Update: July 8, 5:09 p.m.
Loudoun County Public Schools families will now have until 8 a.m on July 15 to choose whether children will attend classes in the fall through a hybrid or distance-learning model, division officials said Wednesday afternoon.
The new deadline is two days later than the original July 13 deadline and was changed "to allow more time for families to evaluate the options available," according to LCPS.
Original report: July 6, 6:09 p.m.
Parents and guardians of students enrolled in Loudoun County Public Schools must choose whether their children will subscribe to a hybrid- or distance-learning model in the fall by July 13 at 8 a.m., according to a Monday email to LCPS families.
During its lengthy meeting last week, the Loudoun County School Board endorsed the implementation of a learning model under "Phase 3" reopening in Virginia in which most students will spend two days per week in physical attendance and three days at home, though families can opt out in favor of a 100% long-distance option.
"This will be a binding choice for the first semester of the 2020-2021 school year, from the first day of school until January 15, 2021," LCPS Public Information Officer Wayde Byard wrote.
The July 13 deadline is three days later than the original proposed deadline of July 10, which officials had announced during last week's board meeting.
Attached to Monday's email is a 16-page document delineating important information about the return to classes in the fall, including further details of the two learning models, assessment and grading practices, student and staff safety measures, transportation restrictions and other factors to consider when choosing between hybrid and distance learning.
To select an option, parents and guardians are asked to log into ParentVUE, select the "Student Info" menu item, and click on the "Edit Information" button. Via the "Distance Learning Option" drop-down menu, users should then select their desired option then click on the "save changes" button farther down the page.
Per Byard, parents and guardians are required to repeat this process for each child enrolled in LCPS. More information on how to make this selection is available on the LCPS ParentVue website at lcps.org/Page/230311.
The division has also scheduled a virtual town hall meeting for Wednesday from 5:30 to 7 p.m. to help families learn more about the learning options. Community members can submit questions in advance of the event by filling out an online form at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc0xAzMkf64NwT8ACZL8_FsrTn--bBKTaBZAQOK4EDZWeMYLA/viewform, and the event will be available to watch live at lcps.org/Page/140009.
"We appreciate that these choices create unique challenges for the entire community, and LCPS would prefer to provide 100% in-person learning for all students if it could be safely delivered," Byard wrote in closing. "We will continue to work to be prepared to shift to an approach that involves more in-person learning for more students as public-health conditions allow."