Happy new year and welcome to 2022-23! #
Central Virginia’s largest school system, Chesterfield County Public Schools welcomed 63,000+ students to a new school year this week. To see great photos from the first week of school, check out the school system’s social media:
Does your student need a vaccine? #
Some students are still missing required vaccines. Click here to find vaccine clinics around the region.
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.
Virginia students are required by law to get this vaccine before entering twelfth 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 twelfth grade. Meningococcal vaccines help protect against the bacteria that cause meningococcal disease.
Families must submit records for required immunizations to their school.
Principals talk about the first day of school #
What do you think #oneCCPS principals would say if asked, “What’s the best thing about the first day of school?
Chesterfield County Public Schools is hiring #
Every job available within Chesterfield County Public Schools is posted on our website, including positions for teachers, cafeteria staff, substitute teachers, administrators, facilities employees, bus drivers and more. Find a job that makes a difference: Work in Chesterfield County Public Schools!
Grandparents raising children can find support #
Grandparents and other relatives raising children can find support in the Kinship Connection group organized by the Chesterfield County of Aging and Disability Services. The group gathers 4-5 p.m. every third Thursday in the multipurpose room of the Chesterfield Community Development Building, 9800 Government Center Parkway. To find support, call 804-768-7878, email [email protected] or read this brochure.
- On the 2022-23 school year calendar, Sept. 2 and Sept. 5 are holidays.
- On the year-round calendar for Bellwood Elementary and Falling Creek Elementary, Sept. 2 and Sept. 5 are holidays and Sept. 16 is an early release day for students.
The Chesterfield Board of Supervisors and School Board, accompanied by county staff, will host a series of community meetings to help share information and answer questions on the upcoming bond referendum.
Chesterfield residents will vote this fall on the Community Facilities Bond Plan, which would authorize the issuance of $540 million in general obligation bonds. If approved, the Community Facilities Bond Plan will, over the next eight to 10 years, fund 26 capital improvement projects split among four categories: schools, public safety, libraries and parks.
Some $375 million of the bonds would be allocated to Chesterfield County Public Schools for seven projects that include replacing three elementary schools and building another while also building a new high school in western Route 360, expanding Thomas Dale High School and replacing Midlothian Middle School. Meanwhile, the $165 million that would be allocated for county government projects includes $81.1 million for public safety, $45.7 million for libraries and $38.2 million for parks and recreation.
There will be eight community meetings held throughout Chesterfield to provide voters with important information on the referendum. The meetings include six in-person events spread out across the five magisterial districts as well as two Facebook Live meetings which can be attended virtually.
Here is the schedule for the meetings, which will all begin at 6 p.m.:
- Tuesday, Sept. 6, in the CTC @ Hull auditorium, 13900 Hull Street Road (Clover Hill District)
- Thursday, Sept. 8, at Thomas Dale High School, 3626 W. Hundred Road (Bermuda District)
- Monday, Sept. 12, at Manchester High School, 12601 Bailey Bridge Road (Matoaca District)
- Wednesday, Sept. 14, at Midlothian Middle School, 13501 Midlothian Turnpike (Midlothian District)
- Thursday, Sept. 15, via Facebook Live
- Monday, Sept. 19, at Meadowdale Library, 4301 Meadowdale Blvd (Dale District)
- Tuesday, Sept. 20, at Ettrick-Matoaca Library, 4501 River Road (Matoaca District)
- Monday, Oct. 17, via Facebook Live
For more details on the Community Facilities Bond Plan, please visit chesterfield.gov/bond or watch the video below.
Seats available on School Board advisory committees #
Advisory committees established by the Chesterfield County School Board are one way community members connect with their local schools. Advisory committee members are appointed from each of the county’s five magisterial districts and include parents, teachers, staff members, students and others. Click the application button at bit.ly/BdCom to apply by Sept. 6 if you are eligible and interested in these openings:
- Bermuda District seat on Citizens Budget Advisory Committee (partial term ending June 30, 2024)
- Matoaca District seat on Citizens Budget Advisory Committee (partial term ending June 30, 2023)
- Bermuda District seat on Environmental Stewardship Advisory Committee (partial term ending June 30, 2024)
- Bermuda District seat on Gifted Education Advisory Committee (partial term ending June 30, 2024)
- Dale District seat on School Health Advisory Board (partial term ending June 30, 2023)
- Dale District seat on School Health Advisory Board (partial term ending June 30, 2025)
All the info you need for school meals #
- breakfast in all schools: $1.75
- elementary school lunch: $2.80
- middle school lunch: $3
- high school lunch: $3
- adult breakfast: $2.75
- adult lunch: $4.25
Putting money on a student account
Instead of searching every morning for cash to pay for school meals or a la carte items, families can use MySchoolBucks.com to make mornings easier. Go to myschoolbucks.com or download the app to get started. Another mobile app makes it easy to find out what is being served in Chesterfield County Public Schools. The free app — MealViewer — can be downloaded from Apple’s App Store and Google Play or use this link: schools.mealviewer.com/district/ccps.
Free and reduced-price meal applications
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, 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.
Dates set for 2023 graduations #
Keep your eyes on the prize, class of 2023! Here is your graduation schedule:
- May 22 at Virginia Commonwealth University: Thomas Dale High at 10 a.m.; Midlothian High at 2:30 p.m.; James River High at 7 p.m.
- May 23 at Virginia Commonwealth University: Manchester High at 10 a.m.; Cosby High at 2:30 p.m.; Monacan High at 7 p.m.
- May 24 at Virginia Commonwealth University: Bird High at 10 a.m.; Meadowbrook High at 2:30 p.m.; Clover Hill High at 7 p.m.
- May 26 at Virginia State University: Matoaca High at 9 a.m.; Carver College and Career Academy at 1:30 p.m.
Christmas Mother #
The Chesterfield-Colonial Heights Christmas Mother program works to ensure that no family is without food, no child is without new toys, books or clothing and no child or elder is forgotten during the holidays. They will review applications 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 19-20, noon-7 p.m. Sept. 21 and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 22. Get the application form and details on this website: https://cchchristmasmother.com/.