megaphoneLatest Updates:

March 23, 2020, 2:15 PM
 
In keeping with the Governor's order to extend the required closure of all schools in the Commonwealth, Colonial Heights Public Schools will remain closed until further notice.
 
Our team will continue to work on solving the many issues we will face in the future.
 
We hope to have more information within 24 to 48 hours with specific details for many of your questions.
 
We will continue to offer breakfast and lunch at North and the another announced locations.
 
Thank you for your continued support. Be safe and be well.
 
 
March 22, 2020, 5:30 PM
 
We may not be in school, but we still want to see you!  Send your spirit day picture to your principal's email address !
Spirit Week
 
 
March 20, 2020, 4:30 PM
 
This is Dr. William Sroufe, Colonial Heights Public Schools superintendent. It’s been a productive week. I would like to personally thank members of our team who have continued to work behind the scenes providing services to our students.
 
As you are planning, we wanted to let you know we will have food distribution during our scheduled spring break.
 
I know that there are still many unanswered questions, and we will keep you to date as we receive information.
 
Please continue to follow CDC guidelines.
 
Thank you for your continued support.
 
 
March 18, 2020   4:30 PM
Update on the Status of School Closure for Colonial Heights Public School

Dear Colonial Heights Families, Faculty, and Staff:

At this time Colonial Heights Public Schools does not plan to make a pre-emptive decision to extend the March 16-27, 2020, governor-mandated closure of Virginia public schools.

While we are aware that an extension may be mandated in the future given current guidance regarding COVID-19, we plan to wait until additional action is taken by Governor Northam. Our decision is based on several factors, including:

A conference call with senior officials from the United States Department of Education (USDOE), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture briefing K-12 school division leaders on COVID-19 updates is scheduled for Friday, March 20th. During this call, we expect these agencies will provide divisions with information that may impact eligibility for future waivers of federal mandates including testing and services to students with special needs, provisions related to providing meals for students, and additional financial guidance.

A conference call with the Virginia Superintendent of Public Instruction is also scheduled for the afternoon of March 20th. During this call, we expect that additional information will be provided on waivers from the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE).

The State Superintendent is advocating for several actions that will support school divisions as we navigate the impact of closures, including state graduation requirements, financial impacts, and instructional mandates.To reduce confusion and make the best decisions for our division, we believe it is important to delay taking any actions that may need to be corrected after these calls.

Additionally, in previous communications, the State Superintendent made it clear that waivers for governor-mandated closures will be granted. Waivers for closures outside of the governor’s mandate will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Colonial Heights Public Schools leadership, instructional staff, and division teachers developed detailed plans to address continuity of education and school nutrition services for the current closure.

If the governor mandates a closure of longer duration, we are confident that the division will be able to rapidly develop plans that are specific to any closure extension.

Unfortunately, it appears more likely that a closure extension order from the governor may be forthcoming, and we encourage our families to begin to develop plans for this possibility. Please be assured that we will provide Colonial Heights Public School families, faculty, and staff with information as quickly as possible after notification from state or federal officials, and we will continue to make decisions after carefully considering local impacts.

Thank you for your unwavering support during these unprecedented times.

William D. Sroufe, Ed.D.
Superintendent
 
 

Previous Updates:

March 17, 2020, 5:00 PM
 
Breakfast and lunch continue to be served at North Elementary school from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM in a drive up format. Also, beginning tomorrow there will be work packets for grades K-5 available in the same pick up line at North Elementary.
 
We aim to keep our students engaged and learning over the next two weeks. During this school closure, we ask that parents and guardians encourage students to utilize the materials and resources their teachers have provided. Please contact your child's teachers via email to have conversations as needed during the closure.
 
Superintendent of Public Instruction James Lane announced today that the Virginia Department of Education will seek maximum flexibility for schools and students to mitigate the impact of COVID-19, including relief from federal and state requirements related to testing.
 
We continue to post resources on our Facebook page and website. We understand there are many unanswered questions, and we will continue to get you answers as they become available. Thank you again.
 
 
March 16, 2020, 2:50 PM
We are working diligently to ensure the continuity of our instructional program, continues.  However, we understand circumstances vary for each of our families, and we don't want our students to stress about the work they have received or they will receive.  We are asking that our students be mindful of their work, but also take care of themselves.  Check your emails daily.  Teachers and staff are available remotely to help students.  If you do not know which teachers to contact, please email one of the following administrators.  They will gladly help.  

Tussing: Remus_James@colonialhts.net

Lakeview: Patrick_Neuman@colonialhts.net

North: Travis_Ridley@colonialhts.net

CHMS: Burke_George@colonialhts.net

CHHS: Kristin_Janssen@colonialhts.net 

Please continue to follow us on Facebook and our webpage for updates.
 
 
 March 16, 2020,  7:00 PM
 
Thank you for your continued patience as we work through this quickly evolving community health issue! Please remember that the steps we take as a school division are designed to support and protect our students, staff and community as a whole.
 
