CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — The Superintendent of Charlotte County Public Schools, Robbie Mason, has updated the district’s plans for in-person learning.

According to a social media post by the school division on Wednesday, March 10, the Charlotte County School Board has approved a four-day, in-person schedule for all students beginning Monday, March 15.

However, the district mentioned several important items of which parents should be aware.

Parents who wish for their children to remain remote have that option.

These parents do not need to take any action to remain remote. Schools will assume that students who are currently attending school in person two days per week will begin attending four days per week on Monday, March 15th, unless the school is notified otherwise.

Parents do not need to take any action if they want their children to switch from two days to four days. Parents who wish for their students who are currently remote to begin attending in person four days on Monday, March 15th, must call their child’s school before Noon on Friday, March 12th to inform the school of their decision to have their child return in person.

After March 15th, parents of remote students must give their child’s school at least one week’s notice before the child can return to in-person instruction due to space limitations in classrooms and on buses. Fridays will continue to be remote instruction days for all students.

CCPS will utilize six-foot distancing in classrooms whenever possible; however, some classrooms will utilize distancing as low as three feet due to class size and space limitations. Three-foot distancing has been approved by the World Health Organization and the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Students on CCPS school buses will be seated less than six-feet apart. Students will be seated one per seat except for students in the same household who will be able to sit together. In terms of bus space, it would be extremely helpful for any parent who can drive their student to school, to please do so. Schools will not accept bus notes asking for students to ride a different bus to go home with another student. This creates a problem with space on buses and the ability to assign seats.

Masks must continue to be worn by students at all times except when they are eating! This is the only way that we will be allowed to use three-foot distancing.

Please continue to keep your child at home if they exhibit any symptoms or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 symptoms or someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19. Being very diligent is the only way that we can keep our schools open. If you have questions about whether your child should be at school or when they can return, contact your school’s nurse or principal.

Should we experience spikes in COVID-19 cases in our schools or community it may become necessary for us to return to hybrid or fully-remote instruction for a period of time.

Finally, it is important for parents to understand that there are no grade waivers available from the state of Virginia, nor will there be grade waivers from CCPS, for this academic year. To be promoted to the next grade level or graduate, students must have satisfactorily completed their assignments. This is the case for students attending both in-person and remotely. School staff continues to be available to assist your child whenever they need assistance. Again, we are very excited to offer all students a four-day in-person instructional option.

Official Statement by Charlotte County Public Schools