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Chesterfield parent on in-person return: 'It's a very tricky balancing act'

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Posted at 2:59 PM, Nov 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-09 15:03:23-05

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. -- Middle and high school students in Chesterfield County walked back into classrooms Monday for the first since last spring.

Chesterfield County Public Schools has gradually welcomed back students to in-person learning with a hybrid model and by slowly allowing pre-K - 12th graders back into school buildings.

Students have been divided in to four Cohorts based off of grades and last names.

Emily Hartman has two kids in high school. She says they were willing to give in-person learning a try.

"They wanted to go back. They were a little apprehensive about all the rules and things, but they understood," Hartman told CBS 6.

While the Chesterfield mom is keeping a close watch on COVID numbers, she says she knows how important it is for her kids to have some in-person learning.

"Especially in these upper-level classes that are difficult. It's quite frankly its hard to learn, classes like chemistry and trigonometry and calculus online. It's not something that you can just log into a computer and learn. You need a subject matter expert to ask these questions," said Hartman.

CCPS in-person learning model has two in-person learning days.

Safety measures include staff and students wearing masks in buildings and on buses and making sure students perform self assessment testing before heading off to school.

"I am definitely concerned about several members of my own family and they are definitely at high risk and we have to take drastic measures to protect them. But at the same time, we have to figure out a way to keep kids in school. It's a very tricky balancing act," Hartman added.

For updates on the CCPS in-person learning plan, click here.