ACPS To Start New School Year With Virtual Classes

Alexandria City Public Schools in Virginia will start the new school year with virtual classes under a plan adopted by the school board. The Alexandria City School Board voted unanimously Friday to adopt the Virtual PLUS+ model, which the school system said is a “comprehensive plan for social, emotional and academic learning and family support.”

According to wtop.com, “The Virtual PLUS+ model, announced by Superintendent Gregory C. Hutchings Jr. on July 31, calls for 100% virtual learning and will provide all students with either tablets or Chromebook laptops. ACPS said the model includes enhanced support in five key areas aimed at “further extending the educational program that is already intended to mirror the traditional school day.” Those areas are social, emotional, and academic supports; technology enhancements; child care options for “our most vulnerable” families; continuation of meal distribution; and a live multilingual phone helpline, according to the school system.”

As per wtop.com, “Students will be graded on completed work and will receive “synchronous lessons in each subject area” four days a week when the school year begins on Sept. 8, according to ACPS. The school system said the technology will be expanded in order for “all students across all grades have devices and internet access” before Sept. 4. ACPS said it will monitor the effectiveness of the Virtual PLUS+ model and “reassess at the end of the first quarter and every nine weeks subsequently.”

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