The School Board has requested assistance from public health leaders who will recommend scientific data and public health metrics that should be met in order for schools in Chesterfield County to reopen safely for students. In response, the Superintendent has convened a public health panel to help guide Chesterfield County Public Schools’ decisions. The panel includes representation from the Chesterfield Health District, Chesterfield County Risk Management, the Virginia Commonwealth University Health System, Virginia Commonwealth University’s Department of Microbiology and Immunology, others from the medical profession and the school division’s Student Support Services team.
Combined with the Virginia Department of Health’s upcoming release of a public health dashboard, the panel’s recommendations should set parameters for determining the safe return of students and when schools should close in response to illness.
Weekly updates about the panel’s work will be provided to the School Board, which will consider potential changes to school operations at each monthly meeting based on these reports.
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