Masks are required #
Masks are required for all — staff, students, volunteers and visitors — regardless of vaccination status. Please ensure all masks are well fitting. For students who have worked with their school nurse on a documented mask exemption, it is important to note that if a mask cannot be worn, other mitigation strategies will be used. The student will be offered a face shield, and if the student is unable to wear a face shield, a desk shield will be provided. If the parent or student refuses either accommodation, they will be referred to administration. Let’s all please work together to ensure the safety of everyone.
COVID-19 guidance is on the division website #
An updated page on the school division website is a resource for COVID-related questions. The COVID-19 guidance page includes:
- Message sent Aug. 12 to staff and families
- Aug. 10 School Board presentation including mitigation strategy information
- Student health assessment form (English and Spanish)
- Employee health assessment form
- Employee health assessment FAQ
- Student COVID-19 FAQ
- Mask exemption procedure
- Link to list of positive COVID-19 cases in Chesterfield County Public Schools
- Virginia Department of Health case information
Act now: Use ParentVUE to check address and update travel info #
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. Additionally, there is a field in ParentVUE to provide a nickname for your child. If you need help accessing ParentVUE or updating your home address, contact your child’s school.
We need your help with transportation #
In this video first sent to families on Aug. 13, Superintendent Merv Daugherty addresses the bus driver shortage and asks families to help out by driving their students to school. Whatever help families can offer will make a difference: drive students to school, drive students home from school or drive both ways. Students will be transported from each existing bus stop because not every family can help with transportation. However, we want families to be aware there could be delays because of driver shortages.
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. Here are the videos released so far in this ongoing series:
- School Board Vice Chair Ann Coker
- School Board member Kathryn Haines
- School Board member Dorothy Heffron
- School Board member Debbie Bailey
- 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: All of the interviews but one were recorded before Aug. 10 when COVID-19 mask requirements were reinstated.
Did you know? #
Did you know Chesterfield County Public Schools provides a Chromebook or other computing device to every student (kindergarten through 12th grade)? Computers and internet access are vital in education because they are vital in almost all 21st-century careers.
Update about curbside meal pickup #
Starting Aug. 24, curbside service for school meals is changing: Five days of breakfasts and lunches for children under the age of 18 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].
Children do not have to be present for pickup. 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. Meals will be available curbside for students learning in a virtual environment. Face-to-face elementary and middle school students who bring their lunch from home to school can add a fruit, a vegetable and a milk free. Face-to-face high school students who bring their lunch from home may choose from these free options:
- add a fruit, two vegetables and a milk
- add two fruits, a vegetable and a milk
- add two fruits, two vegetables and a milk
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
Openings 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 interested in helping Chesterfield County Public Schools achieve its vision of creating a better tomorrow. Advisory committee members must reside in the district they represent. Special Education Advisory Committee members must have a child currently receiving special education services. Please apply online by Sept. 1 if you are eligible and interested in these openings:
- Bermuda District seat on Environmental Stewardship Advisory Committee (partial term ending June 30, 2022)
- Matoaca District seat on Environmental Stewardship Advisory Committee (partial term ending June 30, 2023)
- Bermuda District seat on Special Education Advisory Committee (partial term ending June 30, 2022)
- Dale District seat on Special Education Advisory Committee (partial term ending June 30, 2023)
- Midlothian District seats on Special Education Advisory Committee (partial terms ending June 30, 2022, and June 30, 2023)
Under Virginia’s open government requirements, meetings are generally required to be held in person. The current meeting schedule is available here. If you are unable to meet in person, please note that in your application under “availability for meeting attendance.”
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/.