2020-2021 School Year Overview


CHMS 2020-2021 Summary Sheet for Families 


CHMS Daily Schedule:

The CHMS daily schedule will consist of four, 1-hour blocks. Students will receive math, English, science/social studies, and an elective or health and physical education daily. Science and social studies will switch at the semester break just as normal. Below is a sample schedule. Times may be adjusted as transportation scheduling is finalized. 

CHMS Schedule (Times Subject to Slight Adjustments) 
7:55 - Doors Open to Students 
8:15 - 8:30 -Announcements / Positive Action 
8:30-9:30 - BLOCK 1 
9:40-10:40 - BLOCK 2 
10:50-11:50-BLOCK 3 
11:50-12:20 - LUNCH 
12:20-1:15 - BLOCK 4 

Learning Zones:

Each grade level will be divided into four Learning Zones. Learning Zones will be assigned a designated entrance/exit door. Students will come in through their designated entrance, and report to their classroom along a designated route. Students will remain in their assigned classroom while the teachers assigned to the zone will move between the classes to deliver instruction. Extra time has been built in between classes to allow students to stand up and stretch, get water, and move. In addition we have outside areas designated for each learning zone. Teachers may coordinate to take students outside between classes, and even hold class outside as appropriate. Classrooms will also have sanitation stations, where students will have access to hand sanitizer, disinfecting spray, and wipes. 

Electives Rotation Summary:

Each grade level will get electives and health/PE on a rotating basis through an Exploratory course. Exploratory grades will be based on participation and daily work. Each learning zone will be assigned the same elective or PE teacher for one week at a time in an effort to minimize movement between learning zones. Making sure all students get electives and health and physical education will help to provide a balanced educational experience for all students, while also prioritizing health and safety standards. Band students will have band during the exploratory block Monday through Thursday all year, and will receive health and physical education instruction/ opportunities on Fridays. All students will receive health and physical Education throughout the year, however, PE uniforms will not be required and locker rooms will not be used. Students are encouraged to wear comfortable attire and tennis shoes during their H/PE weeks. Virtual Academy students will receive the same electives and health and physical education rotation. 

CHMS Virtual Classrooms: 

CHMS students who are enrolled in Virtual Academy (VA) will be taught by CHMS teachers. Students will receive their schedules in late August, along with our traditional school students. The VA daily schedule will mirror the traditional school schedule and students will need to log in to Canvas during class times. Classes will be 60 minutes long and will feature direct instruction, daily assignments, homework, group assignments, projects, and quiz and test grades. Classes will feature a combination of synchronous and asynchronous activities. Please see below for examples of each. 


Learning Recovery and Curriculum Realignment: 

All CHPS teachers have worked hard to identify content that was not adequately covered during the school closure last spring. Curriculum maps have been adjusted in order to cover missed material that is essential moving forward. In addition, teachers will assess students at the beginning of the school year in order to gauge what material needs to be woven into this year's lesson plans. 

Student Arrival and Dismissal 

Learning zone and classroom assignments will be sent out in late August. Upon arriving at school students will report to their assigned classrooms. Each learning zone will be assigned to an ent1y door which is the door students assigned to that zone will use. Learning zones and doors will be clearly marked. Student dismissal will be staggered so that zones at opposite ends of the building are released at the same time. Students should not gather in pairs or groups, but rather report directly to the parent drop off area or to their bus. Once the parent drop off line is filled, parents need to proceed to the football field parking lot so that students do not have to stand waiting for parents to pull up. 

Picking Your Student Up From School Early 

Due to the current pandemic, parent and visitor access to the building will be limited. Parents will be able to check students out; however, we strongly encourage this to be limited to situations that are absolutely necessary. When scheduling appointments, please keep in mind that our school day will now end at 1:15 p.m. Please do your best to schedule appointments after school hours. With the shortened class time, we need our students in school all day, every day, unless they are sick. If you must check your student out please call the school attendance desk at 524-3420 ext. 28 upon arrival so that we can call your student down before you come into the building. Once your student arrives at the security desk, you will come into the building for our attendance clerk to verify your information before releasing your student. 

CHMS Student Lockers:

Students will not be issued lockers for the 2020-21 school year. We have added a backpack to the school supply list. Students should cany their supplies in backpacks and will keep their backpacks with them in their classrooms. 

CHMS Student Meals:

Breakfast and lunch will be delivered to students in each learning zone and students will eat in their classrooms. Students will have a hot and cold lunch option each day and the menu will be provided by Colonial Heights Food Service Department in advance. In addition, meals will need to be paid for through MySchoolBucks as the exchange of money in the school building will not be permitted. To add money to your student's MySchoolBucks account please contact our Food Service department. Students will continue to be allowed to pack a lunch and bring it to school each day but parent deliveries of food will not be permitted. Please plan ahead to ensure that your student has money on his/her MySchoolBucks account or has a packed lunch when he/she leaves home each morning. 


