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Team Chesterfield families and staff, This is an historic day in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Unfortunately, it is not the history that you or I probably care to be a part of. Per Governor Northam’s announcement earlier this afternoon, Chesterfield County Public Schools will be closed for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year due… Full Article


Team Chesterfield families, The unprecedented times we wrote to you about last week continue. Chesterfield County schools and school division offices will be closed through at least April 13. At this time, we hope to reopen schools and school division offices on Tuesday, April 14. Uncharted waters related to COVID-19 require us to make decisions… Full Article


Team Chesterfield families, These are unprecedented times. Unprecedented times call for unprecedented measures. With the Governor’s declared state of emergency due to COVID-19 and today’s regional guidance that there are no large gatherings of more than 250 people at one place at one time, we are taking the unprecedented step of closing schools due to… Full Article


Greenfield Elementary Principal Melissa Reams has been named Chesterfield County Public Schools’ recipient of the 2020 R.E.B. Award for Distinguished Educational Leadership.

The R.E.B. Awards for Distinguished Educational Leadership recognize central Virginia principals who go beyond day-to-day demands to create an exceptional educational environment for students and staff members. 

“[Melissa] exemplifies next level leadership skills, personal relationships with school community, commitment to educational excellence and a contagious positive attitude that has created a family culture within our diverse school,” Greenfield Elementary physical education teacher J.P. Gates said in his nomination letter.


The Chesterfield County School Board has approved a $727 million budget that will fund operations for the 2020-21 school year. The budget approval represents approximately a $55 million increase from the current operating budget, yet falls short of meeting all of the needs identified in earlier discussions about the cost of doing business in 2020…. Full Article


Marian Wright Edelman once said, “Education is for improving the lives of others and for leaving your community and world better than you found it.” During the course of 150-plus years, Chesterfield County Public Schools has been served by outstanding people who have devoted their career to just that — improving the lives of children in their community.

Whether it’s teachers, administrators, support staff or community volunteers, our nationally recognized school division has been supported by individuals who have given their time and talents to impact our students’ education in a meaningful way. The Chesterfield County Public Schools Hall of Fame, presented by the Chesterfield Education Foundation and sponsored this year by TowneBank, is a way to recognize and honor memorable educators and community members who have dedicated their time and effort to support students. 


The Chesterfield County School Board approved the 2020-21 school year calendars during its February business meeting, expressing its appreciation to those who provided feedback and input throughout the calendar adoption process and noting that several changes had been made due to constituents’ voices.

Notable changes from the original draft presented in January include: moving parent-teacher conference day to earlier in November; reinstating Presidents Day as a student/staff holiday; and making the Friday before Spring Break a full-day holiday for students and staff instead of a three-hour early release. 


Approximately 45,000 households entrust their most precious possessions – more than 63,000 children – to Chesterfield County Public Schools daily. Strong academic performance, a variety of course selections and outstanding teachers, support staff and administrators continue to drive family interest in Chesterfield County Public Schools. The reputation of the county’s schools often inspires families to… Full Article


The per-student allocation given to schools to support discretionary spending for instructional supplies and academic supports would increase for the first time in more than 20 years, based on a proposal to invest nearly $3.4 million into Chesterfield County schools during the 2020-21 school year.

“We believe it’s time that the school division starts paying for more school-based instructional materials, student activities and field trips, and stops asking parents and teachers to fund these important components of the classroom learning experience,” Superintendent Dr. Merv Daugherty said. 

The additional funding in the proposed Fiscal Year 2021 operating budget would provide school-based leaders the opportunity to better differentiate resources while meeting the needs of a diverse community of learners. 


Dale District representative Debbie Bailey was elected chair of the Chesterfield County School Board this week during the board’s annual reorganization meeting. Dorothy Heffron, who represents the Clover Hill District, was selected vice chair for 2020.

In addition, the School Board approved its 2020 schedule during the first meeting of the all-new, five-member board. The other new School Board members are Ann Coker (Bermuda District), Ryan Harter (Matoaca District) and Kathryn Haines (Midlothian District).