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Pre-K and Kindergarten kids return to the classroom on Monday

September 30th, 2020 by WCBC Radio

On Monday, October 5  Allegany County Public Schools will begin the implementation of the in-person/hybrid learning model for Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten students.  Students will attend school in-person Monday through Thursday, with Friday being a virtual day.

            Elementary School principals are coordinating orientation meetings for parents on October 1st and 2nd. At that time, parents will be provided with transportation information since specific start and end times vary for students due to the transportation schedules. Parents will also be provided with their child’s in-person learning schedule for their specific grade level as well as with a parent letter, a COVID-19 symptom checklist, and mask requirements and guidelines. 

            Parents have been informed that they have the right to “opt out “of the in-person/hybrid learning model and have their child remain in a virtual learning environment.  As Pre-K and kindergarten students enter school for in-person learning next week, these children who opt out will participate in a “Virtual School” facilitated by a certified teacher.  Any parent who has opted out of in-person/hybrid learning can select to “opt-in” at the end of the nine-week marking period, with start date activation for the next marking period. 

            Central office staff is currently working on logistical details for phasing in Grade 1 students in the near future.  Additional information will be forthcoming once staffing and schedules have been finalized.

            On September 28, 2020, students without Internet connectivity began reporting to schools where they are engaging in synchronous learning via the Schoology Learning Management System.  Juniors from the Career Center (CCTE) also returned to in-person learning in their respective skill areas.

            Please note that hybrid learning structures are subject to change based on health metrics and guidance provided by the Allegany County Health Department. Any changes will be communicated to parents through the ACPS website and Blackboard Notification System.