Return to Learn Plan for 2020-21 School Year and FAQ (updated frequently)
Posted on 07/15/2020
Preparing for a Positively PWCS School Year

2020欧洲杯积分Since earlier this spring, hundreds of PWCS employees, including central office staff, administrators, and teachers, have been working collaboratively to develop plans for returning to learning this fall. We have also received direct input from parents and teachers serving on our planning committees. In addition, we have received input from nearly 6,000 school-based staff, and 17,000 parents/guardians, via survey (view results below).


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July 15, 2020

School Board Adopts Return to Learn Plan for 2020-21 School Year

The Prince William County School Board unanimously (8-0) adopted a Return to Learning Plan that will have the first quarter of the school year as all virtual learning for most students. The first quarter will start for students on September 8, 2020, ending October 30, 2020. The goal will be to transition to a 50% capacity model in the second quarter, with the option for students to remain virtual.

Under the plan, Prince William County Schools (PWCS) will consider offering in-person services to special education students as determined appropriate by their IEP teams, and to the most vulnerable English Language Learners and students with interrupted learning, as determined to be instructionally appropriate and feasible.

Official Resolution:

That, in order to reopen schools this fall, while protecting the health, safety, and well-being of students and staff, the Prince William County School Board

  1. reopen schools for the 2020-2021 school year on September 8, 2020, with a 100 percent distance learning model for the first quarter. The Division will consider offering in-person services to special education students as determined appropriate by their IEP teams, and to the most vulnerable English Language Learners and students with interrupted learning, as determined to be instructionally appropriate and feasible. It is the goal of the Division to transition to a 50 percent Capacity In-Person and Distance Learning Model for the second quarter, with the option for students to remain virtual, while maintaining flexibility throughout to adapt to public health guidelines as needed, and
  2. to adopt the proposed Return to Work and Health Plans, modified as needed to adapt to the Return to Learning Plan and public health guidelines, and
  3. to authorize the Superintendent to implement any additional mitigation measures as appropriate to accommodate these models.

The School Division considered multiple options for a return to new learning this fall. 


 

Plan 1 is an all-virtual model with live and recorded lessons.

Plan 2, or the 25 percent model, provides instruction for students in-person, at-school, one day per week. This plan fully aligns with guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Virginia Department of Health (VDH), and the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE). In this plan, off-line or on-line learning will take place four days per week. Specific subgroups, such as special education students, would attend four days. The fifth day would be used as a virtual workday, allowing for additional cleaning and virtual office hours for staff members. PWCS would still provide an all-virtual option for students who choose.

In Plan 3, or the 50 percent model, most students will attend school in-person two days per week. Specific subgroups would attend four days. In this plan, off-line or on-line learning will take place three days per week. The fifth day would be used as a virtual workday, allowing for additional cleaning and virtual office hours for staff members. PWCS would still provide an all-virtual option for students who choose.

Plan 42020欧洲杯积分 would be a return to school as normal. However, due to all of the capacity and social distancing requirements of the VDOE and VDH this is not possible at this time.

Our planning is based, first and foremost, with student and staff health as a top priority, and a focus on equitable learning for every child. We also recognize that children are best served in-person and that many of our families rely on the School Division for key services including meals and child care. In developing our plans, we also must follow the legal and health guidance and requirements outlined in the following:

  1.   
  2. Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) 

2020欧洲杯积分The physical distancing, bus, and building capacity requirements, and health considerations of staff and students, will unfortunately make it impossible to have all students and staff in buildings at any one time. Therefore, we will have to implement some variation of distance learning, alternating schedules, and telework for some employees in specific categories.

The links below provide more specific information into the plans that were considered.

 

News Archive

July 8, 2020 Update


July 8, 2020

The Prince William County School Board met in a work session on July 8 to consider multiple reopening plans for the 2020-21 school year. The options were developed by task forces comprised of hundreds of school-based and central office employees, and after receiving direct input from nearly 23,000 parents and 6,000 teachers via surveys. The options developed consider social distancing and capacity requirements of the Virginia Department of Health and Virginia Department of Education.

After several hours of discussion, the Board reached consensus in directing School Division staff to move forward with “Plan 3.”  A final vote is scheduled for July 15.

In Plan 3, or the 50 percent model, most students will attend school in-person two days per week. Specific subgroups would attend four days. In this plan, students will do at-home work three days per week. The fifth day would be used as a virtual workday, allowing for additional cleaning and virtual office hours for staff members to provide support to students. PWCS would provide an all-virtual option for students whose parents or guardians choose to opt-out of in-person learning.

The School Division also recommended moving the first day of school for students to September 8. Teachers would report as planned in order to provide additional planning and training time. Due to flexibilities offered by the State in scheduling, the end of the school year would likely remain unchanged. The School Board will vote on July 15 to officially amend the 2020-21 calendar.

Other key points from the Division’s health plan proposal include:

Face coverings will be required for all staff and students aged 10 or older when six feet of social distancing is not possible to include:

  • In hallways between classes;
  • In common areas;
  • In classrooms when an activity requires students to be situated closer than six feet; and
  • On school buses.

Parents/students will be asked to complete a daily health questionnaire and a temperature check prior to reporting to school. Staff will also be asked to complete a daily health questionnaire and a temperature check prior to reporting to work.

School Transportation will be placing students in every other seat to maintain as much distance as possible during transportation to and from school.

The exact details of the plans are subject to change as they are further refined and finalized.

More information on the July 15 meeting, including ways patrons may address the School Board on the reopening plans.

We know that none of the plans perfectly meet the needs of all staff, students and their families; however, the Board and staff have done their best to balance critical health and learning needs as safely as possible. Frequently asked questions and answers will be posted soon.

Survey Results

 

Health Plan

Health Plan for Reopening (PDF) *updated 7/21

 

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