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Public School Re-Opening Plans Across the Shenandoah Valley

3 August 2020 Covid19 Luray/Page County Shenandoah County Front Royal/Warren County Winchester Frederick County Clarke County News


Below is a compilation from the public school systems’ re-opening plans for our surrounding 5-county area and the City of Winchester. Please note this information is subject to change, and in some cases has not been finalized or approved by the respective school board(s). For the most current information, check your school system website and/or their Facebook page via the links listed below.

From the Winchester Public School website on 8/3/20

Winchester Public School students will return to school on Tuesday, September 8, 2020 and include two options: a hybrid model including in-person and distance learning, and 100% distance learning.

  • The WPS Hybrid 50/40 Model is a twice-a-week model. This is called the 50/40 model because 50% of students will receive instruction in-person 40% of the time. Below are some specifications.
    • Students will be assigned to Group 1 or Group 2 based on their last name, and families will be kept in the same group.
    • Group 1 (A – K) would attend a full day on Monday and Thursday and Group 2 (L – Z) would attend a full day on Tuesday and Friday.
      • The day would function like a normal school day with class change(s) and planning periods.
      • Principals would work with staff to develop protocols for recess, lunch, etc. that are in keeping with CDC and VDH guidelines.
    • Wednesday will be additional time for teachers to design asynchronous learning for the days students are not in school and also time to use Google Meet for synchronous learning with the entire class. Wednesday might also be used for Professional Learning Communities to meet and develop common learning experiences for students.
    • Comparing 2 approaches to remote learning – Synchronous vs. Asynchronous
      • Synchronous: Students engage in course activities at a specific date/time, requiring that everyone be online for a scheduled event.
      • Asynchronous: Students engage in course activities at any time, contributing at their own pace.
    • Wednesday will also be a time for enhanced cleaning of the building.
  • WPS Connections is a 100% Distance Learning Model and will include the following:
    • Dedicated instruction from WPS teachers
    • Synchronous learning through Google Meet (live, virtual instruction and check-ins)
    • Student accountability through grading and feedback
    • Limited course offerings at middle and high school based on student schedules

Registration for WPS Connections is still open. Parents/guardians should call their child’s school to register. For more information, CLICK HERE to visit Winchester Public School’s website and follow them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/winchesterpublicschools/ You can also CLICK HERE to listen to the conversation Janet Michael had on The Valley Today earlier in July with Winchester Public School Superintendent, Dr. Jason Van Heukelum about their re-opening plans.

From the Frederick County Public School website on 8/3/20

The first day of school for students has been moved from August 17 to August 31, 2020 to provide teachers and other staff with additional time to plan and be trained on the enhanced health and safety protocols that will be in place when schools reopen.

Three Instructional Models:

  • Hybrid (A blend of in-person and distance learning)
  • In-Person (Students are physically present in school)
  • Distance Learning (Online)

Hybrid Model
In a hybrid model, instruction will be delivered in person or through online learning experiences on days designated as school days. Instruction will not be delivered on school holidays, other student days off as designated in the 2020-21 school calendar, and school closures. Students spend part of their week attending school in person with approximately half of their peers in the classroom and a teacher physically present. The part of the week they are not in person, learning opportunities are provided online. Students keep their normal daily schedule when they are in school, and their schedule during the online learning days is more flexible based on their needs as well as the needs of their families.

A predictable weekly schedule will enable families to plan for child care and student supervision on the distance learning days. Students in Pre-K, kindergarten, and first grade will attend school Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. Students in grades 2-12 will be served in two groups to provide optimum physical distancing in classrooms and common areas. Groups will be developed in an effort to balance classes and grade levels. Student Group A will attend school in person on Mondays and Thursdays, and will complete assignments provided online on Tuesdays and Fridays. Student Group B will attend school in person on Tuesdays and Fridays, and will complete assignments provided online on Monday and Thursday. To the greatest extent possible, students living in the same household will have schedule alignment so they attend school and are home on the same days. Figure A represents the weekly schedule in a graphic.

All students will engage in learning and assignment completion online on Wednesdays, but teachers will be present and accessible at school. Teachers will use these days for collaborative planning and additional student/family outreach.

In order to accommodate those students and families for whom health and safety concerns restrict participation in this model, an alternative option for full time distance learning is being made available. Those families electing the online learning option are committed to that choice until the end of the first semester unless a change in circumstances is announced by FCPS.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Group A Group B Teacher Planning Group A Group B

In-Person Model
In an in-person model, all students are physically present in school with their peers and teachers physically present. Instruction will be delivered in person or through online learning experiences on days designated as school days. In a distance learning model, instruction will be delivered on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. All students will engage in learning and assignment completion online on Wednesdays. Teachers will be accessible on Wednesdays, but will use these days for collaborative planning and additional student/family outreach.

