Reopening DPS

Danville City School Board

Approves Return to Face-to-Face Instruction Plan

Danville, VA – At the regularly scheduled school board meeting held tonight, the Danville City School

Board approved the Return to Face-to-Face Instruction Plan recommended by Dr. Catherine Magouyrk,

Interim Superintendent. In the plan, Dr. Magouyrk’s recommendation called for those students who

selected face-to-face instruction return to the classroom, in a phased approach, beginning Monday,

November 9, 2020.

Phase One of the plan states that students in grades K-3, 6, 9, and 12, and those students in special

education/self-contained classes return to face-to-face instruction on November 9, 2020. Phase Two

states those students in grades 4, 5, 7, 8, 10, and 11 return to face-to-face instruction on November 16,


For students in grades K-3, and students attending the Danville Alternative Program, face-to-face

instruction will take place on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. On Wednesdays, students will

complete school assignments at home.

Students assigned to the Extended Day Alternative Program will attend face-to-face on Mondays,
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.

Students in grades 4-12 will be divided into two groups, Group A and Group B, and attend face-to-face two
days a week. Group A students attend face-to-face instruction on Mondays and Thursdays and complete school assignments at home on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Group B students attend face-to-
face instruction on Tuesdays and Fridays and complete school assignments at home on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.

Division-wide guidelines for the face-to-face return include:

• All students will have their temperatures taken daily as needed.

• All students will wear masks in schools and on buses. Gaiter masks (neck masks), masks with

vents, and bandanas are not allowed. Masks must cover noses and fit properly.

• All students will practice social distancing.

• All students will wash their hands or use hand sanitizer when using the restroom or whenever

directed by the teacher.

• All students will behave and follow the Student Code of Conduct and safety guidelines for the face-

to-face environment.

• All classroom doors of face-to-face classrooms will remain open to increase ventilation.

• All students will eat in the classroom with their teachers.

• Individual schools will develop their own face-to-face guidelines that are directly applicable to the


“Community engagement has been key in this decision-making process,” stated Cobbs. “Over the last
three weeks, school board members and Danville Public Schools staff facilitated 26 meetings with parents, teachers, and students at every school to hear comments, concerns, and suggestions about the return to face-to-face instruction. We listened and have incorporated your suggestions into this plan.”

The October 15, 2020 school board meeting can be viewed at 10-15-20 Board Meeting

Danville Public Schools 
makes decisions in regard to health and safety in close partnership with local health officials and is consistent with guidelines promulgated by the Virginia Department of Health. Follow the link below to review daily local COVID data.

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