CCPS Board Approves Return to Learn Plan

Dear CCPS Family,

For weeks, staff, students, and parents have anticipated the School Board’s approval of the 2020-2021 Return to Learn plan. I am pleased to report that this afternoon’s special called board meeting, the Caroline County School Board approved the VIRTUAL+ instructional delivery model for the first nine weeks (August 24-October 8). After productive deliberation, the Board’s unanimous vote (6-0) reflected their collective commitment to the health and well-being of all students and staff.

While the School Board acknowledges the unified desire for students to return to school in a face-to face environment, the hybrid hurdles outlined in today’s CCPS R2L presentation confirmed VIRTUAL+ as the most feasible and safe option. While this approved recommendation may ease many minds, we recognize the inherent challenges this model may present for others. We want to assure you that CCPS remains invested in working alongside our students and families to develop creative solutions and provide support and resources.

While additional communication will be provided in the coming days and weeks, the following information outlines high-level aspects of the VIRTUAL+ plan:

  1. PK-12 students will participate in virtual instruction from August 24 through October 8.
  2. The VIRTUAL+ model reflects direct teacher instruction (synchronous) on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. Students will engage in asynchronous instruction on Wednesdays, while teachers utilize this day for parent/student communication, remediation, intervention, planning, and CTE lab completion for industry certification.
  3. The VIRTUAL+ delivery model will utilize a structured schedule for synchronous learning with a more flexible asynchronous time period. This will enable parents to support their children with completion of independent assignments/tasks (asynchronous) when most convenient. Attendance will be taken daily (PK-12) and by course at the secondary level (6-12).
  4. Equity populations (+) inclusive of students with special needs (per IEP services), English Language Learners (levels 1-4), and students with no/limited internet service will be eligible to receive instruction at school on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. Families will be contacted to confirm student participation and share logistical details.
  5. The Technology Department will be communicating information related to device distribution (iPads and Chromebooks). If preferred, students will be permitted to use personal devices.
  6. Based on the R2L 2.0 Parent Survey data, CCPS has begun purchasing hotspots to support families without internet access. Distribution information will be forthcoming.
  7. Food Service (breakfast and lunch) will continue for in-person learners as well as virtual students. More information will be provided regarding how families can access meals.

To learn more about the Return to Learn logistics, please take a moment to review the CCPS Instruction Plan. Additionally, we encourage you to visit our R2L website for frequent FAQ updates and VIRTUAL+ information.

Thank you for your continued engagement and support. We look forward to designing developmentally appropriate instructional experiences for every CCPS student.

Sarah Calveric, Ph.D.