Does APS have a contingency plan in the event schools must close? What would trigger a closure or transition to distance learning?

posted Aug. 11

We are committed to opening our schools for in-person learning and are confident in our mitigation measures. APS, like every school division in Virginia, is mandated to provide in-person learning this fall. If conditions worsen and there is a Governor’s Order mandating schools to close, APS would be required to shift to virtual learning.

APS will not close school buildings and move to fully virtual instruction unless ordered to do so by state government officials. If there is an order to close or reduce capacity, APS will build on the structures and systems implemented in the Spring of 2021 that included a hybrid of in-person and virtual instruction.

APS will continue to watch health data to stay informed of changing conditions to adapt our in-school procedures where necessary. We all play an important role in creating the environment that supports five days a week of in-person instruction.

Students benefit from in-person learning. Safely returning to and maintaining in-person instruction during the 2021-22 school year is a priority.