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Lynchburg school board votes on hybrid learning bringing some students back to classrooms in August

Three plans were presented in the special meeting. In a 7 to 2 vote, “Option One” came out on top.
Published: Jul. 28, 2020 at 11:04 PM EDT
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LYNCHBURG, Va. (WDBJ) - In Lynchburg, some students will return to the classroom next month.

Tuesday night, the school board was tasked with giving direction to administration on moving forward for the fall semester.

After several hours of back and forth, school board members settled on what was already presented as the original plan. “If you ask me if I’m concerned about at-risk kids absolutely, yes. If you ask me about learning loss, yes I am. But if you ask me if I need a plan, I need that, and I need you all behind me,” said Superintended Crystal Edwards, in a plea to board members, after more than three hours of discussion.

Three plans were presented in the special meeting. In a 7 to 2 vote, “Option One” came out on top.

In that plan, Pre-K through 5th grade students will attend in person beginning August 24, two days per week.

Sixth through 12th grade students will do remote learning beginning August 24, and then transition to in-person learning beginning in September for two days per week.

The board considers Pre-K through 5th grade students the most vulnerable group of children. Bringing those students in first was a priority for the board.

Despite the decision, leaders stressed flexibility moving forward.

A mask mandate was also voted on and passed during the board meeting. This will require students to wear a face covering for in-person instruction.

Another board meeting is set for next Tuesday, when leaders will review the data and continue to evolve the plan.

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