The global pandemic caused by COVID-19 has made planning for the 2020-21 school year very difficult for schools and families alike. Preparing for a new school year under normal circumstances is a tough job and involves a lot of hard work and planning.  This year, as we continue to navigate uncertain conditions, that task becomes much more difficult. In June, CPS conducted a survey of parents, employees, and students to gather feedback on the reopening of schools. Using that information and working with principals, teachers, instructional leaders, parents, and community members, the Responsive Return-t0-School Taskforce has led the collaborative effort to define what education will look like in Chesapeake Public Schools as we move into the 2020-21 school year. 

To safely bring our students and staff back to school.
To outline safety measures and mitigation strategies for safe, on-campus learning.
To provide families with two options to meet the educational needs of their children.


Our goal is to bring all students back to school, and it is our hope that the COVID-19 situation will improve allowing us to return to normal operations. However, based upon current health data, students who select Option 1 (On-Campus Continuum) will begin the school year Temporarily Online. A full presentation to the School Board with details on the approved plan was presented on July 27, 2020.

In consultation with the School Health Advisory Board (SHAB) and the Chesapeake Health Department (CHD), we will regularly reassess health conditions to determine if and when adjustments on the continuum can be made:

  • Elementary students = Monthly
  • Secondary students = Every nine weeks

Families can select the choice that best fits their needs through July 31, 2020, using ParentVUE (see detailed instructions). A full presentation to the School Board about both options for families was initially provided on July 6, 2020.

We also hosted four Virtual Family Forums to provide families with additional information. You can view the recordings of these sessions on our YouTube Channel.