Roanoke County Public Schools to bring back fourth-grade students for in-person instruction

Roanoke Valley News

ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Beginning Jan. 25, Roanoke County Public Schools plans to bring fourth-grade students back into the classroom for five days a week.   

According to a release from the school division on Saturday, Jan. 9, all fourth grade classes will be 100% online on Jan. 21 and Jan. 22 to allow staff time to prepare classrooms for additional students. 

Fourth-grade students currently receiving 100% online instruction have the option to continue with 100% online instruction or switch to full-time, in-person instruction. The deadline to switch to in-person instruction is Friday, Jan. 15. 

The school division also added that all students in grades 5-12 currently on the hybrid schedule with a daily Individualized Education Program (IEP), receive English language services, or currently are failing a class will attend school in-person four days a week beginning Jan. 21. Wednesdays will continue to be online-only days for these students.

“Our primary goal is to make sure our students are receiving a quality education and the best way students learn is being in the classroom with a teacher to the maximum extent possible under public health guidelines. I want to thank our fourth-grade teachers for being flexible and working to help find a way to bring more students back to school full time.”

Dr. Ken Nicely, Roanoke County Public Schools Superintendent

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