The READ Center is taking every necessary precaution to ensure that staff, students, and supporters remain safe from COVID-19. This is an evolving situation and READ is actively monitoring official recommendations from the CDC, WHO, and other leading health organizations. READ’s priority is the health of everyone involved in the organization.We will be vigilant and make informed decisions about READ Center activities over the coming weeks and months. We will regularly be updating and communicating policies to keep people as safe as possible. Please check this page for updates. 

 The READ Center office is open with alternating staff.

If you need to come by the office, please call ahead. All visitors must wear a mask in the READ office. The office number is 804-288-9930.

The READ Center classes resumed on September 14. 

As most of our previous classroom locations will not be available to READ, the first semester will be conducted through distance learning. We look forward to having our students, tutors and teachers back together and learning. To learn more about how each READ is going back to class please read the recent blog from READ Center

Student assessments and orientations have begun again!

The READ Center Program Education staff is working with small groups of prospective students to complete the registration process by taking the student assessment and completing orientation.

Use good judgment when meeting one-to-one.

One to one pairs can choose whether or not to meet in person. Some libraries have opened now in Virginia’s Phase Three. Libraries are requiring masks and asking patrons to maintain 6 feet of social distance. This could make it difficult to tutor. Some READ tutors continue to meet weekly over the phone or online. Some pairs are waiting until it is safer to meet in person. This is an individual decision. Please continue to send in your monthly reports if you are still tutoring during this time.

To learn more about Chesterfield County Libraries Learning Pods and to reserve space click here.

New volunteer tutor orientations, observations, and trainings are being held online.

READ Center volunteers recently completed the first online training session. Additional observation and training sessions may be added in the fall. We appreciate your flexibility and understanding. We will continue to update registered volunteers on the status of orientation and training.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer READ Tutor, please visit our Volunteer Page and complete our online application form.

Resources are available for all on READ’s website.

READ’s Resources Page is being constantly monitored and updated with resources during this time. The COVID-19 Community Resources Page features community resources regarding employment, food assistance, and more. Other resources include:

What You Can Do:

 Stay home if you are sick or at high risk of becoming sick. 

Students, tutors, and teachers should stay home if they are feeling ill and seek medical attention if they are exhibiting the following signs: fever, cough, or shortness of breath. Call your doctor immediately if you have been in close contact with someone known to have COVID-19.

Protect yourself.

The Center for Disease Control has released a guide to stay safe and protect yourself from the coronavirus. Make sure you are washing your hands thoroughly, avoid close contact with people who are sick, and take precautions when traveling to prevent spreading the virus.

Protect others.

If you have recently traveled out of the country, especially to countries designated as a level 3 travel warning by the CDC (Italy, China, South Korea, and Iran), please follow CDC guidelines about isolation.

 The READ Center will continue to update this page as the situation evolves.