Since the closing of our school buildings resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, ACPS has continued to provide students and families with various educational opportunities. Our school division has provided students and families access to technology, instructional learning materials, educational resources, meals, and support services during the crisis.
Updates on the Return to In-Person Instruction
1/19/2021: ACPS Delays Jan. 25 Transition to School Buildings
As you may be aware, the number of positive cases and transmission rates in Alexandria have continued to remain at high levels.
- Percentage of RT-PCR tests that are positive during the last 14 days: 10.4% - Highest Risk
- Total number of new cases per 100,000 persons within the last 14 days: 751.9 - Highest Risk
- ACPS staffing and capacity level: strained (50-75%)
Due to our current community transmission levels and school impact level, I have made the decision to delay the reentry of students who were set to return to schools the week of Jan. 25. This means that the student groups set to return in January are now tentatively scheduled to return on Feb. 2. See the revised tentative timeline and student groups.
We will continually reassess the situation and at the beginning of each week I will inform the community of our latest decision for transitioning into our school buildings.
Phased Reentry Plans
Our Enhanced Continuity of Learning Plan 1.0 addressed student and staff needs following the school buildings closing; Enhanced Continuity of Learning Plan 2.0 extended and redefined educational resources available to students, including both instructional packets, synchronous learning, asynchronous learning, and online lessons; Continuity of Learning Plan 3.0: Summer Learning through Engagement and Enrichment for All Plan addressed learning loss, engagement, and enrichment; and the Enhanced Continuity of Learning Plan 4.0: Reimagining Schools is aligned with global, national, federal, state, and local guidelines.
The Virtual PLUS+ Phased Reentry Plan (5.0) ensures a safe and healthy learning environment for our students, staff, and families. This plan continues to ensure fidelity to Virtual PLUS+ while planning for a phased in approach for reopening schools and buildings. As we work to reopen, we will continue to seek feedback from our leaders, staff, students, families, and community as well as provide progress updates based upon data and feasibility factors. This 5.0 plan will start on November 5 and expand through the second semester.
Reentry Phase 1: Students With Disabilities
Reentry Phase 2: Elementary School Students, Including English Learner Students Who Opt for In-Person Learning
Reentry Phase 3: Middle School and High School Students, Including English Learner Students Who Opt for In-Person Learning
Adjustments to Virtual PLUS+
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