Team Chesterfield families,
As we close out the 2019-20 school year, I congratulate each of you for successfully navigating what easily was the most unusual time of my 30-plus years in education. Had you asked me after Winter Break how many school days we would miss this year, I might have guessed two or three snow days. Never would I have imagined we would have missed three months due to a disease few knew about.
Since in-person, onsite teaching stopped in mid-March, Team Chesterfield staff members have worked diligently to reinvent the school day. Developing and implementing a long-distance learning plan that supported nearly 63,000 students was a complex task. As our School Board noted earlier, this is not public education as it has ever been known before. Simply put, there is no easy way to replicate the outstanding face-to-face instruction that our students receive daily when they are in our classrooms.
Nonetheless, we worked together to provide students with authentic learning opportunities while schools were closed. As we end Phase 1 of our continuity of learning initiative, we look forward to sharing plans about summer learning opportunities, supplemental reviews of instructional materials at the beginning of the 2020-21 school year and after-school remediation available during the coming year.
I want to thank our educators for continuing to go above and beyond during this time period. They have provided engaging lessons, checked in on students throughout, and conferenced with parents to provide necessary support. They truly are game changers.
I also want to thank you, our Team Chesterfield families, for being so supportive as well. When you sent your children to us last September, the world was normal. Since then, our lives have been interrupted, our routines have been turned upside down, and you have been thrust into a teaching role for which you did not sign up.
During the last two weeks of school, we want to provide students with one last set of engaging learning experiences. They are designed to be fun and stress-free, for students and their families. We hope you will encourage your student to complete these assignments, and to take advantage of the many reading opportunities and other learning resources (https://sites.google.com/ccpsnet.net/ccps-parent-resources/home) that we have made available online.
Thank you again for being such wonderfully supportive partners during this difficult time! Best wishes for a fun-filled summer break. We look forward to welcoming our students back as quickly as we can.
Dr. Merv Daugherty