Lexington City Schools to resume in-person classes by end of October

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LEXINGTON, Va. (WFXR) – Lexington City Schools is joining a growing list of school districts opting to return students for in-person learning.

The decision was made Wednesday, Oct. 14, the school district’s virtual school board meeting.

According to Superintendent Rebecca Walters, principals from various schools have been meeting with teachers and staff regarding the updated plan since last week.

The timeline presented will have students return to in-person learning four days a week, with one day of at-home learning on Fridays:

  • Kindergarten and first grade students will return the week of Oct. 26.
  • Second, third, and sixth grade students will return the week of Nov. 9.
  • Fourth, fifth, seventh, and eighth grade students will return the week of Nov. 16.

Families may select their students to remain 100% virtual, however, families that choose virtual learning for the second quarter must remain virtual until Jan. 28, 2021.

Walters says the plan is contingent upon no significant changes to community case levels and/or community outbreaks impacting the school community.

As of Wednesday, the City of Lexington has had 185 confirmed cases, three hospitalizations, and one death from the coronavirus.

School officials also discussed the possibility of assigning one elementary teacher per each grade level to solely teach virtual students. All five school board members approved the timeline of the updated plan.

The school board plans to email families on the extent of the new plan starting Thursday, Oct. 15.

The timeline can also be found at Lexington City Schools’ website.

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