COVID-19 Updates and Information

Return to School Plan

Parent Alert Message on 7.28.2020

This is Jared Cotton, Superintendent of Chesapeake Public Schools, with an important update about our return to school plan.

Last night our School Board approved the recommendations of our Responsive Return-to-School Taskforce which provided two options for our families – the On-Campus Continuum and Chesapeake Online. The board also approved our recommendation for a Temporarily Online start to the school year for all students within the On-Campus Continuum model. This decision was based on the most current health data and metrics for the Eastern Region. Please know that a lot of consideration and hard work has been put into making this decision and it is not one that we take lightly.

As such, we will continue to consult with the School Health Advisory Board and the Chesapeake Health Department to regularly re-assess health conditions to determine if and when we can begin to move students back on-campus. For our elementary students, we will re-evaluate monthly to determine if we can move along our On-Campus Continuum safely. We will follow the same procedure for our middle and high school students every nine weeks.

As a reminder, we have extended the deadline for all families to confirm their intent for their child’s learning model for the upcoming school year to this Friday, July 31st.  YOUR CHOICE MATTERS and is very important to our continued planning efforts.  We need to know which learning model you prefer for your child as well any needs you may have for technology, internet access, transportation, or other supports.

We will continue to post updates on our Responsive Return-to-School website, including the most recent School Board presentation, and I encourage you to reach out to us if you have any additional questions.

And, while we are not able to bring our students back to our physical classrooms as quickly as we had hoped, we remain committed to providing the best possible learning experience for the students of Chesapeake, with health and safety being our top priority.

Thank you,

Jared Cotton, Ed.D.