The second meeting of the CCPS Assessment Review Team was held on Tuesday, October 21, 2014. The meeting was well attended by parents, teachers, building level administrators, and central office personnel.

The team reviewed feedback from its initial meeting which helped to identify areas of focus. A positive outcome from the initial assessment review team meeting was the development and implementation of a division wide benchmark reflection process, which was shared with the group. This process outlines expectations for using benchmark assessments to improve instruction.

Additional discussion centered on how best to communicate the message to the community that assessments are used by teachers to help individualize instruction for every student. The Assessment Review Team will reconvene on November 17 at the School Board Office at 4:15 p.m.

Parents, teachers, staff, and community members who have suggestions or concerns they would like for the assessment team to consider are asked to put them in writing. Please send them to Dr. Daryl Chesley, Director of Secondary Curriculum and Instruction (dchesley@ccps.us) or Mrs. Kathleen F. Beane, Director of Elementary Curriculum and Instruction (kbeane@ccps.us).

Reminder- There will be a School Board Budget Workshop on Monday, October 27, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. in the conference room at the School Board Office.

There will be a Special School Board Meeting on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at 4:30 p.m. in the conference room at the School Board Office.

The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) has been made aware that many school personnel have questions about what education professionals can do to keep students and adults safe from the Ebola virus. At the current time, there are no cases of Ebola in Virginia. Our national health system has the capacity and expertise to quickly detect and contain this disease and is working with states and school districts to ensure the safety of our students and school employees. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is our primary source of information on Ebola. Current information may be found at the CDC Web site: http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/index.html.

Helpful Resources
United States Department of Education, Office of Safe and Healthy Students, Readiness and Emergency Management of Schools:
http://rems.ed.gov/

Virginia Department of Health, Division of Epidemiology, direct e-mail access to ask Ebola related questions:
Vdh_Epi_Comments@vdh.virginia.gov

Virginia Department of Health Ebola Fact Sheet:
http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/news/pdf/Ebola%20FAQ.pdf

The VDOE is working collaboratively with the Virginia Department of Health to provide you with pertinent information appropriate for your staff and parents. Information will be posted under “News and Announcements” on the Health and Medical page of the VDOE Web site: http://www.doe.virginia.gov/support/health_medical/index.shtml. In addition, school nurse coordinators will be updated as information and guidance become available. Questions should be directed to Tia Campbell, school health specialist, at Tia.Campbell@doe.virginia.gov; telephone (804) 786-8671.