Hampton School Board addresses questions regarding plans for in-person learning

HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) — The Hampton School Board held a meeting Tuesday evening to discuss recent concerns regarding the city’s plans to return to in-person learning.

Beginning Wednesday, Nov. 4, some students in Hampton will be going back for in-person learning.

Superintendent Jeffery Smith says Phase 2 Stage 1 of the reopening plan will include Pre-K through 3rd grade students and 6th grade students, and pre-K through 12th grade students with disabilities and selected English language learners. Students in these groups also have the option to stay with 100 percent virtual learning.

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Dates for students and other grades will be determined at a later date.

Tuesday’s special meeting was held at Jones Magnet Middle School at 7 p.m.

No vote or official decisions were made regarding the plan, but school staff took some questions and fielded praise and concerns from board members.

Smith said the district is working closely with the Peninsula Health Department. They’re monitoring not just local COVID-19 metrics, but cases across the area, especially as a large percentage of teachers live outside the city.

One of the big topics: gathering input on how comfortable teachers are with the plan. The district says it is factoring in planning time for staff multiple times a week.

Smith says parents of in-person learning students will receive additional information at the beginning of next week about mandatory daily health assessments, the HCS COVID Student/Parent/Guardian Expectations Agreement, bus routes, an optional Zoom informational webinar for families, and more.

For more information, visit Hampton Schools’ website.

Hampton City Schools uploads videos of past meetings to the division’s YouTube page.

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