CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — Starting Monday, a number of students from Charlotte County Public Schools will begin attending in-person classes on a hybrid learning schedule amid the coronavirus pandemic.
According to the school district, effective Monday, Oct. 5, students in PreK through 2nd grade, 6th graders, 9th graders, students with disabilities, and English Language Learners will be able to go to school in-person twice a week. However, any parents who want their children to continue with entirely remote instruction may continue to do so.
“These groups were selected to attend in-person beginning October 5th because they represent our most vulnerable learners and will benefit most from starting two weeks earlier than other groups,” said Charlotte County Public Schools in a statement on Sept. 23 after the county’s number of active COVID-19 cases decreased for 12 consecutive days. “Allowing 6th graders and 9th graders to acclimate to their new schools without other students being present will help them tremendously with their transition.”
Officials say students whose last names start with A through J will attend in-person classes on Mondays and Tuesdays while students with the last names K through Z will attend Mondays and Wednesdays. However, all students are scheduled to learn remotely on Fridays.
Charlotte County Public Schools asks parents to follow the guidelines listed below:
- Take your child’s temperature and check for coronavirus symptoms before he/she leaves home. If your child has a fever or other symptoms, do not send him/her to school.
- Make sure your child is wearing a mask — which is mandatory both on the bus and in school –before boarding the bus.
- Have your child arrive 20 minutes early at the bus stop during the first week of school. Due to the decreased number of bus stops, buses may arrive earlier than scheduled.
- Check that your child has a water bottle to use at school because water fountains are only allowed to be used to refill water bottles.
- Remind your child to eat the school’s free breakfast and lunch every day because there will not be any microwaves available for students to use at school.
- Make sure your child brings along charger and a fully-charged Chromebook or iPad for in-person classes.
The school district says there will not be any after-school daycare available at the start of the school year.
In addition, meal pick-up will resume Oct. 13 for 100 percent remote learners, who will be able to pick up the meals from any Charlotte County public school from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, according to school officials. As for in-person students, Charlotte County Public Schools they will be provided meal bags for their remote learning days before they leave school on either Tuesday or Thursday.
Meanwhile, officials say all other grade levels will begin hybrid, in-person instruction on Oct. 19, but until then, they will continue with remote learning.
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