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Students slowly return to classrooms in Lynchburg City Schools

Hybrid model involves in-person classes twice a week

School leaders discussed Lynchburg City Schools' "Return to Learn" plan.
School leaders discussed Lynchburg City Schools' "Return to Learn" plan.

LYNCHBURG, Va. – Some students in Lynchburg City Schools returned to the classroom on Tuesday for the first time since March.

The district’s “Return to Learn” plan includes students having the opportunity to attend in-person classes twice a week.

“Today was the first day that we brought back Pre-k-through-two in our hybrid model, so it was the first day of school for those kids even though they had been doing remote learning. Lots of excitement about having them back,” said Dr. Crystal Edwards, superintendent of Lynchburg City Schools.

Edwards said next week, students in grades 3-6 will be coming back to the classrooms.

“Next week, we’re going to bring back third-through-sixth grade. We’re offering in-person instruction for families who want that. And then two weeks after that, on October 27th, we’ll open the doors for our high school students to come back, as well as our 7th and 8th graders," said Edwards.

Edwards led a meeting Tuesday night where the board also voted to give full-time staff members a $1,000 bonus and a prorated bonus for part-time staff for their work during the pandemic.

About the Author:

Tim Harfmann joined the 10 News team in September 2020 and works at the station's Lynchburg bureau.