Distance Learning Model
In a distance learning model, students learn online in both a synchronous and asynchronous system. Synchronous learning occurs when the teacher schedules a virtual meeting for all students, and a concept is taught and practiced together. Asynchronous learning occurs when assignments are available online, and students may access those assignments at their convenience, and complete them based on the timeline provided for the specific assignment. Instruction will be delivered in person or through online learning experiences on days designated as school days. In a distance learning model, instruction will be delivered on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. All students will engage in learning and assignment completion online on Wednesdays. Teachers will be accessible on Wednesdays, but will use these days for collaborative planning and additional student/family outreach.

For more information, CLICK HERE to visit Frederick County Public School’s website and follow them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/frederickcountypublicschools/

From the Warren County Public School website on 8/3/20

The school year will begin for students on August 27, 2020.  WCPS will operate two schedules to begin the school year.  The division will evaluate each schedule every two weeks and make adjustments as needed. The board will meet on Wednesday, August 5, 2020 to discuss the opening plan. The two instructional delivery choices for families for the start of the 2020-21 school year are as follows:

  • Hybrid Model–Preschool through 12th grade students will participate in a combination of in-person and remote instruction each week
    • Blended Instruction:
      • In this model, a portion of students will attend school for instruction while the remaining students will utilize remote instruction. Instruction at all levels will incorporate a hybrid model that combines teacher-directed instruction with open-ended discovery and authentic learning experiences
    • Flipped Classroom:
      • In a flipped classroom model, which will be employed in secondary classrooms, students use online instructional resources that have been assigned through a learning management system.  Teachers support online learning with face-to-face instruction.  The face-to-face time is structured to include activities, practice with feedback, and collaborative tasks or projects
  • Full Virtual Model–Students will participate in full-time remote learning, including both interactive, teacher-led live instruction and independent learning tasks.

For more information, CLICK HERE to visit their website and follow them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wcpsva/

From Shenandoah County Public Schools Facebook post on 7/10/20*

The Plan for Reopening includes options for entirely virtual instruction for parents who do not wish for their child to return to school, along with in-person instruction opportunities for all students who wish to return. Students from Pre-K to Grade 5 may attend 4 days per week and Grades 6 through 12 may attend one day per week. All instruction will be based on a 5-day week, so there will be some virtual learning for all students. Friday will be reserved as a planning day for teachers to prepare the following week of instruction. Due to space limitations all Grade 5 students will attend at the middle schools, and all Grade 8 students will attend at the high schools.

*The Shenandoah County School Board will hold an emergency Board Meeting at 5pm on Wednesday, August 5, 2020. The only item on the agenda will be the reopening of schools for the 2020-2021 school year, currently scheduled to begin on August 17, 2020. Superintendent Mark Johnston will recommend a calendar change delaying the start date for students until August 31. The change would allow additional time for back-ordered safety and hygiene equipment, such as sneeze guards and electrostatic fogging machines to arrive.

For more information, CLICK HERE to visit their website and follow them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/scpsva/ and watch their video updates on their YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC75SQnKyLReTMVlFvwVGdEA

From Clarke County Public School’s Facebook post on 7/23/20

“The Clarke County School Board voted tonight to offer a hybrid option for the 20-21 school year. The plan will allow parents to choose two days of in person learning supplemented by online learning or a 100% virtual option. Many in our community have reviewed the draft plan and have concerns regarding the availability of advanced courses for students. The school board shares those concerns. Staff will be reviewing the plan and revising it to provide more equitable opportunities for students.Additional information will be forthcoming in the coming days and weeks. The first major item that will be distributed will be a survey asking parents to choose the hybrid or virtual model. There will be an outline of each option to guide decision making. Please make note…First day of school will be September 8.”

For more information, CLICK HERE to visit their website and follow them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ClarkeCountyPublicSchools/

From Page County Public School website on 8/3/20

Students will choose between a blended learning environment (some face-to-face, some remote learning) or full remote learning. For the 20-21 school year, blended learning will involve face-to-face learning 2 days a week with remote learning 3 days a week for grades 2 – 12.

Remote learning is a distance learning model wherein learning is completed away from the regular school setting. Learning in this model may occur through paper and/or digital formats wherein in instruction is supported by school staff. Remote learning provides an opportunity for students and teachers to remain connected and engaged with the content while working from their homes. Remote learning is also known as distance learning and/or virtual learning.

Face-to-face learning is an in-person learning model wherein learning is completed within the school setting. Learning in this model may occur through paper and /or digital formats wherein instruction is provided by school staff. With face-to-face learning, it’s possible to have a live interaction between a learner and an instructor. Since that interaction occurs in person, it means that a learner needs to be physically present in a classroom at a specific time and date.

Classes will begin on September 10, 2020.

For more information, including the specific scheduling options, CLICK HERE to visit their website and follow them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PageCountyPublicSchools/

 

 


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