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Update and Survey from ACPS Superintendent, Dr. Bond

June 12, 2020


Families and Students of Augusta County Public Schools,


I want to personally say “thank you” for your dedication and commitment to finishing the 2019-20 school year strong during this never imagined time for education.  Course work for grade completion or credit towards a diploma continued remotely for over two months. Parents, guardians, and sometimes older siblings have taken on the duties of helping with continuity of learning, and some of you graciously volunteered to help deliver food to our families in this time of need.  You are to be commended for your diligence in finishing the school year and continuing to help our students as well as others in your community.


As we begin our summer break, Augusta County Public Schools (ACPS) received guidelines on Tuesday, June 9th from Governor Northam, Virginia Department of Health (VDH) and the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) regarding the guidelines and plan for opening the 2020-2021 school year.  ACPS established a “reopening” task force several weeks ago, with the goal of being prepared when the Governor released his plan.  The task force has been discussing several possible scenarios for the fall reopening and within each of those possible scenarios, they focused on the following areas: instruction, scheduling, safety & wellness, operations, finance, personnel, professional development, technology, transportation, school nutrition, extracurricular activities, and social and emotional learning.


The task force and staff are taking into account the phase-in approach and social distancing requirements released by the Governor and the VDH on Tuesday.  In the Governor's Phase III Plan, schools will be allowed to open with a six-foot social distancing requirement.  With that requirement, staff and the task force are continuing to explore several options including, but are not limited to, in-person instruction,  distance learning, and/or a possible hybrid approach of both (alternate day schedule).


As part of this exploration, it is imperative that we receive as much data as possible in order to plan over the next several weeks and to allow the school board to make informed decisions by their June 25th school board meeting.  One major task we ask of you is to complete the Parent Survey found at this link.   Please complete this short survey by June 17th so we can include your information.


Please know that any plan we implement will adhere to the VDH guidance and procedures to ensure the safety of our students and staff.  Along with safety procedures, ACPS has also started adjusting the pacing guides and creating learning modules to prepare for the new school year.

 

There are many logistics to consider and the school board, task force, administrators and teachers will continue to work through the possible scenarios to meet the needs of our students and staff. Your continued professionalism, flexibility, dedication, and skill set is needed now more than ever as we embark on a new and unique 2020-2021 school year. 


Please stay safe while you enjoy time with your family and friends as we head into the summer months.


Respectfully,



Dr. Eric W. Bond

Superintendent

 

Eric W. Bond, Ed. D.
Division Superintendent
Augusta County Public Schools
18 Government Center Lane
Verona, VA 24482
Phone # (540) 245-5110
Fax # (540) 245-5115