- Loudoun County calls the self-taught days "Asynchronous Learning Days."
Worker shortages in the professions of teaching, health care and first responders are reaching critical stages in some areas.
Loudoun County, Virginia public schools are asking students to teach themselves "remotely, on their own schedules" during two days the first week of November due to the "ongoing shortage of classroom and transportation substitutes."
The school system has given the self-teaching, lack of in-class instruction days a name: "Asynchronous Learning Days."
Parents will have to go to school to pick up any school breakfasts and lunches on those days.
You can read the Loudoun County Public School announcement below:
Our focus at LCPS continues to be on delivering education to students in-person; however, if something impacts our ability to deliver on this focus, we want to be proactive so families may plan. We have taken a close look at how the ongoing shortage of classroom and transportation substitutes may impact school operations during the week of November 1-5. During that week, there are two instructional days, a teacher work day where students are off and two holidays where schools are closed.
In preparation for anticipated substitute coverage shortages during that week, the two instructional school days on November 3 and 5 will now be asynchronous learning days. Students will accomplish assigned school work remotely, on their own schedules. Teachers will use these two days as planning and work days. School meals will be provided onsite for pick up on Wednesday, November 3, and Friday, November 5.
There is no change to the published calendar/schedule other than November 3 and November 5.
The full schedule beginning October 28 is as follows:
Thursday, October 28 - Regular school day as scheduled
Friday, October 29 - STUDENT HOLIDAY (County-wide Staff Development)
Monday, November 1 - STUDENT HOLIDAY (Planning/Records/Conference Days)
Tuesday, November 2 - STUDENT/STAFF HOLIDAY
UPDATE: Wednesday, November 3 - Teacher Planning Day / Student Asynchronous Learning Day
Thursday, November 4 - STUDENT/STAFF HOLIDAY
UPDATE: Friday, November 5 - Teacher Planning Day / Student Asynchronous Learning Day
Thank you for your patience as we all work together during this time of ongoing challenges to help our students learn.
Scott A. Ziegler, Ed.D.