PWCS announces 2021-22 Learning Plan
Posted on 05/06/2021
Students and staff in bus loop 2021-22 Learning Plan

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When is the first day of school?
The first day of school is August 23, 2021.
How many days a week will students attend?
  • All students will attend school five days a week Monday-Friday.  
  • Virginia state law requires school divisions to provide in-person learning to all students five days a week, and that school boards may provide a virtual option during the pandemic.
  • The Prince William County School Board further directed that a 100 percent virtual option be provided to students at all grade levels.
What will the bell schedule look like?
Exact times will be communicated by each school before the first day and will vary by school.

View Preliminary Bell Schedules for 2021-22 - Subject to Change

Will there be a virtual option?
  • All students will be considered in-person unless their parent/guardian opts-in to virtual learning. Virtual learning attendance requirements will be different for 2021 new school year including having a camera on.
  • Virtual students will be grouped with other virtual students to the extent possible and may be grouped across schools. Additionally, virtual students may be enrolled into classes through Virtual Virginia and Virtual Prince William.
  • Please note not all classes may be available virtually (such as certain hands-on CTE classes). 
  • School counselors and schedulers will work with students on individual schedules.
If my child starts virtual can they change to in-person?
Per VDOE guidance, PWCS must allow any virtual students to transition seamlessly to an in-person setting at any point.
Will concurrent teaching occur?
  • Concurrent teaching (students in-person in the classroom, some at-home virtual) will be eliminated to the greatest extent possible.
What will be the health mitigation requirements?
PWCS will follow the orders of the Governor, Virginia Department of Health (VDH), and Virginia Department of Education in effect at that time. The following are current planned mitigations and subject to change:
  • Classrooms — physical distance to the greatest extent possible with a minimum of three feet; face coverings may be required pending guidance from CDC and VDOE at the start of the school year
  • Buses — students will share seats, and all passengers will be expected to wear face coverings pending guidance from CDC and VDOE
  • Cafeteria — students will be distanced according to guidance from CDC and VDOE at that time
  • Quarantine may occur — requiring impacted students to have concurrent teaching during that time.
Will students receive technology?
All students will be provided a laptop and will have access to free internet at-home if needed.
Will school-aged child care be available?
Before and after school child care will be available via AlphaBest. Registration information is available on the AlphaBest website
Will COVID-19 vaccines be required for students to attend?
Currently, COVID-19 vaccines are not required for students.