2020-2021 Archive

Return to Hybrid Schedule - November 30th, 2020

This is just a reminder that Alleghany County Public Schools has returned to the hybrid schedule, following the two-week period of all-virtual learning.  Please make note of the New Face Covering Mandate link posted above - all students and staff are now required to wear masks within the building at all times. 

Return to Virtual Learning - November 16th, 2020



Now that we are back to all virtual for the time being, we have begun a new practice that might be confusing to some of you – teachers will be conducting live sessions through Google Meet or Zoom during the class period in order to provide some additional instruction and support.

You need to make every effort to be at these sessions during the specific blocks. Try to follow the block schedule (shown below) as a way to both help you know when sessions might be scheduled, and also to help you organize your day so you can make sure you’re giving each of your classes enough time to get the work done.

Current Block Schedule:

1st Block – 8:30-11:45
2nd Block – 12:00-3:30

3rd  Block – 8:30-11:45
4th Block – 12:00-3:30 (A: 12:00-1:45; B: 1:45-3:30)

2nd Block – 8:30-11:45
1st Block – 12:00-3:30

4th Block – 8:30-11:45 (A: 8:30-10:00; B: 10:15-11:45)
3rd  Block – 12:00-3:30

Here are answers to some questions that are being asked:

Question: What do I do if my teachers for two different classes schedule sessions at the same time?

Answer: Go to the session scheduled for the block you would be in (see the schedule above). The teacher(s) for the other classes will record the session(s) and post them on Echo so you can view them later. Priority goes with the block you would currently be in, regardless of whether you are an A-day, B-day, 4-day, or Virtual student. This is only 2 blocks a day (3 for split blocks).

Question: What happens if I cannot make a live session?

Answer: While you should make every effort to make your live sessions, we know that life and technology issues do sometimes happen. Your teacher will record the session and post it on Echo. Make sure you view it later so that you don’t miss something important.

Question: What if I don’t have internet at home?

Answer: Reach out to your teachers to find out the scheduled class times and ask them for call-in numbers for your sessions. Google Meet and Zoom both support joining a session by calling a phone number, so this is another option. If you’re only able to get online at times where there are no sessions, make sure you catch up on the session recordings posted on Echo for each class, along with the work for your classes.

Question:Are we really going to be graded while we’re all virtual?

Answer: Yes. This has not changed, nor will it change. Your work will be graded whether we are hybrid, completely back in person, or all virtual. There are no “Get out of Fail Free” cards this year – you get what you earn, so make sure you do your work and you communicate with your teachers.

Please make sure you are taking all safety precautions to keep yourself and your families healthy during this time. The sooner we can stop the spread in our area, the sooner we can get back to seeing one another in person again. Take care of yourselves, stay on top of your studies, and always hold on to hope for a brighter, COVID-free future.


We miss you all and look forward to being able to be back in person with you again!


October 29, 2020 at 3:00 pm

Good Afternoon Everyone,

Alleghany High School was informed late in the evening on Wednesday, October 28, 2020, of a confirmed positive COVID-19 case for a staff member at Jackson River Technical Center (JRTC).  Students, faculty, and staff did not report to JRTC on October 29, 2020, in order to allow the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) to conduct thorough contact tracing.  Based on continued guidance from the VDH, the administrations of Alleghany County Public Schools, Covington City Schools, and JRTC have collectively decided that JRTC will reopen on Monday, November 2, 2020; therefore, students will not report to JRTC tomorrow, Friday, October 30. Please be advised that students are to report to Alleghany High School for classes as normal, but JRTC is closed with instruction occurring remotely/virtually from the technical center that day. Again, students must work virtually for their JRTC classes on Friday, October 30th.  Presently, the VDH is continuing with contact tracing, and the JRTC custodial and maintenance staff are continuing to deep clean the facility.

Alleghany High School will remain open on Friday, October 30, and will operate on its normal schedule. JRTC students will report, as they did on Thursday, October 29, to the cafeteria in  the morning after homeroom or tomorrow afternoon based on their schedules. Students who have a morning JRTC class - 4th block, since it is Friday - may report directly to their afternoon class at the high school at 11:45 AM. Students who have an afternoon JRTC class - 3rd block - may check out in the main office after their morning class with a parent note. Please know that Alleghany County Public Schools, Covington City Schools, and JRTC take the safety of students and staff very seriously, and we make all decisions with safety being a top priority. 

Thank you and have a great afternoon,

Dwayne Ross 

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Welcome to the 2020- 2021 School Year!!!!!!!


September 9, 2020,  is a Virtual Day for ALL Students!   We wanted to give everyone a quick reminder to make sure students log in to Echo TODAY! (and each weekday), check in to the Attendance Check-In course for today, and check each of your courses in Echo and/or Edgenuity, along with any JRTC courses you may have on your schedule.  Although we are not going to be in-person today, it does still count as a school day, so make sure to get online and start getting acquainted with your new classes. Students are also reminded to check their email at least 3 times per day because they will be receiving communications from their teachers, counselors, administrators, and other school staff throughout the school year. 

Attendance: Attendance will happen this year for all students, whether virtual or in-person. However, we’ve made it simple. In Echo, there is an Attendance Check-In course that all students will be required to use to do a VERY QUICK daily check-in (including students doing their work on Edgenuity.)

This video gives a basic rundown of how attendance will work this year: 

Echo: All students will need to log into Echo daily at the very least for the Attendance Check-in. Those of you doing virtual classes with the teacher, you’ll be using Echo at least in part for those courses, so check those classes daily and remember to do your work.

If you’ve never used Echo before, or need a refresher, here’s a short video: 

Edgenuity: Those of you taking courses on Edgenuity, you’ll still need to do the attendance check daily on Echo, but otherwise Edgenuity is where you’ll be doing your work. Here’s how to log in:


Username: student email address; Password: lunch number plus 00 (Same as Chromebook and Echo)

Also, we have some short videos we have shared on the AHS website, and we are sharing them with you again, as they address many of the questions we have gotten from students and parents lately: 

How Hybrid Instruction Will Work at AHS

Daily Attendance at AHS (In-Person and Virtual) 

An Introduction to Echo for Students 

An Introduction to Echo for Parents

An Introduction to Google Meet

An Introduction to Zoom Meetings

Information about Behind the Wheel

Guides for Google Apps for Students and Parents

Installing the Echo Viewer App for Smartphones

Technology Issues: If you run into technology issues, you can contact Mr. Canter at or 540-968-2612. His phone will only be available from 8:00 am-4:00 pm Monday through Friday (except holidays).  

Parents who still want their child to go all virtual need to fill out the following form ACPS Remote Learning Flexibility Request (Form) and email the completed form to Dwayne Ross, Principal,

If you have any other issues or questions, feel free to reach out to your teachers, your counselors, or your administrators. We're all here for you!

Have a Great First Day of School!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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