Based on guidance from the local VDH- Mt. Rogers District, Ballad Health, and legal counsel, WCPS will open schools on Monday, August 9 under Level 3 of our Fall 2021 Opening Plan due to the circulation of the highly contagious Delta variant in our area. Level 3 of our school opening plan includes universal indoor masking. We will continue to monitor and evaluate our local circumstances and as always we look forward to returning to less restrictive mitigations as soon as it is safe and possible to do so. Changes to our operational plan are always guided by our desire to remain safely open for in-person instruction to our students.