Salem City Schools kicks off 2020-21 school year Monday on hybrid learning schedule

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SALEM, Va. (WFXR) — Salem City schools are ready to open on Monday for the 2020-2021 school year using a hybrid learning model. However, not every student in the district will be at school every day.

Students who signed up for hybrid learning will only attend school once a week for the first two weeks of the school year as part of what Salem City Schools considers to be a “soft opening.”

Students are all assigned to four different groups, which designate the specific days they will show up to school for in-person learning. Meanwhile, during the days the students are not in the classroom, they will learn remotely.

The initial schedule for the students enrolled in the hybrid learning program is listed below:

Schedule for Week One:

  • Group A: Monday, Aug. 31
  • Group B: Tuesday, Sept. 1
  • Group C: Wednesday, Sept. 2
  • Group D: Thursday, Sept. 3
  • All schools closed: Friday, Sept. 4

Schedule for Week Two:

  • All schools closed: Monday, Sept. 7
  • Group A: Tuesday, Sept. 8
  • Group B: Wednesday, Sept. 9
  • Group C: Thursday, Sept. 10
  • Group D: Friday, Sept. 11

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the schools will only be at 25 percent capacity, which means roughly 1,000 students will be allowed inside the buildings each day.

Salem City Schools officials say they plan to evaluate how things are going during the second week of school.

That assessment will determine if they can increase the number of days students can show up to school for in-person learning, keep the schedule the same, or even scale back if necessary.

Between 25 percent and 27 percent of students have opted to undergo 100 percent virtual learning, which means more than 1,000 students will receive all of their lessons at home.

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