After a full year of virtual learning, Alexandria City Public Schools plans to begin its phased reopening in March, ACPS Superintendent Dr. Gregory Hutchings Ed.D. announced at the Feb. 4 school board meeting. On March 2, students whose parents have opted for in-person learning in kindergarten through fifth grade who are receiving special education services along with English language learners are scheduled to return to campus. According to alextimes.com, "The decision to begin reopening in March also came as Gov. Ralph Northam (D-VA) wrote a letter to Virginia school superintendents saying they must offer in-person learning by March 15, “to prevent irreparable learning loss and psychological damage.” At the school board meeting, Hutchings provided more details on ACPS’s six-week reopening plan." As per alextimes.com, "Part of the six-week plan is for staff members to fill out a return-to-school form that was due Feb. 9. The form allows for staff to indicate if they cannot return due to medical status or personal factors. If teachers decide to return to school, they will be back in the classroom by March 1, Hutchings said."