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Virtual day’ set for schools

By Ken McLemore/Hope Public Schools, 10/27/20 7:49 AM

HOPE – The Hope Public Schools will observe a “Virtual Day” on Friday this week in keeping with the academic calendar for 2020-2021.

Students and teachers will not be on campus throughout the district during the day Oct. 30 and will work from home. The concept of “virtual” days has been incorporated into the calendar for dates including Oct. 30, Nov. 23-24, Feb. 15, and March 19.

The concept is intended to aid remediation for students and lesson planning for teachers, who now deal with both on-site and online students.

“Virtual Friday” will, however, become a regular feature of the academic year beginning Nov. 6 and will continue through Dec. 18, at which time it will be evaluated by district administration.

The “Virtual Friday” concept was adopted by the Hope Public Schools Board of Education in its Oct. 19 meeting to provide a weekly “virtual instruction day” to accommodate teacher workloads outside of regular class days created by the bifurcated on-site/virtual system used because of the COVID-19 health crisis.