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GCS Re-Entry 2020: FAQs

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frequently asked questions

Many frequently asked questions are addressed on pages 19 - 23 in our Re-Entry Plan 2020 which was released on July 31,2020.  The following questions have been presented in addition to those found in the document.  


Will staff and /or students be tested for COVID-19 before school begins?

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (APP), virologic testing is an important part of the overall public health strategy to limit the spread of COVID-19. Virologic testing detects the viral RNA from a respiratory (usually nasal) swab specimen. Testing all students for acute SARS-CoV-2 infection prior to the start of school is not feasible in most settings at this time. Even in places where this is possible, it is not clear that such testing would reduce the likelihood of spread within schools. It is important to recognize that virologic testing only shows whether a person is infected at that specific moment in time. It is also possible that the nasal swab virologic test result can be negative during the early incubation period of the infection. So, although a negative virologic test result is reassuring, it does not mean that the student or school staff member is not going to subsequently develop COVID-19. Stated another way, a student who is negative for COVID-19 on the first day of school may not remain negative throughout the school year.


Should a student stay home if a family member tests positive for COVID-19?

Yes. Per CDC and Greenbrier Health Department guidelines, any immediate family member in the same household as a person who tests positive for COVID-19 should quarantine. 


Are gaiter face coverings acceptable for students to wear?

As long as face coverings have two layers of tightly woven fabric, they will be acceptable. 


Why are middle & high students attending Monday/Thursday and Tuesday/Friday instead of Monday/Tuesday and Thursday/Friday?

We considered this but we feel that it will be academically and social-emotionally more beneficial for students to have an in-person day of instruction then two days of remote learning followed by another day of in-person instruction.  This way, if students need direct assistance, the teacher is there at the first and second half of the week to work with the student in-person.  Consecutive day in-person scheduling only allows for direct assistance from a teacher for one half of the week, leaving the student with up to five days with no in-person connection to their school.  Having fewer days between in-person sessions promotes better student engagement and also allows the school to send home meals on a regular basis.  The health department has advised that the Monday/Thursday plan also provides more time for contact tracing between days in school in the event of an outbreak.  Cleaning and disinfecting are completed daily, not only on Wednesdays.


Can I enroll my child in remote learning for the entire school year?

100-percent remote learning enrollment will be accepted for the first semester and continuation will be evaluated at the end of each mid-term and grading period as we continue to monitor COVID-19 metrics.


Can students switch in/out of Remote Learning if preferences change during the year, and what are the guidelines?

Students will be permitted to move from in-person to remote learning or from remote learning to in-person one time during the school year.  Arrangements must be made with the school principal in advance of changing. 


What is the difference between Remote Learning and Virtual Learning?

Remote learning in GCS allows students and teachers to remain connected and engaged with the content while students work from home.  Remote learning is connected to your child's school and teacher.  Instruction is prepared and guided by your child's school and is consistent with the work being completed by students who are attending in-person.  GCS teachers will provide ongoing feedback and support to remote learners and check-in at least weekly to connect with each student.  Reliable broadband Internet is not necessary for students who learn remotely, as Remote Learning Lessons (RLLs) are downloaded or provided in hard copy in advance.  Remote learners have an opportunity to switch to in-person learning one time during the school year (Plan A/Option 1) by contacting the school principal to coordinate.  Virtual learning, on the other hand, is provided by GCS in partnership with the West Virginia Department of Education Virtual School. WV Virtual instruction is completely online and taught by West Virginia certified teachers as opposed to Greenbrier County teachers. Reliable internet on a device other than your phone, self-discipline, and internal motivation are key to virtual school success. Commitment of one semester is required.  Students enrolled in Virtual School are Greenbrier County students and can participate in co-curricular and extra-curricular activities.  

How do I enroll my child in WV Virtual School?

Applications for first semester 2020-2021 school year are due by August 14, 2020. Please note that Virtual School (WV teachers but not necessarily Greenbrier County teachers) is different from Remote Learning (with Greenbrier County teachers). Please call Nancy Hanna at 304-647-6470 if you have questions.  CLICK HERE to access the WV Virtual School application.


How do I learn more about after school program?

Schools that offer after school programs are planning to offer them from approximately 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m (time may vary based on each school's dismissal time) on the days school is in session.  More information on after school programs and enrollment will be forthcoming from your child's school. These programs are presently scheduled to begin October 1. 

FIND ADDITIONAL DETAILS AND  FAQs IN OUR RE-ENTRY PLAN.


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