Say for example they said to me now we want you to open for 50 per cent of students in September, I could manage that. Cllr Brading said: "Our services for young children and school improvement team have been working with Island schools and early years settings to help providers and schools prepare for wider opening. Read more Schools will continue to reopen in phases but one headteacher has asked for clarity. 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.”. As a subscriber, you are shown 80% less display advertising when reading our articles. In the second option, fall and spring sports would switch seasons. Previously, school officials announced four instructional options — full virtual school, an alternating schedule, a four-day week or a regular five-day week with virtual learning available. According to Headmaster Mark Munford, class sizes in grades K-7 will be limited to 18 students in an effort to adhere […] Secondary schools on the Island are now planning for some part time face to face contact with young people in Year 10 from June 15, follow latest government guidance. The Isle of Wight Council has said that every educational setting which opens from Monday, June 1, will have undertaken a thorough health and safety risk assessment to identify the measures they will need to have in place to reduce the risk of spreading infection. Ralph Northam’s reopening plan generally, but the school guidelines allow schools to go more slowly. 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. When asked for specifics, he indicated the school was not yet ready to release its transportation plan and was still working on plans for reopening its cafeteria. “I’m just asking for your forgiveness.”. The VHSL Executive Committee is expected to make a final decision on the matter on July 27.. Munford hopes to release detailed reopening plans to parents by the end of July. The board’s decision affects about 5,500 students and 700 full and part-time employees. Superintendent Dr. Jim Thornton explained the reasoning behind the grade level-based plan. She also said some parents are hoping for a return to classrooms for the wrong reasons. “What we don’t know yet is how the mitigations and physical distancing will work in a school setting.”. 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. "Resources, experiences, and approaches are being shared across education settings, giving school leaders a wealth of information and support, which has helped them to make the best decisions to support their school community. The meeting was also live on social media. "They just need to send out a clear message, there doesn’t appear to be much strategy at all and therefore I can’t plan because until I know what the parameters are, it is impossible for me to know. Parents and carers are advised to follow the information they receive from their education setting about the arrangements, including those for the home to school journey, that will be in place from Monday. Transportation and lunches, however, will require some “out of the box” thinking, the headmaster said. "Schools have also been asked not to incur additional staffing costs. Isle of Wight County Schools will host informational meetings on the reopening plan on Monday, Aug. 10, at 6 p.m. at Georgie D. Tyler and Tuesday, Aug. 11, at 6 pm Westside Elementary. The board still kept a hybrid option for preschoolers through third-graders when schools open Sept. 8, making it one of only a few districts in eastern Virginia that will let students back in buildings. The program offers Adult Basic Education (ABE), English Language Learner (ELL), and GED® classes. "Right now, we are delighted to have our Year 10 pupils back, but we are also looking ahead to the next phase. School boards in Norfolk, Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Virginia Beach, York, Southampton Gloucester and Williamsburg-James City County have all voted to start the year virtually. | 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 ... 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. The council spokesperson went on to say: "Children cannot be accommodated in groups larger than 15 though and therefore staffing is a limiting factor. 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. | Add your comment, Published 3:13 am Wednesday, July 8, 2020. We do not moderate comments, but we expect readers to adhere to certain rules in the interests of open and accountable debate. Almost three months after schools were closed, a small number of pupils are allowed back on-site — at primary level, children cannot be in groups larger than 15 and at secondary schools, only 25 per cent of Year 10 are allowed on the site at any one time. Parents must decide by Aug. 10 what they want to do. Most districts in Hampton Roads have made the choice to start the year online. 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. And many are casting ballots early. 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. “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. These adverts enable local businesses to get in front of their target audience – the local community. Matt Jones covers Peninsula education. The meeting started with a statement from Wilson. Any student-athlete with a temperature above 100.4 degrees should not be allowed to participate and should be sent home immediately. The vote for the new hybrid plan was unanimous. Tynes expressed concern about the prevalence of the virus locally and said she doesn’t want school officials to have to send condolences to the families of any student or staff member. SCHOOLS on the Isle of Wight are set to open their classroom doors next week to more children. We are an institution of learning. At about 220 years old, the Carrollton House continues to stand the test of time. ", "I appreciate it is unusual circumstances but all schools are after is a little bit of clarity. Unfortunately, in some schools it will not be possible to accommodate all children in all priority year groups while adhering to the national guidance, mainly due to school and classroom sizes presenting logistical problems. 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. With so many unknowns and variables related to reopening schools during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, “we have to have these plans because we don’t know what the state is going to do,” Thornton said at a July 1 school board meeting called to publicly discuss the survey results and the division’s plans for the 2020-2021 school year. Data is clear: the more you put individuals together, some students will get sick, and some staff will get sick,” Thornton said. There have been questions over whether, due to the need for two-metre social distancing, other buildings can be used by schools. This includes minimising contact by having smaller class sizes and avoiding mixing between groups. Before voting, all five members of the board, who met publicly in person and socially distanced at Westside Elementary School, discussed what factors were influencing their decision. The Isle of Wight Council said the safety of pupils and teachers is the number one priority and is asking all schools to follow government guidance. Isle of Wight County School Board Approves Fall Reopening Plan for 2020-2021 School Year. ISLE OF WIGHT Co., Va. – Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Isle of Wight County School Board is now going to vote on rescinding a decision that was made on July 30 for reopening schools.