Coronavirus Information and Updates

Governor Northam ordered that all K-12 schools close for the remainder of the academic year in response to the continued threat of COVID-19.  As a result, Chesapeake Public Schools will close for ALL STUDENTS beginning March 16, 2020. Our Continuity of Learning Plan is available here.

We are committed to keeping our school community informed and will continue to provide updates as new information becomes available.   

Thank you for your support as we work to ensure a healthy environment for our students and staff. 

We are committed to keeping our families informed and will provide email updates as new information becomes available.  All updates will be posted to our website, www.cpschools.com, under District News.  Should any cases of COVID-19 be identified in our area, we will work closely with local and state health officials to protect our students, families, and employees through appropriate control measures.   If you have any questions about our response to COVID-19, please call 757-547-1033.

Will seniors be able to graduate? (Updated 3/25/2020)

The VDOE has provided flexibility for the Class of 2020 to ensure high school seniors currently on track to earn a diploma this spring will be able to graduate. In the coming weeks, school counselors will use this information to review student transcripts and determine the remaining requirements each Senior will need to complete in order to graduate. Teachers will work with students to complete standards that need to be covered for the remainder of the semester. Communication regarding your child’s requirements will be sent via the ParentVue and StudentVue e-mail addresses on file.

What about graduation? (Updated 4/1/2020)

The disruption of a public health crisis in no way diminishes the hard work of our high school seniors.  While we don’t yet know what form it will take, their years of hard work and achievements will be recognized at some point in the future.  Until the public health crisis passes, we are unable to determine if or when traditional graduation ceremonies or other celebrations will occur.

Can students still order graduation regalia? (Updated 4/7/2020)

Seniors can still order caps and gowns through Balfour. Questions and concerns about orders should be sent via e-mail to  or by calling (757)420-2233 Monday-Thursday. Balfour will be working with high school principals to identify alternative delivery options (i.e. drive-up pick-ups) as the delivery date nears.

What about school dances, such as ring dance, prom, or other social events? (Updated 4/1/2020)

Due to the Governor’s Stay At Home Order, all school dances and other social events have been cancelled for the remainder of the school year.  Bookkeepers will automatically issue refunds to students who have already purchased tickets.  Refund checks will be mailed to the student’s mailing address listed in ParentVUE.

 

What learning resources are available for my child during the closure? (Updated 3/30/2020)

Paper copies of Learning Plans will be available for pick-up at our meal distribution locations. Please contact your child’s school if you need a packet and can’t access them from our meal sites or online.

We have also provided a list of Online Learning Tools that can also be used by parents for enrichment opportunities.

How can I get a Chromebook for my child to use at home? (Updated 4/5/2020)

Our Teaching and Learning team will be contacting high school students who do not have technology access at home to provide support starting April 6, 2020.  Priority will be given to seniors.  Resources (such as Chromebooks) will be provided by appointment only.  You can contact your child’s school directly for assistance if you have questions specific to your child.

What about my child’s Advanced Placement exam(s)? (Updated 3/23/2020)

College Board has posted an update for its 2020 Exam Administration. AP Exams will not be administered in the usual face-to-face fashion, but rather as shortened online tests. There will be two separate dates for which a student can take an exam. Full details will be posted to the College Board website on April 3.

What is the impact of the closure on meeting requirements and mandates associated with testing, instructional time,  and attendance? (Updated 3/25/2020)

The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) has provided flexibility in meeting the requirements and mandates associated with testing and accountability, instructional days/hours, attendance and graduation. The VDOE will continue to provide updates as additional flexibility is clarified and additional details are received from the U.S. Department of Education. Visit the VDOE website for additional information.

Will home-bound or home-based instruction continue during the closure? (Updated 3/16/2020)

No, all home-bound or home-based services are suspended during the closure. We encourage these students to use the Learning Plans during the closure.

What if my child has an upcoming special education meeting? (Updated 3/15/2020)

Your child’s case manager will be in contact with you.

Will the process for identifying gifted students continue as planned? (4/1/2020)

Gifted identification for rising 3rd graders will proceed along normal timelines. Candidate letters will be sent home to parents in April. Parents will be provided return envelopes to submit Parent Permission/Rating Forms as part of the process.

Students who have been referred for gifted identification in grades 3-8 will be assessed as soon as practical upon the reopening of school.

How is Chesapeake Public Schools responding to Governor Northam’s stay at home order? (Updated 3/30/2020)

We will continue to provide meals each weekday at no cost to anyone 18 and under.  We are reminding families to practice physical distancing when visiting these sites.

Schools and offices will remain closed, but will continue to conduct essential business remotely as we work to continue serving the public through this closure.

