Stage 4 Plan

Key Elements of Stage 4

In Stage 4 of our Return to School plan:

  • ACPS will deliver instruction through a hybrid model, including a combination of face-to-face and virtual instruction, to the majority of students:
    • Students in Grades K-2 will receive four days of face-to-face instruction per week.
    • Students in Grades 3-5 will receive up to four days of face-to-face instruction per week. Staff and capacity limitations may require us to reduce the number of face-to-face learning days for students in Grades 3-5 to two days per week.
    • Students in Grades 6-12 will receive two days of face-to-face instruction per week.
    • All students who return to school for face-to-face instruction will receive virtual instruction on days when they are not in school.
    • All siblings attending school two days per week will be assigned the same face-to-face instructional days.
  • Alternatively, families may elect for their child to participate in a fully virtual learning option, including four days per week of teacher-directed online instruction and one day per week of independent learning.
  • The Extended Day Enrichment Program will operate, but space availability will be very limited due to social distancing requirements and space constraints.
  • Students may participate in athletics or in-person extracurricular activities upon approval. For each sport or activity, schools must submit a plan in accordance with the Virginia High School League (VHSL) guidelines for review and approval by ACPS.

Informational Resources

  • Stage 4 Instructional Planning Guide
    The Stage 4 Instructional Planning Guide is a framework from which teachers can begin to consider and navigate the various instructional opportunities and decisions involved in providing instruction when the division moves to Stage 4.
  • Stage 4 Frequently Asked Questions
    In response to questions that arose during parent and student feedback meetings, the division has addressed frequently asked questions about Stage 4 as they relate to instruction, logistics, planning, safety, and human resources.