Plans for 2020-2021 School Year

Updated September 18, 2020

As a way to stay in close communication and partnership with Langley families, we will update this page periodically throughout the 2020-2021 school year.  

Key Principles

We recognize the complexity of reopening campus and are committed to the following key principles to guide us: 

  • Remain committed to Langley’s mission, philosophy, and core values 
  • Prioritize student, faculty, and staff health, safety, and well-being over other principles 
  • Recognize the benefits of in-person learning and open campus whenever it is safe and possible to do so 
  • Develop hygiene- and health-related policies that are research-based, clearly communicated, effectively implemented, and diligently enforced
  • Promote practices, policies, and procedures to reduce risk of virus transmission
  • Prepare to be nimble and agile so we can respond to changing health circumstances 


Return to Campus: Fall 2020

Beginning on the first day of school, September 2, 2020, Langley rolled out a staggered return-to-campus plan as follows:

  • September 2: Campus Opens for Preschool through Kindergarten
  • September 11: Campus Opens for Grades 1-2
  • September 18: Campus Opens for Grades 3-4
  • September 25: Campus Opens for Grade 5
  • October 19: Campus Opens for Grades 6-8

This hybrid model allows families the flexibility to select in-person or distance learning, with both options offering students access to attentive teaching, powerful student-teacher relationships, and quality lesson plans.

Planning Task Forces

To guide our thinking and allow us to execute ably and quickly, we’ve formed these groups of experts.  

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Set the policies and procedures to safely and responsibly open school.

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Review and set our budget, including cost management and tuition-related policies.

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Set the policies and procedures so our faculty and staff can safely return to campus and effectively perform their jobs. 

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Set the schedules, staff, tools and systems to deliver quality and flexible teaching and instruction across our academic and REACH programs

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Set the policies and procedures so safely offer  transportation, extended day, athletics and lunch services. 


Phased Approach

Based on the spread of COVID-19 in our area and the guidance of public health officials, Langley has planned a phased approach that allows us to move nimbly across phases in response to evolving health conditions. And, while it is impossible to eliminate all health risks, we can establish and uphold protocols that reduce the risk of spread within each phase.  

Instructional Model

Phase 1: 
Closed Campus

Stay-at-home orders are in place and/or barriers or risks for reopening are too high.  Distance learning

Phase 2: 
Partially Open Campus

Regulations limit the number of students we can have on campus at one time; some families need/want their students to remain home and continue distance learning. Hybrid learning

Phase 3: 
Optional Open Campus

Regulations allow for everyone on campus; high-risk families need students to remain home and continue in distance learning. Hybrid learning

Phase 4: 
Open Campus Only

All students are able to attend school safely with minimal accommodations due to advancements in treatment/vaccine. On-campus learning


On-Campus Risk Mitigation

While it has been stated by health officials that there is no way to eliminate all risk, Langley has developed a COVID-19 Handbook Addendum, a set of policies and procedures for families and employees that are guided by the Virginia Department of Health and the CDC to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19 on campus. The safety of our Langley community is a very important shared responsibility between home and school, and we ask all community members to sign an acknowledgement form indicating that they have read the COVID-19 Handbook Addendum.

  • When students are on campus, we are implementing measures like health screening and temperature checks, hand washing, face coverings, heightened sick and return-to-school policies, six-foot physical distancing of desks, regular cleaning and disinfection, and more.
  • A cohort model allows groups of approximately 10-16 students to stay together in a classroom so that mixing and exposure to broader groups is limited, and any health concerns can be efficiently and effectively traced and managed. We are fortunate to have a campus that allows us to spread out into different spaces, maximizing our square footage in support of these small cohorts. 
  • We are also restricting on-campus gatherings (such as assemblies and parent events) and on-campus visitors.

Learning Models

Instruction at Langley will continue to be inquiry-based, balanced, and student-centered. Regardless of the phase in which we find ourselves, our instructional model will reflect these priorities. 

When providing distance learning, we will rely upon the foundation and design principles that guided us last spring, with the mindset to make additional strides in these areas:

  • Balance between structure and flexibility, including predictable schedules
  • Communication of student progress
  • Connection in small groups, both informal and formal
  • Purposeful live lessons and connectivity
  • Social and emotional learning across the program
Instructional Models



As we move between phases, and based on individual family situations, we will operate in the learning models shown on the right. 

To learn more about the philosophy that guided the development of Langley's distance learning program, and to see distance learning in action during spring 2020, visit our distance learning page.


Planning Timeline: Summer 2020

The summer months were busy as we moved from modeling to detailed plans to the rollout of new policies and procedures for our community. The roles, responsibilities, expectations, and accountability of every member of our community are essential to ensuring our collective health and safety.

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  • Research
  • Data gathering
  • Modeling
  • Procurement of safety supplies begin
DL-timeline July
  • Detailed plan development
  • Instructional schedules build out begins
  • Testing, reviews and feedback
  • Systems, processes and tools build out
  • Policies and procedures communicated
  • Family data collection
  • Community education and expectation setting 
  • Campus and classroom set-up