CCPS Board Approves Return to Learn Plan

Dear CCPS Family,

For weeks, staff, students, and parents have anticipated the School Board’s approval of the 2020-2021 Return to Learn plan. I am pleased to report that this afternoon’s special called board meeting, the Caroline County School Board approved the VIRTUAL+ instructional delivery model for the first nine weeks (August 24-October 8). After productive deliberation, the Board’s unanimous vote (6-0) reflected their collective commitment to the health and well-being of all students and staff.

While the School Board acknowledges the unified desire for students to return to school in a face-to face environment, the hybrid hurdles outlined in today’s CCPS R2L presentation confirmed VIRTUAL+ as the most feasible and safe option. While this approved recommendation may ease many minds, we recognize the inherent challenges this model may present for others. We want to assure you that CCPS remains invested in working alongside our students and families to develop creative solutions and provide support and resources.

While additional communication will be provided in the coming days and weeks, the following information outlines high-level aspects of the VIRTUAL+ plan:

  1. PK-12 students will participate in virtual instruction from August 24 through October 8.
  2. The VIRTUAL+ model reflects direct teacher instruction (synchronous) on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. Students will engage in asynchronous instruction on Wednesdays, while teachers utilize this day for parent/student communication, remediation, intervention, planning, and CTE lab completion for industry certification.
  3. The VIRTUAL+ delivery model will utilize a structured schedule for synchronous learning with a more flexible asynchronous time period. This will enable parents to support their children with completion of independent assignments/tasks (asynchronous) when most convenient. Attendance will be taken daily (PK-12) and by course at the secondary level (6-12).
  4. Equity populations (+) inclusive of students with special needs (per IEP services), English Language Learners (levels 1-4), and students with no/limited internet service will be eligible to receive instruction at school on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. Families will be contacted to confirm student participation and share logistical details.
  5. The Technology Department will be communicating information related to device distribution (iPads and Chromebooks). If preferred, students will be permitted to use personal devices.
  6. Based on the R2L 2.0 Parent Survey data, CCPS has begun purchasing hotspots to support families without internet access. Distribution information will be forthcoming.
  7. Food Service (breakfast and lunch) will continue for in-person learners as well as virtual students. More information will be provided regarding how families can access meals.

To learn more about the Return to Learn logistics, please take a moment to review the CCPS Instruction Plan. Additionally, we encourage you to visit our R2L website for frequent FAQ updates and VIRTUAL+ information.

Thank you for your continued engagement and support. We look forward to designing developmentally appropriate instructional experiences for every CCPS student.

Sarah Calveric, Ph.D.
Superintendent

CCPS Return to Learn Site

CCPS is excited to announce the launch of its new Return to Learn website. For your convenience, the site contains the latest “draft” information regarding the opening of school for the 2020-21 school year: Introduction, Resources, Timeline, Guiding Principles, Survey Trends, Health and Safety, Delivery Models, Special Services, Social and Emotional Resources, and Athletics and Extracurriculars.

The R2L site will be updated regularly based on the latest guidance from the CDC, VDOE, or VDH, so be sure to visit it regularly to keep up-to-date regarding your student’s return to school.

CCPS Return to Learn

CCPS COVID-19 Information and FAQs

Caroline County Public Schools is concerned about the health of its students and staff.  As a result, we are closely monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak and keeping our community informed about the latest developments, best preventative practices, and steps that CCPS is taking to ensure a safe environment.

CCPS COVID-19 Information Page

CCPS COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Continuity of Instruction Plan (PDF)

Resumen de Planes de la Continuidad de Instrucción (PDF)

 

Mrs. Jill Godard Announced as Caroline High School Assistant Principal

The Caroline County School Board appointed Mrs. Jill Godard as Assistant Principal of Caroline High School at its meeting on August 10, 2020.
Mrs. Godard graduated from Marymount University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Education. She received her endorsement in Educational Leadership from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Currently, Mrs. Godard is a Senior Teacher for Special Education at Chickahominy Middle School with Hanover County Public Schools. Serving in this leadership role since 2013, Mrs. Godard supervised all special education programs, teachers, and paraprofessionals and provided transition support for rising 6th and 8th grade students. She has served on the Equity Steering Committee as well as worked with the development of the Profile of a Graduate. Prior to this position, Mrs. Godard was a Special Education Teacher for Hanover County Public Schools where she was on the School Improvement Team, the Teacher Evaluation Committee, the Positive Behavior Intervention Team, and an acting administrator when needed.
Caroline County is excited to welcome Mrs. Godard to the Caroline High School team for the 2020-2021 school year.

