Monday will be almost a week since Halifax County Public Schools has been operating under a distanced model with much of the student population schooling virtually, and Halifax County School Board plan to meet at the Halifax County Middle School cafeteria at 6:30 p.m. to discuss their reopening plan.
Students started on Sept. 8 after school board decided last month to proceed with full distance learning for the first nine weeks of the school year and take a look again in four weeks to decide where to proceed.
Dr. Jeanie Hawks, director of instructional technology and division testing, told the school board that they’re calling it a “distance model,” because not every child in Halifax County has internet access.
Paper packets have been available for students who need them.
Despite a few hiccups with internet on the first day of school, superintendent Dr. Mark Lineburg said, “everyone’s happy to be back,” and teachers, principals and parents had mostly positive feedback thus far for virtual learning.
Information on employee childcare also is expected to be presented Monday.
According to the school system’s reopening plan currently posted on their website, www.halifax.k12.va.us, the school system offers the following options for those employees who need assistance with childcare for school-aged children at this time:
- Paid leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act;
- Serving distance learning students from a remote location, other than the school building;
- Establishing a modified hybrid schedule for school aged children once some groups of students begin to enter the school building; and
- Partnerships with community childcare facilities.
This reopening plan states these options are in alignment with the U.S. Department of Labor.
The school board also is set to hear a report from Sodexo’s district manager George Higley.
Sodexo has been providing meals for students throughout the coronavirus pandemic and has continued to do so with the return of school.
Beginning Tuesday, meals have been delivered to each student’s bus stop twice per week.
A “meal day” bus schedule that includes dates and times for each bus is available online on the school system’s website.
Meals also are available for pick-up on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Cluster Springs Elementary, Scottsburg Elementary and Halifax County Middle School.
The school board also is slated to complete the following:
w Hear citizen comments from Holly Comer and Barbara Gentry;
w Hear a report on required notifications from assistant superintendent Valdivia Hall;
w Hear a report on a recent auction sale from maintenance director Steve Brumfield;
w Consider appointment of a student representative to the school board;
w Hear a request from Brumfield regarding a maintenance building; and
w Enter into closed session to discuss personnel matters.