Chesterfield school board approves date for return of middle, high school students

Chesterfield school board approves date for return of middle, high school students

CHESTERFIELD, Va. (WWBT) - The Chesterfield School Board has approved a timeline for when middle and high school students will return to in-person learning.

All middle and high school students will be allowed back into the classrooms for five days a week instruction on Tuesday, March 9.

“All secondary students would be provided a face shield that they would be required to wear (in addition to a mask) in classrooms, in hallways and on buses where 6 feet of social distancing cannot be accomplished,” a message to families said.

Families will also have the option to keep their children remote if they are not comfortable with them returning.

School officials said Monday, March 8 would be “an asynchronous learning day to allow middle and high school staff members the chance to make final classroom preparations.

The superintendent also sent a message to employees saying that the division will be able to give the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine to the remaining middle schools and all high schools on Thursday.

Makeup dates for elementary employees and bus drivers who missed the first round of shots will be released later in the week.

“This means that we will be able to complete the first round of the two-shot vaccination for interested PK-12 school-based staff members and bus drivers this week!” the message to employees said.

The division will also start the second round of shots next week for Cohort 1 staff, with subsequent second shot clinics also in the works.

“With the Pfizer shot being administered last week and this week, we anticipate that all interested PK-12 school-based instructional staff and bus drivers will have both vaccine shots by March 5,” the message said.

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