The Safe and Steady Transition to In-Person Learning for All Students

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Published On: November 3rd, 2020

The school division plans for all students to transition to a blended learning format (remote and in-person learning) during the coming weeks and months. To do so safely, students will return to buildings in phases. Staff continues to monitor local health data and consult with experts from the Peninsula Health Department and the Virginia Department of Education.

For planning purposes, the division is releasing its long-term plan for a transition to Path 3 of the Return to Learn: Forward WJCC Schools plan. This schedule could change at any time based on health information, the number of positive COVID-19 cases connected to an individual school, or guidance from the State or Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In some cases, it may be necessary for a class or school to return to remote learning while others continue with blended or in-person learning. Staff and student health and safety will be the first consideration at all times.

Nov. 9 - PreK-3*

*Clara Byrd Baker and Laurel Lane elementary schools

Nov. 16 - Grades 4 & 5
Nov. 30 - Grades 6 & 12
Dec. 7 - Grade 7
Dec. 14 - Grades 8 & 9
Jan. 4 - Grades 10 & 11

*Clara Byrd Baker and Laurel Lane elementary schools

Note: Matoaka Elementary resumes blended learning Nov. 16

On-Site Learning Schedule

Last Name Group On-site Learning Days Remote Learning Days
A-L Blue Monday & Tuesday Wednesday – Friday
M-Z Green Wednesday & Thursday Monday, Tuesday, Friday

The health, safety, and well-being of our school community remains our top priority. To that end, students and staff must wear face coverings and engage in social distancing. We also encourage frequent handwashing and custodial staff will thoroughly clean and disinfect all high-touch surfaces in the school.  

Our ability to keep students healthy and learning on-site requires the consistent implementation of health and safety protocols. The most essential of these measures is the daily completion of screenings for personal health. Families should familiarize themselves with the WJCC Schools Symptom Checker to prepare for their child’s return to school. Above all else, anyone feeling unwell or experiencing symptoms should stay home from school until they feel better to help reduce the spread of illness to others.