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Frequently Asked Questions: Transition from K-6 Virtual Program to In-Person Learning

Will there be a virtual learning option for students in kindergarten through 6th grade for the second semester?

No, the K-6 virtual learning program will end on Friday, January 28 and all students in these grades will transition to in-person learning. 

Why is PGCPS not offering a full-year virtual learning program for students in grades K-6?

Virtual learning for students in grades K-6 was always designed to be temporary in nature due to the unavailability of the COVID-19 vaccine at the start of the school year for children under age 12. From the beginning, PGCPS shared that temporary virtual learning would end once a COVID-19 vaccine became widely available for children given the benefits of in-person learning particularly for younger students. 

PGCPS offers a full-time virtual learning option for students in grades 7-12 at the Online Campus.  Is this an option for students in grades K-6?

No. The PGCPS Online Campus for students in grades 7-12 is a small specialty program designed for students who want a more independent and flexible learning environment; it was not created to address in-person learning concerns due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This application-based, non-traditional program has specific GPA and attendance criteria in addition to a selection process similar to other full-time PGCPS specialty programs. PGCPS does not plan to expand the Online Campus to younger grades.

What are my options if my student is immuno-compromised and I am not comfortable sending them back to in-person learning?

For students with medical conditions, PGCPS offers Home and Hospital Teaching services, which is temporary instructional support to medically qualified students. It does not replicate classroom instruction or virtual learning. Full-time home and hospital students receive a minimum of 6 hours of instruction. 

What are my options if my student lives with an immuno-compromised family member in their household?

Students who live with immuno-compromised family members are still expected to attend school in-person. Home and Hospital Teaching services are only available for students who qualify with medical conditions themselves, not family members. 

What if my student does not qualify for home and hospital teaching services but I am still not ready to send them back to in-person schooling?

Parents who are not ready to send their children to in-person school may consider homeschooling, which is regulated by the state. Please note that students who participate in homeschooling do not have access to any of the educational resources provided to students enrolled in public school. Instead, families are responsible for providing materials and delivering instruction.  

What happens if I do not select homeschooling and do not send my student to in-person learning?

Children between the ages of 5 and 18 are mandated by state law to attend school regularly during the academic year. Students who do not attend in-person learning will be referred to their School Support Team (SST) for intervention. For more information, please review PGCPS Administrative Procedure 5113 on Student Attendance, Absence, and Truancy

Do I have to send my student to in-person learning even if they will not be receiving the COVID-19 vaccine?

Yes. We encourage all students to get vaccinated. However, even unvaccinated students must return to in-person schooling.

How will PGCPS ensure the safety of students while attending in-person learning?

Student safety is our highest priority. PGCPS has taken a range of preventative safety measures, including mandatory mask-wearing for all students and staff, while engaged in in-person learning.

What is the return to in-person learning date?

All students in grades K-6 will begin in-person learning on Monday, January 31. Schools will be contacting families between now and then to prepare for this transition. 

Will transportation be provided for my student?

Yes, all students that reside outside the non- transport zone will be provided transportation.

Where can I access the PGCPS school transportation schedule?

Infofinder

https://www.infofinderi.com/ifi/?cid=PGCPS5UR2GLJ6U

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