Return-to-School Plan

Another school year has begun and the 2020-21 school year looks different than previous years. The global pandemic caused by COVID-19 has impacted our calendar, our policies, and our daily schedules but it has not impacted our dedication to serve our students and their families. This year, as we continue to navigate uncertain conditions, we will share updates to our families in this Update Center to keep current on the latest developments and changes to prioritize the safety of our Chesapeake Public Schools family.

Preparing for 2020-2021

In June 2020, CPS conducted a survey of parents, employees, and students to gather feedback on the reopening of schools. After considering public feedback, the Responsive Return-to-School taskforce began planning for the 2020-2021 school year. The following interactive timeline of family communication outlines how and when information was shared with families. 

Family Update: September 29, 2020 - CLICK TO READ THE PAS WE SENT ON THIS DAY including information on: details for the On-campus continuum -tentative plan through Nov. 2020
School Board Meeting Video Link: August 28
Family Update: September 18, 2020 - CLICK TO READ THE PAS WE SENT ON THIS DAY including information on: details for the On-campus continuum shift for Elementary Students
Family Update: Sept. 2 - CLICK TO READ THE PAS WE SENT ON THIS DAY including information on: First day of school learning tips, meal service information, OneLogin directions, On-Campus Continuum updates
School Board Meeting Video Link: August 31
Family Update: Aug. 20 - CLICK TO READ THE PAS WE SENT ON THIS DAY including information on: Schoology family demos, device distribution plan at schools, and online attendance policy
School Board Meeting Video Link: August 10
Family Update: July 28 - CLICK TO READ THE PAS WE SENT ON THIS DAY including information on: a follow up from the July 27 School Board Meeting. Students enrolled in the On-Campus Continuum will being the 20-21 school year Temporarily Online.
School Board Meeting Video Link: July 27
Family Update: July 20 - CLICK TO READ THE PAS WE SENT ON THIS DAY including information on: the extension to the deadline for families to select an option for 2020-21 school year.
Family Update: July 9 - CLICK TO READ THE PAS WE SENT ON THIS DAY including information on: The On-Campus Continuum & Chesapeake Online options that were presented to the public.
School Board Meeting Video Link: July 6

 

In July 2020, each family selected an instructional option for each of their students – Option 1- The On-Campus Continuum, or Option 2 – Chesapeake Online. Using that information and working with principals, teachers, instructional leaders, parents, and community members, the Responsive Return-to-School Taskforce led the collaborative effort to define what education will look like in Chesapeake Public Schools in the 2020-21 school year.

GOALS of the Responsive Return-To-School Taskforce:
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.

RETURNING TO LEARNING: FAMILY CHOICE

All students will be taught standards-based lessons aligned with state objectives by fully licensed Chesapeake Public School teachers. The students who selected the On-Campus Continuum (Option 1) began the school year Temporarily Online  following policies and expectations in place for online learning. By mid-September, after consulting case data provided by the Chesapeake Department of Health (CHD), we brought back Option 1 students (special populations and grades Pre-K through Third) to On-Campus learning in the Traditional Model. In October, we continued back Option 1 students (grades Four through Seven) on the Blended Model and have shared our plan to bring back our high school students enrolled in Option 1 on a Blended model in November.
The students who selected
Chesapeake Online (Option 2) will complete all instruction online for the first semester (through January 29, 2021). Option 2 students will have the opportunity to reassess their status in December 2020 and switch to On-Campus instruction for the second semester or stay enrolled in Chesapeake Online.

In consultation with the School Health Advisory Board (SHAB) and the CHD, we will review the movement of our students on the On-Campus Continuum every two weeks and will update families of our progress at each regular meeting of the School Board.

STAY CONNECTED

Due to the constantly changing environment, we will keep our families up-to-date on the latest developments impacting school and extracurricular activities. We will send notifications and updates through all of our available communication channels; our website, emails, PAS, Twitter, Facebook, and ParentVUE. Families are invited to set their communication preference through the online student verification process (which must be completed annually by parents in their ParentVUE account). The following resources are currently available on our website: