Superintendent Dr. Francisco Durán presented the recommended APS plan for the 2020-21 school year at the June 25 School Board meeting, based on state guidance for reopening Virginia schools. In this plan, APS families will be able to select the instructional delivery model that works best for their student(s) during the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to the Arlington Connection, “There are two choices:
- Hybrid In-School and Distance Learning – Two consecutive in-person instruction days per week combined with three days per week of asynchronous distance learning.
- Full-Time Distance Learning – Students in this program will participate in full-time distance learning, including both interactive, teacher-led (synchronous) instruction and asynchronous instruction.”
As per Arlington Connection, “APS is eager to return to school on a normal schedule and to welcome all of our staff and students back into the classroom; however, we must adhere to the state’s guidance to resume in-person instruction with strict physical distancing measures in place. While Virginia is in phase 3, it is not possible to return at 100% capacity and adhere to federal, state, and local health requirements for safe reopening. In order to adhere to safety guidelines due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we must adjust our in-school schedule to reduce classroom and school bus capacities and ensure that six-foot distance can be maintained to the extent possible. We will continue to monitor health and safety guidance and adjust our plans for in-school instruction when possible.”