What‘s Happening at CHS

Bus Routes and Other Information for In-Person CHS Students

On Monday, April 12, CHS will begin offering in-person instruction to all students who have requested it, following a hybrid model. Students in Cohort A will attend school on Monday-Tuesday, and students in Cohort B will attend Wednesday and Thursday.

  • For more information about the new model, click here.

Please read this page for useful information such as bus routes.

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Important Notices about Bus Service

  • Bus space is very limited. CHS is presently contacting those families who are being offered bus service. Other students should find alternative transportation. If you are unsure whether your student has a confirmed spot on the bus or if your child needs to be added to a waitlist for bus transportation, please contact the school.
  • Bus routes will change on April 12.  Please  click button below to see current information.

Bus Schedules

 

New Safety Practices for In-Person Instruction

Review Safety Practices Here

Daily Routines

Image of CCS student daily health screening questions. Click for PDF.
Click image to find the PDF of the Daily Health Screening Questions for Students

I will do a daily health screening before my child leaves for school. The screening checks temperature plus other symptoms/ risk factors. See screening tool here.

Proper mask-wearing (over the mouth and nose) is required at all school-related sites unless my child receives permission (such as to eat or take a mask break). If my child requires a medical or developmental exception, I will supply documentation to the school.
In addition to mask-wearing, other school health routines such as social distancing, hand-washing, assigned seats, and health screenings will be in place.

Schools are limiting visitors. Family will be asked to drop off and pick up students (and any needed materials) outside the building.

Children will be going outside for outdoor learning as much as possible. I can let the school know if my child needs any inclement weather clothing.

Students will not share food or equipment such as a microwave.

Students Showing Symptoms/Possibly Exposed

I agree to keep my child (and any siblings) home from school if:

  • They or any close contacts are showing COVID symptoms.
  • They or any close contacts are waiting on COVID test results.
  • They or any close contacts have tested positive for COVID.
  • They or anyone in their household have been asked to quarantine

If my child shows symptoms or gets exposed at school, I will make arrangements for the child and any siblings to be picked up/return home ASAP (within an hour).

If my child has exhibited symptoms or been asked to quarantine, my child and all siblings will stay home from school until cleared by a doctor (or until the recommended period has elapsed — usually 10 days for a COVID diagnosis and 14 days for a quarantine).

Schools may need to shift certain students, classrooms, schools, or even all Charlottesville City Schools back to online learning for a period of time.

Transportation/Arrival at School

COVID Bus Protocols. Click image to go to Google doc.
COVID Bus Protocols. Click here or top of image to go to Google doc.

If your child has been assigned a spot on the bus:

  • My child will ride the bus regularly and will be picked up and dropped off at the same assigned location.
  • At the bus stop and on the bus, I will support bus safety practices such as mask-wearing, social distancing, and assigned seats.
  • When boarding the bus, my child will be screened for fever or symptoms and will use hand sanitizer.
    • For students in PreK-grade 6: I agree that a designated adult will wait with my child until they have been screened so that if they show symptoms at the bus stop, the child and all students in the household can return home with the adult. (Designated adult does not need to be a family member.) Adults, please help us by wearing a mask and practicing COVID safety.
    • For students in grades 7-12: I understand that if my student shows symptoms at the bus stop, my student will be directed to return home. The school will attempt to contact parents/guardians.
COVID Protocol for Arrival at School. Click image to go to Google doc.
COVID Protocol for Arrival at School. Click here or top of image to go to Google doc.

If your child is not on a bus:

  • My child will be screened for fever or symptoms and will use hand sanitizer upon arrival at school.
  • If I am driving children to school, I agree to wait until the health screening is complete and will assume responsibility to take home all the children in my car if any child I am driving displays symptoms. Children may be screened in the car.
    • For walkers/bike riders in PreK-grade 6: if my child displays symptoms, I agree to arrange pick-up of my child and any siblings within an hour.
    • For walkers/bike riders/self-drivers in grades 7-12: if my child displays symptoms, I agree to arrange for my child and any siblings to be picked up or to return home on their own within an hour.

Conclusion/Important

Illustration of handshakeCharlottesville City Schools is committed to teaching the skills that will keep us all safe. However, if your child or family struggles to uphold these safety commitments, for the safety of your child and our school community, we may reassign your child to virtual learning or family-supplied transportation.

Thanks for your partnership as we plan for a safe return to in-person instruction!

Ready to Sign the Agreement?

