List of back-to-school plans for Hampton Roads schools

Joanna Estrada
August 9, 2020

Many schools across the country have turned to virtual learning this fall, but some parents are finding alternatives to get their kids back to face-to-face learning.

Board members then tied 2-2 on a vote to begin the school year on August 24 with all-virtual learning.

A lot of public schools confirmed they will have a mixture of in-person and virtual courses this school year.

An Education Ministry spokeswoman, Corinna Filion, said the ministry is aware of the petition but teachers have "made it clear that the hybrid model of teaching students both online and in the classroom was unsustainable" and it harmed students' ability to learn. Parents who do not want their child to attend in-person classes have the option to register their child for online/distributed learning, or home-schooling.

They later tied 2-2 on a vote to approve Fuhrey's recommendation to begin the school year September 8 with a mix of in-person and virtual learning options - but following a board meeting August 31 which potentially could have changed the learning method based on latest COVID-19 numbers. Families are able to decide if their child or children will continue virtual learning through January 27, the end of the first semester.

Fuhrey said the school year should begin September 8 rather than the previously agreed date of August 24 because staff members needed the extra time to be trained in virtual learning methods.

Following direction, McCartney Moulds, 6, a second-grader, distances herself from a fellow student as she walks to class with full mask following her bus commute, to the Newton County Elementary School in Decatur, Miss., Monday, Aug. 3, 2020.

Virginia Beach City Public Schools will begin the 2020 school year with virtual learning.

This story will be updated as we receive more information from local school districts.

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