Letter to Families -- April 2021



April 28, 2021

Colonial Heights Families:

First, we’d like to thank our entire school community for your support as we have navigated the challenges and celebrated the successes of the last fourteen months together.  We could not be more proud of our students, families, CHPS team members, and our Colonial Heights community.

Planning for an upcoming school year always begins months in advance.  As we prepare for 2021-22, we anticipate the school year being much closer to pre-pandemic operations, but there will likely be elements of this year that continue.  We need your assistance as we plan and prepare for another successful year in 2021-22.

 In-Person Learning

We expect most of our students, including our preschool students, to be back in our schools next year five days a week. Families will not have to request an in-person option; all of our students will automatically be scheduled for in-person learning for the 2021-22 school year. 

Our health plan will continue to be informed by guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Virginia Department of Health, and the Virginia Department of Education.  Health and safety mitigation procedures will likely continue to be in place in our schools in September, including physical distancing and required face coverings, though we anticipate our practices will be less restrictive to open the 2021-22 school year as guidance from health officials evolves.

Virtual Learning

We recognize and respect that some students may medically require a virtual learning option next school year.  We want students and families in this situation to continue to be part of the CHPS family, and we will provide a virtual learning option for 2021-22 for students in grades K-12.   An application process will be required for virtual placement.  

Applications will be available in the PowerSchool Parent Portal from April 28th - May 15, 2021. Since our goal is to maximize in-person learning opportunities for the 2021-2022 school year, there will be a limited number of seats available for virtual placement.  

Students and families medically needing distance learning should plan for a yearlong commitment through the end of the 2021-22 academic year. The application does require medical documentation and signature of a physician which is due by July 1, 2021.  

The application, medical verification form, virtual handbook, and continued learning plan have been posted to our division website at: https://www.colonialhts.net/2021-2022_learning_plan

If you  have any questions or need assistance completing the forms, please contact your child’s school.

Key Dates and Deadlines

May 15, 2021

Virtual Placement Applications due in Parent Portal

June 1, 2021

Notification to parents if application is approved or denied

July 1, 2021

Medical Certification of Need due in Parent Portal

Thank you, again, for everything you do for our school community.  As always, we are just a phone call or email away.  Stay safe!

Go Colonials!

William D. Sroufe, Ed.D.

Division Superintendent

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