This information was sent out on January 12, 2021 regarding Williamsburg-James City County Schools plan for returning students back to in-person learning.
What We Know and What We’ve Learned
In the 10 months since the pandemic began, we have learned so much about the coronavirus, how it spreads, and what we can do individually and collectively to help reduce illness in our community and schools.We know that the consistent use of face coverings, frequent handwashing, social distancing, and thorough cleaning practices are essential to stopping the spread of COVID-19. We know that the more people who are vaccinated, the better we are as a community. And finally, by looking at data from school divisions across the nation where students are learning in-person, we know that with strict mitigation strategies in place the transmission rate in schools is lower than originally expected.
What We Need Now
Like you, teachers and school administrators want students learning in-person in classrooms and buildings where children and adults can feel safe. We anticipate that vaccines will be available to WJCC Schools staff before the end of January. In the coming weeks, we hope to see a downward trend in local COVID-19 case data after the post-holiday surge. At the same time, the division will continue working to ensure that our schools, students and staff have the resources they need to implement healthy practices in every class, at every school, every day.
Next week, all WJCC Schools staff will take part in additional health safety training. Additionally, the division’s Health Action Teams will visit schools to ensure that mitigation strategies are used correctly and consistently. They will pinpoint what we are doing well and how the division can build upon existing healthy practices.
When Will Students Return to School?
With stringent mitigation strategies in place and improving community health data, WJCC Schools is prepared to take the next step in our Return to Learn: Forward WJCC Schools plan. If community health data does not improve or if school operations cannot be supported because of the number of staff who are ill or in quarantine, the timeline may need to be adjusted for individual classes, schools, or the division as a whole.
Week of January 19
Students: Remote learning continues for most students; SOL Testing takes place for identified high school students; Special Education and Gifted Testing takes place at all levels as necessary. Athletic conditioning for Fall sports begins (1/18).
Staff: Teachers return to on-site work a minimum of 4 days with existing childcare waivers in place. Virtual Academy teachers work on-site a minimum of 2 days a week. All other staff report according to normal schedule.
Week of January 25
Special Education, English Learners, and Pre-K who were previously taking part in in-person learning return to school; remediation programs for select students identified by schools will resume; SOL Testing at high schools continues and PSAT Testing will take place.
Week of February 1
Students in grades K-5, 6, and 12 begin hybrid learning (2 days at school and 3 days remote learning) based on last name.
Week of February 8
Students in grades 7, 9, and 11 begin hybrid learning (2 days at school and 3 days remote learning) based on last name.
Week of February 16
Students in grades 8 and 10 begin hybrid learning (2 days at school and 3 days remote learning) based on last name.
Last Name Group On-site Learning Days
A-L Blue Monday & Tuesday (Wednesday – Friday are Remote Learning Days)
M-Z Green Wednesday & Thursday (Monday, Tuesday, Friday are Remote Learning Days)
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