For parents looking for the most up-to-date information, who may be new to the area, or just curious as to the differences across districts, here is a brief overview of the policies in each Hampton Roads area school district. This is not all of the information available, please visit links for additional descriptions and detail.
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Find the latest updates for Chesapeake Public Schools Fall 2020 here: https://cpschools.com/return-to-school-plan/.
From Chesapeake Public Schools: Our goal is to bring all students back to school, and it is our hope that the COVID-19 situation will improve allowing us to return to normal operations. However, based upon current health data, students who select Option 1 (On-Campus Continuum) will begin the school year Temporarily Online. A full presentation to the School Board with details on the approved plan was presented on July 27, 2020.
Find the latest updates for Hampton Public Schools Fall 2020 here: http://www.hampton.k12.va.us/reopening/reopening.html.
From Hampton Public Schools: The Hampton City School Board voted unanimously at its Wednesday, August 5, 2020, meeting to adopt the superintendent’s recommendation to begin the 2020-2021 school year in a fully virtual learning model for all students. Superintendent Jeffery Smith expressed a desire of bringing students back to school as soon as safely possible. However, he recommended using a 100% virtual learning model for at least the first nine weeks (until November 2, 2020) unless health conditions provide the division the opportunity to safely return earlier than this date. The 2020-2021 school year begins September 8, 2020.
From Newport News Public Schools
: During its special meeting on August 5, the Newport News School Board voted for all students to begin the school year with virtual learning during the first quarter (September 8 – November 2). Next week, families may access a learning intent form through ParentVue to decide if their child(ren) will continue virtual learning through the end of the first semester (January 27). Families can also indicate if their elementary student needs a loaner device and if they have child care needs. Parents/guardians without a ParentVue account may sign up for one by contacting their child’s school.
Update July 22, 2020: The Norfolk School Board voted and approved 100 percent virtual reopening of Norfolk Public Schools for the first quarter (first nine weeks) of the 2020-21 school year. The Board will reassess in-person instruction options for students of equity and opportunity based on local health data related to COVID-19. View the full statement here.
From Portsmouth Public Schools
: At a special meeting of the School Board of the City of Portsmouth, the Board voted 8-0 to move forward with the reopening of schools in a completely virtual setting for at least the first nine weeks. The division will reassess school operations at the end of the first nine weeks.
From Suffolk Public Schools
: I am writing this morning to provide you with the official news that I know our entire school community has been anticipating. At our School Board meeting on August 6, 2020, my leadership team and I will recommend a fully virtual start for the 2020-2021 school year…. I firmly believe that a virtual start, which would occur for at least the first nine weeks of the school year, is the most prudent way to protect the health and safety of all of our staff members and students.
Update July 23, 2020: Virginia Beach City Public Schools will begin the 2020-2021 school year in a virtual environment for all students and use daily health metrics to determine when to begin face-to-face instruction. Read the full statement here.