Faced with the constantly changing status of the COVID-19 pandemic, Fayette County Public Schools has developed a reopening plan that gives families two options: a “Flexible Model” that allows for a return to in-person instruction when conditions are safe, and a “Virtual Learning Academy” that offers a completely virtual school.
Option 1: Flexible Model
Fayette County Public Schools believes that students learn best when they are in class with their teachers and peers. When we can safely return to face-to-face instruction with appropriate prevention and mitigation measures, we are committed to doing so. Knowing that our district will need to respond nimbly to the fluid nature of this pandemic, our “Flexible Model” gives school and district leaders the discretion to implement one of three instructional configurations that are most appropriate based on current levels of community spread of COVID-19. Under this plan, students may attend school in person, participate in non-traditional instruction, or be divided into smaller groups that rotate between in-person and distance learning in order to maximize social distancing. Public health will determine the safest learning model, based on science, evidence and conditions on the ground.
Based on current infection rates, with widespread community spread, the Fayette County Board of Education voted July 23 to start the 2020-21 school year on Aug. 26 with distance learning.
Option 2: Virtual Learning Academy
Fayette County Public Schools will offer a completely virtual learning option for interested families. Students enrolled in the Virtual Learning Academy will receive daily instruction and interact with teachers on a set schedule. Daily attendance in online classes will be required, as will participation in daily assignments. The level of expectation and accountability will resemble that of the traditional classroom, but it will take place online.