Gov. Ralph Northam (D-VA) announced at a press briefing that Virginia schools will begin reopening and offering in-person instruction in the fall. Northam also announced that Northern Virginia will enter phase two of reopening on Friday. When schools reopen in the fall, the state will follow a phased approach that involves steadily reintroducing in-person instruction alongside continued remote learning and strict social distancing measures.
According to alextimes.com, “For schools that enter the 2020-2021 school year when their jurisdiction is in phase two, instruction will largely remain remote, with some exceptions. Under phase two, schools can begin offering in-person instruction for preschool through third-graders, English language learners, and students with disabilities. Summer camps in school buildings can commence as well.”
As per alextimes.com, “Education in phase three may involve a blend of in-person and remote learning. Schools in phase three will be expected to maintain six feet between desks and work stations, restrict the mixing of different groups of students, stagger the use of communal spaces like cafeterias and perform daily health screenings, Northam said. Staff will still be required to wear face coverings when physical distancing is not possible, while face coverings will be “encouraged” for students.”