CHESTER, Pa (July 29, 2020) – Chester Upland’s school year will begin on September 1, 2020 and continue virtually until at least January 2021.

Parent Training is Wednesday, 7/29/20 (6:00pm – 7:00pm) to learn about Zoom, Google Classroom and ways to help your child succeed in an online environment.  Just click on the zoom link to begin:

The District is set to distribute laptops and Chromebooks to students the week of August 24.

The Health and Safety Plan to reopen the Chester Upland School District was created through the leadership of Dr. Carol D. Birks, superintendent, and a Pandemic School Reopening Task Force who worked with experts, faculty, families and the community to determine the best course of action for the fall.

“When trying to determine how to reopen schools in a time with so much uncertainty, it is essential to have a team of key players from all facets of the Chester Upland Learning Community to help design a plan that incorporates scientifically researched based best practices, protocols and guidelines that prioritize health, safety, academics and the social emotional well-being of our students, faculty and staff,” said Dr. Birks. “We understand that it is about more than just what the District thinks is the best reopening option, which is why we conducted surveys, held Town Hall Meetings and Community Forums for faculty, staff, families and community to better understand multiple stakeholder perspectives.”

Though the plan to reopen virtually has been approved by the Receiver along with support from the elected school board, comprehensive details of the educational program will be released in mid-August.

The District will hold another set of open-discussion forums on August 11 at 9:00 a.m. and August 12 at 12:30 p.m. for faculty and staff; and August 11 and 12 at 6:00 p.m. for families and community.

In October, the Pandemic School Reopening Task Force will reconvene to assess the current pandemic crisis, restrictions and recommendations to determine the best course of action for the remainder of the school year. Those conversations will also include input from students, families, community, faculty and staff.