Important info about school meals for the 2022-23 school year #
- Because the federal waiver allowing all students to eat free at school expired June 30, families will need to submit the federal free and reduced-price meal application for the 2022-23 school year.
- Several Chesterfield schools qualify for the Community Eligibility Provision, a program that serves schools in low income areas. All students who attend these schools (listed below) will receive free breakfast and lunch at school each day. Families with students at these schools are not required to complete an application to receive free school meals.
- CCPS will cover the cost of meals for students participating in in-person summer programs.
Apply for free/reduced price school meals
During the pandemic, the federal government issued a waiver allowing all children to eat for free at school. This meant the application for free or reduced-price meals was not required during this time. However, the federal waiver expired on June 30, and families must now complete an application to receive free or reduced-price meals during the 2022-23 school year. All others will pay for meals as they did before the pandemic. Complete the free or reduced price meal application for the 2022-23 school year here in English or here in Spanish. If you need a paper form, contact [email protected]. Note: children who attend schools that qualify for the Community Eligibility Provision will receive free meals at school during the 2022-23 school year and do not need to complete a free or reduced price meal application. Read below to see a list of schools that are part of this program.
Community Eligibility Provision
Some Chesterfield schools qualify for the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) as implemented under the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. This program serves schools in economically disadvantaged areas, and allows all students enrolled at these schools to eat breakfast and lunch each day for free. Families with students attending these schools are not required to submit a free or reduced meal application form.
These schools qualify for CEP:
Elementary Schools #
- Falling Creek
- Jacobs Road
- Marguerite Christian
- Reams Road
- Salem Church
Newest students are invited to My First School Bus #
Children entering kindergarten and prekindergarten are invited to get acquainted with a school bus and learn about bus safety at My First School Bus. This program is a partnership of Chesterfield County Public Schools, Chesterfield County Public Library and Chesterfield County Police Department. Registration is required and begins two weeks before each event at library.chesterfield.gov/events:
- July 18: 4:30-5:30 p.m. and 5:45-6:45 p.m. at Clover Hill Library
- July 19: 5:30-6:30 p.m. at Ettrick-Matoaca Library
- July 20: 5:30-6:30 p.m. at Meadowdale Library
- July 22: 9:30-10:30 a.m. at Chester Library
- July 25: 9:30-10:30 a.m. and 10:45-11:45 a.m. at Bon Air Library
- July 26: 9:30-10:30 a.m. at Enon Library
- July 27: 9:30-10:30 a.m. at LaPrade Library
- July 28: 5:30-6:30 p.m. at Central Library
- July 29: 9:30-10:30 a.m. and 10:45-11:45 a.m. at North Courthouse Road Library
Free summer meals #
Chesterfield County schools are among the places offering free summer meals for children who are 1-18 years old. At summer school sites, breakfast and lunch will be available Monday through Thursday through July 21; get all of the details here. If you have questions, call Chesterfield Food and Nutrition Services at 804-743-3717.
Wanted: videos of students thanking teachers #
Hey, students! How about making a video to thank your teacher? Chesterfield County Public Schools is collecting short videos (about 20 seconds long) of PK-12 students telling teachers about the difference they make. The videos will be part of a back-to-school event for teachers and may be used on social media too.
Here’s what to do to be part of this project:
- Decide which teacher to thank.
- Use a cellphone to record your message. Hold the cellphone horizontal! Make a video about 20 seconds long.
- Be sure to say on video the name of the teacher you are thanking.
- Choose one of these ideas (or use your own idea) to decide what to say to your teacher:
- I love being in your class because …
- You are a great teacher because …
- I will always remember you because …
- You are really great at …
- I appreciate you because …
- Submit your video using this form by July 31. (If you have trouble submitting your video using this form, then please call 804-661-0650.)
- If you feel like getting creative, then you can add a visual element to your video. Make a chalk drawing on your driveway and stand on it to record your video. Hold your musical instrument if you are thanking a music teacher. Speak in a language other than English if you are thanking a world language teacher. Wear your uniform if you are thanking a coach. If you graduated this year, then wear your cap and gown. You get the idea!
- Remember to hold the cellphone horizontal when recording the video and be sure to speak clearly.
Critical decision points for families of children with disabilities #
The Virginia Department of Education is offering an in-person event focused on critical decision points for families of children with disabilities. It will take place 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Aug. 12 at the Sheraton Richmond Airport Hotel (5501 Eubank Road in Sandston). Registration is limited to 100 participants, so please register early at this website. A limited number of hotel rooms will be available at no charge to participants who live more than 50 miles from the training location. Child care will not be provided.
The gathering is designed to help parents with these questions:
- What are some of the keys to your child’s academic success?
- What decisions will you need to make regarding your child’s educational path?
- At what point will you be making these decisions? These are critical decision points.
- What information will you need to make the most well-informed decisions possible for your child?
Get seventh grade ready/get senior year ready! #
Virginia students are required by law to get these vaccines before entering seventh grade:
- Tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis (Tdap): The Tdap vaccine is required by law for all students entering seventh grade.
- Meningococcal conjugate (MenACWY): Students are required by law to have one dose of MenACWY vaccine before entering seventh grade.
- Human papillomavirus (HPV): The HPV vaccine is required by law for students entering seventh grade. After reviewing educational materials approved by the Board of Health, the parent/guardian may elect for their student not to receive the HPV vaccine with no additional paperwork required by Chesterfield County Public Schools. Ask your health-care provider about the benefits of the HPV vaccine.
This vaccine is required by law for Virginia students before entering 12th grade: A minimum of two doses of meningococcal conjugate (MenACWY) vaccine are required by law before students enter 12th grade. The first dose should be administered before entering seventh grade. The final dose should be administered before entering 12th grade. Meningococcal vaccines help protect against the bacteria that cause meningococcal disease.
Register for school #
Children entering kindergarten this fall or older students who are new to Chesterfield County should register as soon as possible with Chesterfield County Public Schools. School registration details are easy to find at bit.ly/CCPSreg. That site includes lots of helpful links, including a find-my-school widget, school supply lists and transportation details.
It’s summer break now, but back-to-school preparations are underway. Aug. 22 is the first day of the 2022-23 school year for most schools in Chesterfield County. July 18 is the first day of school for our two year-round schools (Bellwood and Falling Creek elementaries). Get all the details about school calendars at bit.ly/CCPScals.