Safety Agreement Form for In-Person Instruction

Formulario español

Image of CCS student daily health screening questions. Click for OCR PDF.
Daily Health Screening Questions for Students

Print-ready Versions of Key Documents

 

New Information about Meal Deliveries (Updated Routes)

 

More Information

Three students wearing graduation gowns on a white background

CHS Graduation 2021 Scheduled for June 5

Three students wearing graduation gowns on a white backgroundWe are excited to announce that Charlottesville High School will hold graduation ceremonies on Saturday, June 5th at 10:00 am on DeBerry-Bingler Field at Theodose Stadium (CHS Athletic Field Complex). Each student will be given four tickets for family and friends. Since the attendees will be grouped together to allow for CDC social distancing guidelines, tickets may not be given away to another family. We are following strict guidelines from the governor’s office, and we cannot make exceptions. We will provide families with additional safety guidelines as graduation approaches.

The rain date is scheduled for Monday, June 7th at 7:00 pm.

Please check below for information about ordering caps, gowns, and diploma covers.

We are looking forward to giving our seniors a memorable experience!

Ordering Caps, Gowns, and Diploma Covers

Congratulations, Class of 2021! It’s time to order your graduation items from the company Herff Jones! Before you order, take a look at the additional links listed below.

Order anytime online or by phone!

Questions?

If you have any questions regarding graduation items, please email Emmett Bradshaw at egbradshaw@herffjones.com or call Herff Jones at 804-598-0971.

For CHS-specific questions about caps, gowns, and diploma covers, reach out to Brandi Underwood in the Counseling Department at underwb1@charlottesvilleschools.org.

CHS Hybrid Schedule. Virtual students log in via Zoom Monday-Thursday. In-Person students log in 2 days a week (Monday/Tuesday or Wednesday/Thursday) and zoom in the other 2. Fridays remain asynchronous (independent learning with office hours) for all students.

CHS Learning Options for April 12

As we plan for students to return to the building in a hybrid learning model on April 12, here is information about the options.

Hybrid Plan

CHS staff will work to keep students with their current teachers as much as possible. (This is a top priority.) Please see the chart below to show the hybrid schedule. For students who wish to return in person, they will come in person 2 days a week and they will log in via Zoom 2 days a week. For fully virtual students, they will log in 4 days/week. On Zoom days, students will have some asynch time to work independently. Fridays will remain as asynchronous (independent learning with office hours) for all students.

CHS Hybrid Schedule. Virtual students log in via Zoom Monday-Thursday. In-Person students log in 2 days a week (Monday/Tuesday or Wednesday/Thursday) and zoom in the other 2. Fridays remain asynchronous (independent learning with office hours) for all students.

 

 

Intent Form

Intent forms were due March 21.

 

Review and Sign Agreements for In-Person Learning

Review Safety Practices Here

Daily Routines

Image of CCS student daily health screening questions. Click for PDF.
Click image to find the PDF of the Daily Health Screening Questions for Students

I will do a daily health screening before my child leaves for school. The screening checks temperature plus other symptoms/ risk factors. See screening tool here.

Proper mask-wearing (over the mouth and nose) is required at all school-related sites unless my child receives permission (such as to eat or take a mask break). If my child requires a medical or developmental exception, I will supply documentation to the school.
In addition to mask-wearing, other school health routines such as social distancing, hand-washing, assigned seats, and health screenings will be in place.

Schools are limiting visitors. Family will be asked to drop off and pick up students (and any needed materials) outside the building.

Children will be going outside for outdoor learning as much as possible. I can let the school know if my child needs any inclement weather clothing.

Students will not share food or equipment such as a microwave.

Students Showing Symptoms/Possibly Exposed

I agree to keep my child (and any siblings) home from school if:

  • They or any close contacts are showing COVID symptoms.
  • They or any close contacts are waiting on COVID test results.
  • They or any close contacts have tested positive for COVID.

If my child shows symptoms or gets exposed at school, I will make arrangements for the child and any siblings to be picked up/return home ASAP (within an hour).

If my child has exhibited symptoms, my child and all siblings will stay home from school until cleared by a doctor (or until the recommended period has elapsed — usually 10 days for a COVID diagnosis and 14 days for a quarantine).

Schools may need to shift certain students, classrooms, schools, or even all Charlottesville City Schools back to online learning for a period of time.

Transportation/Arrival at School

COVID Bus Protocols. Click image to go to Google doc.
COVID Bus Protocols. Click here or top of image to go to Google doc.

