The plan for reopening school for students on August 10, 2020 is within clear focus. We would like to thank all families who participated in the survey about the spring distance learning experience. We have made adjustments to our distance learning practice to reflect the survey data.

As you read this blog entry, it’s important to be reminded that this is a “reopening” plan under the constraints of social distancing and the requirement that students be relegated to the same room the entire day. We understand and appreciate that as the COVID-19 data improves and the school year progresses, we will be positioned as a school system to introduce more and more face-to-face instruction for our students.

The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) suggests emphasis on PreK-3 students, students with disabilities, and English Language Learners (ELL) for face-to-face instruction. To that end, we will be introducing phone surveys to families regarding transportation. This phone survey will be completed prior to July 10. The phone survey will be vital to ensure that the students scheduled to attend school on their appointed day are afforded transportation as needed.

Preliminary planning in Orange County indicates that families should prepare for the following:

  • PreK, K, 1, 2, and 3 will attend school face-to-face two days per week
  • Students with disabilities (PreK-12) will attend face-to-face two days per week
  • English Language Learners (PreK-12 ELL) will attend school face-to-face two days per week

When the PreK-3 students, students with disabilities, and ELL students are not attending face-to-face, they will be attending virtually through the Canvas learning management system on their school-issued Chromebook.

All other students in grades 4 through 12 will start school on August 10 with the new Canvas learning management system on a school-issued Chromebook. The students in grades 4-12 will attend virtually until further notice.

For PreK-3 families who desire to remain home until full attendance is phased in, we are offering a 100% virtual solution termed Virtual OC. As a result of the onset of COVID-19, Virtual OC was created by Orange County Public Schools (OCPS) as a solution for our families who may be uncomfortable sending their student to school during this restrictive special circumstance. Virtual OC is free, the student remains enrolled in our school system, and it utilizes the Canvas learning management system with OCPS teacher-created curricula. Please contact your child’s principal for more information.