Local schools return with virtual learning following winter break, evaluate possible switch to in-person

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PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — Local schools across Hampton Roads are reminding students and families that there will be a temporary shift to remote learning beginning Monday due to the holidays and the potential for a spike in coronavirus cases.

VIRGINIA

CHESAPEAKE

Monday, Jan. 4, students return to learning temporarily online. The school system posted to social media saying that on Jan. 19, Option 1 students will return to on-campus instruction.

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HAMPTON

Instruction will be virtual for all students from Jan. 4 through Jan. 15.

The school posted to Facebook a reminder saying the “modified in-person learning for Pre-K, kindergarten, and Pre-K-12 students with disabilities served in a self-contained environment will be on hold to create a “buffer” between holiday gatherings and in-person learning, reducing the chance of possible COVID-19 exposure.”

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ISLE OF WIGHT

Isle of Wight County Schools confirmed that students will return to a temporary remote learning model from Jan. 4 until Jan. 15 to allow time to “ride-out any spikes in cases from holiday travel and gatherings.”

Students on the in-person continuum will return to in-person hybrid learning on Tuesday, Jan. 19.

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PORTSMOUTH

Portsmouth Schools says that classes and regular office hours will resume, Monday, Jan. 4 and as a reminder, all students will be learning remotely until at least Feb. 2. That includes English language learners and special education students.

Read more here.

SUFFOLK

Suffolk schools say it will not bring students back to in-person learning in early January, instead opting to continue virtually due to a continued rise in coronavirus cases over the holidays. Students will not return for face-to-face instruction on Jan. 4 (for elementary) or Jan. 11 (for secondary).

The Suffolk Public Schools are to reevaluate a return to in-person learning and winter sports on Monday.

Read more here.

VIRGINIA BEACH

Students will be on virtual learning, including students with disabilities, due to increases in coronavirus metrics in the city. The changes went into effect Tuesday, Dec. 8. Read more here.

The school board will be holding a workshop this week to discuss the updates for in-person learning throughout the school system.

The workshop will be Tuesday, Jan. 5 at 4 p.m. and administration will be presenting an updated proposal for how and when to move forward with bringing students back for face-to-face learning.

Read more on the meeting here.

WILLIAMSBURG-JAMES CITY COUNTY

All students will learn remotely from Jan. 4 until Jan. 8. Read more here.

YORKTOWN

As a reminder, the York County School Division says that students will temporarily shift to the to the Remote Model from Jan. 4 until Jan. 8. On Jan 11, students in grades K-5 will be back in buildings for blended learning.

The schedule adjustment is due to “the potential for a spike following the holidays and the time required to contact trace with confidence,” according to a social media post.

NORTH CAROLINA

CURRITUCK COUNTY

Currituck County Schools is reminding parents and students that there is no school for students from Monday, Jan. 4, until Wednesday, Jan. 6. Virtual learning for all students will resume on Thursday, Jan. 7.

The school posted to its Facebook page saying elementary and middle school will return to in-person instruction on Jan. 11.

Additionally, a special Board of Education meeting will take place on Jan. 7 to discuss a return to in-person learning for Currituck County High School and JP Knapp Early College.

Read more here.

Gates County

Gates County Board of Education members came up with a plan for the second semester at its Jan. 4 meeting.

Virtual instruction will continue Wednesday, Jan. 6, for all students with the goal of returning for a hybrid of face-to-face and virtual instruction on the following dates.

Plan A

Pre-K, kindergarten and first grade – Tuesday January 12

Second grade and third grade – Tuesday January 19

Fourth grade and fifth grade – Tuesday January 26

Plan B

All grades of middle and high school – Tuesday, January 19

  •  The Gates County Community Center will remain open for 2021.
  •  Athletics at the high school and middle school will continue under the guidelines of the NCHSAA.
  •  In-person instruction and services for students with disabilities will resume Tuesday January 12, 2021.

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