Students will learn remotely from Jan. 11 – 15 to help reduce the potential spread of illness following the holidays. Staff has the flexibility to telework Jan. 11-15 before returning to schools and offices on Jan. 19.
Using state guidelines, input from the division’s health advisory action team, and the most recent COVID-19 transmission rates in schools, the division is developing a new timeline to return all students to school buildings on a hybrid schedule. That plan – which will be announced next week – is based on several critical factors, including:
- the availability of vaccinations for staff;
- an improvement in community health data;
- staff capacity (staff in quarantine), and
- the division’s ability to fully implement health mitigation strategies such as proper disinfection of classrooms, consistent use of face coverings by students and staff, and appropriate social distancing.
According to Governor Northam, the next phase of state vaccinations should include teachers. The division will work with the Peninsula Health Department to keep employees informed about when the vaccinations are available.
The updated Return to Learn: Forward WJCC Schools plan will be sent to families and staff next week through the division’s rapid notification system and be available on the division’s website.