HALIFAX COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — A number of elementary, middle, and high school students at Halifax County public schools will be welcomed back to the classroom next week as part of a hybrid learning model.
According to a statement released by Halifax County Public Schools on Wednesday, March 3, students in fourth, fifth, sixth, and ninth grade will return to school in a hybrid manner on Monday, March 8.
For the rest of the school year, public school students in Halifax County will either partake in “hybrid ‘face-to-face’/distance instruction” or an entirely remote learning model, the school district says.
However, in order to keep the students and families who chose the hybrid learning model safe and health amid the coronavirus pandemic, school officials say a number of mitigation strategies, safety procedures, and certain equipment upgrades have been put in place.
In addition, while meal and packet delivery will stop on Thursday, March 4, the school district says meal pick-up will still be provided at a number of locations.
You can read the full statement issued by Halifax County Public Schools‘ superintendent on Wednesday below:
Dear Families and Students,
On behalf of Halifax County Public Schools, we want to welcome 4th, 5th, 6th, and 9th grade students who will be returning to school for hybrid “face-to-face”/distance instruction on March 8, 2021. For the remainder of the school year, we will continue with students in either a “face-to-face” hybrid instructional model or continuing with a remote learning model. Each of our schools will provide specific information on daily schedules and updated safety protocols.
For students and families who have chosen the hybrid instructional model, we want to assure you that safety is our top priority. We have put safety procedures in place, purchased safety equipment, and updated the ventilation systems in our schools. We have also been advised by the Virginia Department of Health that if we follow mitigation strategies, students and staff can attend school safely. These mitigation strategies include:
Adhering to social distancing of 6 feet
Wearing face coverings (students and staff)
Frequent washing of hands
Keeping the building clean
We recognize that returning to school in a “face-to-face” format after nearly a year will cause anxiety. Therefore, as we return students back to school, we will focus on the social-emotional needs of our students coupled with implementing procedures that promote safety. Our staff has prepared for the safe return of students to our schools for months, and we recently held a training session for all of our teachers on implementing these safety protocols. Simply put, we are excited to have our students back in the building, and we are well prepared.
As we return students, we know there are going to be “bumps in the road.” Health conditions could change, and we could have positive COVID-19 cases in our buildings. As conditions change, we will adjust while always putting the safety of our staff and students first.
With face-to-face instruction returning, meal and packet delivery will cease as of March 4, 2021 . However, we will continue to provide meal pick-up at the following locations: South Boston Elementary on Monday and Wednesday between 2:00 PM -3:00 PM and all other elementary schools on Monday and Wednesday between 2:30 PM -3:30 PM. Meals may also be picked up on Tuesdays and Thursdays at Cluster Springs Elementary, Scottsburg Elementary, and Halifax County Middle School between 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM. In addition, on Fridays, meals may be picked up at HCMS from 11:30 PM – 1:00 PM. Packets can be picked up at your home school.
In conclusion, thanks for your patience the past year, and thank you for your patience in the days ahead. There is one thing that stands out about our staff, more than anything else, is that we care deeply about the safety of our students. We are here for you!Dr. Mark Y. Lineburg, Superintendent of Halifax County Public Schools
This news comes after the school district welcomed students in PreK through third grade back to in-person learning on Feb. 16.