Botetourt County Schools to release students early on Wednesdays starting Oct. 20

Roanoke Valley News

BOTETOURT COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — In just a few weeks, Botetourt County Public Schools will start dismissing students early on Wednesdays amid concerns about staff members’ workload and the coronavirus spread in the community.

“Given the high community transmission rates, the shortage of available substitutes, and the resulting impact in our schools, our teachers have been covering classes during their planning periods while balancing an increased workload to keep their in-person and remote learners on track,” Botetourt County Public Schools Superintendent Jonathan D. Russ said in a statement on Thursday, Sept. 30.

In order to allow staff members with more time to address these aforementioned challenges, the district says schools will dismiss students two hours early each Wednesday from Oct. 20 through the end of the semester.

According to school officials, this change will impact the following Wednesdays:

  • Oct. 20
  • Oct. 27
  • Nov. 3
  • Nov. 10
  • Nov. 17
  • Dec. 1
  • Dec. 8
  • Dec. 15

At this time, Botetourt County Public Schools plans to resume the regular schedule when students return for the spring semester on Jan. 5, 2022. However, based on the COVID-19 case and quarantine numbers at the time, the district may need to reevaluate that schedule.

“We wanted to get this information out quickly to provide families several weeks to make arrangements. The YMCA after-school program is already prepared to accommodate this change, and we have asked our principals to contact the after-school programs that serve their schools,” Russ said in Thursday’s statement. “I sincerely thank you for your understanding, flexibility, and efforts to support our remarkable instructional staff!”

You can read the superintendent’s full update by clicking here.

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