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Friday Update – May 21, 2021

Updated COVID guidance: masks, schools, graduations #

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On May 13, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued Interim Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People. Two key points:

  • Fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear a mask or physically distance in any setting, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal or territorial laws, rules and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance.
  • Fully vaccinated people can refrain from testing after an exposure unless they are residents or employees of a correctional or detention facility or a homeless shelter.

     

School divisions across Virginia now have received updates from the Governor’s Office. Virginia will ease all distancing and capacity restrictions on May 28, but the mask requirement on school property remains as follows:

  • Students, teachers, staff members and visitors who are fully vaccinated (14 days from final dose) can remove their masks while outside on school property during the school day.
  • Students who are participating outside in PE or recess do not need to wear a mask; no physical distancing is required in this setting. Students who are exercising in the gym or other indoor space do not need to wear a mask if they can maintain 6 feet of physical distance from others.
  • In all other instances while inside on school property, students, teachers, staff members and visitors must wear a mask regardless of vaccination status.
  • Passengers and drivers on school buses must wear masks, but bus drivers do not need to wear a mask if they are the only person on the bus.
  • Students, teachers, staff members and visitors may continue to wear masks in any setting if they choose to do so.


Other exemptions to wearing a mask indoors have not changed, for example: removing a mask while playing certain musical instruments (with 10-foot distancing) and while eating (with 6-foot distancing).

The Virginia Department of Education also shared this: “Additionally, as of May 29, distancing and capacity restrictions will be lifted on graduation ceremonies, athletic events and fine arts performances.” 

As always, we will share with families and staff members as soon as we receive any updates from the governor or Virginia Department of Education. These new guidelines from the governor will allow additional tickets to be issued for graduation, so schools will be in direct contact with their families.

In addition, Risk Management has revised the Employee Daily Health Self-Assessment Form to reflect the current CDC guidance that removes the requirement for individuals exposed to COVID-19 to quarantine if they have been fully vaccinated and are asymptomatic. The Student Daily Health Self-Assessment has also been updated.

Orientación COVID actualizada: máscaras, escuelas, graduaciones

El 13 de mayo, los Centros para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades emitieron recomendaciones provisionales de salud pública para personas totalmente vacunadas. Dos puntos clave:

  • Las personas completamente vacunadas ya no necesitan usar una máscara o distanciarse físicamente en ningún entorno, excepto cuando lo exijan las leyes, reglas y regulaciones federales, estatales, locales, tribales o territoriales, incluida la orientación comercial y laboral local.
  •  Las personas completamente vacunadas pueden abstenerse de realizar la prueba después de una exposición, a menos que sean residentes o empleados de un centro correccional o de detención o un refugio para personas sin hogar.

     

Las divisiones escolares de Virginia ahora han recibido actualizaciones de la Oficina del Gobernador. Virginia levantará todas las restricciones de distancia y capacidad el 28 de mayo, pero el requisito de máscaras en la propiedad escolar sigue siendo el siguiente:

  • Los estudiantes, maestros, miembros del personal y visitantes que estén completamente vacunados (14 días a partir de la dosis final) pueden quitarse las máscaras mientras están afuera en la propiedad de la escuela durante el día escolar.
  • Los estudiantes que están participando afuera en educación física o en el recreo no necesitan usar una máscara; no se requiere distanciamiento físico en este entorno. Los estudiantes que hacen ejercicio en el gimnasio u otro espacio interior no necesitan usar una máscara si pueden mantener una distancia física de 6 pies de los demás.
  • En todos los demás casos, dentro de la propiedad escolar, los estudiantes, maestros, miembros del personal y visitantes tienen que usar una máscara independientemente del estado de vacunación.
  • Los pasajeros y los conductores de los autobuses escolares tienen que usar máscaras, pero los conductores de autobuses no necesitan usar una máscara si es la única persona en el autobús.
  • Los estudiantes, maestros, miembros del personal y visitantes pueden continuar usando máscaras en cualquier entorno si así lo desean.

     

Las otras exenciones para usar una máscara en interiores no han cambiado, por ejemplo: quitarse una máscara mientras se tocan ciertos instrumentos musicales (con una distancia de 10 pies) y mientras se come (con una distancia de 6 pies).

El Departamento de Educación de Virginia también compartió esto: "Además, a partir del 29 de mayo, se eliminarán las restricciones de distancia y capacidad en las ceremonias de graduación, eventos deportivos y representaciones de bellas artes".

Como siempre, compartiremos con las familias y los miembros del personal las actualizaciones del gobernador o del Departamento de Educación de Virginia tan pronto como las recibamos. Estas nuevas pautas del gobernador permitirán que se emitan boletos adicionales para la graduación, por lo que las escuelas estarán en contacto directo con sus familias.

Además, también se ha actualizado la autoevaluación diaria de la salud del estudiante.

Testimonials: We want our students back! #

We want our students back for the 2021-22 school year! Chesterfield County Public Schools strongly encourages students to return to face-to-face instruction and remains committed to providing a safe, supportive and nurturing learning environment. There are many benefits to having students in school — from academic, social-emotional and mental health viewpoints. For parents concerned about children returning to an in-person learning environment, we are providing opportunities for virtual learning. This video (available in English and in Spanish) offers testimonials from parents and administrators about returning to face-to-face instruction and how their students responded.

We’re hiring school bus drivers #

We’re seeking awesome bus drivers. Starting pay is $17.21 per hour in this family-friendly job. Apply online, then head to our June 17 bus driver job fair. Please share this job opportunity with friends and family members who might be interested.

How to get behind-the-wheel instruction this summer #

Chesterfield County students who are ready for behind-the-wheel driver education can hit the road this summer. Summer dates are June 21-Aug. 6, and the cost is $210 per student. Here are the requirements for enrolling in behind-the-wheel instruction: 

  • The student must have completed and passed classroom driver education from Chesterfield County Public Schools or from a DMV-approved company.
  • The student must have a valid learner’s permit.

Please contact your school for driving dates and additional details.

Here’s where to get your COVID-19 vaccine #

These events make it easy to get your COVID-19 vaccine. Shots will be given on a first-come, first-served basis; walk-ins are welcome or you can register online.

Chester United Methodist Church, 12132 Percival St., Chester, VA 23831
3-6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 25 https://bit.ly/3whlHzi

St. Augustine Church, 4400 Beulah Road, North Chesterfield, VA 23237
4-7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 26 https://bit.ly/3hzK0Em

COVID-19 vaccines are free and available to anyone who wants or needs one. VaccineFinder.Org works with partners such as clinics, pharmacies and health departments to provide accurate and up-to-date information about vaccination services. Families looking for COVID-19 vaccines for pre-approved age groups can find them on the site. There is no cost; the federal government is providing the vaccine free of charge to all people living in the United States, regardless of their immigration or health insurance status.

“College Behind Bars” documentary to be shown May 25 #

You’re invited to join Communities In Schools for a virtual screening of “College Behind Bars” plus a panel discussion 6-7:30 p.m. May 25.

The Emmy-nominated Ken Burns documentary, “College Behind Bars,” tells the story of a small group of incarcerated men and women struggling to earn college degrees and turn their lives around in one of the most rigorous and effective prison education programs in the United States — the Bard Prison Initiative. The documentary raises questions we urgently need to address: What are prisons for? Who has access to educational opportunities? Who among us is capable of academic excellence? How can we have justice without redemption?

During this virtual event, participants will see clips from the four-part documentary series and hear from Bard Prison Initiative alums. The event is free, but registration is required. Register at this link.

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