4th and 5th Grade Students Will Return to Classrooms Earlier Than Planned

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Published On: February 8th, 2021

Beginning February 16, fourth and fifth graders will join students in grades Pre-K through three for hybrid learning, a week earlier than initially planned. Hybrid learning includes two days of in-person learning and three days of remote learning each week. On-site learning days are determined by the student’s last name (A-L on-site Monday and Tuesday; M-Z on-site Wednesday and Thursday).

Why is the change happening now?

As a school division and community, we are taking significant steps to reduce the spread of COVID-19. For the first time since December, COVID-19 positivity rates dipped below 10% yesterday in James City County, where the majority of our students live. More than 79% of all WJCC Schools employees have now received their first dose of the vaccine. School-based staff has completed refresher training on health mitigation strategies. Simultaneously, safety teams visited schools to identify what is working well and areas for improvement. As a result, Dr. Herron is more confident than ever in the division’s ability to begin transitioning students safely to in-person learning.

What about middle and high school students?

The timeline for middle and high school students to transition to hybrid learning remains the same for students who plan to return to buildings for face-to-face learning.

UPDATED Hybrid Learning Timeline

  • February 16: Grades PreK-5 and special education (self-contained) classes
  • February 22: Grades 6, and 12
  • March 1: Grades 7, 9, and 11
  • March 8: Grades 8 and 10

WJCC Schools created an opportunity for middle and high school students to be part of their existing classes while learning at home full-time for the third marking period. Specialized cameras will allow teachers to lead instruction for students in the classroom and online simultaneously.

Middle and high school students who are learning remotely must log into the class through ZOOM every day according to the current class schedule. They will attend class live, with cameras on for the class’s duration. Teachers will take attendance each day.

The classroom cameras are not currently in use in elementary schools.

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