Curbside meals distribution- new February updates #
Chesterfield County Public Schools’ Food and Nutrition Services has updated the meals distribution schedule for the month of February in order to best serve families as we begin to transition Cohort Nos. 1, 2 and 3 students back to in-person learning five days a week. While free meals will be available to students learning in person, free meals will continue to be available to those families participating in the virtual learning environment.
January curbside meals service distribution updates include:
- 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.
- An updated list of January curbside pickup locations can be found at bit.ly/CCPSMealsUpdates.
February curbside meals service distribution IMPORTANT CHANGES include:
- Beginning Feb. 1: Curbside meals distribution will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays only.
- Afternoon curbside service will be from 3:30- 4:30 p.m.
- Meals distribution school locations for curbside service will change.
- There will be only four off-site meal distribution locations.
An updated list of school and offsite curbside pickup locations beginning Feb. 1 will be available at bit.ly/CCPSMealsUpdates beginning on Friday, Jan. 29.
Project Restart update for elementary students returning to in-person learning #
Chesterfield County Public Schools continues to prepare for the return of elementary students to the in-person learning environment on Feb. 1.
Information about the school division’s Project Restart program can be found here.
This site includes updates to the county government’s Risk Management recommendations. A Frequently Asked Questions document was placed on this site recently as well.
With new guidance from Risk Management and the Virginia Department of Education, we are updating the FAQs. However, we wanted to point out two updates:
- Classrooms will be configured with desks 3 feet apart. For clarification purposes, the 3 feet will be measured desk to desk.
- Students eating in the cafeteria will be seated 6 feet apart and facing the same direction.
Thank you for your continued support as we work to provide safe learning environments in which our students can experience amazing learning opportunities.
Scheduling advice for middle and high school caregivers #
Across Chesterfield County, middle and high school students are beginning to schedule their classes for the next school year. Selecting electives or wondering where your child should be placed academically to get the most out of their course leveling can create undue stress and second guessing.
Fortunately, your child’s teachers and school counselor can assist. They have the expertise and understanding of the unique demeanors and demands of middle and high school students. If you have questions, ask. Your child instinctively wants to guide the process, but here are a few tips to consider while scheduling:
- Leveling: Consider your child’s teacher recommendations regarding leveling. Teachers know your child’s strengths and areas of growth due to their working relationship. If you have questions or concerns about leveling recommendations, consult your child’s teacher. Whatever level or pathway you and your child choose, please be aware of what that choice means for your child and remember the accountability and student responsibilities of that decision.
- Deadlines: Be aware of the communication coming from your school. Unopened emails have become the new crushed scheduling form on the bottom of the backpack. Your child’s school should be sending you timelines and due dates. Be sure to be on the lookout, and if you have not gotten information, ask your child’s counselor.
- Advice: Consult the CCPS Program of Studies to learn more about the courses available to your child. If you have questions or concerns, please contact your child’s counselor. No question is too big or too small, especially if you want to create a strong foundation for high school and beyond. They are there to help.
If you are a parent of a rising sixth-grade or ninth-grade student, this article has good advice to help you prepare for the transitions to both middle and high school. Scheduling should be nothing to fear. A strong partnership between parents and schools is the best way to set your child up for success.
Career and technical education: focus on the why! #
It is estimated that people change careers an average of five to seven times throughout their working life. The 21st century world is full of endless career possibilities, and with rapid technological advancements, many occupations our students will seek in the future do not even exist yet.
How do we prepare our students for the future workforce? How does a student seek out the most interesting career path that will meet their needs? One solution for students attending Chesterfield County Public Schools is to consider a Career and Technical Education (CTE) pathway at one of our two Career and Technical Centers.
On this Engage Chesterfield podcast, Family and Community Engagement Specialist Catherine Tomkins explores the CTE programs that Chesterfield’s Career and Technical Centers offer with these guests:
- Chad Maclin, the Career and Technical Education Director
- Georgia Kasper, Career and Technical Education, Implementation Coordinator
- Sarah Jurewicz, Baking & Pastry Arts Instructor
- Paul Lathrop, Mechatronics and Robotics Instructor
CCPS Welcoming Communities: LGBTQ+ families #
Growing up is challenging. Being yourself should not be.
According to the Trevor Report National Survey on LGBTQ Mental Health 2020, 40 percent of students who identify as LGBTQ+ have considered suicide and 68 percent report symptoms of generlized anxiety disorder.
Unfortunately, many students and families are challenged by societal stigmas associated with being gay, nonbinary, or transgender. These stigmas include a lack of visibility in school curriculum or culture, respect from peers or adults, and exclusion. Equality means different things to different people, and yet some students struggle in silence.
The Office of Family and Community Engagement will be holding a panel discussion, the first in a series of supports, for LGBTQ+ families and their advocates. The discussion can be attended anonymously, with questions submitted prior to the event. The panel will consist of parents of LGBTQ+ youth, students, teachers, and counselors who will provide general information and insights.
The first event will be held virtually Feb. 8 at 6:30 p.m. Registration information will be available soon.
2021-22 School Year Calendar reminder #
At their June 9, 2020 business meeting, the School Board adopted the 2021-22 school year calendar. Chesterfield County Public Schools will have a pre-Labor Day school opening for the 2021- 22 school year. The School Board also approved the 2021-22 school calendar for two elementary schools operating on a year-round school calendar.
To read the full article and view the 2021-22 school calendars, click here.
Chesterfield County Smoke Alarm Program #
The Chesterfield County Fire Department can assist families with faulty or non-working smoke alarms. They also provide support with installation, batteries, and other safety-sensitive matters.
If you have a chirping smoke alarm going off in a house and there is no smoke or fire present, please consider reaching out to the Fire Department. They can help make your house a safer place to live.
Join Team Chesterfield! #
We’re hiring! Chesterfield County Public Schools has been named the 53rd best employer to work for in Virginia, according to information released by Forbes. Come work for us!
We are currently looking for highly qualified applicants who are licensed to teach elementary education. Qualified applicants will be invited to attend a virtual Elementary School Teacher Job Fair on Saturday, Feb. 20 from 9 a.m.- 1 p.m.
If you are interested in being considered, please complete an application online at mychesterfieldschools.com by Feb. 14.