A Message from the Superintendent
Dear Staff and Families:
At Thursday night’s Board meeting, during the discussion of plans for offering in-person instruction, several revised plans and timelines were discussed. These new plans address both the rising COVID numbers in our area and feedback from the Board and community that they would like to maintain the structure and success of our virtual model, especially at Buford and CHS (where a hybrid model had initially been proposed). These revised plans are also informed by community input from families who would be willing to remain online if it would enable the schools to safely offer in-person instruction for those who most need it.
Briefly, the updated plans call for:
The Board unanimously approved these updated plans. Even so, at the Board’s next meeting on January 7, Board members will review area health data and may revise these timelines accordingly. To learn more about these plans, you can watch the Board meeting video.
Additionally, here is related news coverage for your reference.
As we head into winter break, I want to wish you all Season’s Greetings for safe and joyful holidays.
Dr. Rosa Atkins
During winter break, December 21, 2020 through January 1, 2021, Charlottesville City Schools nutrition staff will be taking a break from their usual meal preparation and distribution efforts.
In their place, Cultivate Charlottesville, along with a multitude of community partners, will be providing food access resources for families throughout the break. Please visit charlottesvilleschools.org/winterbreakfood to find the best food options for your family. Coming up on Monday, December 21, student meals will be distributed at various sites. Our website also includes a number of City of Charlottesville Food Resources (English).
The Virginia Health Department is hosting free COVID-19 testing sites hosted by TJHD and other community agencies. Note: These sites are offering free COVID PCR testing (nasal swab). TJHD and UVA are not offering antibody testing at community test sites. Questions? Call TJHD’s COVID-19 hotline at 434-972-6261 (staffed M-F 8am-4:30pm) or email at TJhealthdistrict@gmail.com
Our Cville Schools community came together for our second Response to Essential Needs Drive Through Extravaganza in December at CHS. Thanks to the Chris Long Foundation and the United Way of Greater Charlottesville for your generous support. We were able to provide necessities like hygiene items, clothing, coats, and books to families and students in need.
Need some help getting into the holiday spirit? Watch and listen to a few festive performances from our talented CHS students!
Two local companies, Innovative Software Solutions and WillowTree, partnered for a fundraiser to provide STEM summer camp scholarships and brand new laptops to three CHS Engineering students. Congratulations to the deserving recipients: Hope George, Miriam Sadat, and Aniyah Moore! Engineering teacher Matt Shields accompanied reps from the two companies to deliver the surprise to the girls’ homes.
At the December 17 School Board meeting, the Board voted to approve the revised plans for returning to in-person instruction contingent upon a review of health data on January 7. In addition, the Board is in the process of developing a 2021-22 budget.
Day of Play Recap
Charlottesville City Schools held its first ever division-wide Day of Play for city schools staff, students, and their families on December 5. We had more than 400 videos and photos submitted from those who participated.
Thanks to the generous support of the Public Education Fund of Charlottesville-Albemarle (PEFCA), we awarded 28 lucky winners with raffle prizes valued at $2500! For a complete list of winners.
Also, many thanks to the volunteers and staff who donated their time and expertise to create the activities. A special thank you goes to staff members Jessica Brantley, Paula Culver-Dickinson, and Linda Humphries for their roles in planning and executing this fun event for all.
Happy Holidays to all of our Charlottesville City Schools staff, students, and families!