What will happen to Spring Break? (Updated 4/1/2020)

Spring Break will be observed the week of April 13-17, 2020.  During this time, there will be no virtual office hours, meetings, or instruction provided to students.  Twelve-month employees wishing to take time off during Spring Break should follow typical procedures for leave requests.

Can families register students for the 2020-21 school year? (Updated 4/1/2020)

Yes. families can register online beginning April 1, 2020.

What about school dances, such as ring dance, prom, or other social events? (Updated 4/1/2020)

Due to the Governor’s Stay At Home Order, all school dances and other social events have been cancelled for the remainder of the school year.  Bookkeepers will automatically issue refunds to students who have already purchased tickets.  Refund checks will be mailed to the student’s mailing address listed in ParentVUE.

Will meals be provided for students during the closure? (Updated 3/24/2020)

Beginning Wednesday, March 25, 2020, we’ve updated our hours and added additional locations for our Grab-N-Go breakfast and lunch. Meals will be provided at no cost to anyone 18 and under. Students must be present to receive meals.

What if I need to pick up my child’s school supplies, personal belongings, or instrument from the school? (Updated 3/30/2020)

Governor Northam announced a stay-at-home order beginning March 30, 2020.  As a result, only parents who have an urgent need to collect their child’s essential personal belongings should make an appointment with the school. This includes families who may need to pick up medication from the school clinic. An opportunity for families to pick up their child’s other personal belongings will be provided at a later date once this order has been lifted.

I already paid for a school-related activity.  Can I get a refund? (Updated 3/27/2020)


Refunds for canceled field trips, dances, etc. will be processed by school bookkeepers in April and mailed to the student’s address listed in ParentVue. Thank you for your patience; this process may take some time.

Will school-sponsored trips, athletics, or other events be cancelled? (Updated 3/15/2020)

All after-school events and extra-curricular activities have been suspended until further notice. This includes any school-sponsored trips and all athletic practices.

Will community members still be able to hold events at our schools? (Updated 3/14/2020)

In order to prioritize custodial resources and supports, all non-district building use requests and events in our schools will be suspended until further notice.  The Office of Student Activities and Facility Use will communicate with all contacts.

Can we still use your outdoor spaces during the closure? (Updated 4/1/2020)

We are asking the school community to practice physical distancing when using our outdoor spaces.

How can I help? (Updated 3/24/2020)

  • Donate Items: Several local churches are partnering up to support our families during the school closure. Visit www.faithinchesapeake.com to learn more about drop-off locations and needed items.
  • Individual Donations: If individuals are interested in making monetary donations, please visit www.unitedwayshr.org and donate to the Coronavirus Recovery Fund.
  • Corporate Donations: Businesses wishing to donate may visit www.cpsef.org and donate to the Chesapeake Public Schools Educational Foundation.

How can I help prevent the spread of COVID-19?

Common cold and flu viruses are not unusual during the winter season.  As a best practice for overall health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that individuals practice everyday, preventative measures to help avoid illness, such as:

  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a sleeve or a tissue when coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth to prevent the spread of germs.
  • Stay home when you are sick.

Where can I get more information about COVID-19?

How can I get assistance during the school closure? 

If anyone needs additional support, please contact the United Way at www.unitedwayshr.org or call 757-858-7777. They have established a Coronavirus Recovery Response Hotline for those that are experiencing the effects of closures and missed work.

The Virginia Department of Social Services also has resources and information available for families who need assistance.

The Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia will begin distributing food at several YMCA locations Tuesdays from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., and Fridays from 9:00 a.m -11 a.m. Additionally, you can find an interactive map with food pantry and other meal service locations throughout Chesapeake here. 

  • Suffolk Family YMCA
    2769 Godwin Blvd., Suffolk, VA 23434
  • James L. Camp Jr. Family YMCA
    300 Crescent Drive, Franklin, VA 23851
  • The Y on Granby
    2901 Granby Street, Norfolk, VA 23504
  • Greenbrier Family YMCA
    1033 Greenbrier Pkwy., Chesapeake, VA 23320

Chesapeake Public Schools has partnered with several local churches to distribute supplies at our meal sites. Visit faithinchesapeake.com for more information.

What should I do if my child is facing difficulties with mental health during the closure?

If your child is in crisis and needs immediate help, please call 911 for assistance.  If you or someone you know wants to harm themselves or someone else, call 757-548-7000 for 24-hour assistance.

Additionally, Chesapeake Integrated Behavioral Healthcare (757-547-9334) and Kempsville Center for Behavioral Health (757-461-4565) offer same-day assessments.

Your child’s school counselor can be contacted via email for non-emergency emotional support during the closure. Visit your school’s website for his/her email address.