Shortages prompt Loudoun Co. schools remote learning days

Loudoun County Public Schools in Virginia said Tuesday that the “ongoing shortage of classroom and transportation substitutes” has prompted the system to shift two school days to virtual learning.

“In preparation for anticipated substitute coverage shortages during that week (Nov. 1 to 5), the two instructional school days on November 3 and 5 will now be asynchronous learning days,” Superintendent Scott Ziegler said in a letter. “Students will accomplish assigned school work remotely, on their own schedules.”

He said teachers will use the days for planning and work.

Meals will be available for pick up at schools both Nov. 3 and Nov. 5.

Here’s the updated schedule, starting Oct. 28:

  • Thursday, Oct. 28 — Regular school day as scheduled
  • Friday, Oct. 29 — STUDENT HOLIDAY (Countywide Staff Development)
  • Monday, Nov. 1 — STUDENT HOLIDAY (Planning/Records/Conference Days)
  • Tuesday, Nov. 2 — STUDENT/STAFF HOLIDAY
  • Wednesday, Nov. 3 — Teacher Planning Day / Student Asynchronous Learning Day
  • Thursday, Nov. 4 — STUDENT/STAFF HOLIDAY
  • Friday, Nov. 5 — Teacher Planning Day / Student Asynchronous Learning Day

More information is available at the LCPS website.

Will Vitka

William Vitka is a Digital Editor and reporter for WTOP.com. He's been in the news industry for over a decade. Before joining WTOP, he worked for CBS News, Stuff Magazine, The New York Post and wrote a variety of books—about a dozen of them, with more to come.

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