K-12 Learning to go Virtual 1st Quarter

K-12 Learning to go Virtual 1st Quarter
Posted on 07/30/2020
covid-19 update

July 30, 2020


Last night, the Board of Education voted to conduct all K-12 academic programs virtually for the first quarter of the school year. As we have stated regularly, our plans for the Fall of 2020 have been constantly evolving based on the latest information regarding the pandemic. Since our last communication, we have been in ongoing communication with health officials while we’ve reviewed feedback from our community and collaborated with other area districts.


The number of positive COVID-19 cases continues to rise in our region. In order to ensure we are doing everything we can to protect our students, staff, and families from this pandemic, we have made the difficult decision to begin the school year completely virtually. Virtual learning will take place for all of the first quarter, but we will continue to evaluate if it is safe to reopen at the beginning of the second quarter.

Additionally, the Board of Education voted to change the first day of student instruction to Thursday, August 27th. While other districts have delayed the start of school until after Labor Day, we feel the additional 3 days to work with teachers and families on the transition to virtual learning will be sufficient in having a successful start to the school year.
The school year will now begin on August 27th and virtual learning will continue through Friday, October 23rd. Prior to this date, the Board of Education will determine if it is safe to have students return to campus at the end of the first quarter.

Brentwood will still offer two academic programs for students. All along, we’ve made plans for possible closures of our traditional, on campus program due to the number of COVID cases. Under our current circumstances and the repeated recommendations of the County Executive to provide virtual learning, the traditional program will be offered virtually at the start of school. Families will still have the option to select full-time distance learning for the semester. The full-time virtual program and its details can be explored on our website


For families who still wish to participate in the traditional program, students will learn virtually with Brentwood educators for the first quarter. Assuming it is safe to return to in-person classes at the end of the first quarter, these students will return to in-person instruction in our buildings with all of our health and safety precautions in place. The full-time distance students will continue their program for the duration of the semester. 


I want to be clear that virtual learning in our traditional program will look different than it did at the end of the last school year. Last year, we were responding to a crisis and our primary goal was to offer a sense of normalcy for students. Looking ahead, our students who are learning at home will have a more structured virtual learning experience with greater tools in place to keep students engaged and learning. To learn more about how virtual learning will look in Brentwood, please click here to visit our website.


We will continue to communicate with you as we approach the start of the 2020-2021 school year. Though the year ahead will look different in many ways, we look forward to serving our families and the entire community. We are committed to fulfilling our mission of seeing each child and supporting them on their individual pathways while keeping our community safe. 


More information will be coming to you shortly, including a form for you to make your selection of traditional program or full-time distance program.


Thank you for your patience and understanding.


Your partner in education,


Brian Lane
Superintendent




Important Links

2020-2021 Re-Entry Planning

Traditional Program During School Closures

Full Time Distance Learning Program

Academic Program Comparison


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