The meeting started at 5:30 pm with Dr. Irizarry’s update.
For teacher appreciation Kathleen Druzba and Volker Antes did a drawing for staff of Sticks gift cards.
The organization Sin Barreras (without barriers) gave a presentation. Speakers were Edgar Lara, Director of Community Engagement and Franny Smedile, President. Their mission is to educate, support and serve the immigrant community focusing on the Hispanic population of Charlottesville and the surrounding areas. They provide a variety of services from social support to translation to legal guidance. They have a wide variety of volunteer opportunities. https://www.sinbarrerascville.org/
We can support clients of Sin Barreras who are CHS parents by making personal overtures, including invitations to meetings. The PTO president is also investigating getting Spanish translation during meetings.
Assistant Principal Rodney Redd gave an update on the sports returning to CHS. The Virginia High School League is permitting sports to resume with COVID protocols. CHS’s sports are returning, with COVID safety protocols.
This includes bussing to games where only a small amount of students are allowed on each bus. Information on club sports will be coming separately by Canvas.
Calendar and policy specifics for sports can be found at gocville.org when you hover over the “MORE” tab. There are drop down menus with the information and a live schedule link
Volker Antes gave an update on the successful Sticks fundraiser, which is continuing.
The PTO is cosponsoring an upcoming workshop for parents, How to Speak To Teenagers About Race, Racism and Racialized Violence. It will take place Tuesday, Feb. 23rd from 6:30 – 8:30 pm. Dr. Joseph WIlliams of UVA Curry School of Education will lead. Registration link will be coming electronically soon.
Due to time constraints the update on the use of the Joint PTO Reopening Fund was deferred to the next meeting.