If your child has been assigned a spot on the bus:

  • My child will ride the bus regularly and will be picked up and dropped off at the same assigned location.
  • At the bus stop and on the bus, I will support bus safety practices such as mask-wearing, social distancing, and assigned seats.
  • When boarding the bus, my child will be screened for fever or symptoms and will use hand sanitizer.
    • For students in grades 7-12: I understand that if my student shows symptoms at the bus stop, my student will be directed to return home. The school will attempt to contact parents/guardians.
COVID Protocol for Arrival at School. Click image to go to Google doc.
COVID Protocol for Arrival at School. Click here or top of image to go to Google doc.

If your child is not on a bus:

  • My child will be screened for fever or symptoms and will use hand sanitizer upon arrival at school.
  • If I am driving children to school, I agree to wait until the health screening is complete and will assume responsibility to take home all the children in my car if any child I am driving displays symptoms. Children may be screened in the car.
    • For walkers/bike riders/self-drivers in grades 7-12: if my child displays symptoms, I agree to arrange for my child and any siblings to be picked up or to return home on their own within an hour.

Conclusion/Important

Illustration of handshakeCharlottesville City Schools is committed to teaching the skills that will keep us all safe. However, if your child or family struggles to uphold these safety commitments, for the safety of your child and our school community, we may reassign your child to virtual learning or family-supplied transportation.

Thanks for your partnership as we plan for a safe return to in-person instruction!

Sign the Safety Agreement Form for In-Person Instruction

Formulario español

Image of CCS student daily health screening questions. Click for OCR PDF.
Daily Health Screening Questions for Students

Print-ready Versions of Key Documents

New Information about Meal Deliveries (Updated Routes)

More Information

CHS Academic Advising Season Underway

CHS Academic Advising Season graphicCharlottesville High School hosted a virtual curriculum fair on February 5 for rising 9th through 12th grade students, prospective students, and families to learn more about the course offerings for the 2021-22 school year.

In case you missed it, you can access the presentations here:

Additionally, the latest CHS School Counseling Newsletter is now posted here. 

 

Canvas — Pairing Codes and More

canvasCharlottesville City Schools uses Canvas, a widely used online “learning management system,” an interactive classroom web site. This page has links and information to help you  get started.

 

Link to Log into Canvas

Link to Canvas Training for Families/Providers

 

How Students can Generate a Pairing Code

 

Creating a Parent Account

Reporting a Problem with Your Canvas Account (lost password, etc.)

More Canvas Information:

  • Teachers can post all their class content in one place, including a calendar for due dates, links to class resources like videos, posted homework assignments (and a drop-box for turning it in), etc.
  • Students can see all their assignments, due dates, and class materials  in one spot. They can turn in assignments and see teacher feedback and grades.
  • Parents can create accounts so they can get a glimpse into the classroom, see what assignments are in the works, keep an eye on due dates, etc.

PowerSchool vs. Canvas?

  • PowerSchool contains grades and attendance. It’s the authoritative source for report cards. It also contains links to other tools so you can complete back-to-school paperwork, edit how you receive phone calls/emails/texts, and more.
  • Canvas is a classroom resource. It contains assignments, hand-outs, links to resources, and more. It also shows grades. If the grades in Canvas and PowerSchool don’t match up, please ask your student or teacher. 

Curriculum Fair at CHS coming Feb. 5

Attention all rising 9th-12th grade students and families: Charlottesville High School is hosting a virtual curriculum fair on February 5 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Join CHS school counselors and staff to learn more about the course offerings for 2021-22 school year (see agenda below).

Click here to register.

You will receive an email with links to the sessions you choose to attend. Choose the sessions that interest you!

9-9:30 AM: Welcome and Overview from School Counseling Department
9:30-10:00 AM: English Department
10:00-10:30 AM: Mathematics Department
10:30-11:00 AM: Science Department
11:00-11:30 AM: History/Social Studies Department
12:30-1:00 PM: World Languages Department & Health/PE Department
1:00-1:30 PM: Fine & Performing Arts Department & PVCC
1:30-2:00 PM: CATEC & CTE/Engineering

 

graphic for CHS Choirs winter concert and fundraiser

CHS Choirs present winter concert and fundraiser

graphic for CHS Choirs winter concert and fundraiserThe Choirs of Charlottesville High School held their winter concert and fundraiser on Wednesday, January 6 at 7 p.m. via Zoom.

