Team Chesterfield families and staff,
Today marked what some are referring to as our fourth first day of school, as we welcomed back Group B of Cohort No. 2. Our school-building leaders and staff were excited to see more of our youngest learners return to in-person instruction.
More good news: Earlier this week, the Public Health Committee recommended that students in Cohort No. 3 are now eligible to return to in-person learning via the hybrid model starting the week of Oct. 26. Cohort No. 3 includes these students:
Like Cohort No. 2, Cohort No. 3 will return to in-person learning in a hybrid model. Some students will attend Monday/Tuesday; others will attend Thursday/Friday. Wednesday will be a cleaning day in between in-person groups, with students connecting online via Morning Meeting (elementary) or Advisory Period (secondary) and then working primarily asynchronously the rest of the school day. More details can be found here.
The school division will hold a virtual town hall meeting on Monday, Oct. 19 for families with students in Cohort No. 3. This event runs from 6:30-8 p.m. and will be livestreamed on the school division’s Facebook page (@chesterfieldschools) and YouTube (CCPSVA).
The School Board meets again on Oct. 27. During its work session that day, the Board will receive another update from the Public Health Committee. If the report on community health metrics is favorable again, the Board will be able to consider the potential inclusion of Cohort No. 4 for in-person learning. Cohort No. 4 includes middle and high school students.
Face coverings and masks
Face coverings/masks will be required for all students and staff in schools and on school buses, and each school will take steps to monitor expectations associated with social distancing guidelines.
Students who are unable to wear a face covering/mask for health or other reasons must have a doctor complete an Individualized Healthcare Plan form. This form can be located here. Accommodations will be made for a student with a health plan. If this form or a comparable letter from the student’s licensed healthcare provider is not on file, a student will be expected to wear a face covering/mask during the school day.
The wearing of face coverings/masks will be enforced while in school and on a bus.
Daily student health assessment
To help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and reduce the risk of exposure to other students and staff members, Chesterfield County Public Schools asks families to make sure that students perform a daily self-assessment of their health before leaving for school. (The form DOES NOT need to be returned to your child’s school.)
Students must not go to school if they are sick or answer yes to any of the questions on the attached document. Parents should seek guidance from their child’s health provider if the student answers yes to two or more questions or has a temperature of 100.4 degrees F or higher.
By reporting to their school, a student is attesting that they have answered NO to the questions listed on the self-assessment. (As a condition of their employment, school division staff members are required to conduct the same self-assessment.)
Quarantining after international travel
Based on guidance received by the school division, students and staff members will be required to quarantine for 14 days after they return from international travel. More information about travel guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention can be found here.
Thank you for your continued partnership with and support of Chesterfield County Public Schools!
Dr. Merv Daugherty