Recently Virginia Governor, Dr. Ralph Northam, directed all school districts to offer some type of in-person learning by March 15, 2021, creating a need for guidance and support for many school districts in the Commonwealth. Chesapeake Superintendent, Dr. Jared Cotton, and his leadership team have been engaged in safely returning students to classrooms since the beginning of the current school year (see the attached timeline).
State Superintendent of Education, Dr. James Lane, invited Dr. Cotton to serve in a leadership capacity for the Virginia LEARNS Workgroup to assist other districts in Virginia as they prepare to return students to school. According to Dr. Lane, the purpose of the Workgroup is to “…evaluate the ongoing needs of Virginia’s public schools and students as they conclude the 2020-2021 school year, and to provide high-quality, relevant resources and best practices to Virginia schools to support student recovery and remediation efforts for the summer and next school year.”
Dr. Cotton is excited to join the discussion with other school leaders to assist as students across the state return to in-person learning.
“We know it’s critically important to offer a safe, in-person learning option for students. It is also vital that school districts make plans to address learning loss that may have impacted students over the past several months. It’s reassuring to know that efforts are underway to tackle these concerns across Virginia. I’m looking forward to being a part of this important work.” -Dr. Jared Cotton