Not that we want this weekend to hurry up and skate past us, but we can’t wait for next week! We have a lot of celebrating to do.
We hope that you will join us in recognizing the work of our outstanding staff members through
- Teacher Appreciation Week: Our nearly 4,500 teachers have done a fantastic job navigating the pandemic and have still found ways to create innovative, engaging and relevant lessons that have moved learning forward. Thank you!
- National Nurse Week: Our school nurses have been on the front line of the pandemic, responding to ill individuals and providing vaccines for nearly 6,000 staff members. Thank you!
- School Lunch Hero Day: Help us celebrate our Food Services team workers on Friday, May 7. These individuals have continued to feed our students (in person and virtually) healthy and nutritious meals. Thank you!
The outstanding reputation that Chesterfield County Public Schools has is due largely to the dedicated staff members who work with and serve our students, their families and our community daily. Join us next week in thanking them for their service!
Use of face shields discontinued starting May 1 #
In our most recent updates with the county government’s Risk Management Team, the use of face shields (with the exception of close contact situations for staff due to individualized student special education or medical plans) is no longer required. In turn, we also will discontinue the requirement for students to use face shields when appropriate social distancing cannot be maintained.
Please note, that this guidance only references face shields and not face masks. Face masks are still required for school settings as noted in the Governor’s Executive Order. If parents still wish for their child to have a school-issued face shield for their personal use, please communicate this request with the school and they will assist with this item for the remainder of the current school year.
As the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continues to release updates related to COVID-19 and associated safety precautions, the Governor’s Office will continue to update school divisions and Virginia residents. Any changes to the school division’s operating plans, as determined in conjunction with recommendations from the county government’s Risk Management team, will continue to be posted to our Project Restart landing page.
Graduations set for week of June 7 #
Earlier this week, our 11 high schools shared their graduation plans with the Class of 2021.
Traditional indoor graduations at local universities are not feasible given the indoor crowd-size restrictions still in place and the size of our senior classes. Having not been able to find a suitable outdoor venue large enough for the number of days necessary to hold 11 schools’ worth of graduations in early June, our high school principals have suggested returning to our roots and hosting graduations in their own football stadiums. Doing so will allow groups of approximately 150-200 seniors to graduate at the same time with spatially distanced seating available for four guests per graduate.
The graduation schedule for high schools will be:
Clover Hill Rain
James River Rain
Thomas Dale Rain
L.C. Bird Rain
Schools are communicating directly with families regarding times for graduation ceremonies and how to sign up.
Meeting the needs of our students #
We have heard concerns from some of our families following recent media coverage of revised mathematics standards work underway right now at the Virginia Department of Education level.
Equity does not translate to eliminating challenging math experiences for our students.
In high schools, to be clear, opportunities to take upper level mathematics courses are not going away in Chesterfield. Yearlong courses in IB, AP, and dual enrollment math classes such as Calculus and Statistics will be offered just as they are now.
As we look forward, we are excited about the opportunity for students to learn other challenging and interesting mathematics, too. We hold high expectations for every student.
Watch this video to learn more.
FACE FWD Films: Chasing Childhood
May 3-6 with a panel discussion May 6 #
Chasing Childhood is the second featured document in the FACE FWD film series hosted by the Office of Family and Community Engagement.
The documentary, filmed pre-pandemic, explores the rapidly changing landscape of contemporary childhood and parenting. The film takes us to three communities that are trying to shift the culture to create room for play and independence with the hope of raising kids to become competent, healthy, and happy adults.
The viewing dates for Chasing Childhood are May 3-6. Families interested in this virtual event should pre-register for a link to stream; visit Eventbrite to learn more. Those interested in participating in a Q & A webinar to unpack issues raised in the film can join a film chat on May 6 at 6:30 pm.
Encore opportunity with Screenagers: The Next Chapter #
The Office of Family and Community Engagement recently streamed the documentary Screenagers: Next Chapter. A panel discussion followed.
With COVID-19 giving many of us downtime at home with our families, we invite you to take advantage of another opportunity to view the film and discussion. “Screenagers NEXT CHAPTER: Uncovering Skills For Stress Resilience” is a starting point for discussion about how we help teens build crucial skills to navigate stress, anxiety, and depression in our digital age.
There are a limited supply of streams for the program available that can be viewed during the next two weeks. If you are interested in seeing the film and the discussion, please use this Eventbrite link to get a link to stream.
¿Qué Pasa? Festival Cultural & Educational Celebration #
The Virginia Hispanic Foundation and Virginia Hispanic Chamber invite students and families to participate in their upcoming annual ¿Qué Pasa? Festival Cultural & Educational Celebration.
The festival series is virtual from May 3-7. Plan to celebrate Cinco De Mayo during the weeklong festival virtually, plus visit museums, experience a virtual vacation in a Latin American country, and discover interesting careers through our career builder library videos and job postings in TrabajaVa.
Join the Virginia Hispanic Chamber and the Virginia Hispanic Foundation’s 20th educational initiative to enhance, promote, create and develop educational opportunities, economic programs, cross cultural understanding, diversity inclusion initiatives, and cultural engagement advocacy for Hispanic students and their families. For more information, visit www.quepasafestival.com.