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Chesterfield County Public Schools

Friday Update – Jan. 15, 2021

2021 R.E.B. Awards for Teaching Excellence - now accepting nominations #

The R.E.B. Awards for Teaching Excellence recognize public school teachers who stand out among their peers. The R.E.B. Awards provide opportunities for area public school teachers to continue their own love of learning as they pursue adventures of a lifetime. 

Through a nomination process, approximately 15 outstanding teachers are selected each year to receive grants between $5,000 and $15,000 to support professional development activities. 

Previous award recipients have earned graduate degrees, climbed mountains, traced their ancestors and met peers from  around the world – all to reignite their own passion for learning and to pass it on to their students. To see a list of the 2020 Chesterfield County Public Schools honorees and to learn about each of their professional development opportunities, click here.

To begin the online nomination process, visit The nomination deadline is Feb. 22 at 5 p.m.

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School Board approves elementary return to
in-person instruction #

Child in class wearing medical mask

The Chesterfield County School Board on Tuesday night approved a plan that will allow the school division to start returning elementary students to in-person instruction at the beginning of the third marking period (Feb. 1). The Board will reconvene on Feb. 9 to review vaccination data, health data and research ahead of a planned eventual return of middle and high school students to in-person instruction.

Read the full update here.

School Board elects leaders and sets 2021 meeting dates #

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Matoaca District representative Ryan Harter was elected chair of the Chesterfield County School Board during the board’s annual reorganization meeting. Ann Coker, who represents the Bermuda District, was selected vice chair for 2021.

In addition, the School Board approved its 2021 schedule during the meeting. The other School Board members are Debbie Bailey (Dale District), Dot Heffron (Clover Hill District) and Kathryn Haines (Midlothian District).

Read the full article here.

Mental health resources and supports for families #

More Than Sad: Suicide Prevention for Parents #

The Chesterfield County Suicide Awareness & Prevention Coalition will be hosting More Than Sad, a program that teaches parents how to recognize signs of depression and other mental health problems, initiate a conversation about mental health with their child, and get help.

The next session is Thursday, February 11 from 7- 8:30 p.m. To participate in one of the free online Zoom sessions, please register at least 30 minutes in advance to receive login information. 

Visit to register for the first available session on Thursday, Feb. 11.

This program is appropriate for general audiences and for participants age 18+, and is presented by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Virginia Chapter in partnership with Chesterfield County Public Schools and the Chesterfield Suicide Awareness and Prevention Coalition.

Mental Health First Aid Classes #

Someone you know could be experiencing a mental illness or crisis. You can learn to help them.

Chesterfield County’s Mental Health Prevention Services team will offer two monthly Mental Health First Aid classes from January through June. Classes are for adults only.

  • Mental Health First Aid Adult (Next available session is Jan. 27.)
    • The adult class is focused on helping an adult showing signs of a mental health emergency. For class information, dates and times, click here. To register for a Mental Health First Aid Adult class, click here
  • Mental Health First Aid Youth (Next available session is Feb. 10.)
    • The youth class is focused on helping young people showing signs of a mental health emergency.  For class information, dates and times, click here. To register for a Mental Health First Aid Youth class, click here.


To see other available classes for parents, visit the Chesterfield County Prevention Programs website.


Community-based resources for students and families
in crisis

At times, students and families face challenges that feel unmanageable. Our Mental Health Support Specialists developed a list of contacts families can call for help in different areas. Many of these contacts have after hours numbers to offer help to students and families at night and on the weekends as well.

Curbside meals distribution- new updates #

Chesterfield County Public Schools’ Food and Nutrition Services has updated the meals distribution schedule for the month of January in order to best serve families while students are away from school in an all-virtual learning environment.

January curbside meals service distribution updates include:

  • Week of Jan. 18, curbside meals distribution will be on Tuesday and Thursday only.
    • All pickup locations and times will remain the same.
  • Week of Jan. 25, curbside meals distribution will be on Tuesday and Thursday only. 
    • IMPORTANT CHANGE: Curbside meals will only be available at school distribution sites this week. Offsite locations will not be distributing meals this week.


A current list of available curbside pickup locations can be found at

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