On Thursday, March 12, the Loudoun County Public School (LCPS) board decided to close the schooling and all extracurricular events through March 20. On Monday, March 16, the board then decided to close schools indefinitely, but at a minimum of until April 10. The decision was in hopes of containing the current virus and stop the potential spreading within the schooling system.
Decisions about instruction are being decided in the near future, but various classes are continuing previously assigned projects and schoolwork through online submissions. Teachers are using Google Classroom and other online classroom sites to provide updates for each student’s specific classes.
The closure of LCPS is not only changing the immediate learning of students around the county, but is also altering preparations for end of year standardized testing such as AP tests and SOLs.
“It’s going to be difficult to adjust to having online classes because we are preparing for some of the most important exams of our high school career,” junior Ashley Yoo said.
A potential reopening of schools might occur on April 13, based on situation at that time frame in order to keep the students of Loudoun safe.
Updates on the situation can be found on the LCPS home page as well as the Health and Human Services website on Loudoun County website (https://www.loudoun.gov/5307/Coronavirus).
To avoid catching a virus, ensure to stay at home if you feel symptoms of illness, practice social distancing, avoid large gatherings and wash hands frequently.