By Ricardo Alfaro
Alexandria, VA – The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted Alexandria’s education system and created many challenges for schools and families. As schools re-open for the 2020-2021 academic year, uncertainty remains around the coronavirus and the projected timeline for a vaccine. We are all faced with difficult decisions going into the school year.
Alexandria City Public Schools has decided to start the school year with a virtual education model. Some private schools, including The Basilica School of Saint Mary, will continue with on-campus education.
There are many questions about both of these approaches, including:
· What are the challenges and risks associated with virtual learning versus on-campus education?
· Are there sufficient resources to educate our community?
· How is the current education environment going to impact children and teenagers in the long run?
On September 21, Agenda: Alexandria will host a virtual panel discussion entitled, “Education during the Pandemic,” to explore these questions and other topics around education during COVID-19. Panelists are:
· Dr. Gregory C. Hutchings, Jr., Superintendent of ACPS
· Daniel Cinalli, Principal at The Basilica School of Saint Mary
· Bridgette Adu-Wadier, senior at T.C. Williams High School
Join Agenda: Alexandria for a livestream session on Monday, September 21, at 12:00 p.m. to engage and learn about this important topic in our community. Please note that speakers are subject to change. To register and get the latest updates, visit agendaalexandria.org.