the beginning of the year to address the learning gap. Additionally, pacing guides for instruction will be provided and schools will have quarterly data meetings.

Schools will offer training and development for staff on teacher workdays, including components of Google Suite, other high quality and effective blended/virtual teaching strategies, mental health awareness training, health and safety training, and social/emotional learning.

Students will be held accountable for attendance and engagement by the completion of their Google Classroom assignments and their meeting attendance.

Students and their families will be able to access informational videos and online resources to assist them in learning and troubleshooting Google Suite. Schools are also working with internet providers and families to provide more hotspots and resources for online learning.

Teachers will have afternoon hours dedicated to supporting students engaged in virtual learning. A school staff member will be in daily contact with each child who opts for 100% virtual instruction. Case managers will also work with teachers, service providers, and families. The school system says nurses, who are required to wear full PPE, will work with parents and students that are at a higher risk for COVID-19.

Parents will be required to pre-screen their children each morning before school, and temperatures will be taken upon arrival. After the health screening, students will be sent directly to class through multiple entry points. Support staff will monitor physical distancing in the hallways. Dismissal times will also be staggered. Face coverings will be required at arrival and dismissal times.

At Lylburn Downing Middle School, students will have five 45-minute class periods with a 30-minute lunch and short “brain breaks” between classes. Most students will stay in the same group all day to avoid mixing with others. All students will take the core classes of Math, English, Science, and History and will either take a foreign language or will have a rotation of music, art, and physical education. LCS says other elective courses may be added to the schedule once the regular school schedule resumes.

At Harrington Waddell Elementary School, K-5 students will have 90 minutes of language arts. K-4 students will have a 60-minute math block, and students in fifth grade will have a 45-minute math block. Content subjects including science and history will be 45 minutes for all students. Students will have P.E., Art, and Music weekly.

The elementary school says the library will offer book checkout weekly for language arts blocks. Students will have two 30-minute scheduled recesses on the days in which specials are not offered. K-2 students will have a 25-minute lunch in the cafeteria, and third through fifth-grade students will have a 25-minute lunch in their classrooms or outside, weather permitting.

Elementary specials may be offered other circulars in a fully virtual environment. Middle school students will be required to submit a physical activity log for P.E. and may have opportunities in music and art.

In regards to cleaning, shared bathrooms will be disinfected using an electrostatic fogging machine every hour. LCS has developed a Health Mitigation Plan with the Virginia Department of Health and established a division-level COVID-19 Response Team.

Parents will need to decide whether or not their student will start the school year by August 1.

LCS says additional school-specific information will be released closer to the beginning of the school year.

Lynchburg City Schools

Lynchburg City Schools will start the first nine weeks completely online. The decision was announced at an August 4 school board meeting. LCS had previously approved a hybrid learning plan.

Martinsville City Public Schools

Classes will resume in Martinsville on Aug. 10 in Phase III, the school district announced. Laptops and materials will be available for all students.

Find out more about Phase III of the re-opening here.

Montgomery County Public Schools

Classes in Montgomery County will resume Sept. 8.

“Students with disabilities may be offered in-person instruction based on the needs of their IEP. Students who receive ELL services, students without access to the internet through MCPS- provided MiFi devices, students of employees, and fifty percent of all students in grades PK-12 will attend four half days per week. MCPS will operate childcare services as provided in the plan.”

Montgomery County Public Schools

A full breakdown of school schedules based on grade is posted here.

Nelson County Public Schools

The school board decided to open Nelson County schools in a “leveled approach,” which consists of three levels.

From Aug. 24 to Oct. 2, students and teachers will operate under Level 1: virtual/remote learning for most students. Nelson County Public Schools (NCPS) will offer in-person services only to special education students and to the most vulnerable special populations, as determined to be instructional appropriate and feasible.

At Level 2, the school board intends to open schools in a hybrid format for the second quarter.

Level 3 will begin at the start of the second semester, in which in-person instruction will return to the school district. However, virtual learning options will still be available for those who choose that mode of instruction.

The Nelson County School Board has suspended all extracurricular activities until at least Aug. 13.

Patrick County Public Schools

Students in Patrick County will observe social distancing when school resumes. Face coverings will be encouraged by not required for students.

“Depending on the level of risk in Patrick County throughout the school year, schedules
may be altered to reflect 25 percent capacity in buildings as illustrated below.”

Patrick County Public Schools

Two options will be available for students – blended learning or virtual/remote learning. View the COVID-19 plan here.

