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Dinwiddie finalizes plan to bring students back to classrooms

Posted at 8:01 PM, Sep 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-23 00:05:19-04

DINWIDDIE COUNTY, Va. -- The Dinwiddie School Board has decided when middle and high school students will return to the classroom. In a school board meeting Tuesday evening, the board decided that students can opt for a hybrid learning schedule beginning next month.

Classes started virtually on September 8, but since then, the board voted unanimously to transition students back to the classroom in the upcoming weeks.

Special education students returned to classrooms Monday, September 21 and students pre-k through 5th grade will go back to class on September 28.

As part of the approved plan, middle school and high school students returning to in-person learning will start on the following dates with hybrid classes two days a week:

  • 6th and 9th graders will return on October 5.
  • 7th and 10th graders will return October 12.
  • 8th, 11th and 12th graders will return October 19.

In Tuesday's meeting, some parents shared frustration with board members over virtual learning.

"The virtual learning, it’s not learning. Especially for the elementary students," Katherine Ferrington, a parent of a Dinwiddie student, said.

Others pinpointed their frustrations with virtual learning to technology issues.

"What’s being done to help fix the technical issues so that we can have a better understanding to maybe if we are going to send our kids or keep them on virtual," another parent, Elizabeth Martin, asked the board.

Families will also have the option to continue with virtual learning.

More information and updates about Dinwiddie County Public Schools' phases reopening plan can be found here.