This week, students at every grade level and in every class are back in school buildings for face-to-face learning two days a week as part of the hybrid learning schedule. WJCC Schools safety teams are visiting schools and report that students are wearing their masks and successfully following the safety protocols in classrooms and hallways. Building upon that success, we want to share the next step in our phased transition to in-person learning.
Beginning March 15
All schools will operate on a full day/bell schedule while maintaining hybrid learning (2 days on-site and 3 days remote learning) with Blue and Green groups. Toano Middle School families should note that their school will operate on the traditional middle school schedule The Bright Beginnings program will continue to follow its current schedule.
School hours beginning March 15
- High Schools: 7:20 a.m. – 2:20 p.m.
- Middle Schools: 8:05 a.m. – 3:05 p.m. (Including Toano Middle)
- Elementary Schools/Tier 2: 8:30 a.m. – 3:16 p.m. (D.J. Montague, James River, and Stonehouse)
- Elementary Schools/Tier 3: 9:15 a.m. – 4:01 p.m. (Clara Byrd Baker, J. Blaine Blayton, Laurel Lane, Matoaka, Norge, and Matthew Whaley)
- Bright Beginnings: Follows current schedule.
School Safety Practices
As we have said since the pandemic began, supporting student and staff health remains our highest priority. More than half of our staff is now fully vaccinated, and others will receive their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine this week. That coupled with our safety mitigation strategies and decreasing positivity rates locally support expanding our in-person learning schedule. For students to remain in school, we are asking all families and students to:
- Assess student wellness every day before school using the WJCC Schools Symptom Checker.
- Wear face coverings at all times (even on the bus) except when eating breakfast and lunch.
- Maintain social distancing to the greatest extent possible. In classrooms, social distancing may be as little as 3 feet as more students are in class at the same time.
- Wash hands frequently and thoroughly.
- Follow signs in cafeterias, bathrooms, and hallways and maintain foot traffic as directed during class changes and arrival/dismissal.
Thank you for your partnership as we move forward with plans to expand in-person learning.