9.24.2020 New Salem Update Part 2

This video message is part 2 of 2 a two part communication about student re-entry to school at New Salem.  Part 1 addresses students returning two days a week.  Part 2 will address students returning 4 days a week.  

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Beginning on October 26th, all NSES students will have the option to return to school four days a week.  Students will come to school Monday through Thursday.  Fridays will be a remote learning day.  The 4 days a week option is ONLY for students K-5th grade.    

Now...here is the tricky part that everyone needs to be VERY clear on.  When we go to school 4 days a week, there are only two options for families.  Your child can be PLAN A - four days a week face to face, OR Plan D - All virtual.  These options are the same for all students K-5.   

Every parent has the opportunity to pick Plan D, or select to remain on plan D during the window of Sept 25 - October 4th.  So - to be clear - regardless of the plan you are on...if you want your child to be full virtual starting October 26, you need to go to Scribbles from the UCPS website homepage, and select that option during the window of September 25-October 4th.  If you do not complete Scribbles for Plan D, you will automatically be Plan A, and your child will be expected to attend school face-to-face, 4 days a week. If you simply want your child to come to school face to face for 4 days a week starting October 26th you don’t need to take any action at all.  

If you choose Plan D there are a few details that you need to pay close attention to:

  • Plan D is moving to a “remainder of the school year” commitment.  If you pick Plan D...you are staying on Plan D for the rest of the 20-21 school year.  
  • Plan D instruction will be provided by a teacher who is not teaching any students face to face.  That means that it is highly likely that your child would be taught by a teacher from another elementary school in our Piedmont cluster.  

Finally, if the change of going to 2 days a week OR 4 days a week, means that you want your students to ride the bus please call Gina at the front office ASAP so that change can be made.   

Again, please do not hesitate to call the school at 704-296-3175, or me on my cell at 704-219-7980 if you need to ask clarification questions.  We are always happy to help.   


Thank you and have a great day.