The Return to School Buildings is Guided by Local Health Metrics and Much More

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Provided by Prince William County Schools (PWCS)

Reopening school buildings is a complex process first and foremost guided by regional health metric data. The Virginia Department of Education and the Virginia Department of Health have developed Phase Guidance for school districts across the state. The guidance recommends school leaders consider gradually reopening K-12 schools, permitting in-person instruction to resume under certain public health conditions, while prioritizing the health and safety of students and staff.

In addition to the health metrics, PWCS must consider many other factors in developing the re-open plan. The phased-in return takes into account the complexity of student transportation and student schedules, school building capacities with social distancing, availability of staffing, need for additional professional development, child care, the mental health of students and teachers, as well as technology assets and limitations. The goal remains to progress all students to 50 percent in-person learning safely and efficiently.

As PWCS phases in grade levels to in-person learning, please look for specific information including transportation schedules, daily schedules, lunch procedures and more to come directly from your child’s school.


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