Pittsylvania County Schools

In a presentation on July 14, Pittsylvania County Schools presented proposal C, which would have all students in PK-3, SPED, ELLs attending schools Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. Wednesday will be a virtual instruction day. Students in grades 4-12 will attend school in person two days per week and virtually three days per week.

View the presentation here.

Pocahontas County, West Virginia, Public Schools

A back to school plan for Pocahontas County, West Virginia, Public Schools has not been posted to its website.

Pulaski County Public Schools

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 the 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.

Radford City Schools

Students in Radford will attend classes on a hybrid A-B staggered schedule.

“Families with underlying health issues or other concerns will have the opportunity to take advantage of remote learning options. At the same time, we are prepared to revert to some version of virtual learning at a moment’s notice. Several factors were considered as this path to reopening was developed.”

Radford City Schools

View the complete plan here.

Roanoke City Schools

Roanoke City Schools presented a 10 point re-opening proposal to school board members and parents on July 14. The plan moves the school start date to Aug. 31 and gives parents two options where students can either attend school 100-percent online or in-person four days per week.

If their plan is approved, schools would be open for in-person classes Monday through Thursday and Friday’s would be completely online for all students.

The plan also highlighted the issues involving transportation needs, mentioning that start and dismissal times would need to be adjusted.

Nine elementary schools would have classes from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Eight elementary schools would be open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.; High Schools would be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Middle Schools would be in session from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Roanoke County Public Schools

The approved plan will have Kindergarten through 2nd-grade students attend school in-person five days a week. Students in grades 3 through 12 will attend school in-person two days a week.

Students have the option of receiving 100-percent online instruction if they wish.

Students in grades 3 through 12 will be split into two groups.

  • Mondays: Group 1 (A Day) will receive in-person instruction. Group 2 gets online instruction.
  • Tuesdays: Group 2 (A Day) will receive in-person instruction. Group 1 gets online instruction.
  • Wednesdays: Group 1 and Group 2 both receive online instruction.
  • Thursdays: Group 1 (B Day) will receive in-person instruction. Group 2 gets online instruction.
  • Fridays: Group 2 (B Day) will receive in-person instruction. Group 1 gets online instruction.

*A/B Day schedule only applies to middle and high school students

The modified schedule also changes the start date for students from Aug. 13 to Aug. 24. The last day for students has also been revised from May 25 to May 28, 2021. The final teacher workday of June 1, 2021, stays the same.

Teacher workdays will move to Wednesdays.

View the full Roanoke County back to school plan here.

Rockbridge County Public Schools

School begins on Aug. 31 in Rockbridge County and elementary, middle, and high school schedules will vary. You can view the plan here.

Parents in Rockbridge, like the rest of Virginia, can elect for 100% distance learning.

“Teachers of learners enrolled in full digital format (learning from home) will make contact with
each learner at least two times per week (phone call, virtual chat). Those learners without internet access will have the opportunity to download content from a wifi connection at any of RCPS’s six schools or the RCPS Central Office (former Effinger Elementary School). In the rare event that we have a learner who has absolutely no access to an internet connection, RCPS will provide a thumb/flash drive in order to deliver assignments and assessments.

There will also be a help desk available for parents to contact if there are any challenges accessing
content in a digital format. Teachers will provide weekly feedback to each digital learner to ensure that they are receiving the necessary support for an authentic learning experience.”

Rockbridge County Public Schools

Salem City Schools

Students in grades 3-12 will attend school in-person twice a week on staggered days. Students will be divided into four groups — A, B, C, and D — with groups A and C attending school on Mondays and Thursdays while groups B and D attend school on Tuesdays and Fridays. As for the remaining days, students will do online coursework.

For grades PreK-2, students will attend in-person class for the full school week. However, students will be spread out through more classrooms to assist with socially distancing, and Salem Schools will bring on additional staff to accommodate the extra classrooms.

While this is the current plan, Salem City Schools has plans for whatever scenario falls on the school district amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“If things get better, we hope to transition to 100 percent of students in school every day. If things get worse, we can drop back to 25 percent, or in a worst-case scenario, we can go back to a zero percent or a 100 percent online learning,” said Assistant Superintendent, Curtis Hicks.

Wythe County Public Schools

Wythe County will allow for three delivery methods for students: 100% distance learning, hybrid, and traditional in-person instruction with new normals, including social distancing. The first day of school is Aug. 24.

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