After nearly a year of virtual learning, Alexandria City Public Schools began the process of returning students to the classroom with a hybrid learning plan that began on March 2. At Mount Vernon Community School, 63 percent of the staff have returned for the hybrid learning model that separates students into two groups for alternating in-person classes two days per week.
As per the Alexandria Gazette Packet, “Nine-year-old Luis Aleman was excited to return to school for the first time in a year. “It’s been tough studying at home all year,” Aleman said. “I have two siblings who don’t let me do anything so it’s good to be back here,” Aleman said that the students are staying six feet apart, washing their hands, and practicing social distancing. “For recess, we walked around the school building,” Aleman said. “We can’t play on the playground because it’s not social distancing.”