Bland County Public Schools to start offering more in-person learning days Nov. 2

New River Valley News

BLAND COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — In early November, Bland County students will start attending either twice as many in-person classes or no in-person classes, according to school officials.

Starting Nov. 2, Bland County Public Schools says a two-day hybrid learning model will no longer be offered. Instead, students will either attend school in-person four days a week — Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday — or only attend school virtually.

Students who participate in the four-day in-person school week will have classes between 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m..

Morning pick-up times for bus routes will remain as scheduled, but adjustments may be necessary as the number of students on each bus increases. Students who ride a bus to school can expect to arrive home one hour earlier than before. Students are also encouraged to wear a face covering when they ride the bus, but if social distancing cannot be maintained, masks will be mandatory.

Students who plan to switch from virtual to in-person learning or vice versa are required to notify the guidance department at their respective schools before Oct. 30. However, underperforming students may be asked to return to in-person learning.

Meanwhile, the school district says Tazewell vocational school is still only offering two days of in-person learning.

Vocational students are allowed to arrive at Bland County High at the start of their fifth period class on the days they do not have vocational school. If students are not able to drive themselves or do not have reliable transportation, school officials say they may ride the school bus in the mornings to Bland County High, which will house them safely until their in-person classes start.

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