Team Chesterfield families and staff,
The Public Health Committee earlier today recommended that students in Cohort No. 4 are now eligible to return to in-person learning via the hybrid model starting the week of Nov. 9. Cohort No. 4 includes all middle and high school students.
Like Cohort Nos. 2-3 earlier, Cohort No. 4 will return starting Nov. 9 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 their normal Advisory Period and then working primarily asynchronously the rest of the school day.
The school division will hold a virtual town hall meeting on Monday, Nov. 2 for families with students in Cohort No. 4. This event runs from 6:30-8 p.m. and will be livestreamed on the school division’s Facebook page (@chesterfieldschools) and YouTube (CCPSVA) channel. Questions may be submitted in advance here.
The school division will continue to monitor data moving forward.
Today’s presentation can be reviewed here.
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.)
Social distancing guidelines will reduce capacity on buses by nearly 50 percent for secondary students. As a result, we have developed planned second waves of arrivals/dismissals, as some buses will need to do multiple routes for a single school.
Students may ride the bus to school this year. However, we encourage families who are able to assist us with transportation during this time. If a family is able to transport their child to and from school, it would be appreciated and would help support reducing bus ridership numbers and meeting social distancing guidelines.
Bus routes for students are available here.
Thank you for your continued partnership with and support of Chesterfield County Public Schools!
Dr. Merv Daugherty