Chesterfield County students return to virtual learning


CHESTERFIELD, Va. (WRIC) — Chesterfield County students are returning to virtual learning due to a rising number of COVID-19 cases in the county.

In a letter to parents, Chesterfield County Public Schools said they would return to all-virtual learning on Monday, Nov. 30. However, Cohort One students, level 2 special education students, will be allowed to return to school for in-person instruction

CCPS said the return to an all-virtual learning environment was “due to public health data reflecting a worsening pandemic locally.”

In a previous letter to parents, Chesterfield school officials said if the 7-day average of new coronavirus cases reached 25, it would trigger a school closure division-wide. This morning the 7-day average was 26.5.

“The increase in local COVID-19 cases has been swift. One month ago, Chesterfield’s seven-day rolling average was 13.2. Today it is 26.5,” the letter from CCPS said.

As of now, this change will last through the end of the first semester, Jan 29.

The district said families will learn more about the return to virtual learning from their schools in the coming days.

To read the full announcement, click here.

The School Board will hold a special-called work session at 3 p.m. on Monday for an update on the current situation. They will get a public health update and review factors that have lead to the decision to return to an all-virtual learning environment.

Anyone who wants to attend the School Board’s meeting in person will have to check in with the Sheriff’s Deputies upon arrival. They will be given a number and seated in the order in Which they were checked in. Deputies will be issuing numbered tickets at 2:30 p.m.

You can watch the meeting online here, or on television via Comcast Channel 98 and Verizon Channel 28

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