Black History Month event #
Chesterfield County Public Schools continues to celebrate Black History Month. Tonight at 7 p.m., Demetrius Frazier, of the local organization Black Men Read, will lead a discussion of Dr. Bettina Love’s “We Want to do More Than Survive: Abolitionist Teaching and the Pursuit of Educational Freedom.”
Children and families are invited to participate in the free virtual event by registering here.
This event is brought to you with support from the Friends of Chesterfield County Public Library in partnership with
Chesterfield County Public Schools.
For more information, or to register, please call 804-751-CCPL (2275) or visit library.chesterfield.gov/events.
Registration open for incoming Chesterfield kindergarten students #
Chesterfield County Public Schools’ kindergarten registration process for the Class of 2034 is underway.
Families will need to complete the online kindergarten preregistration form, located in the Hot Topics section of the school division’s website (mychesterfieldschools.com), to start the registration process. (Families who are unable to complete the online preregistration form should call their child’s home school for assistance.)
Families who preregistered their child online last year and then chose to wait a year to enroll them do not need to complete the online preregistration process this year. Those families should reach out to their child’s school to make an appointment. (Families with a child currently enrolled in a Chesterfield County Public Schools prekindergarten program do not need to complete the online preregistration process. Schools will be reaching out in the upcoming weeks to set up in-person registration appointments.)
To learn more about kindergarten registration, please read this week’s Wednesday Spotlight.
PreK applications available online now #
Chesterfield County Public Schools offers prekindergarten services to children who meet specific eligibility criteria at multiple elementary schools. Prekindergarten is a full-day program that follows the school division’s traditional school calendar and school hours.
CCPS’s prekindergarten office’s mission is to provide early childhood education services to Chesterfield County’s four-year old children who are most in need, as determined by the family’s economic needs and environmental risk factors that may impact the child’s Kindergarten readiness.
Visit bit.ly/CCPS-PreK to learn more about our PreK program!
ICYMI: School Board approves FY 22 operating budget #
The Chesterfield County School Board on Thursday night approved an operating budget for the 2021-22 school year that calls for a $41 million increase in spending on public education in Chesterfield County. Included in what is one of the largest investments in public education during the past 15 years is the full funding of Phase 1 of the third-party 2020 salary study for teachers and other identified school-based staff presented late last year.
Click here to learn more about the approved Fiscal Year 2022 operating budget.
Curbside meals distribution: March updates #
Chesterfield County Public Schools’ Food and Nutrition Services team is updating the meals distribution schedule in order to best serve students and families. Free meals continue to be available to students learning in person and to those participating in the virtual learning environment.
These offsite meal distribution locations for curbside service are closing beginning March 8 with the reopening of all schools:
- Bellwood Drive Flea Market
- Harbor East Mobile Home Park
- Suburban Mobile Home Park
- Arbor Walk Gym
Curbside meals service distribution will continue to be on Tuesdays and Thursdays only.
An updated list of available curbside pickup locations beginning March 8 can be found at bit.ly/CCPSMealsUpdates.
CCPS Welcoming Communities: Gender and Identity #
Growing up is challenging. Being yourself should not be.
Join the Office of Family and Community Engagement for a panel discussion about gender and identity. This virtual event will review all things gender, including defining gender and identity vocabulary that families may not know, to help them develop a better understanding of the variants of gender. This session will take a much deeper dive into a transgender student’s journey and the important support roles their families, friends, and community play.
Participants can attend anonymously, with questions submitted prior to the event. The panel will consist of parents of LGBTQ+ youth, students, teachers, and counselors and provide general information and insights.
To register for the virtual event on March 1 at 6:30 p.m., click here.
Career and Technical Center (CTE) registration extended #
It’s not too late for your rising junior or senior to register for Career and Technical Center classes! The application window has been extended until Friday, March 5.
The Career and Technical Center (CTC) program has expanded over the years to allow students more opportunities to explore potential college and career paths through hands-on courses designed to support specific interests. CTC courses prepare students with the skills, knowledge and credentials they need to be successful post-graduation. Students choose CTC courses for the following reasons:
- Work-based learning opportunities
- Dual enrollment courses
- Industry credentials
For more information about the available programs, frequently asked questions and the online application, click here. Students are also encouraged to consult with their school counselor if they have questions. Acceptance status will be posted mid-to-late March, pending the volume of applications submitted.
Registration for the 2021-22 school year is open through Friday, March 5, at 5 p.m.
Mental health resources and supports for families #
More Than Sad: Suicide Prevention for Parents
The Chesterfield County Suicide Awareness & Prevention Coalition will be hosting More Than Sad, a program that teaches parents how to recognize signs of depression and other mental health problems, initiate a conversation about mental health with their child, and get help.
The next session is Thursday, March 11 from 7-8:30 p.m. To participate in one of the free online Zoom sessions, please register at least 30 minutes in advance to receive login information. Visit bit.ly/mtsccps3-11 to register.
This program is appropriate for general audiences and for participants ages 18 and older, and is presented by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Virginia Chapter in partnership with Chesterfield County Public Schools and the Chesterfield Suicide Awareness and Prevention Coalition.
Community-based resources for students and families in crisis
At times, students and families face challenges that feel unmanageable. Our Mental Health Support Specialists developed a list of contacts families can call for help in different areas. Many of these contacts have after hours numbers to offer help to students and families at night and on the weekends as well.