Danville Public Schools continues to host meetings for parents, students to discuss return to classroom

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DANVILLE, Va. (WFXR) — Over the next week, Danville Public Schools is holding a series of listening sessions to meet with students and their families and discuss possible plans to allow students who chose in-person instruction to return to the classroom.

Danville Public Schools says the meetings will be led by Interim Superintendent Dr. Catherine Magouyrk in order to offer parents, guardians, and students the chance to openly and honestly share their virtual learning experiences, as well as their comments and concerns about returning to in-person learning.

“We have heard from our teachers and staff and now it is scritical that parents’ voices are heard,” Dr. Magouyrk stated. “Health and safety are our top priorities but we believe that instructional goals are best achieved by maximizing in-person learning. We must reopen schools at some point and the information we gather in these meetings will assist me in making a decision that is best for our DPS community.”

Dr. Magouyrk is set to present her instructional plan at the Danville School Board meeting on Oct. 15.

All but one of the remaining listening sessions are set to take place in the George Washington High School Auditorium at 701 Broad Street, the school district says. As for the Danville Alternative Program meeting, that will reportedly take place in the Langston Auditorium at 228 Cleveland Street.

The listening sessions for parents and guardians of students enrolled at the schools listed below are scheduled as follows:

  • Woodberry Hills Elementary School on Wednesday, Sept. 30, from 5 to 6:30 p.m.
  • Galileo High School on Friday, Oct. 2, from 8 to 9:30 a.m. or 4 to 5:30 p.m.
  • Woodrow Wilson Intermediate School on Monday, Oct. 5 from 3:30 to 5 p.m.
  • O.T. Bonner Middle School on Monday, Oct. 5, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Schoolfield Elementary School on Tuesday, Oct. 6, from 5:30 to 7 p.m.
  • Danville Alternative Program on Wednesday, Oct. 7, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Park Avenue Elementary School on Wednesday, Oct. 7, from 12:45 to 2:15 p.m. or 6 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Westwood Middle School on Thursday, Oct. 8, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

School officials say they will take the temperatures of attendees, who are required to wear masks and remain socially distant. However, only one child and one parent or guardian are allowed to attend, and parents and guardians are asked to contact their child’s school directly in order to confirm their attendance.

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