On Tuesday night, August 5, new Colonial Beach Superintendent Kevin Newman announced to a crowd of approximately 100 the option that the school system has chosen to pursue regarding the relocation of the elementary school students.
During his presentation, Newman outlined the three options that the school division had been considering which were: share the Colonial Beach High School campus, alternating days, and split days for elementary and high school students and staff. As he proceeded through the description of options, he highlighted the pros and cons of each choice.
The option finally chosen was to share the high school campus because it allowed for school to start on time; it did not affect the overall school calendar; student schedules won’t have to be changed when they transition to phase 2 of the move; and parents would not have to deal with fluctuating daycare plans. The biggest problems with this choice were that the high school students could not use the lockers, the elementary students would have to eat breakfast and lunch in the classrooms, and physical education would have to be held in the classroom during inclement weather. Since the phase 1 period was only going to be four to six weeks long, it was felt that this was the best option. The teachers were consulted and they agreed to do this.
To alleviate parent/guardian concerns, Newman had school officials take those in attendance on a tour of the school to see where the elementary classrooms would be and how they would be separated from the high school students. Essentially, the elementary students will be taking over the science wing of the high school and once the students have arrived at the school, gates would be put up to cordon off the elementary students from the high school students so that there would no interaction between the two during the day. The youngest elementary students would be using the former middle school pod that sits outside and to the back of the high school as well as the old pre-k trailer.