FAQ

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
(we will continue to add and update this section)

 

Q: When will school begin for the 2020-2021 academic year?
A: As of 7/9/20, the first day of school is scheduled to begin August 5, 2020.  Please review the calendar here.

Q: I am not comfortable with my child returning to school at this time.  Is there a virtual option? 
A. Yes, please see pages 16-17 of The Reopening Plan and review the 100% Virtual Academy.  This is the option you will choose if you are not comfortable with your child returning to the school campus. 
 
Q: Will children be required to wear masks all day, and if so how will meal time work? 
A: Students will be encouraged to wear masks if they are within 6 ft of others.  It will be strongly recommended that they wear a mask if they ride a bus to or from school.  
 
Q: When will parents have teacher assignments, particularly supply lists?
A: Please contact respective schools for this information.
 
Q: Will children still be offered Specialist classes?
A: Yes, teachers will be traveling to the classrooms for Specialist classes so that students can stay with their same cohort throughout the day. 
 
Q: Will children be offered P.E. or recess time?
A: Yes, this will require guidance for the students on social distancing during P.E. and recess, additional cleaning on the school's part , and there are some guidelines we will have to consider on the use of shared equipment.  We have a P.E. curriculum through Project Fit America that we hope to be able to better utilize during this time. 

Q: What is the attendance tracking procedures for students?
 
Q: Will children be required to wear masks all day, and if so how will meal time work? 
A:Face coverings/masks will be strongly recommended for students anytime that social distancing of 6 ft cannot be achieved.  They will be required on school buses once the capacity is not at 6 ft social distancing.  We developed our plan using the Phase 3 Guidance for Reopening Schools from VDOE and additional guidance from CDC and the World Health Organization.  Teachers will be required to wear face coverings anytime that 6 ft social distancing cannot be achieved. Students will have meals in the classroom and be allowed to remove masks at that time.
 
Q: When will parents have teacher assignments, particularly supply lists?
A: Please contact the schools for more information. NEMS:  276-679-0971  JIB: 276-679-2554
 
Q: Will children still be offered specialist classes?
A: Students will remain in their cohort classroom groups for specialist classes. Specialist Teachers will travel to the classroom to provide instruction.
 
Q: Will children be offered P.E. or recess time?
A: Yes, This will be a different type of schedule as there will only be one class at a time going to P.E. and not everyday. Families are strongly encouraged to allow children time on the Remote/Virtual Friday for physical activity, outdoor activities, and play. Teachers will be developing schedules for their recess plans. 
 
Q: Can my child bring a lunch box to school?
A:  It is recommended to pack lunches in a plastic or paper bag so it can be easily disposed, but your child can bring a lunch box if you want.