All courses--traditional and virtual--will be taught through the Canvas Learning Management System. This is an online platform where teachers will post announcements, assignments, and notes/videos. Canvas can be accessed through your student's chromebook or any computer with internet access. Parent and student training will be provided by our school division as we approach the beginning of the new school year. 

School Supplies:

CHMS school supplies lists are updated and are posted on our website under the "Students and Families" tab. Students will need to have their own supplies with them each day and will NOT be permitted to share supplies. Students can leave their school supplies at their assigned desk for the year to avoid having to transport them to and from school each day.

CHMS Safety and Learning Environment Expectations:

Our school will be operating under enhanced safety guidelines. There will be little margin for variance from these expectations and guidelines. 

Keeping our students and staff safe is our top priority. AB a result, there will be very little tolerance for defiance of our safety plan. We simply will not put our students and staff in jeopardy. As outlined in the Traditional School Student and Parent Contract, should a student fail to meet these expectations and guidelines, the student will be administratively placed in Virtual Academy. In addition, our abbreviated school day means less class time and we are committed to providing our students with a high quality education despite these time constraints. Students who are disruptive in this time-compressed learning environment will be transitioned to Virtual Academy. We realize that this could place a scheduling burden on our families; however, by selecting the traditional school option, parents have agreed to the enforcement of these expectations. Please discuss ahead of time with your child the importance of adhering to the CHPS health and safety plan and the Traditional School Student and Parent Contract, as well as the importance of adhering to classroom expectations and processes. 

Students will be seated in classrooms at least 6 feet away from other students in most instances. However, as students and staff may move throughout the room, students will be expected to wear masks while in the building. Teachers will have masks available for students who need one or who need a replacement during the day. Help your student practice wearing a mask now as they prepare for school. If you think your student cannot wear a mask during the school day, you may need to consider switching to the Virtual Academy. The safety of ALL student and staff is our #1 priority. 

Student Screening Procedures 

Our current plan is for students to be temperature-checked before entering the CHPS school buildings each morning. This will occur at the entrance door of each learning zone. Students that are running a temperature above 100.4 will be directed to our treatment room, where a parent or guardian will be contacted and be required to come pick up the student. Failure to pick up the student from school in a timely manner will result in the student being transferred to the Virtual Academy. Enrollment in the traditional school during this pandemic requires parents to be responsible for aiding in the safety of all students and staff. If you are unable to make arrangements to have your child picked up from school in a timely manner then you will need to enroll your child in our virtual academy. 

Special Education 

Traditional and Virtual Academy students will receive accommodations and services listed in their individual IEPs. Your child's case manager will be communicating with you throughout August to discuss your child's schedule and services. Please keep in mind parent and teacher requested IEP and Child Study meetings will be held after 1:15 pm during the staffs scheduled planning block. 

Social/Emotional Support 

Our school division is implementing a social and emotional learning curriculum titled Positive Action. This curriculum is focused on having a positive mindset, developing strong character, making good decisions, developing healthy relationships, and treating people with kindness and respect. We will spend the first 15 minutes of each school day with students working through this curriculum. In addition, we will continue to implement our Character Counts curriculum. We believe that building strong character, a strong work ethic, and developing good decision making skills is just as important as anything that we teach our students. We also realize that the past six months have been tough for many of our students and families and we want to provide as much support to our families as possible. Our school counselors will still be able to meet with our students and will also be providing counseling services to our Virtual Academy students. 

6th Grade Orientation and 7th and 8th Grade Welcome Back and Learning Zone Tours 

We are working on a virtual model for all back-to-school activities. We will be sending out more information on these events as we get closer to the start of school. We are also producing learning zone tours for students and parents which will highlight how to enter the building, how to identify your child's learning zone, and a tour of sample classrooms. 

Chromebook and Technology Support 

CHMS is partnering with the Office of Technology and Learning and will set up times for students to conduct needed maintenance on Chromebooks and chargers before school starts. Dates and times for Virtual Academy student chromebook refresh sessions are currently posted on the division website. Traditional school student chromebooks will be services as-needed at the start of the school year. In addition, chromebook support will be offered at CHMS throughout the school year in order to supp01t student learning. 

Middle Years 

We are excited to announce that will be providing the "Middle Years" publication to our families this year. This publication is targeted to middle school parents and students. Each month we will send a new edition out to our families. Article topics range from strengthening study skills to helping new middle schoolers deal with the anxiety that starting middle school can bring; from tips for eating healthy, to strategies for understanding "tweens", to tips for parents to help their middle-schooler navigate tough situations and decisions. This publication also includes fun games and activities that we hope you can engage in with your children. Our families are a huge pa1t of all we do here at CHMS and we hope you will read and benefit from each edition. 

To all of our CHMS families, it is going to be a great year. We will work through challenges together and emerge from this situation stronger. Go Colonials! 

Burke George,


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