Hampton School Board meeting lays out metrics for potential return to modified in-person classes


Hampton School Board holds one-day working retreat on Sept. 9, 2020 (Photo courtesy: Hampton City Schools)

HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) — The Hampton City School Board held a meeting Wednesday night to discuss the start of the new school year and any updates to the return-to-school plan.

In the meeting, Superintendent Jeffery Smith referenced three metrics the school board would look at when deciding to transition to modified in-person instruction for all students. Those three metrics were:

  • A decreasing trend of at least 14 days in the case incidence rate per 100,000. Right now, Hampton has been increasing for the past nine days and thus does not exceed the threshold of 14 days, according to Smith.
  • The percent of case incidence rate per 100,000 should be below a 10 percent threshold. Based on Wednesday night’s information, Hampton is currently at 10 percent, not below.
  • The positivity rate per 100,00 should be below 10 percent. Currently, Hampton’s positivity rate is below 10 percent. This is the one metric that is close to being met (5.8 percent).

The Hampton City School Board voted unanimously at its Wednesday, Aug. 5 meeting to adopt the superintendent’s recommendation to begin the 2020-2021 school year in a fully virtual learning model for all students. The school system is working with health experts to evaluate coronavirus pandemic conditions and assess when modified in-person learning for students might start.

At Wednesday’s meeting, Hampton and Peninsula Health Districts Population Health Manager Irene Ferrainolo, MPH, also outlined the recent Peninsula COVID-19 case rates and testing information.

The meeting fell in line on the heels of a one-day retreat attended by school board members. It was held Sept. 9 at the Ruppert Sargent Building in a safe, socially-distanced environment, according to the school district. They reviewed their goals for this school year, which can be viewed online.

Meanwhile, Hampton City Schools announced it will be holding a series of virtual parent workshops on several hot topics over the next week.

The topics will cover Zoom, Google Classroom and Google Calendar.

Dates and Times:

  • Thursday, Sept. 17
  • Tuesday, Sept. 22
  • Thursday, Sept. 24
  • 3 times available for each session:
    • 10 a.m., 2 p.m., 6 p.m.

Hampton families can sign up on the HCS Return-to-School website or by clicking this link. If you unable to attend one of the live virtual learning workshops, the school system has posted the presentation on YouTube.

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