Plan to Return Overview

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OVERVIEW #

Team Chesterfield families and staff:

As previously shared, Chesterfield County Public Schools will start the 2020-21 school year in a virtual learning environment due to ongoing COVID-19 health and safety concerns. Students will begin the year learning from home, while the school division awaits scientific data and public health recommendations on when it is safe to return to in-person instruction.

The School Board committed to a phased-in approach to starting the 2020-21 school year, working with local and state public health experts to identify metrics necessary for safely returning all students to in-class instruction. This phased-in approach

  • Begins in a virtual learning environment and phases in cohorts of students with disabilities (Level 2) and English language learners (Levels 1-4), as appropriate, while remaining in compliance with social distancing guidelines; 
  • Plans for a hybrid model of in-person and virtual learning that reintroduces cohorts of students to classroom learning while remaining in compliance with social distancing guidelines; and
  • Ultimately returns all students interested in returning to in-school instruction (with an option for students to remain in a virtual learning environment for the year if they choose).

This document will provide families a closer look at what learning and operating in a virtual environment will look like. Included are draft school schedules, key definitions, examples of synchronous and asynchronous learning, student and family supports available during this time, and preparation details for the eventual re-entry of students from a cleaning and health services perspective. The School Board will review this information in greater detail at its Aug. 11 meeting.

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