Learning looks different as students return for first day of class in Martinsville

Back to School

(WFXR) — Some area students return to school on Monday, but with a different learning environment.

Usually on the first day of school, buses would pull around the building, offloading hundreds of students.

However, the bus lots remain empty as students in Martinsville logon to their classes from home.

Martinsville City Public Schools students are on a three-phase plan this school year.

All students will begin the semester online. When school administrators feel the time is right, they will move into Phase Two of the school system’s plan, which includes some elementary schools returning to in-person learning twice a week and secondary students would continue virtual learning.

Phase Three consists of everyone returning in-person at least twice a week, with secondary students alternating days.

“It’s going to be new. It’s a learning curve. It’s going to be a learning curve for students, parents, and teachers. This is a new thing. There will be lessons and a learning curve that we’ll all have to have, but we’ve made sure that we’ve had a lot of professional development.”

Dr. Zebedee Talley, Jr., Martinsville City Schools Superintendent

Superintendent Talley says there is no timetable of when the school system will change phases. It’s all contingent upon when the health department, teachers, and parents feel it’s safe enough.

Teachers will be on campus to teach virtually. Parents and students also have access to help desks where they can ask questions about assignments and other concerns:

  • Albert Harris Elementary School: (276) 403-5461
  • Patrick Henry Elementary School: (276) 403-5461
  • Martinsville Middle School: (276) 403-4776
  • Martinsville High School: (276) 403-4776

Henry County Public Schools also begins its semester entirely online on Monday.

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