Gov. Ralph Northam recently announced his plan to reopen Virginia’s schools. It follows the same pattern as his previous announcements -- vague and with little actionable information.

Schools should reopen in phases, but only after getting approval for their plans from the State Department of Education. Schools will be required to follow CDC guidelines, but each system is responsible for coming up with its own plan. Students and staff will be subject to daily health checks, and face coverings will be required.

To meet social distancing restrictions placed on schools by the phased-in standards of the Governor, requires that they either use an all-distant learning method or one where they attend school on a staggered schedule -- while half are at home with distance education support.

Rural areas of the state, such as ours, have very significant restrictions on internet access, and this makes the distant learning portion of this equation very challenging to students.







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