Chesterfield School Board holds meeting after first day of virtual learning

Chesterfield School Board explains return to virtual learning

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WWBT) - The Chesterfield County School Board held a special work session to provide an update on the school district’s return to virtual learning.

On Monday, Chesterfield County Public Schools began virtual learning again, weeks after the district brought most students back into school buildings.

Cohort 1, students in special education programs will continue to learn in person.

Cohort 1 will remain learning in person.
Cohort 1 will remain learning in person. (Source: CCPS)

Virtual learning for Cohorts 2-4 will last through at least Jan. 29, 2021. At the school board’s Jan. 12 meeting, the school board is expected to reevaluate data for a potential return to in-person learning.

On Nov. 25, Chesterfield County reached a 7-day average of more than 25 new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people. During Monday’s meeting, the school district’s health committee reported that the 7-day average has remained more than 25 since Wednesday, Nov. 25.

“We believe face-to-face instruction is best for all students under normal circumstances, given that students miss much more than academics when not in school,” the Health Committee wrote in their Monday update. “We want students to return to school as quickly as possible, but when it is safe to do so for all involved.”

The health committee reports there have been 133 cases among staff and students in Chesterfield since Cohort No. 2 was eligible to return to in-person learning, and more students than staff have tested positive. There have been 89 positive cases since Cohort No. 4 returned in the hybrid model, for two days of the week for in-person learning.

Information about community transmission from the Chesterfield Schools Districts health committee
Information about community transmission from the Chesterfield Schools Districts health committee (Source: CCPS)

Elementary students (Grades PK-5) will return to virtual learning 5 days per week with a shortened schedule of 4.5 hours a day instead of the normal 6.5-hour day, in an effort to avoid too much screen time.

Students in Grades 6-12 will attend virtually 4 days per week, on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday with Wednesday reserved for asynchronous (online) learning.

There will be free meals for students while schools are closed for in-person learning. The meals will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis at all school sites on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The district plans to release a meal distribution schedule this week.

To review the Health Committee’s full presentation click here.

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