WJCC Schools prioritizes the health and safety of students and employees above all else. Building on that foundation, the division has created four paths for a Return to Learning for the 2020-2021 school year. These paths are aligned with guidance from the Virginia Department of Education, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local health experts.
On July 27, Superintendent Olwen Herron announced that schools will follow Path 1: Remote Learning for All Students for the first nine weeks of the school year. You can read her letter to families here.
To support virtual learning as well as the potential need for remote learning by all students during the year, students in grades K-2 will have a WJCC Schools-issued tablet; students in grades 3-12 will receive laptops to access electronic classrooms, lessons, and assignments and submit coursework.
Please note that it is possible for schools to move between paths at any time after the first nine weeks based on the number of reported cases of COVID-19 in our schools, local community, or Virginia. To the greatest extent possible, preventative measures such as social distancing, rigorous cleaning protocols, and the use of face coverings will be in place to mitigate the potential spread of illness.
We acknowledge the diverse opinions regarding how schools should operate throughout the school year. We appreciate the students, family members and employees who provided input through the staff survey, Virginia PTA survey, WJCC Schools online form, and staff forum meetings. This information has been valuable during the development of the Return to Learn: Forward WJCC Schools plan.