School Board Q&A Regarding 2020-2021 Reopening

  • Options for re-opening school in school year 2020-2021 were presented to the City of Manassas School Board on July 8, 2020. Listed below are questions from the School Board members and answers from the MCPS staff. You may filter questions by tag (topic) on the right-hand side of the screen.

    Click here to download a copy of the Task Force Reopening SY 2020-2021 presentation, which was presented to the City of Manassas School Board on July 8, 2020.

  • Can our existing bandwidth support all students, teachers, staff working online?

    Posted by Dave Lyon on 7/14/2020

    AnswerYes. With all students, teachers, and staff working in the buildings online, we expect to have adequate bandwidth following the Internet circuit upgrade completed at the beginning of this month.

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  • I am making the assumption that in the hybrid model, all of our buildings will be able to accommodate a safe 6 ft distance in classrooms and hallways in both the 25% and 50% option. Is that correct?

    Posted by Dave Lyon on 7/14/2020

    AnswerYes

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  • Why wait for tech pick-up? Could it be accelerated? What would the impact and benefit be?

    Posted by Dave Lyon on 7/14/2020

    AnswerWe do not expect the computers to be ready before the start of the school year. Supply chain product shortages have been ongoing. MCPS is currently waiting on repair parts for existing laptops and the new Chromebooks (Grades K-2) to arrive at the vendor in order to begin being configured. IT staff continues to perform software updates and security configuration changes to all computers for students in grades PreK and 3 through 12.

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  • Can we test all staff for Covid anti-bodies to see who is at less risk?

    Posted by Dave Lyon on 7/14/2020

    AnswerWe have not explored that option at this time. We have posted COVID-19 Testing Sites in the NOVA area on the Benefits website to assist employees that may want / need to be tested. 

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  • What is "proper justification" to not wear a mask? What level infraction would a second offense be?

    Posted by Dave Lyon on 7/14/2020

    AnswerA proper justification would be if the student or employee has a documented medical condition whereby the physician has written a note to this effect.

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  • How do we measure success in any of the non 100% options?

    Posted by Dave Lyon on 7/14/2020

    AnswerIndividual teachers will be measuring student learning at the classroom level based on how they demonstrate their knowledge of the course standards. Principals will be observing and evaluating teacher performance at the school level using the teacher evaluation tool. Central office staff will contine to evaluate programs and adjust to meet the school level needs. In a virtual format, some of our metrics may change in order to gather a more accurate picture of student learning.

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  • Have we considered suspending pre-K for the year?

    Posted by Dave Lyon on 7/14/2020

    AnswerWe have discussed PK , including logistics, and in all of the options we support including our PK students. In many ways, our staff and students in our blended program are familiar with a model that uses both in-person learning and home learning.

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  • Was a hybrid considered that differentiated between elementary (K-4), allowing them more time in class, and conversely more distance learning at higher levels?

    Posted by Dave Lyon on 7/14/2020

    AnswerIt was discussed. Staff felt the options presented were the best to serve our students PK-12.

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  • In regards to Options 2 & 3, how are we complying with state PE requirements? Have they been waived? If waived, what are we doing with staff?

    Posted by Dave Lyon on 7/14/2020

    AnswerPE would still be a requirement in all options presented. Physical education staff will be preparing lessons like all other instructional staff. Students will demonstrate physical activity in a variety of ways and submit that to their teachers. This process is already used at the high school level when students select a virtual PE class through platforms offered at OHS.

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  • In regards to Option 3, 100% virtual, what courses would need to be cancelled for the year?

    Posted by Dave Lyon on 7/14/2020

    AnswerThere are many virtual options available for labs. VDOE has provided resources and our Supervisor of CTE has found additional CTE resources to supplement courses. Staff feels that the majority of courses will be available to students. Staff will review each of the lab based courses and assess to see if the virtual format is feasable. In some cases courses may need to be adjusted.

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