Led by director Will Cooke, the performance included student singers from the Concert Choir, the Knightengales, the Charlottesville Singers, and the Morning Choir. The concert was also a fundraiser that raised over $2000 in donations that will go directly to The Haven, a Charlottesville area homeless shelter.

 

Online Learning Tips

As we approach the end of the first quarter on November 6, we wanted to offer some tips and information for staying on top of online learning. (Thanks to our friends at William Monroe High School for sharing this list!)

  1. Time Management. It is important that students stay up to date with assignments.  Putting off work until later has a tendency to compound the problem and becomes overwhelming for students to catch up.  Using the weekly agenda to see assignments for the week has proven to be beneficial. Be on the look-out for more help and tips from CHS.

  2. Procrastination. Many students are “saving” the workload for one day and then realizing it’s too much. Virtual students should be spending 45 minutes per day per subject.  These timeframes are the minimum. Classes such as DE and AP may be more demanding.

  3. Teacher Emails. You can expect teachers to respond to your questions within 24 hours after you contact them Monday thru Friday.

  4. Grades. Official grades are stored in the Powerschool Parent Portal, which is now connecting properly with Canvas.  Families, if you do not have a login, please contact the front office for this information.  All students can log in with their user name (the first part of their email address) and password to monitor their current grades. While assignments can be viewed in Canvas, official grades are in PowerSchool.

  5. Attendance. Attendance is still being recorded and it is essential that your students are attending zoom meetings and completing work. Students need to log in to all their classes on  Fridays for their asynchronous work.  Please contact the front office with student absences daily.


Need to check in with a teacher? Email or send a Remind message.

Need Canvas help? Visit our Canvas page for information, videos, and more.

  • Note: on the calendar view in Canvas, students can see that completed assignments are crossed off, but the observer does not see the items get crossed off. For observers to see this information, click on the assignment. It will take you to a screen with submission details.

Graduates at the CHS Victory Lap

Charlottesville High School graduation rate again exceeds state at 94.5 percent

Specific Highlights Include Black Students and Students with Disabilities

Charlottesville High School’s 2020 on-time graduation rate remained high at 94.5 percent overall, surpassing the state’s rate of 92.3. This comes after a school-high graduation rate of 95.7 in 2019. Charlottesville has one of the state’s highest graduation rates among cities.

“We couldn’t be more proud,” notes Superintendent Dr. Rosa Atkins. “Among other things, it indicates that we were able to stay connected with our high school seniors this spring to help them finish their K-12 journey.”

Scenes from the 2020 CHS Graduation Victory Lap

The school’s rate tops the state’s averages in several categories, including for black students and students with disabilities. Charlottesville’s black students’ rate rose from their already-high 2019 figure (95.9) up to 96.7. This exceeds the school’s overall graduation rate by 2.2 points as well as the state’s average for black students (91.3) by 5.4 points. Similarly, the school’s already-strong rate for students with disabilities increased from 95.3 to 95.6, surpassing the school’s overall rate by 1.1 points and their state peers’ rate by 5.2 points. The school’s drop-out rate stayed low at 2.6 percent, compared to the state average of 5.1 percent.

The school’s percentage of students earning advanced diplomas was just above state averages overall (51.9 vs 51.8). This rate improved for certain groups — for instance, the percentage of Charlottesville’s black students who earned the advanced diploma rose 6.4 points, rising from 25.5 in 2019 to 31.9. Virginia’s rate is 36.4.

The graduation rate for Hispanic students fell to 77.1, and Asian students fell to 78.6. The small number of students in each of these categories (35 and 14 students, respectively) makes these groups’ percentages subject to swings.  There is also significant overlap in these two groups with Charlottesville’s ESL students, who also saw their rate decline to 69 percent. Multi-racial students’ rate declined slightly to 91.3. On the plus side, Charlottesville’s economically disadvantaged students again outperformed the state’s (92.6 vs 89.1).

“We are so proud of the Class of 2020. They showed resilience in the face of challenges such as the schools’ closure this spring,” noted CHS Principal Eric Irizarry. “Our teachers, counselors, and staff stayed with them even during the closure, and we found great new ways to celebrate their graduation. That class taught us a lot, which we will use to help this year’s seniors.”

The cohort’s graduation rates complement their strong performance on the SAT. For the combined score, CHS students’ average rose to 1156, which surpassed the state by 40 points and the nation by 105 points. In reading/writing, CHS’s average of 595 surpassed the state by 28 and the nation by 67. In math, CHS’s average of 561 surpassed Virginia by 12 and the US by 38.