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Most K-12 Schools Remain Virtual, Some Opt Online For The Fall

VDOE map of school districts
Data released last week by the Virginia Department of Education shows a little more than half of the school divisions in the commonwealth will start the school year virtually. (Photo: VDOE)

Patrick Larsen reported this story. 

A map from the Virginia Department of Education shows that more than half of Virginia public school districts, including Richmond, Chesterfield and Henrico, are using a fully virtual approach to teaching this fall. 

This means nearly all students will only report to class online. Some districts will offer in-person learning to students in younger grades and to students with special needs.

Ten districts, including Hanover County Public Schools, will return to in-person - schooling all students will have four or more in-person days a week.

Many of the state’s school districts are adopting a hybrid of in-person and virtual learning, such as Powhatan County Public Schools. 

Amelia County Public Schools opted to go partially in-person with K-5 students doing four days face-to-face and 6-12 students limited to two.

State education officials say all state school divisions, including those using in-person learning, are offering a remote learning option for families too.

Schools and districts were required by Virginia’s Public Health Commissioner to turn in health and instruction plans to the state showing how they’d manage COVID-19’s high risk of transmission. 

These plans include strategies to make up for time lost to the outbreak of the coronavirus in the 2019-2020 school year, and information from schools on which health guidelines will be deviated when reopening. 

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