BATH COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — Bath County Public Schools (BCPS) will continue its phased approach to bring students back into the classrooms by early February.
On Monday, Jan. 11, school officials began to allow select “vulnerable learners” to return to school for two days per week for support provided in small group or individual instruction.
Beginning Monday, Jan. 25, PreK through third grade students will return to school for four days per week. Friday will be a virtual learning day. On Feb. 8, grades four through 12 will return to in-person learning. The phased return schedule is below:
Parents may request that their child continue to receive online learning by contacting school principals.
As students return to school, bus transportation will return to fall schedules. The number of students will continue to be limited to provide as much social distancing as possible. Parents that provided transportation will need to continue to do so unless additional space is available on buses.
Gov. Ralph Northam’s recent Executive Order requires masks be worn at all times, but the school system will schedule mask breaks. Hand washing and social distancing will continue to be a part of daily school routines. Schools may have to close and student may have to return to virtual learning if an outbreak occurs.
BCPS officials believe teachers and other school staff will have the opportunity to receive the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by the end of January and the second dose by early March.