LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — School officials in Lynchburg announced Tuesday plans to safely bring more students back to the classroom for hybrid learning starting in October.
The Lynchburg Education Association issued a response to this plan, which can be read here.
The Lynchburg School Board originally voted back in August to have students learn remotely for the first nine weeks of the fall semester.
However, according to Lynchburg City Schools’ statement from Tuesday, Sept. 22, the hybrid model — which goes into effect before the end of the school district’s first nine weeks — places students into “Cohort A” and “Cohort B.”
School officials say students in Cohort A will attend in-building classes on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and learn remotely on Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays.
Meanwhile, students in Cohort B will learn remotely on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays before attending in-building classes on Thursdays and Fridays, the school district says.
Lynchburg City Schools offered the following timeline for the hybrid model:
Week of Oct. 5:
- Students in grades PreK-2 may choose hybrid learning.
- Students from Cohort A will start in-building instruction on Oct. 6.
- Students from Cohort B will start in-building instruction on Oct. 8.
Week of Oct. 12:
- Students in grades 3-6 may choose hybrid learning.
- Students from Cohort A will start in-building instruction on Oct. 13.
- Students from Cohort B will start in-building instruction on Oct. 15.
Week of Oct. 26:
- Students in grade 7-12 may choose hybrid learning.
- Students from Cohort A will start in-building instruction on Oct. 27.
- Students from Cohort B will start in-building instruction on Oct. 29.
However, school officials say all families will still have the option for purely remote learning.
For those who prefer to switch to hybrid learning, though, the school district says parents and guardians will be notified of their students’ cohorts as soon as possible.
In addition, according to Lynchburg City Schools, the last day for meal delivery will be Oct. 2. The school district says meals will be available for curbside pickup at five schools — E. C. Glass High School, Heritage High School, Dunbar Middle School, Linkhorne Middle School, and Sandusky Middle School — from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday for students learning remotely.
Meanwhile, students enrolled in hybrid instruction will receive meals the two days they are at school, as well as take-home meal kits on their second day in the building, officials say.
“We know this school year has been a challenge, and we are looking forward to safely returning to in-person instruction for all students,” Lynchburg City Schools stated on Facebook Tuesday. “Thank you to all our parents, guardians, teachers, staff, students, and community members for helping us work through this together!”