Update to Aug. 10 COVID-19 Guidance #
The State Public Health Commissioner issued on August 12, 2021, a Public Health Emergency Order. This Order will supersede School Board action on August 10, 2021.
This Order declares a Statewide Requirement to Wear Masks in K-12 Schools. All individuals aged two and older are required to wear masks when indoors at public and private K-12 schools. For additional information, visit the COVID-19 Guidance page on the CCPS website.
How to log in to ParentVUE to check home address #
The web address for ParentVUE/StudentVUE recently changed to https://va-chesterfield-psv.edupoint.com. The changed URL is probably the reason families have had trouble logging in. Our website has detailed information about ParentVUE/StudentVUE, including a helpful overview that shows how to log in. Instructions are also included on updating the ParentVUE and StudentVUE mobile apps.
Using ParentVUE, parents are asked to check/update your home address, any alternative addresses and how students travel to and from school. All families are asked to update this information, even if your student will attend school virtually during the 2021-22 school year. If you need help accessing ParentVUE or updating your home address, contact your child’s school.
Deadlines for virtual learning #
Chesterfield County Public Schools is committed to providing students with a safe, supportive and nurturing learning environment. We strongly encourage all students to return to face-to-face instruction. There are many benefits to having students in school: from academic, social, emotional and mental health viewpoints. These videos provide information in English and in Spanish.
In addition to face-to-face instruction for 2021-22, Chesterfield County Public Schools offers online options for families who have concerns about in-person learning:
- Virtual Learning Academy for grades K-8 (full-time online instruction that follows the school system’s traditional calendar; students will work with licensed teachers who may not be associated with their home school): Registration for the Virtual Learning Academy closes at 4 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 16.
- CCPSOnline for grades 6-12 (full-time online instruction built for flexibility for middle school and high school credit courses): Late registration for a few open seats in CCPSOnline closes at 5 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 13.
Update from School Board’s Aug. 10 meeting #
- The 2020 Virginia General Assembly passed House Bill 145 and Senate Bill 161 (the bills were identical), and the governor signed the legislation into law. The legislation required the Department of Education to develop model policies concerning the treatment of transgender students in public elementary and secondary schools that address common issues regarding transgender students in accordance with evidence-based best practices and include information, guidance, procedures, and standards relating to (i) compliance with applicable nondiscrimination laws; (ii) maintenance of a safe and supportive learning environment free from discrimination and harassment for all students; (iii) prevention of and response to bullying and harassment; (iv) maintenance of student records; (v) identification of students; (vi) protection of student privacy and the confidentiality of sensitive information; (vii) enforcement of sex-based dress codes; and (viii) student participation in sex-specific school activities and events, excluding athletics, and use of school facilities. The bill required each school board to adopt, no later than the beginning of the 2021-2022 school year, policies consistent with the model policies developed by the Department of Education. The Chesterfield County School Board adopted this policy about the treatment of transgender students.
Chromebook help is available #
Our Technology Services Department is ready to help resolve Chromebook problems. Several Chromebook support sessions have been scheduled. Also, students can visit the help desk at their school when schools open Aug. 23.
Everything you need to know about heading back to school #
You have questions about students returning to school. We’ve corralled back-to-school info into one helpful site with details about face-to-face instruction, online options, supply lists, updated health forms and much more. The parent handbook is online now, and each student will receive a printed copy at the beginning of the school year:
Most Chesterfield schools open Aug. 23 (our two year-round schools opened July 19):
- Aug. 23 is the first day for all students in grades 1-5.
- All kindergarten students will attend school during the first week; however, there will be a staggered schedule for students. Some kindergarten students will attend Aug. 23-24; other kindergarten students will attend Aug. 25-26. (Schools will assign students to specific days.) This will allow students to become more familiar with their new surroundings in a smaller classroom setting.
- All kindergarten students will report to school daily starting Aug. 27.
- Aug. 23 is the first day for sixth- and ninth-grade students. This will allow for a successful transition of students moving from one school level to another.
- All other middle and high school students will start school Aug. 24.
Send in your first-day-of-school photos! #
First-day-of-school photos are a joyful family tradition, so please share your student’s first day of school photo here! Your picture may be featured on our CCPS social media, in publications or in other communications. Also, if you share first-day-of-school images on your own social media, please include #oneCCPS and tag Chesterfield County Public Schools:
Back-to-school videos offer information for parents #
Chesterfield County Public Schools has created a series of back-to-school videos designed to inform and reassure parents. This fall offers a unique opportunity to shift into the future and show how Chesterfield County Public Schools is moving forward to Imagine Tomorrow. The videos featuring Superintendent Merv Daugherty interviewing School Board members and other top leaders show how schools are on the go, meeting students and families where they are. Today’s video features School Board member Debbie Bailey, who represents the Dale District. Here are other videos released so far in this ongoing series:
- Chief Academic Officer Sharon Pope
- Chief of Schools Lisa High
- Chief Technology Officer Tim Tillman
- Chief Finance Officer Bob Meister
- Chief of Human Resources and Employee Services Kim Hough
- Chief Communications and Community Engagement Officer Shawn Smith
- Chief Operations Officer Josh Davis
Note: The interviews were recorded before Aug. 10, 2021, when COVID-19 mask requirements were reinstated.
