Alexandria, VA

Facing a consistent barrage of concerned parents asking about reopening plans, Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS) said it will begin posting a weekly update on when the schools will reopen.

In a newsletter, ACPS said it will be holding a weekly review of the COVID-19 data to adjust the timeline for reopening.

ACPS planned to open the schools in January, but Superintendent Gregory Hutchings, Jr. said it’s unclear whether that will happen.

Last fall, around half of the school staff said they would be uncomfortable returning to schools due to health issues, but vaccination of educators starting tomorrow could change that. ACPS said that 59.5% of families expressed a preference for remaining virtual, though this number includes 17% of families that didn’t respond to the survey who were marked down as favoring virtual schooling by default.

According to the newsletter:

ACPS and the Alexandria Health Department (AHD) have developed a reopening decision matrix that combines three main metrics into one chart: community transmission rates, data on positive cases, and levels of school division impact. The goal is to provide this matrix so families can understand our decision making for the phased reentry plan.

This matrix will be posted on the ACPS website and will be updated each Monday with the new metrics. Using the data in this matrix, each Monday ACPS will share an update on our reentry plans on the website homepage. This information will also be shared via ACPS Express in our regular Wednesday edition.

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