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Bedford County releases back-to-school plans

Buses at the Austin Independent School District are now equipped with WiFi.
Buses at the Austin Independent School District are now equipped with WiFi. (Austin Independent School District)

BEDFORD COUNTY, Va. – Bedford County released its back-to-school plan Thursday night, and it looks much different from other plans across our region.

Bedford plans to have grades kindergarten to sixth attending class daily, Monday through Friday, with different buildings being used to achieve social distancing.

Meanwhile, the high school plan is very flexible, with only half the students attending at any one time, but all-distance learning and face-to-face learning five days a week is possible too if needed for some students.

Students will start back on three different dates:

  • Pre-K to 3rd Grade (and 4th for those still housed in elementary schools) - August 12
  • Grades 4-6 that are in the middle schools - August 13
  • Grades 7-12 - August 17

The Bedford County superintendent emphasizes these plans could change over the next month.

The district says they will have these guidelines up on their website as soon as they are finalized.