Update: July 21, 3:02 p.m.
During Tuesday's Loudoun County School Board meeting, Loudoun County Public Schools Superintendent Eric Williams will express administrators' belief that the 2020-2021 school year should begin with 100 percent in-person distance learning "with very limited or no exceptions," according to a newly-added board document.
The information pertaining to the potential change in back-to-school planning originally came at the request of board member Beth Barts (Leesburg District), who posted on Facebook Tuesday afternoon that she no longer plans to make a motion to direct Williams to implement the change.
"Please see the reasons listed, many of which I agree with and have shared concerns about," Barts wrote in reference to the new document, which cites processing time for local COVID-19 tests, insights from school-level planning and other new bits of information as factors into the division's stance.
Williams' presentation will also explain staff's plan to implement the hybrid learning model in stages in the future.
Original report: July 21, 11:40 a.m.
An information item on the agenda for Tuesday's Loudoun County School Board virtual meeting indicates the board may consider starting the 2020-2021 school year with 100 percent distance learning for all Loudoun County Public Schools students with limited exceptions.
Per the agenda item, board member Beth Barts (Leesburg District) requested the board discuss whether to direct LCPS Superintendent Eric Williams to about-face on the division's current plans to implement a hybrid learning model — with a 100 percent distance learning option — under "Phase 3" reopening in Virginia.
Board documents say the proposed recommendation would include exceptions for special-education and English-learning students who would benefit from in-person teaching services.
This provision somewhat resembles Gov. Ralph Northam's (D) guidelines for Virginia schools during "Phase 2" reopening, which, according to LCPS documents, would implement part-time in-person learning for some SPED and EL students, as well as most children in grades pre-K through 3.
Unless otherwise directed, the agenda item is planned to return to the School Board as an action item at its meeting scheduled for Aug. 11, or sooner if a special board meeting is planned before then.
Barts has not responded to the Times-Mirror's request for comment from Monday evening.
The item comes almost a month after the School Board endorsed the division's current back-to-school plans, and roughly a week after LCPS families and teaching staff were asked to indicate whether they wanted to return to classes via the hybrid learning model or distance learning option.
Tuesday's Loudoun County School Board meeting will begin at 4 p.m. and will stream live at lcps.org/Page/140009.