Mr. Jose Diaz Announced as Director of Human Resources and Communications

The Caroline County School Board appointed Mr. Jose Diaz as Director of Human Resources and Communications at its meeting on September 28, 2020.
Mr. Diaz graduated from Nyack College in New York with a Bachelor’s Degree in Organization Management.
Currently, Mr. Diaz is a Human Resources Business Partner for Serta Simmons Bedding in Fredericksburg. Serving in this role since January 2020, Mr. Diaz is responsible for full life-cycle recruiting, talent management, employee relations, organizational development and design, compensation and benefits administration, diversity and inclusion management, and change management. Prior to this position, Jose was the Director of Human Resources for Universal Dynamics for 4 years. In this role, he was responsible for human resources related functions and the safety program for a machine manufacturing facility and corporate office. He also handled recruiting and the selection process for all salaried and hourly employees within the facility, including the executive leadership team. Mr. Diaz has over 13 years of management level experience in Human Resources and enjoys building relationships within the communities in which he serves while focusing on recruiting and retaining staff.
Mr. Diaz looks forward to finding purpose within the community he serves and supporting the division in achieving its vision and mission. Caroline County is excited to welcome Mr. Jose Diaz to the Human Resources and Communications team for the 2020-2021 school year. He will begin his role on October 19, 2020.

Jose Diaz

Special Called School Board Meeting

Special Called School Board Meeting
Monday, September 28, 2020 at 4:00 PM
Caroline Middle School
13325 Devils Three Jump Road Milford VA 22514

Meeting will be streamed LIVE on Facebook.
All public comments of attendees not present at the meeting must be submitted to the School Board Clerk, Lisa Stevens by 12:00 PM Monday, Sept. 28th, to be read aloud during the public comment section of the agenda.
Please submit your public comments to lstevens@ccps.us.

Meeting agenda can be accessed on Boarddocs through the CCPS website.
Social distancing enforced. (Maximum 100 seats available)
Face Coverings required.

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