Team Chesterfield families and staff,
Maintaining a safe, supportive and nurturing learning environment remains a top priority for Chesterfield County Public Schools. School division leaders are collaborating with and continuing to look for guidance from the Chesterfield Health District and the Virginia Department of Health regarding the latest national and international news regarding a new virus known as COVID-19.
COVID-19, a type of coronavirus as it is more commonly known, appears to have originated in China. Aided by international travel, there are reported cases and outbreaks in other countries. Cases related to international travel have been identified within the United States, but there is currently no evidence of COVID-19 spreading in this country. Currently, there are no known confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Chesterfield County or in Virginia.
Last month, the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus outbreak a “public health emergency of international concern.” As noted by the Virginia Department of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has not yet released guidance specifically for K-12 school settings. Staff members and families seeking general information about the coronavirus can visit the VDH and CDC websites for the most current information.
In addition to working with local and state health leaders, school division leaders are revisiting previous pandemic flu plans to see how they can be adapted to address any concerns regarding the coronavirus. The school division will monitor scheduled summer trips overseas and domestic travel in the United States as necessary.
The school division also continues to promote and implement strategies to reduce disease transmission while students are at school. Our custodial team pays daily attention to common touchpoints, works to see that soap and paper towel dispensers are stocked, and communicates regularly with vendors to make sure they are adhering to proper disinfection protocols.
Since we currently are in the middle of flu season, the Virginia Department of Health recommends these steps to prevent the further spread of the flu and other respiratory illnesses (which could be confused with symptoms of the coronavirus):
We ask that families continue to follow these sick day guidelines provided annually to parents. If your child is not well, please do not send them to school.
As we receive additional guidance, we will the updates with families and staff members.
Thank you for your continued support!