Montgomery County schools adjusting learning schedule during COVID spike

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Published: Dec. 11, 2020 at 1:47 PM EST
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MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Va. (WDBJ) - Montgomery County Public Schools is moving down one level of virtual learning, with coronavirus cases on the rise around Virginia.

Starting Monday, December 14, the district will return to Phase 3, Level 1.

That means:

  • Pre-K through six grade will attend school the way they are already. They will attend half of the week.
  • Grades seven through 12 will participate in remote instruction (virtual learning)
  • Sports practice and competitions will still be held
  • Asynchronous learning days: December 21, 22. These days all staff members will work from home.
  • School board will meet again January 19 to talk about extending the phase beyond the first semester
Montgomery County Public Schools virtual schedule approved December 11, 2020
Montgomery County Public Schools virtual schedule approved December 11, 2020(WDBJ7)

The district is also concerned about having a shortage of substitute teachers. Schools are seeing a shortage because of the number of COVID cases in the area and staff in quarantine. The board discussed this during a special meeting Friday afternoon.

“Change is hard and we want to prevent the fewest changes possible,” said Superintendent Dr. Mark Miear. “We’ll continue to look information, look at the data as we get it. We can never promise that more changes won’t happen.”

The change comes after the board voted on Tuesday night to not make a change to learning phase or level.

Montgomery County Public School substitute shortage
Montgomery County Public School substitute shortage(WDBJ7)

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