Curbside meal pickups will change after school starts #
Curbside service for school meals will operate at multiple sites 3:30-4:30 p.m. on Tuesdays through Aug. 17 to provide a week’s worth of meals for children under the age of 18. Children do not have to be present for pickup. Here are the curbside pickup locations: Bellwood Elementary, Clover Hill Elementary, Crenshaw Elementary, Gordon Elementary, Jacobs Road Elementary, Matoaca Elementary, Providence Elementary, Salem Elementary, Elizabeth Davis Middle, Falling Creek Middle, Manchester Middle, Midlothian Middle, Bird High, Thomas Dale High and [email protected]
The schedule will change starting Aug. 24: Five days of breakfasts and lunches will be distributed curbside 3:30-4:30 p.m. every Tuesday at Bon Air Elementary, Crenshaw Elementary, Matoaca Elementary, Carver Middle, Elizabeth Davis Middle, Falling Creek Middle, Manchester Middle, Providence Middle, Salem Church Middle, Bird High, Cosby High, Thomas Dale High, Meadowbrook High, Monacan High and [email protected].
Questions? Call Chesterfield County Public Schools’ Food and Nutrition Services at 804-743-3717. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
Free breakfasts and lunches for all #
USDA has extended national waivers for all students to continue receiving free breakfast and lunch daily during the 2021-22 school year. Students who bring their lunch from home to school can add a fruit, a vegetable and a milk free. Meals will be available curbside for students learning in a virtual environment.
The waivers allow Food and Nutrition Services to provide meals to students at no charge without parents submitting an application. However, if a student has an approved meal application on file, then other benefits outside the school system are available to families in need, such as P-EBT food assistance, reduced or waived internet fees and waived school and testing fees. To receive these benefits, submit an application online for free or reduced-price meals. If you do not have internet access using a smartphone, tablet or computer, then contact Food and Nutrition Services at 804-743-3722. A new application must be submitted each school year; only one application per household is needed. Parents will be notified of the status of their application by email or letter, so be sure your student’s school has the correct email and mailing address on file.
Kindergartners, seventh- and 12th-graders need extra immunizations #
These additional immunizations are now required for children attending school and day care in Virginia:
- Meningococcal conjugate: At least two doses of the MenACWY vaccine are required: one before starting seventh grade and another before starting 12th grade.
- Human papillomavirus: Two doses of the HPV vaccine are required for seventh-grade students. The first dose will be given before starting seventh grade. After reading materials on the HPV vaccine approved by the Board of Health, the parent or guardian can choose for the child to not receive the HPV vaccine with no additional paperwork required by Chesterfield County Public Schools.
- Hepatitis A: At least two doses of HAV vaccine are required. The first dose must be completed before kindergarten; the second dose must be administered six months after the first dose.
Additional vaccines — including a Tdap booster for rising seventh-graders — continue to be required. Go to www.vdh.virginia.gov/immunization for information about school immunization requirements. Families with questions should contact their school’s nurse or the Office of Student Health Services of Chesterfield County Public Schools at 804-639-1321.
Now is the time to make an appointment to get the required shots. This flyer provides many ways to connect with area health-care providers. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, health-care providers may be limiting wellness appointments, so don’t wait! Remember to provide immunization records to your school as soon as possible because failure to provide documentation could result in a delayed start to your child’s school year.
The Chesterfield Health Department offers immunizations at a community adolescent immunization clinic at the Rockwood Vaccination Center (10161 Hull Street, Rockwood Square, Midlothian, VA 23112). The clinic is held 3-7 p.m. Mondays through Sept. 6. Parents or guardians must accompany the child and bring an immunization record. At this clinic, COVID-19 vaccinations will also be available for anyone 12 years old and older.
Virtual workshops with info and ideas for parents #
Practical parenting tips are the topic of virtual workshops organized by Chesterfield County Prevention Services and Virginia Cooperative Extension. Click here to register for these free opportunities:
- 1 p.m. Sept. 9: Promoting Diversity and Inclusion
- 1 p.m. Sept. 16: Preparing Your Child to Succeed in School
- 1 p.m. Sept. 23: Managing Children’s Challenging Behavior
- 1 p.m. Sept. 30: Helping Youth Manage Strong Feelings
COVID-19 vaccine connections #
COVID-19 vaccines are free and available to all. VaccineFinder.org works with partners such as clinics, pharmacies and health departments to provide accurate and up-to-date information about vaccination services for pre-approved age groups.
An anonymous COVID-19 text notification system provides Chesterfield County residents with updates from the Chesterfield Health District and county government. Residents can text CfieldCOVID to 888777 to sign up for text notifications to stay updated on the latest information about COVID-19 and the COVID-19 vaccine in Chesterfield. This system does not collect personal data, and subscribers can opt out at any time. Click here for more information.
Free or discounted Lyfts to vaccinations are available through the United Way of Greater Richmond and Petersburg. For more information, visit yourunitedway.org/news/rideunited/.