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Pittsylvania County School Board OKs hybrid reopening plan; 'Things are going to have to be flexible and fluid,' superintendent says
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Pittsylvania County School Board OKs hybrid reopening plan; 'Things are going to have to be flexible and fluid,' superintendent says

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CHATHAM — The Pittsylvania County School Board unanimously approved a reopening plan Tuesday night that involves a hybrid approach with students in class between two and four days a week.

Under the approved plan, grades K-three, English learners and special education students will attend school Monday and Tuesday as well as Thursday and Friday. Students in grades four-12 will attend in-person classes two days a week, either Monday and Thursday or Tuesday and Friday. Students would be responsible for remote learning either through virtual options or take-home packets during the days they don’t attend classes.

“There is no good plan, but it’s the best plan that our staff was able to come up with to stay within the regulations that have been handed to us,” said School Board Chairman Samuel Burton.

Said Superintendent Mark Jones: “Things are going to have to be flexible and fluid.”

There will also be an array of regulations regarding social distancing, classroom size and the amount of students allowed on buses, among other things, all based on rules and recommendations from entities like the Virginia Department of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Virginia Department of Education.

After discussing the plan in detail during a special work session on Thursday, the division made one major change to the schedule: Wednesday replaces Friday as the designated day for deep cleanings of building and planning. This is based on feedback provided in surveys from parents and staff over the last few days, Jones said.

School board members Calvin Doss and Raymond Ramsey were not present at Tuesday's meeting or Thursday’s work session.

With the changed reopening plan, the school board also extended the beginning of classes from Aug. 10 to Aug. 20.

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