Masks

individual wearing a mask

Masks are optional for all students and staff.

Parents/guardians will be asked to review an Acknowledgement Form outlining student mask wearing via ParentVue.

 

 


Vaccine Clinics

Vaccine

We encourage and promote COVID-19 vaccinations for those eligible to receive them. Once again, we have partnered with Rite Aid to host a series of vaccine clinics in our schools throughout the 2021-2022 school year. Anyone eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine is welcome to participate in these clinics. All clinics will offer both the first and second dose of the vaccine to students aged 12 and older, their parents, and our employees. Registration is recommended, see our website for details.
Please register in advance to schedule an appointment.


Contact Tracing and Quarantining

individual quarantining at homeContact tracing, a key mitigation strategy, includes isolating those who are sick and quarantining those who are considered close contacts of anyone who is infected. We will continue to encourage all students and staff to stay at home if they experience any symptoms of infectious illness. To support and reinforce this safety measure, we will suspend the attendance awards that have been given in years past. Employees will be asked to monitor their health daily through the continued use of an electronic daily health screening.

Additionally, all visitors will continue to be screened upon arrival to the building, and nonessential visitors, volunteers, and external groups will be limited during instructional hours; appointments are preferred. Parents are encouraged to schedule virtual conferences and meetings whenever possible.

If Chesapeake Public Schools is notified that a student/employee/visitor has tested positive for COVID-19, the Health Services department will work with the Chesapeake Health Department to notify close contacts directly by phone while keeping confidential the identity of the known infected person. Please review the embedded slide deck below for the latest quarantine guidance


Physical Distancing

individual in a bubbleThe Virginia Department of Health (VDH) recommends schools provide at least 3 feet of distance between students, but schools should not reduce in-person learning to keep a minimum distance requirement. Instead, schools should implement layered prevention strategies when distancing cannot be maintained. Within our district, we will continue to distance students to the greatest extent possible, and teachers will maintain seating charts should they need to be referenced. 

Cafeteria seating presents some unique challenges; however, students will be required to wear a mask when they are not eating, and assigned seats, distancing, and cohorting will be used as much as possible. Schools who are able to offer Grab & Go breakfast will do so. At this time, visitors will not be able to eat with students in the cafeteria.


Additional Mitigation Strategies

Sanitizing hands

Our layered mitigation plan will continue to promote effective hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette. We will continue to provide instruction to students on proper hand washing, and we will maintain hand sanitizer stations throughout all of our buildings. Students will also be prompted to wash their hands before and after eating.

Additionally, students will be permitted to use shared materials, supplies, and resource equipment this year but will be asked to sanitize their hands when sharing.

disinfecting surfaces

Our custodial team members will continue to clean high-touch surface areas throughout the day and sanitize all desks and classroom tables each night. We will have disinfecting wipes available in all classrooms for use as needed and, as always, all cafeteria tables will be sanitized between use.

 

HVACVentilation is also identified as a key prevention strategy. Our district operations team has worked throughout the summer (2021) to monitor and service all HVAC units to maximize exterior air flow and ensure all systems are operating properly. Appropriate MERV 8 filters are used for our HVAC systems. We change these filters every 90 days, as recommended by the CDC, and our process has been vetted by health services and mechanical engineers. For more information about our HVAC systems, please visit our list of HVAC frequently asked questions.


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