CIS EXPRESS holiday light tour supports Chesterfield schools #
All aboard! The holiday season is here and many families find themselves chugging along during these challenging times looking for safe, festive activities. Look no further! Communities In Schools of Chesterfield (CIS) has just the ticket to jumpstart your holiday celebrations, the CIS EXPRESS!
Thanks to the generosity of TowneBank and other local community partners, CIS of Chesterfield has custom designed a unique holiday lights tour featuring wonderfully decorated homes in the Hampton Park community that is absolutely free. The CIS EXPRESS is a fast-track alternative to the typical crowded tacky light tours.
The CIS EXPRESS will run from Dec. 7-20 and includes 10 incredible holiday-themed stops along the way. From the comfort and safety of your vehicle, you will follow the interactive route using an event map, QR codes and your mobile phone. Each of the stops on the tour is connected to the CIS mission and features one of the schools they serve.
Once registered, CIS EXPRESS travelers will receive an electronic event package that includes all the bells and whistles. The electronic package consists of a link to the guided tour, a scavenger hunt for little and big kids alike and the chance to win a Quarantine Basket raffle prize. Other fun surprises will be featured along the way.
Curbside and meals service distribution plans reactivated #
To best serve families while students are away from school in an all-virtual learning environment, Chesterfield County Public Schools’ Food and Nutrition Services has added offsite meals distribution locations and reopened many school locations for curbside pickup.
All Chesterfield County youth ages 18 and under, regardless of household income, are eligible to receive free school meals through June 18, 2021. Curbside pick-up for FREE meals for children ages 18 and under will be offered on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays only.
To see the full update and meals distribution locations and times, visit bit.ly/CCPSMealsUpdates
Ongoing Chromebook support #
Chesterfield County Public Schools continues to provide Chromebook support through each student’s school. Families who are experiencing issues with CCPS-owned Chromebooks should submit a support request form, which can be found on the Chromebook Basics website on each school’s homepage.
Providing this information will allow CCPS staff to prepare a replacement Chromebook and have it ready in the school office for pick up by the family. Schools will notify families by phone or email when the Chromebook is ready for pickup. The malfunctioning Chromebooks and power supplies need to be brought to the office, so that an exchange can occur.
Students who are new to CCPS or have never had a Chromebook assigned should also complete this form. Students who attend a CCPS school outside of their household zone can request a Chromebook for the nearest school of the same level (elementary, middle or high school).
Questions or issues with learning applications should be communicated directly with the school and not through this form process.
Library learning pods #
In support of families with school-age children, Chesterfield County Public Library (CCPL) continues to provide virtual learning and telework spaces for students, families and teleworkers.
Spaces are available for reservation on:
- Monday-Thursday from 7 a.m.- 8 p.m.
- Friday from 7 a.m.- 5 p.m.
- Saturday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Learning pods will be available at all 10 locations. Spaces can be reserved for individuals and groups up to 12 people.
Some scenarios for who may want to use this space:
- Parents and children who need more reliable WiFi for virtual learning or need a learning space outside the home
- Groups of parents who would like to form small virtual learning pods made up of neighborhood children so they can learn together in a small group but need an appropriate learning space and/or broadband access for multiple devices
- Teleworkers who need a more reliable WiFi connection or who need a quiet space to work
- Tutors working with students who are unable to meet elsewhere
- College students enrolled in virtual learning
- Adult literacy students
- Homeschooling groups or other small learning groups who need space for more active, in-person learning
Visit https://library.chesterfield.gov/learningpods for more information on how to get started or call 804-751-CCPL (2275).
Specialty center applications online #
We are excited to announce that applications to our specialty centers and Governor’s Schools for the 2021-22 school year are online now! Current eighth-grade students who are residents of Chesterfield County are eligible to apply at http://ccpsopportunities.com.
Applications will be accepted Dec. 1-16. Visit http://ccpsopportunities.com to start your application today!
If you have questions or want more information, please visit bit.ly/2020CCPSSpecialtyCenterInfo
Dominion Energy assistance #
Did you know that Dominion Energy has implemented a balance forgiveness program to help families who are struggling due to the pandemic? Did you know that they have payment plans, extensions and assistance?
If you are behind on your bill, click here to learn more about these opportunities.
Safe Routes to School: December newsletter and exercise challenge #
Are you looking for something to do at home with your child? Look no further! Safe Routes to School has created an exercise challenge to help our students get moving during the month of December. Join in the fun and share your pictures with us on social media!
Visit bit.ly/SafeRoutes-DecChallenge to access the Safe Routes to School December exercise challenge.
Also check out their December newsletter for health and safety tips to help keep you and your loved ones active and healthy during the holidays.