Coronavirus Information Update – March 18, 2020

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Team Chesterfield families,

The unprecedented times we wrote to you about last week continue.

Chesterfield County schools and school division offices will be closed through at least April 13. At this time, we hope to reopen schools and school division offices on Tuesday, April 14.

Uncharted waters related to COVID-19 require us to make decisions quickly and daily (sometimes more often than that), understanding guidance we are relying on today could be nearly obsolete tomorrow. Since Chesterfield County Public Schools’ most recent school closure announcement, Virginia’s Governor has closed all state public schools, the federal government has recommended that groups gathering be no larger than 10 people, and U.S. cities have gone into lockdown mode.

With these actions in mind and continuing to rely on the current state of emergency declared by the Governor while monitoring guidance from public health experts, we arrived at our updated decision along with other local school divisions. Our closure also means that Chesterfield County Public Schools’ facilities are closed for after-school events, athletic practices/contests, community use, etc.

This decision was not reached lightly, and we realize the impact that this will have on day-to-day family operations. However, with the health experts’ guidance we have and various levels of governments’ emergency declarations, we believe this action is in the best interest of our students and staff.

Moving forward, so that we can welcome our students back sooner rather than later, please remember to wash your hands, practice social distancing and stay well! We’ll be back in touch as soon as we have updates.

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