In an effort to continue to provide mitigation strategies related to social distancing (as state and local guidance continues to reduce the acceptable number of people in one place at one time), the school division has re-evaluated its plans regarding open periods for schools and school division offices. The following decisions have been made:
  • Schools and school division offices will be closed effective with the close of business on Monday, March 16. 
  • Meals service for students will continue as scheduled. 
  • Breakfast and Lunch will still be available at North Elementary for our students from 8 a.m to 1 p.m.
  • Code 3 for employees.  If you have specific questions about reporting please contact your direct supervisor.
We continue to monitor changing conditions, understanding many are asking for additional updates. We do understand how difficult any uncertainty can be for families as you attempt to navigate schedules at home. However, at this time, it would be premature to project anything beyond the March 27 closure date already announced. We continue to look for guidance from the Governor’s Office, the Centers for Disease Control, the Virginia Department of Health and the Virginia Department of Education. The latter will be involved in helping school divisions across the state determine what, if any, makeup time is required. Those decisions will impact how we operate during the latter stages of second semester.
 
 
March 15, 2020, 3:30 PM
Monday March 16th schools will be open from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM, for students to retrieve items needed over this mandatory break, including child medication left at school. Only a guardian/ parent with their student will be allowed in the building to minimize exposure.

Colonial Heights Public Schools will have breakfast and lunch available for pickup for any Colonial Heights student from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM at North Elementary. This will be a drive up service through the bus loop.

This continues to be an ever changing situation, please watch your local news, our web page and our facebook page for up to date information.
 
 
March 13, 2020, 5:30 PM
 
The following are messages from Dr. Sroufe: Governor Ralph Northam is ordering schools across the state to close for at least two weeks.  President Trump has declared this event a national emergency. Therefore, Colonial Heights Public Schools will close Monday, March 16th through March 27th. We will have an optional teacher work-day on Monday. Teachers may work virtually or come into the buildings to continue to prepare materials for our students from 8-1. We will continue to communicate with our community about pick up times for instructional material and student items left at school.
 
We are working with the Virginia Department of Education and the Department of Social Services to ensure students who qualify for free or reduced lunch programs are able to access those programs while schools are closed. Right now, we are looking at providing pick-up breakfast and lunch for students at North Elementary School from 9-1 p.m. starting on Monday, March 16th. Students need to be present to receive the meals. We will make these announcements and give any changes of procedure through our School Message system and social media accounts. Northam announced his decision early Friday, saying it's being made to "keep Virginians as safe and healthy as possible, and to minimize exposure to COVID-19."
 
“I recognize this will pose a hardship on many families, but closing our schools for two weeks will not only give our staff time to clean and disinfect school facilities, it will help slow the spread of this virus," Northam said. "This is a fluid and fast-changing situation. We will do everything possible to ensure that students who rely on school nutrition programs continue to have access to meals, and that the disruption to academics is as minimal as possible.”
 
I would like to remind everyone we still have not received any news that there is a verified case of the Coronavirus in the City of Colonial Heights. Currently Colonial Heights Public Schools will operate on Code 2.
 
This is an ever changing situation. We appreciate everyone’s cooperation and understanding.
 
 
March 13, 2020, 3:00 PM
 
In light of Governor Northam declaring that all Virginia Public Schools are closed down starting on Monday, March 16th and President Trump declaring this a National Emergency, it makes sense that the Junior Ring Dance needs to be postponed at this time. With the CDC’s recommendation of social distancing, it is impossible to adhere to that recommendation. The high school will need to postpone the event; however, every effort will be made to reschedule it. We are very sorry. None of this has been easy, and we know this has created hardships for families. Please stay well and we will see you back at the high school in two weeks.
 
 
 
March 12, 2020, 6:00 PM
Our city and school’s emergency management team continues to monitor the ever changing situation. With student and staff safety in the forefront, the team has reworked and revised our facilities’ cleaning plan. The maintenance team will be hard at work utilizing CDC and Virginia Department of Health certified and appropriate cleaning solutions and products.
 
The Colonial Heights/Chesterfield Health Department provides recommendations for our community. In a precautionary measure, we have postponed the city-wide Fine Arts Festival because of its draw of people from surrounding areas. We are currently moving forward with the high school Ring Dance because of its containment to individuals within our community.
 
Currently, there is no confirmed case of the Coronavirus in the city of Colonial Heights.
 
Thank you again for your support, understanding, and assistance. 
 
 
March 11, 2020, 5:45 PM
 
Monday, March 16, 2020 has been added to the school calendar as a staff development day and student holiday.  All after-school activities will go on as scheduled on March 16th. This will allow our schools to prepare for the possibility of distance learning in the event of a school(s) closure.  In addition, it will provide our maintenance team with an opportunity to do an extended deep cleaning in all our school buildings.  Currently, there are no reported cases of coronavirus in the City of Colonial Heights.
 
Teachers will be trained and refreshed on remote instructional delivery models. This is in preparation for when the students return to school on Tuesday March 17th.  There will be time for students to receive training about online instruction and other methods. We are calling it a “Digital Learning Day.” 
 
 
Although we know that remote instruction is not ideal and there will be some obstacles, we hope that by planning and preparing thoroughly, we can work through those challenges in advance. We will adjust this plan as necessary. Our main goal will be to provide continued instruction, in a safe and equitable manner, so that students maintain current levels and continue to progress. Some considerations that are being discussed include:
  • Sending laptops home with students in Grades 3-5
  • Providing alternative learning materials for students in PreK-2nd
  • Planning to meet goals and objectives for students with IEPs
  • Delivering instructional materials to students without internet access
  • Ensuring that families with food insecurities have access to meals
As always, thank you for your continued support of our students and our schools.  We will work through this together.