SMITHFIELD — The Isle of Wight School Board voted Monday to rescind a partially in-person reopening plan that it approved last week. Cllr Paul Brading, cabinet member for children's services, education and skills, said: "I would like to reiterate my thanks, once again, to all early years education providers and our family of schools who have been looking after the children of key workers and vulnerable children since 20 March, including during the Easter and half-term holidays.

About 59% of school division staff members surveyed said that “no current issues” would prevent them from returning to work in the fall; however 26.6% of staff said they had concerns about the health of a family member and 22.7% said they were concerned about their own health issues that might affect their ability to return to work. And if Virginia is under Phase 3 guidelines when school opens this fall and Isle of Wight students would be required to attend school under a limited in-person schedule, 79.5 percent of those surveyed said they would send their kids to school. Matt joined the Daily Press in May 2018 after graduating from Virginia Tech with a degree in mathematics. Transportation and lunches, however, will require some “out of the box” thinking, the headmaster said. Data returned from the Piano 'meterActive/meterExpired' callback event. However, the level of staffing is an issue raised by many parents — if classes are split, due to social distancing and building capacity, who will teach those unable to fit in the classroom.

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If you are dissatisfied with the response provided you can contact IPSO here. Board Chairwoman Jackie Carr said she has read pages of comments about the pending decisions and is empathetic to everyone’s concerns and expectations. “With some creative use of space, we will be able to follow all social distancing guidelines,” Munford said in a June 25 letter to parents. SCHOOLS on the Isle of Wight are set to open their classroom doors next week to more children. Education settings will have their own approach, based on the amount of space and number of staff available. The board … At the Isle of Wight Education Federation (IWEF), all three sites, Carisbrooke and Medina colleges and the Island Sixth Form, at Nodehill, were opened again on Monday (June 15) after moving operations to Medina to limit the number of staff involved. Alvin Wilson, who represents the Hardy District, was the deciding vote Thursday, voting yes for the larger hybrid option after at first saying he wasn’t ready to vote. Carr’s motion was the only one considered before the board made a decision. “I think it is clear what will happen when we put children back in school, whether that is on Sept. 8 or nine weeks later. Nearly 52% of about 2,300 survey respondents said they would prefer an alternating A/B-style schedule where students would be divided into two groups and attend on alternating days. Friday would be reserved for teacher planning. Parents must decide by Aug. 10 what they want to do. Each school will divide K-8 students into groups for the first two weeks. In secondary schools and higher education facilities, Year 10 and 12s are allowed to be back for face to face contact but not all at once, with schools installing one-way systems, hygiene protocols and social distancing measures. There was some confusion about the wording of the motion, which led to a brief recess and the School Board attorney intervening before the motion was voted on. Based on the survey results, the division is planning for four instructional options in the fall — full virtual school, an A/B schedule, a four-day week or a regular five-day week with virtual learning also available along with the in-person options. See our article comments House Rules here. Read more The Virginia Department of Education’s “Recover, Redesign, Restart” plan for reopening public schools calls for seating one student every other row and/or staggered aisle and window seats on school buses, with exceptions for siblings living together. Isle of Wight County Schools offers FREE Adult Education classes throughout the school year. Here is more information about Isle of Wight County Schools’ reopening. "Our number one priority is getting the school running as smoothly as possible under the ‘new normal’. A spokesperson said: "This guidance currently asks schools to undertake a risk assessment to ascertain how many children they can safely accommodate adopting all the measures in the guidance. The district ran a limited in-person summer program at Windsor Elementary that included about 50 students. As long as it is supported by the scientific and medical advice, then we are keen to re-open fully, to all year groups. Headteacher of Cowes Enterprise College, Rachel Kitley, has said it has been a challenge so far but happy to have the pupils back and is proud how the school has coped.

In an Isle of Wight County Press poll on Facebook, of the 271 people who responded, 52 per cent said they were unable to take their children to class following Friday’s closure. In the third option, seasons would be condensed to Dec. 14 through Feb. 20 for winter sports, Feb. 15 through May 1 for sports traditionally played in the fall and April 12 through June 26 for sports traditionally played in the spring.

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The school board’s 3-2 decision came at the end of a July 30 meeting that followed weeks of parent and teacher surveys, public comment sessions, and research, planning and input from school division staff members and health experts on the best way to restart school during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Vicotira Hulick and Denise Tynes, who had voted against Thursday’s plan, voted in favor. Thornton said he was concerned about the lasting effects on literacy that continued online education could have. She said: "Under the phased reopening, we have enough space to socially distance, particularly as our building is so open plan meaning we can social distance equally well in teaching spaces and across the school. He added that the school has created a COVID-19 committee to work through mitigation plans, which were sent on June 23 to the Virginia Council of Private Education. Matt Jones covers Peninsula education. "In so doing, they have been building on the government’s plans for a gradual, phased and initially small-scale return, allowing for local flexibility within schools in terms of class size, staffing, and the constraints of school buildings.”. Following the initial vote, the board unanimously passed an amended motion to allow career and technical education students to participate in the hybrid schedule. “We are currently in Phase 3. Schools will continue to reopen in phases but one headteacher has asked for clarity. “If the governor shuts down schools again, we have to have a full virtual plan — not what we did this spring,” Thornton said. On Thursday, the board voted 3-2 to allow students in elementary and middle school to join the two-day-a-week hybrid option or stay online for the first semester. Even though the majority of the division’s students might return under an alternating schedule, “we could be looking at 1,300 students that will be all virtual as well.” Furthermore, based on the number of people who choose online school, “we’re looking now at the option, too, of a four-day week, to give our teachers all day Friday to plan.”. It is therefore impossible within the current guidance for all primary aged children to safely attend school.". Following government plans, the Island's pre-schools, nurseries and primary schools will welcome back nursery, reception, Year One and Year Six pupils after schools were closed at the end of March to stop the spread of coronavirus. “What we don’t know yet is how the mitigations and physical distancing will work in a school setting.”. A more likely scenario is you would be open for half the students.

However, nearly 94% of staff said they would return to their position if school reopened on a full-time basis, and 95 percent of division employees would return to work if schools operated at reduced capacity on an alternative schedule. "Schools have also been asked not to incur additional staffing costs. One group will meet with teachers on August 31 and September 8. SMITHFIELD — The Isle of Wight School Board voted Monday to rescind a partially in-person reopening plan that it approved last week. "In addition, over the past three weeks, they have dealt admirably with the enormous and unprecedented challenge of preparing for a phased return to school for specified year groups. Planning for full virtual online learning no matter what provides an option for parents who aren’t comfortable sending their children to school for in-person teaching. Thornton also suggested the division host a non-traditional open house during the first week of August, where school officials can have a firsthand opportunity to show and tell the community about the health and safety measures they’re implementing to control the spread of COVID-19. "The safety of everyone at our school comes first, so we will continue to look to government and scientific advice when it comes to reopening to all students – but what we have demonstrated so far is that with flexibility, good planning, good organisation and the support of all parties, we can make this work so that children get the education they need and deserve. In any plan, the district, like others in the state, is offering parents the opportunity to opt out of any in-person instruction this fall. | Add your comment, The more than 100,000 residents in the Western Tidewater Health District owe a debt of gratitude to a small, select group of 200 — the ...