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Goochland changes course; school year will begin online

Posted at 2:17 PM, Aug 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-12 14:17:07-04

GOOCHLAND COUNTY, Va. -- Less than a month after approving a plan that would have allowed some students to learn in a classroom with teachers, while others learned from home, the Goochland County School Board voted to start school 100 percent online.

School in Goochland begins August 24.

"Students will access classes on a daily schedule remotely, but in real time, with their assigned teachers," a post on the Goochland Schools website read. "Traditional, in-person instruction, to begin the school year, will not take place as it has in the past. With limited internet connectivity in some regions of our community, we are working to make accommodations for families."

Those accommodations include mobile WiFi hotspots.

"Additionally, students with limited internet at home will be able to access distance learning from designated locations inside the school where they will have access to the school’s internet," the school's post continued. "Working families who need direct supervision of their child during the course of the day may also send their child to school."

Principals will reach out to families that have signed up for that option.

"If you were unable to complete the survey indicating your need for your child to access learning in person at their school building due to home internet access or child care hardships, it is not too late: please call your child’s school as soon as possible so we can plan for your child’s arrival," the post continued.

Children who plan to learn from the school building will undergo daily health checks and be required to wear a face covering.

"Although we are beginning our school year with distance learning, we remain optimistic that the data and metrics that we use to inform decisions will improve over time, allowing us to get our students back into our schools as soon as we are able," the post concluded.