Given the Delta variant, will APS revert back to the hybrid model – at least for students under 12 not eligible for vaccination?

posted September 14

APS, like every school division in Virginia, is required by law (SB 1303) to provide in-person instruction for, at least, the minimum required instructional hours. That cannot be accomplished with hybrid schedules. It also stipulates that school divisions must offer in-person learning consistent with public health guidelines. Current CDC and VDH guidance recommends full in person instruction with mitigation measures in place. APS will continue to watch health data to stay informed of changing conditions to adapt our in-school procedures where necessary. We know students benefit from in-person learning and continue to implement prevention measures to keep schools open and as safe as possible. With most of our staff fully vaccinated, required masks for all, and proven effective mitigation measures in place, we can safely maintain in-person instruction during the 2021-22 school year. This is our priority. We all play an important role in creating the environment that supports five days a week of in-person instruction.