Superintendent of Chesapeake Public Schools, Dr. Jared Cotton, has been named to Governor Ralph Northam’s Education Work Group, organized to guide Virginia through a safe and equitable reopening of schools. This group is comprised of representatives from Virginia’s public and private early childhood, K-12, and higher education systems. In addition to educational representatives, members tapped are with state agencies and special education advocacy groups. Museum directors and Virginia students have also been included. This assemblage of education stakeholders represents the whole of Virginia’s education system and comes from every region of the Commonwealth.
As part of Virginia’s COVID-19 Education Work Group, Dr. Cotton will participate in the development of recommendations on key issues schools must resolve before reopening while ensuring continuity of learning for Virginia students. After guidelines are determined, the work group will focus on long-term recovery plans to address learning gaps and social emotional needs of students impacted by school closures. By coordinating their efforts with the Forward Virginia plan (staged easing of public health restrictions), the Education Work Group will be instrumental in implementing return-to-school directives that adhere to and facilitate the Center for Disease Control (CDC) requirements. Read the full press release.