Team Chesterfield families,
My leadership team and our school-based teams have continued to work diligently with the School Board to prepare to welcome students back for in-person learning opportunities. We are ready to greet certain Level 2 special education students previously identified as eligible to return on Sept. 29. Pending Health Committee recommendations, we are excited about the prospect of welcoming other students back in the near future.
When students in Cohort Nos. 2-4 are eligible to return, they will do so in a hybrid format with learning occurring in person, virtually and asynchronously. After hearing concerns from parents, the School Board recently asked my leadership team to provide clarifications about cohort expectations within the hybrid learning plan, which was first shared with families in July.
These clarifications highlight that students in the hybrid plan will have the ability to join their in-person classmates at various times during the day while learning from home. (Wednesday would remain a day when all students would learn from home; however, all students will have access to a teacher through a Morning Meeting at the elementary school level or through the Advisory Period at the middle and high school levels. Teachers also will offer targeted remediation, individual check-in with students, small-group instruction and expectations for professional development on Wednesdays.)
School-based leaders will provide an opportunity for families to share this week if they wish to make any adjustment to their prior selection of options for their student(s), as families make a final decision about whether students will return for in-person instruction or continue with virtual learning. Families have until Oct. 1 to decide; this deadline is needed to allow schools to determine final staffing assignments for in-person and virtual learning. With this decision, families are making a commitment with their choice for the second nine weeks (ending Jan. 29), as schools make adjustments to ensure state-mandated class sizes are in place. Families who do not make a decision automatically will be placed in an in-person class.
Thank you for your continued support of our students!
Dr. Merv Daugherty