Spotsylvania School Board sticks with plan to begin hybrid model in October | Education

In response to the speakers, Abuismail questioned the effectiveness of face coverings in stopping the spread of the virus and said the decision to wear a mask or not should be entirely up to the individual.

“If people would put their faith in God instead of a mask or a piece of fabric, things would be a little better,” he said.

Marc Broklawski, a Spotsylvania parent affiliated with Safe Spotsy Schools, said more tests need to be administered to determine the true prevalence of COVID-19.

“We’re averaging 150 tests in a county with a population of 136,000,” Broklawski said. “That doesn’t tell what’s really happening.”

Kathleen Taylor, a Spotsylvania teacher, said if the division requires teachers to return when they don’t feel safe, many will choose to quit, exacerbating an existing teacher shortage. She said a classroom with COVID-19 mitigation procedures in place will not look like a traditional classroom

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Spotsylvania supervisors debate funding for school laptops | Education

School officials consider the laptop expenses to be COVID-19 related, but instead of using a share of federal funding, they are now forced to ask supervisors for county money to cover the cost.

County schools were awarded $2.385 million in federal CARES funds. Private schools in the county were given nearly $133,000 of that funding.

According to a School Board presentation, the school system plans to use its CARES funds to help cover just more than $2 million preparing schools and buses, while $250,000 is slated to help with staff child care and $100,000 is set aside for “internal services.”

Baker said the school system provided 2,000 laptops to students for distance learning at the end of last school year, but said more students will need the devices.

He and other officials also told supervisors of the School Board’s plan to use bonds to provide Chromebook laptops for all students.

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New Mobile Hotspots Get Funding For Spotsylvania School Students

SPOTSYLVANIA COUNTY, VA — Spotsylvania County Public Schools partnered with renewable energy company sPower and other companies and organizations on creating 16 mobile hotspots for the new school year.

In July, sPower issued a challenge grant to fund five mobile hotspots and worked to raise funds for an additional five. Akamai Technologies, Etsy and Kimley-Horn, which are three of sPower’s partners in the Spotsylvania Solar Energy Center, supported the effort.

The Spotsylvania Education Foundation donated funds for one mobile hotspot, and Atlantic Builders donated funds for five mobile hotspots. Since July, individual donors have contributed more than $1,000 toward the effort, the public schools system said.

“We greatly appreciate the support of our community partners and especially thank sPower and Atlantic Builders who have taken the lead in this initiative by supporting five mobile hotspots each,” Dr. S. Scott Baker, SCPS superintendent, said Monday in a statement.

Based on current

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