Parents can choose hybrid or

virtual, school starts Aug. 10

LAWRENCEVILLE – The Brunswick County School Board approved the plan to reopening schools for 2020-2021 at the meeting held electronically on Monday, July 13, with flexibility to make changes. Parents were asked to complete a survey choosing between virtual and hybrid, a blend of face-to-face and virtual. The vote was four to one for approval with Timothy Puryear – Vice Chair, voting negative. An electronic meeting was held on Thursday, July 16, to receive citizen input. Participants could access the meeting through the computer or through a conference call. See that story on page 2.

At the Monday night meeting, Dr. Kristy Somerville-Midgette – Division Superintendent, presented the Return to School Plans to the school board. Members of the Board Instructional Team are: Dr. Elizabeth Burns, Red Oak District; Tracie Seward, Sturgeon District; Dr. Midgette, Tracey Rogers, Assistant Superintendent of Instruction; Krystle Pearson, Director of Technology; Tiffeny Brown, Director of Personnel; Leorie Mallory, Director of Pupil Personnel; Marion Elder, Supervisor of Child Nutrition; Mary Lewis, Transportation Supervisor; Wesley Thomas, Maintenance Lead; Dr. Ronald Thornhill, Principal, Brunswick High School; Dr. Freeman Carter, Principal, Russell Middle School; Latonia Hutcheson, Principal, Meherrin-Powellton Elementary School; Terence Wyche, Principal, Totaro Elementary School; and Dr. Mark Harrison, Principal, Red Oak-Sturgeon Elementary School. There is also an Elementary Task Force Team, Middle School Task Form Team and High School Task Force Team.

The plan provides information for Phase I, Phase II and Phase III. The plan includes instruction, technology support, school operations health and safety procedures, communications, student and staff supports, parent & family resources,

In Phase III allowable programs – In-person instruction can be offered for all students, however strict social distancing measures should be implemented; remote learning exceptions and teleworking should be options for students and staff who are at a higher risk of severe illness; mitigation strategies may impact operations and capacity limits. A multi-faceted instructional approach should be planned for Phase III.

Other categories are: health, safety and physical distancing measures; Beyond Phase III and public health and guidance for all phases – schools should follow all CDC guidance for reopening schools.

The elementary hybrid schedules for in-person schedule for Meherrin-Powellton, Red Oak-Sturgeon and Totaro and the virtual schedule for the three elementary schools were provided. Friday is for teacher planning, school level/grade level meetings and professional development. The schedule for all elementary schools is: 8:20-9 – Breakfast/office hours, 9 to 11 – instructional block, 11:30 to 12:30 – lunch/recess (All meals will be served in the classroom), 12:30 to 2:30 – instructional block and 2:30 to 3:15 – remediation.

The middle school hybrid schedules for grade 6, grade 7 and grade 8 were provided. Remediation/enrichment is held from 2:50 to 3:30 each day. Reading and Math will both get priority with 90-minute classes with Science and History doing a 45/45 split.

High school hybrid schedule – The high school will operate a full-year A/B schedule. Students will take all courses for the full year on alternating days. Classes on A days will be held on Monday and Thursday. Classes on B days will be held on Tuesday and Friday. On Wednesday teachers will have a day for planning, meetings, and professional development. Students will still have videos to watch and/or assignments to complete on that day.

Information is provided on attendance, grading, and categories and weights. Due to the changes for the upcoming year, administration has modified the grading practices to put less emphasis on tests and assessments; tests, projects, presentations of learning, research products, major assessments will county 25 percent and class work, daily assignments, quizzes will county 75 percent.

Guidelines are provided for teachers.

Other categories in the plan include: buses/vehicles, food service protocols, communications, student and staff supports, parent and family resources (Virginia Department of Education), Standards of Student Conduct and Compulsory Attendance Law. Discipline Process Flow Chart, levels of intervention and responses and Athletics COVID-19. Dr. Carter and Dr. Thornhill provided information about the athletics program. According to the Virginia High School League Tier 1 – athletes only, Tier II – media will be included, Tier III – spectators will be included.

Survey results as of July 13 at 5 p.m.

Rogers reviewed the results of the survey that included 750 responses with 310 choosing hybrid to include face to face and virtual learning instruction and 440 choosing virtual, that includes full online instruction. Will your child need mobile hotspots for the 2020-2021 academic school year? There were 440 responses with 369 stating their child would need a mobile hotspot and 71 saying their child does not need a virtual hotspot. To the question regarding needing transportation to and from school there were 310 responses with 241 saying they would need transportation and 69 saying they would not need transportation. To the question related to providing a mask there were 310 responses with 299 saying they would be able to provide a mask for their child and 11 saying they would not.

Parents can still participate in the survey by logging on to the website: www.brunswickcps.org

For more information call the central office at (434) 848-3138.

The Central Office is located at 1718 Farmers Field Road, Lawrenceville, Virginia 23868.