The long-awaited decision has been made! Prince William County Schools will continue to open starting February 25 and 26 for 4th, 5th, and 6th and 9th grades. For 6th graders it will be their first day in middle school, so to have them in the building by themselves will give opportunity for teachers to orient them to life as middle schoolers! The same applies to 9th graders who will be just entering high school.
March 2 and 3 will see 7th, 8th, 10th -12th grades return to their classrooms. So, all students who wish to have in-person learning will have that opportunity. If they want to remain virtual, they just need to notify their school. As well, students who had opted for virtual may change their status to in-person, too. Specific bell and bus schedules are subject to change.
This schedule had been approved by the school board at their January 12 meeting. They voted on it again Wednesday (February 17) in order to be definite about their proposal. Dr. Walts also put forth an adjusted Return to Classroom schedule that would have brought the last group of students into the buildings early in April. Though his plan was discussed, the fact that the Board accepted its own former proposal by a 5-3 vote nullified the need to vote on Walts’ alternate schedule.
Chairman Lateef said that the public has been preparing for reopening according to what the board proposed in January. Students have planned on it. School principals included virtually at the meeting said they are prepared to open whenever they’re given the go-ahead, so the Board’s vote was reasonable.
That means that next week, February 25 and 26 more students reenter the classroom. Settled at last! Our students matter and take precedence. Good job, School Board!
— Posted by Tom Salmon for Doris, a fellow member of the Prince William and Manassas Family Alliance