Message from Jared Cotton:
This is Jared Cotton, Superintendent of Chesapeake Public Schools, with an important message.
I hope you and your family are staying well and finding ways to enjoy summer despite the uncertainty brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.
I want you to know that we want nothing more than to bring all our students back to school in the fall. It is our sincere hope that the current situation will improve, allowing us to return to normal operations. But, as we have all seen, there is still a great deal that is unknown about this situation and we have to be prepared to respond to changing conditions. We also know that there isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution.
So we have decided to provide a choice for our families:
Option ONE is called the On-Campus Continuum. With this option we will provide as much on-campus time for your child as is permitted by the health guidelines in place at any given time.
Option TWO is Chesapeake Online, a 100% online learning model that will allow families to keep their children learning at home if that is the best option for their circumstances.
I am asking all families to login in to ParentVUE and make their choice based upon what will work best for your situation. Once families make their choice, we can better predict how many students we can safely serve on campus with additional safety measures in place.
In the next few days, each household will receive a letter in the mail with additional details about how to make this choice. We are also providing this information by email today. An overview of both options and link to the full Return-to-Schools Framework in draft form will be posted on our website. It includes our plans for instruction, health and safety, athletics, and more. We will continue to make updates to these items as we consider new guidance that is provided over the coming weeks. The final copy of our framework will be submitted to the Virginia Department of Education in August.
I know this is a difficult decision and you may have questions before you make your choice. We want to answer them as quickly as we can. We are developing a list of frequently asked questions that will be posted on our website and we will update this list regularly as new information becomes available. There are also opportunities to attend one of four virtual family forums to learn more about each option.
Please be sure to make your choice in ParentVUE by July 21, 2020. Thank you in advance for your help with this important task.
Whatever option you choose, I want you to know that our mission remains the same. We are committed to engaging all students in meaningful, innovative learning experiences that empower them to fulfill their life’s purpose. Thank you.
If you have any questions or concerns, please let me know.
Indian River Middle school could not let the school year end without recognizing our amazing students!
Congratulations to all of our athletes! It takes special drive and determination to excel in athletics in addition to maintaining good academic standing. We are so proud of each of you! Keep moving Braves!
STUDENTS ARE ASKED TO FOLLOW THE BELOW SCHEDULE FOR PICK UP/ DROP OFF OF ITEMS. THE LISTING IS BASED ON THE FIRST LETTER OF LAST NAME.
|MONDAY JUNE 8TH||9:00AM – 12:00PM||A – B|
|12:30PM – 4:00PM||C – F|
|TUESDAY JUNE 9TH||10:00AM – 1:00PM||G – I|
|1:30PM – 5:00PM||J – L|
|5:00PM – 6:00PM||BY APPOINTMENT – LIMITED SLOTS AVAILABLE|
|WEDNESDAY JUNE 10TH
||9:00AM – 12:00PM||M – P|
|12:30PM – 4:00PM||R – S|
|THURSDAY JUNE 11TH
||10:00AM – 1:30PM||T – Z|
|2:00PM – 6:00PM||BY APPOINTMENT – LIMITED SLOTS AVAILABLE|
|FRIDAY JUNE 12TH||9:00AM – 12:00PM||BY APPOINTMENT – LIMITED SLOTS AVAILABLE|
STUDENTS ARE ASKED TO COME DURING THEIR DESIGNATED TIME SLOTS IN ORDER TO MAINTAIN THE ORGANIZATION OF THE EVENT. APPOINTMENT TIME SLOTS ARE FOR EXTENUATING CIRCUMSTANCES.
THE FOLLOWING MUST BE FOLLOWED
- Stay home if you are sick
- You must wear a mask (these will not be provided)
- Bring a backpack or bag for your belongings
- Physical distancing must be followed INSIDE AND OUTSIDE OF THE BUILDING; remain 6 feet away from others
- BRING TEXTBOOKS, LIBRARY BOOKS, CALCULATORS, SCHOOL OWNED INSTRUMENTS, CHROMEBOOKS ISSUED BY THE SCHOOL DISTRICT, ATHLETIC UNIFORMS AND ANY OTHER ITEM THAT BELONGS TO THE SCHOOL.
- School security and school staff will coordinate entry plan. All students are expected to follow the directions and adhere to all postings.
Yearbooks have not arrived as of this date. All students who bought a yearbook will be contacted as soon as they arrive.
Session 4 of Phase 3 in our Continuity of Learning Plan has started. Dates for this session are June 1 – 10.
The last day of school is June 11th.
Remember to visit https://cpschools.com/continuity-of-learning/ for the most up to date information on Chesapeake Public School’s learning plan.
The ACCESS Early College Awareness Program succeeds in giving 7th and 8th graders a head start in understanding the necessary steps involved in attaining a postsecondary degree by providing workshops and advising sessions on topics that include but are not limited to future goals, career choices, educational opportunities after high school, financial aid literacy, and how to connect education to career. Student and parent participation in early college awareness activities foster a better understanding of the value, steps, and resources available in attaining a postsecondary education.
- Phase 3 session 2 of the Chesapeake Public School Continuity of Learning Plan has begun. It will last from May 4th to May 15th.
- Students should still be engaging in Google Classroom with all of their teachers or completing a printed Learning Packet that can be picked up at the school from Tuesday at 9am until Thursday at 3:30pm.
- Report Cards will be posted in ParentVue on May 8.
The IRMS PTSA Board appreciates the wonderful teachers at Indian River Middle School.
Phase 3 Part 1 (April 20-May 1) Learning Plans- These plans are for two weeks. These are for students who cannot access Google Classroom for online learning. Printed learning plans are available at the school on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30 am until 2:00 pm. The packets will cover two weeks worth of material and are located in a bin in front of the school. Packets are divided by grade level. Only one packet per grade level is needed. Please call the school on Tuesday or Thursday if you need additional assistance.