Return to Learn – September 15, 2020

Good evening, CCPS families! Thank you to those who tuned into the September School Board meeting last evening in person or on Facebook Live. We recognize our school community is anxious to receive information regarding the 2nd quarter Return to Learn (R2L) plan. While the School Board did not announce new instructional plans at the meeting, CCPS staff did spotlight the various metrics that are being used to drive the school division’s decision-making. These data will be used to formulate our recommendations which will be outlined at a special called school board on Monday, September 28 (4:00-5:00 p.m.).

In the interim, please take a look at the following Questions and Answers for some helpful information.

 

  • Is CCPS considering a face-to-face model of instruction for the second quarter?

 

Yes, face-to-face hybrid (partial virtual/partial in-person), a modified full return (four days in-person), and continuation of VIRTUAL+ are all being considered. Should the CCPS R2L metrics support any type of in-person instruction, a virtual option will remain for families desiring the continuation of online learning.

 

  • What metrics are being used to determine the feasibility of an in-person instructional model?

 

CCPS is using local and regional health data (primary driver), instructional logistics, operational needs, and survey data. More specifically, CCPS is documenting data every two weeks in the following categories: COVID burden (# of cases per 100,000) and trend (# of cases increasing/decreasing), student and staff absence rates, substitute supply/demand, current health mitigation strategies, COVID supply availability, transportation supply/demand, technology supply/demand, financials, and instructional model considerations.

 

  • Who makes the decision regarding future R2L instructional models?

 

The Health Analysis and Advisory Team composed of VDH, CCPS, and School Board representation utilizes weekly health data to evaluate the school division’s ability to safely return to face to face instruction.

 

  • How can the Caroline community help our students return to face-to-face instruction?

 

The community’s support and collaboration is essential to getting our students and staff back into the school buildings.The September 7 weekly VDH report documented Caroline County’s case incidence rate per 100,000 as orange/moderate at 7.9. The PCR Percent Positivity was red/high at 10.4%. The September 14 report documented a case incidence rate per 100,000 as red/high at 13.4, which reflects a 24 day increase. The PCR Percent Positivity decreased to a 9.5% (anything >10 is high). To lower COVID-19 transmission in our community, please use the various CDC and VDH safety guidelines (social distancing, hand washing, face coverings, etc.) to help minimize cases. Caroline County must experience a substantial sustained decline in both the case incidence rate and the PCR Positivity percentage for the school division to able to fully entertain an in-person model of instruction.

Thank you for your support. Be on the lookout tomorrow for a parent survey (complete by Monday, 9/21) that will provide us with updated data necessary for planning. Have a wonderful evening!

 

Sarah Calveric, Ph.D.

Superintendent

 

Calendar Revisions 2020-2021

Due to our August 24th school start date for secondary schools and the September 8th start date for elementary schools, the Caroline County School Board approved the following revisions to the 2020-2021 Instructional Calendar. The following days will now be full school days:
Monday, October 12
Monday, January 4
Friday, February 12
Friday, April 2
Wednesday, May 26 is still the last day of school, but now is a full day and not a half day.

The approved revisions will satisfy the core instructional time requirements defined by the Code of Virginia for grades Prek-8 and bring Caroline High School closer to meeting the required 140 clock hours for verified credit. We thank the School Board for approving the additional 4.5 instructional days as Caroline County Public Schools continues to empower the next generation of learners, thinkers, and leaders.

Joseph Robinson Announced as the Coordinator of Virtual Learning and Innovation

We are pleased to announce Mr. Joseph Robinson as the newly appointed Coordinator of Virtual Learning and Innovation. Mr. Robinson joined Caroline County Public Schools in 2006, serving as a Health and Physical Education teacher, as well as an Instructional Technology Resource Teacher (ITRT) until 2014. After serving for two years in the role of Lead Technology Trainer and Developer at J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College, Mr. Robinson returned to Caroline in the role of ITRT in 2016. Most recently he has served as an ITRT at Caroline High School.

Mr. Robinson’s technical IT expertise partnered with diverse instructional knowledge will support CCPS with continued enhancements essential to technology proficiency, virtual teaching and learning, professional learning, and STEM programming. This CARES Act funded position will oversee all VIRTUAL+ instructional programs and online credit recovery options. Additionally, the Coordinator provides leadership to Innovation Specialists and supports staff with crafting and deploying effective online instruction resulting in measurable student achievement. As Coordinator, Mr. Robinson will direct the design, development, and delivery of professional development related to virtual learning and integration of technology into the classroom and beyond.

Please join us in congratulating Mr. Robinson as he takes on these new responsibilities.

Joey Robinson

LINQ

Reminder: Caroline County Public Schools is using a new online student registration/annual forms system called LINQ. LINQ provides a parent/guardian with the opportunity to electronically update demographic information such as address, phone number, and emergency contacts… and the system populates this information on all forms! Additionally, you may digitally sign school opening forms such as code of conduct document, acceptable use of technology, web access, and the student digital citizenship agreement – no more paper copies!

All 20-21 school opening forms should be completed in the online LINQ system no later than Wednesday, September 16, 2020. To access the system, simply navigate to our district website. Under the Parent Tab, select LINQ Registration.

Click on the following guidance documents to help you create an account attach a child access back to school forms. If additional support is needed, please view the attached video for assistance with creating an account and attaching your child. You can obtain an invite code by reaching out to your child’s school.

Parent Account Video

We hope you find LINQ to be easily navigated, efficient, and accessible at all times! Should you have any questions, please contact bhausler@ccps.us.

LINQ Registration Picture

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NAME THE BUS VOTE!

The Federal Programs Department is excited to announce the CCPS Community Bus! We hope to start traveling through the county sharing school supplies and educational resources very soon. We appreciate all submissions and we have selected the four most popular names. Please help us by selecting your favorite name by clicking on the link below. Voting is open until Friday, September 11th at noon.

Thank you in advance for your vote!

Vote here!

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