Update from Dr. Sutton
Good Evening Chester County School District Families & Staff!
The New Year is finally here, and although most of us are relieved to say goodbye to 2020, things are not yet fully back to normal. I want to thank all of our staff for their continued hard work and dedication, our students for their flexibility and willingness to learn during these uncertain times, and our parents for their patience and support as we continue to navigate these uncharted waters. COVID-19 still poses a very serious threat to our students and staff members. The District will continue to monitor trends in the number of positive cases within our schools, and will take appropriate action in order to protect our students and staff. As you all know, we have taken precautionary measures in order to minimize the spread of the virus, but now we are asking for everyone’s help to ensure that these measures remain in place. Parents, now more than ever, we ask that you protect yourselves and your loved ones from potential exposure by following all of the guidelines provided by DHEC and the CDC. A number of resources is also available on our website. Most importantly, if your child is sick or showing any symptoms related to COVID-19, we ask that they remain out of school in order to prevent spreading to students and staff. We will also launch a new CCSD Covid-19 Reporting Form on our website, to track positives cases from the Winter Break. We encourage all parents and staff to utilize the form so we have an accurate account of positive cases in each school.
There has also been some speculation that the entire District will operate on a fully virtual schedule due to the rising cases of COVID-19. As of today, the District has not made such a decision, but will continue to monitor the cases throughout the county. I would also like to remind everyone that ALL classes will resume on Wednesday, January 6, 2021. This includes all Virtual and Hybrid students. In the event we must temporarily close a school, or return to a fully remote schedule, we will send out notifications via email, phone call, social media, and the District website. We will also contact our local news and media partners with any important updates.
Finally, we have begun the process of merging both hybrid cohorts for a 4-day in-person schedule for grades Pre-K through Grade 2. Grades 3 through 5 will merge on January 19, 2021; middle and high school students will merge on February 8, 2021. Approval letters were sent out on December 14, 2020 via email. If you did not receive a letter, your request to change instructional models was not approved. All decisions were based on class sizes, and resource and personnel availability. Additional information is also available on the District website.
Again I want to thank everyone for their patience, hard work and dedication as we enter into our second semester. As always, we will get through this together—CHESTER COUNTY STRONG!
Dr. Antwon M. Sutton