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Chesterfield County Public Schools

Friday Update – Oct. 23, 2020

Student Self Assessment #

As we approach the return of Cohort No. 3 students, we wanted to provide a reminder about the important role that students and families play in helping our schools maintain a safe and healthy learning environment.

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.

For the full update and to access a printable PDF of the checklist in English and Spanish, click 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.

Hybrid Model for Cohort No. 3 #

Elementary Student in class wearing a mask

Chesterfield County Public Schools’ Health Committee has determined that the school division is at a point where Cohort No. 3 students are eligible to join Cohort Nos. 1 and 2 students in returning to in-person instruction. We are excited to welcome our Cohort No. 3 students back to in-person learning via the hybrid model starting the week of Oct. 26!

Cohort No. 3 includes these students:

  • Fourth- and fifth-grade students attending Chesterfield County elementary schools;
  • High school students attending courses held at the two Career and Technical Centers and the automotive class at Midlothian High; and
  • Middle school Alternative Education students who attend class at the Career and Technical Center @ Hull.

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. 

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.

To learn more about the hybrid model, please see our Hybrid Learning Guide.

Meals Update: Location updates and free meals for all students all year! #

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Congress recently extended all Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and Seamless Summer Option (SSO) waivers through the end of the 2020-21 school year. 

That means all Chesterfield County youth age 18 and under are eligible to receive free meals through June 18, 2021. The USDA previously had extended school nutrition waivers through December 2020. 

Chesterfield County Public Schools is grateful for our Food and Nutrition Services heroes who have created innovative approaches to serving healthy and nutritious meals to our students during these unprecedented times. These waiver extensions provide flexibility for our Food and Nutrition Services team and empower them to continue services that allow parents to collect grab-and-go meals at curbside pick-up locations, so all families can have safe and convenient access to meals.

Beginning Monday, Oct. 26, there will be changes to curbside pick-up locations. Please click here to see updates to meals service locations and times.

Technology Supports #

Hotspots #

To help bridge the digital divide and support student learning, Chesterfield County Public Schools’ Technology Department is making free hotspots available for families in need. Contact your child’s school if you need a device.

Chromebook support and repair sites for Oct. 26-29 #

  • Monday, Oct. 26: 3-4:30 p.m. at Monacan High (11501 Smoketree Drive)
  • Tuesday, Oct. 27: 8-9:30 a.m. at L.C. Bird High (10301 Courthouse Road)
  • Wednesday, Oct. 28: 5-6:30 p.m. at Monacan High (11501 Smoketree Drive)
  • Thursday, Oct. 29:  3-4:30 p.m. at L.C. Bird High (10301 Courthouse Road)

A parent and/or student will need to provide a student ID number in order to adjust the school division’s inventory records. Appropriate social distancing protocol will be followed to protect students and staff.

Please note, these support dates and locations are for next week only. We will re-evaluate the Chromebook support and repair needs moving forward. 

Technology Help #

If you have a Chromebook, Canvas or log-in question or concern that previously would have gone to the Technology Help Desk, please start with the Instructional Designer at your child’s school. The front office staff can connect you. If they are unable to resolve your concerns, they will put you in touch with a member of our Instructional Innovation team.

College Application Assistance Website #

College applications can be challenging. There is a great deal of information to review, transcripts and letters of recommendation to organize, and forms to complete. It is exciting to think of the next steps in a child’s life, but most parents find it difficult to assist them with the college application process as the required information and deadlines can change. 

A family’s first point of contact for the most up-to-date information is their professional school counselor. During times when parents have questions when assisting their child, they might not have the opportunity to reach their counselor 24/7. Now families can get application information and support virtually through the Chesterfield County Public Schools College Application Assistance website! This virtual resource has been made available to assist with this exciting, and for some, daunting task. 

Visit bit.ly/CCPSCollegeAppAssistance to get help with your college application process today!

Chesterfield CARES Water Assistance Program #

The Chesterfield CARES Water Assistance Program is administered through the Chesterfield County Department of Social Services. This program provides water and wastewater assistance with funding from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which requires applicants to submit the information requested in this application. All submitted information will be kept confidential. 

To qualify, residents must:

  • Live in Chesterfield County (Colonial Heights residents do not qualify for this program.)
  • Have an active Chesterfield County Utility water/wastewater account
  • Have a past due balance on their household’s water/wastewater account from March 1, 2020 through November 30, 2020
  • Have a decrease in income due to COVID-19 (and residents need to be prepared to provide proof of that decrease)

Chesterfield County residents who qualify for this program can apply online at www.chesterfield.gov/COVIDWaterBillHelp

Applications must be submitted by Monday, Nov. 30, 2020, and will be reviewed as they are submitted. Please note that completing this application does not guarantee funds for water and wastewater assistance.

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