Staunton, Augusta, Waynesboro school students start the year virtually before hybrid schedules

Staunton, Augusta, Waynesboro school students start the year virtually before hybrid schedules
(Source: WAVE 3 News)

AUGUSTA COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) — Some local school divisions brought students back virtually on Monday after winter break. Now in the new year, parents and families are preparing their students for the second half of the first full school year of a pandemic.

AUGUSTA COUNTY:

Augusta County Public Schools plans for a virtual week of learning from January 5-8. On Monday, January 11, students are scheduled to return in a hybrid learning format.

“Based on the current COVID-19 data in our county, trend data established following the recent Thanksgiving break, and the recommendation of the Virginia Department of Health, Augusta County Public Schools has opted to schedule a week of virtual learning for all students following the scheduled winter break,” reads a letter addressed to families of Augusta County Public School students back in December of 2020.

Read the entire letter by clicking here.

STAUNTON

Staunton City Schools brought students virtually back Monday, December 4. SCS will conduct the first two weeks of the new year virtually and plans to bring students in for a hybrid schedule beginning January 19.

SCS reported that a survey sent out to parents indicated that 70% wanted a blended model of instruction and 30% preferred fully virtual learning. The blended model calls for two days minimum of in-person learning from Tuesday to Friday. Monday is a virtual day as well as for cleaning, preparation for remote or in-person instruction, and professional development.

You can review the plan for instruction in the new year at Staunton City Schools by clicking here.

WAYNESBORO

Similar to Staunton and Augusta County, Waynesboro Public Schools are beginning the year virtually for the first week of instruction.

In a letter to families, Superintendent Jeffery Cassell said, “Our goal is to continue to provide healthy and safe learning environments for our students, faculty, and staff. Central Office administrators monitor the health metrics for our community and communicate with the Central Shenandoah Health Department on a daily basis. Families should be prepared for additional schedule changes that may impact in-person instructional opportunities.”

Hybrid instruction is planned to resume on January 11.

Cassell said that families still have the option to finish out the year completely virtual.

Read the entire letter by clicking here.

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