Jill Godard

The CCPS Preschool Program is recruiting for the 2020-2021 school year!

School begins on August 24th and we are continuing to take applications for preschool. If your child will be 4 years old before September 30th, please obtain a pre-application from the CCPS website or contact your zone school for assistance. Completed pre-applications may be emailed to csimms@ccps.us or dropped off at your home school.

To date, we have 40 remaining spots open. At a recent meeting the School Board approved a Virtual + instructional model for PK-12 thru October 8th. CCPS is committed to ensuring a positive, engaging, and developmentally appropriate virtual experience for your preschool student. We look forward to receiving your application.

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Mr. Christopher Caldwell Announced as Supervisor of Maintenance

The Caroline County School Board, at its special called meeting on July 30, 2020, appointed Mr. Christopher Caldwell as Supervisor of Maintenance.

Mr. Caldwell attended the Spotsylvania Career and Technical Center through the state apprenticeship program with a concentration in HVACR. He currently works for Stafford County Public Schools as their Physical Plant Engineer at Stafford Senior High School and has been employed since 2010. In this role, Mr. Caldwell managed all on-site maintenance of the school campus. Mr. Caldwell was successful in obtaining an Energy Star rating for SHS within the first year of opening the new high school. He was the Stafford County Public Schools Assistant Physical Plant Engineer at North Stafford High School prior to his promotion.

Currently, Mr. Caldwell volunteers his time to work with the Habitat for Humanity project, giving families the opportunity to learn the process of building a home in a safe and cost efficient manner and assisting them in becoming homeowners.

Caroline County is excited to welcome Mr. Christopher Caldwell to the Maintenance Department.

Chris Caldwell

Mr. Travis Billups Announced as Caroline High School Assistant Principal

The Caroline County School Board appointed Mr. Travis Billups as Assistant Principal of Caroline High School at its special called meeting on July 30, 2020.

Mr. Billipus graduated from Elizabeth City State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications Studies. He also holds a Master’s Degree in Exceptional Education from George Mason University and a certificate of Educational Leadership from Longwood University.

Currently, Mr. Billiups is a Dean of Students for Richmond City Public Schools. Serving in this leadership role since 2019 has enabled him to support the development and implementation of a school-wide, tiered system of behavioral support. He was instrumental in implementing professional development that aligned with the strategic plan, mission, and vision of the division. Mr. Billups served from 2014-2019 at James River Juvenile Detention Center. He also served as a special educator for Henrico County Public Schools.. His identified strengths include equity and diversity, community partnerships, and family engagement.

Caroline County is excited to welcome Mr. Billups to the Caroline High School team for the 2020-2021 school year.

Travis Billups

Wrap the Bus Project!

CCPS is offering sponsorship opportunities for individuals, businesses, etc. to join together to redesign the “new” family engagement bus. Here are the levels for sponsorships:

$250-$500- Photo for Media Release

$500-$1000- First Ride Around Town & Photo

$1000+ All Above & Logo placed on the Bus

Make a difference in your community!

For more information, call the Federal Programs Department at 804-633-5088.

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How to Make Story Time Fun

On Wednesday, July 15th, the Federal Programs Department hosted a live session for families on how to Make Story Time Fun! Amy Penick, Title I Reading Specialist at Madison Elementary, shared strategies and tips for engaging children at home with reading. If you are interested in viewing the recorded session, please use the link below. Be on the lookout for future family learning sessions!

Making Story Time Fun!