Team Chesterfield families and staff,
We continue to monitor guidance from the Virginia Department of Education in light of the state’s historic decision to end in-person instruction for the rest of the school year.
Here are a couple of updates, with the understanding that we need more than 48 hours to work out all of the specific details:
CONTINUITY OF INSTRUCTION
This is in the best interest of our students and their academic careers, as we need to see that our students are adequately prepared for success in subsequent courses. As an example, flourishing in Spanish 2 will be difficult without first experiencing success in Spanish 1.
For the past two weeks, we have provided electronic and hard-copy learning resources that have reinforced what students have learned so far this year. A third round of instructional resources will be distributed next Tuesday (or earlier as delivered electronically by teachers). No materials will be distributed for Spring Break. We want families to enjoy that time to the extent that they can.
The Virginia Department of Education has encouraged school divisions to identify required learning opportunities that had not been delivered at the initial time of closure and develop a plan to offer this missing content to all students. We plan to begin to introduce new work after Spring Break (April 14).
More details to come.
HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATIONS
We remain committed to seeing that the Class of 2020 receives the appropriate recognition that it deserves. What that looks like will depend largely on when restrictions related to large gatherings are lifted in Virginia.
At this time, we are still holding our early-June reservations with Virginia Commonwealth University and Virginia State University. Contingency plans for other graduation ceremony options are being developed in the event that June graduations at VCU or VSU are not possible, including looking at ceremonies early in August or virtual recognition opportunities in the event large groups are still prohibited.
More details to come as soon as we know when restrictions will be lifted.
On Tuesday, Virginia Superintendent of Public Instruction James Lane shared that the Virginia Department of Education was working to ensure that high school seniors on track to earn a diploma later this spring would be able to graduate, despite the closure of schools for the remainder of the year.
VDOE has stated that high school seniors in these categories would be able to graduate on time, despite the early end to in-person instruction:
Flexibility also is available for seniors who have not earned a required career and technical education credential, seniors who have not completed a fine or performing arts course or CTE course, seniors who were unable to complete sequential course requirements, and seniors who have not completed a course in economics and personal finance.
As you can see, Chesterfield County Public Schools continues to work to support our students and their families, including looking at creative options for ceremonies that students have worked hard for 13 years to reach. We’ll continue that work in the coming days and weeks. More details to come!
Stay safe. Stay well.