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June 17, 2020

Schools’ plan for opening fall term due by mid-July

Click above to watch Fauquier school Superintendent David Jeck’s weekly update.
We’re anticipating having a mixed delivery model, meaning onsite and then virtual, and we want to do a better job with the virtual piece.
— Superintendent David Jeck
By July 13, Fauquier County Public Schools will have a “formal plan” for opening the fall term amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the superintendent said Wednesday.

To help develop that plan, David Jeck in his weekly video update urged parents to complete an online survey the school system will post on its website Thursday.

Mass emails and phone calls also will prompt people to take the survey, Dr. Jeck said.

Classes almost certainly will not start Wednesday, Aug. 12, as scheduled, he has said previously. But, Fauquier’s school board should approve the new schedule within a month.

The Virginia Department of Education must approve each local school system’s plan, with safety the primary goal. The state has issued detailed guidelines, “Recover, Redesign, Restart 2020,” for local leaders.

“There is more flexibility in the plan than we had anticipated,” Dr. Jeck said.

After Fauquier completes its plan and gets state approval, the focus will turn to intense training for teachers, other staff members and interested parents, according to the superintendent.

“We’ll need additional time for training for teachers,” Dr. Jeck added. “We’re anticipating having a mixed delivery model, meaning onsite and then virtual, and we want to do a better job with the virtual piece.”

County schools closed in March as the coronavirus began to spread quickly and started alternative instruction after spring break in April. But, spotty rural internet service and the lack of connected devices for hundreds of students presented great challenges to online instruction.

The school system set up mobile hotspots and distributed more than 300 laptops to help address those needs.

The superintendent again stressed that student and staff safety rank as the top concern.

He urged stakeholders to continue sharing questions and suggestions.

Dr. Jeck on Monday, June 29, will make a presentation to the school board about “the framework” for resuming instruction.

The board two weeks later will consider the formal plan for the education of more than 11,000 students.
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nonewtaxes · June 18, 2020 at 10:56 pm
Yeah, good luck with that.
DonkeyFarmer · June 18, 2020 at 6:54 pm
AmericanPatriot - I had the same question and asked the Police Chief and the School Board. And the answer is yes. If students want to organize a protest, rally, or march, and the Town Warrenton deems transportation necessary for their safety, the school district will provide buses.

Now since the last march collaborated with Black Lives Matter, there is no reason a student-led group could not collaborate with the NRA or the Trump reelection campaign for their rally.

I suggest a group of pro 2nd Amendment or pro-Trump students organize a rally and send the proposal to Town Warrenton and Dr. Jeck for transportation.
AmericanPatriot · June 18, 2020 at 5:43 pm
Will the superintendent provide public transportation for 2nd amendment rallies, and why not?
mnmassie · June 17, 2020 at 9:23 pm
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