Carroll County Public Schools to increase in-person learning for all hybrid students in November

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(Photo: Courtesy Carroll County Public Schools)

(Photo: Courtesy Carroll County Public Schools)

CARROLL COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — Carroll County Public Schools announced Tuesday plans to increase in-person attendance for primary and secondary hybrid students to four days a week starting in November.

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 Sept. 28, the school district announced that hybrid students in kindergarten through 2nd grade — as well as special education students in PreK through 12th grade — would start attending four days of in-person classes on Oct. 12.

In addition, on Tuesday, Oct. 27, Carroll County school officials shared plans to bring in middle and high school hybrid students — in addition to the remaining elementary students — for in-person classes on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays over the course of November.

According to Carroll County Public Schools, the A/B hybrid students are scheduled to transition to four days of in-person learning as follows:

  • Week of Nov. 9: Pre-K, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, 6th grade, 11th grade, and 12th grade
  • Week of Nov. 23: 7th grade, 8th grade, 9th grade, and 10th grade

However, school officials say Wednesday will continue to be a virtual learning day in order to allow teachers and staff to provide individualized instruction to certain students, conduct deep-cleaning of the buildings, etc.

Meanwhile, school officials say 100% remote learning will continue to be available through the Cavaliers Connected program.

However, Cavaliers Connected students may be allowed to transfer back to in-person learning under extenuating circumstances, or they may be asked to return to in-person learning during the first mid-term grading period of the second semester if they have failing grades.

As for other distance learners, they will be allowed to transition back to in-person learning at the start of the second semester as long as parents notify the school before Dec. 14.

According to the school district, the six-foot social distancing recommendation will be implemented in the buildings whenever possible, but masks will be mandatory at all times in the school buildings or on the school buses when social distancing is not feasible.

Parents are encouraged to drop off and pick up their children from school if possible in order to prevent overcrowding on school buses.

However, Carroll County school officials say this plan may change at any time based on coronavirus safety protocols or requirements from the Virginia Department of Health.

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

This transition plan was developed with input from parents, teachers and administrators through results received from parent/faculty/staff surveys and conversations. Much guidance was provided by the Pandemic Response Teams that were assembled at the beginning of the pandemic and that have assisted in providing direction to our school division throughout this devastating event. Direction in developing this plan was also provided by Dr. Karen Shelton, Director of the Virginia Department of Health, Mt. Rogers Health District.

Much thought and deliberation went into the development of this plan and although it may not meet the individual needs of all our staff, students and stakeholders it serves as a compromise that allows us to provide the best education possible for all our students. All along this journey, we have continued to place the utmost value on feedback. We appreciate hearing and reading the viewpoints of students, families and citizens. We receive positive comments, and we receive pointed comments. We do our best to understand and consider all sides.

Due to the rise of affirmed cases throughout our region as well as our nation we must remain diligent in following our safety protocols and performing health checks each morning. If you have any of the symptoms, stay at home. Although we have quarantined several staff and students throughout the year due to both the virus and other illnesses with similar symptoms, to this point we know of no student to student, teacher to student, or student to teacher transmission in any of our classrooms. This is due to the collaboration and work of parents, teachers, administrators, custodial and nursing staff that work tirelessly to prevent the spread of this virus. We also realize that this transmission will change as we move forward and that classrooms and in some instances even schools will have to be closed for brief periods of time. We are not alone in this process as school divisions across our region and state are having to make these same tough decisions at this time.

As stated earlier, face-to-face instruction will look drastically different. Large gatherings of students in the hallways or the cafeteria will not be allowed. Social distancing and the proper wearing of masks by everyone in the building is non- negotiable. We wear our masks to protect others and expect others to wear their masks to protect us. Hand washing and sanitizing will be promoted in our schools. Frequent cleaning and disinfecting of the classrooms, offices, and school buses will be enforced by staff and administration. To make this work, and to stay in school, it will take the collaboration of everyone associated with our school division. We ask that you continue to support our school system as we move forward and keep us in your prayers.

Respectfully,
Mark Burnette, Superintendent

For more information about Carroll County Public Schools’ full transition schedule for hybrid students, follow this link.

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