The question remaining for the health committee is whether Chesterfield is behind or ahead of the regional curve in terms of COVID-19.
Chesterfield schools opted against categorically moving the first nine weeks of school online, instead establishing a health committee to provide recommendations twice a month to the School Board regarding a phased-in, in-person learning approach.
“There’s a likelihood that you will return students [to school] much sooner than some of the neighboring school divisions in the Richmond area and in the Commonwealth,” Taylor said.
If a decision is reached during the Sept. 14 work session, the tentative timeline is as followed:
Cohort 1: Select K-12 special education students, as determined by individualized education programs, commonly called IEPs, will return to four days of in-person instruction Sept. 29.
Cohort 2: All pre-kindergarten through second-grade students will return to hybrid in-person instruction Oct. 12.
Cohort 3: All students in third through fifth grades will return to a hybrid in-person instruction Oct. 26.
Cohort 4: All students in sixth through 12th grades will return to a hybrid in-person instruction Nov. 9.
Cohorts 2-4 would only return to school twice a week and would be split by last name. For example, Group 1 of any cohort is students with last names that begin with A through L. These students would attend school Monday and Tuesday. Group 2 of any cohort is students with last names beginning with M through Z, and they would attend Thursday and Friday.