Carroll County Public Schools to increase in-person classes for younger, special education students on Oct. 12

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(Photo: Courtesy Carroll County Public Schools)

(Photo: Courtesy Carroll County Public Schools)

CARROLL COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — Starting mid-October, younger students and special education students enrolled in Carroll County Public Schools’ hybrid learning program will start attending in-person classes four days a week.

When the school year began on Aug. 17, Carroll County hybrid students were scheduled to attend in-person classes two days a week and learn remotely three days a week.

However, on Monday, Sept. 28, Carroll County Public Schools announced that hybrid students in kindergarten through 2nd grade — as well as special education students in PreK through 12th grad — will attend in-person classes on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays starting Oct. 12.

School officials attribute their decision to increase in-person attendance for K-2 students to the more formative nature of those years in a child’s education. In addition, the school district says offering in-person classes four days a week to the PreK-12 special education students helps to meet their educational needs more effectively.

You can read the full statement released by Carroll County Public Schools on Monday below:

On August 17, 2020, Carroll County Public Schools implemented a return to learning plan that would allow our students and parents a choice in how they would start the school year. Some chose to return through virtual instruction while many others chose to return to school in person on a hybrid schedule that included two days of face to face instruction and three days of virtual instruction. Implementing this hybrid model of instruction was not an easy decision, however, it was the right thing to do for our students at the time. Our teachers and staff have stepped up to the challenge and worked diligently to make our hybrid model of instruction successful. 

It has always been part of our plan to transition more students to in-person learning as we observed success with our current plan. The plan now is to transition our hybrid schedule (A/B day) Kindergarten -2nd grade students as well as our hybrid schedule (A/B day) PK-12 special education students back to in-person learning in our buildings four days a week; Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday beginning on Monday, October 12. Our reason for choosing K-2 to begin our transition is the fact that we understand these grades are the most formative in a child’s education. These are the grades in which students learn how to read, and students learn best when in front of a teacher. In addition, by offering the 4 day schedule to our PK-12 special education students we will be better able to meet their educational needs.

We will continue our social distancing protocols  and follow health dept. guidelines with students and staff as we have been all year. With student transportation and social distancing always a concern, we will continue to require that all students riding the bus wear a mask and continue with assigned seating for the entire route. We also request that any parents who can drop their child off and pick them up from school to please do so.

We look forward to bringing more of our younger students back to four days of face to face instruction on October 12th. As we continue to move forward, CCPS plans on gradually transitioning more students to school until we have all students who want to attend on site back in the classroom. Our ability to accomplish this depends on our continued success of following all safety protocols and preventing any classroom or school outbreaks of Covid 19. We will continue to keep everyone informed as we progress with our transition plan.

Mark Burnette, Carroll County Public Schools Superintendent

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