Welcome to the Chester, Deep River, Essex & Region 4 School Districts, serving the communities of Chester, Deep River and Essex. It is an honor and a privilege to lead these high-quality districts. Our schools are representative of the collective efforts of the stakeholders in each of the communities comprising Chester, Deep River, Essex & Region 4, and we are proud of the many accomplishments of our students, faculty and staff. We respect and appreciate the support and involvement of our families in the education of their children. Their partnership and trust is essential to our success.

The mission of the Chester, Deep River, Essex & Region 4 Schools is to engage all students in a rigorous and collaborative educational program.  We prepare our learners to be respectful citizens who are empowered to contribute in a globalized society.

The three strategic initiatives that focus the efforts of our districts are (a) a PreK-12 focus on critical and creative thinking (b) the continued development of our assessment practices (c) support teachers to implement best teaching and learning practices, with an emphasis on higher order thinking skills and digital literacy. 

I invite you to explore the content on our website to learn more about our schools, the quality programming, and the opportunities we offer our students. You will find districts committed to the success of every student.


Brian J. White, Superintendent

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The Schools of Chester, Deep River, Essex and Region 4
Second Reopening Presentation  - August 12, 2020
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The Schools of Chester, Deep River, Essex and Region 4 Reopening Presentation  
*** Please remember that a storm was occuring during the recording of this presentation ***

VIDEO INDEX: 04:35 - State Guidance and guidelines 08:22 - Plan development and timeline 11:21 - Parent and family survey results 13:44 - Facilities Preparations 18:34 - COVID-19 Mitigation Strategies 19:21 - Face Coverings 23:12 - Social Distancing 28:32 - Classroom layouts 30:16 - Cohorting 33:07 - Block Scheduling JWMS and VRHS 35:34 - Practices and Protocols 44:58 - What happens if there's an infection? 48:08 - Teaching and Learning 53:15 - Reopening Scenario #1 - Full Reopening 56:32 - Reopening Scenario #2 - Hybrid / Partial 01:01:27 - Reopening Scenario #3 - Remote, E-Learning 01:05:32 - Access and Equity 01:07:21 - Social and Emotional Learning 01:09:22 - Special Education 01:11:00 - Preschool 01:12:25 - Transportation 01:13:46 - Athletics & Extracurricular 01:18:14 - Start of school calendar and transition planning 01:21:46 - Professional Development 01:22:24 - Budgetary Considerations 01:26:28 - Next Steps

Message to Communities about Equity in the Chester, Deep River, Essex and Region 4 Schools
The Schools of Chester, Deep River, Essex and Region 4 Offices
are open from 8:00 - 3:00 Monday - Friday.
The offices will be open to the public on a limited basis by appointment only.

Reopening Plans for 2020

Food Service During School Closure



07/22/2020 Press Release
03/27/2020 Press Release
03/18/2020 Press Release

2020-2021 Budgets and FAQ


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