Daily student health assessment #
To help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and reduce the risk of exposure to other students and staff members, Chesterfield County Public Schools asks families to make sure that students perform a daily self-assessment of their health before leaving for school. (The form DOES NOT need to be returned to your child’s school.)
Students must not go to school if they are sick or answer yes to any of the questions on the daily self-assessment. If the student answers yes to any question, it is recommended that the student be isolated from others, monitor their symptoms and contact a health provider for guidance.
By reporting to their school, a student is attesting that they have answered NO to the questions listed on the self-assessment. (As a condition of their employment, school division staff members are required to conduct the same self-assessment.)
Face coverings and masks #
Face coverings/masks will be required for all students and staff in schools and on school buses, and each school will take steps to monitor expectations associated with social distancing guidelines as part of the infection control team set up.
Students who are unable to wear a face covering/mask for health or other reasons must have a doctor complete an Individualized Healthcare Plan form. This form can be located here. Accommodations, such as a desk shield, will be made for a student with a health plan. If this form or a comparable letter from the student’s licensed healthcare provider is not on file, a student will be expected to wear a face covering/mask during the school day.
The wearing of face coverings/masks will be enforced while in school and on a bus.
This site provides information about helping slow the spread of COVID-19 by wearing a mask.
Transportation for returning students #
Bus stop and routing information are now available for Cohort Nos. 1-3 students who will be returning to in-person learning on Monday, Feb. 1.
E-Link will provide the specifics of your child’s transportation, including pick-up and drop-off location, scheduled pick-up and drop-off times, and the bus number.
Bus transportation to and from the Career and Technical Center campuses can be found here.
Please check E-Link again on Sunday to make sure that no last-minute adjustments have been made. (Please note that bus numbers may have changed from when students were last in school.)
If you have not used e-Link in the past, directions and a video tutorial are located on the Transportation tab of the school division’s website. To log into e-Link, please open the app follow the directions below:
- User Name: Enter your child’s school division-issued student ID number
- If your student does not know the number, it may be found on ParentVUE, a report card, or obtained by visiting your child’s school with the proper identification.
- If the primary contact phone number is the same for all of your children, you may access all of your children’s busing information from one login.
- Password: Enter the date of birth for your child
- No spaces/dashes (Ex: A D.O.B. of 04/15/2019 would be entered as 04152019)
Curbside meals distribution: February reminder #
Chesterfield County Public Schools’ Food and Nutrition Services team has updated the meals distribution schedule for February in order to best serve families as we begin to transition cohort Nos. 1, 2 and 3 students back to in-person learning five days a week.
Beginning Feb. 1, curbside meals service distribution will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays only.
- Afternoon curbside service will be from 3:30- 4:30 p.m.
- Meals distribution locations for curbside service have changed.
- There will be only four off-site meal distribution locations.
An updated list of available curbside pickup locations beginning Feb. 1 can be found at bit.ly/CCPSMealsUpdates.
Name change request form #
Chesterfield County Public Schools continues to seek to create a more welcoming community for our students, staff members and community. Aligned with the goal of providing more supportive relationships, the school division has created a process for students to request a name change for any reason.
A student’s request for a name change requires permission from all legal guardians. Interested students and their parent(s) will participate in a conference with their school counselor and/or administrator to complete the process.
Students and families who would like to request a first-name change can begin the process by completing the Name Change Request Form. The form is available here or on any school website under the school counseling section. Forms also may be picked up in your student’s local school counseling office.
National School Counseling Week is February 1-5 #
National School Counseling Week 2021 (#NSCW21), “School Counselors: All In for All Students,” will be celebrated from Feb. 1-5 to focus public attention on the unique contribution of school counselors within U.S. school systems. National School Counseling Week, sponsored by the American School Counselor Association, highlights the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career. National School Counseling Week is always celebrated the first full week in February. Take a moment to thank your child’s school counselor next week for all they do.
CCPS Welcoming Communities: LGBTQ+ Families #
Growing up is challenging. Being yourself should not be.
Many students and families are challenged by societal stigmas associated with being gay, nonbinary, or transgender. These stigmas include a lack of visibility in school curriculum or culture, respect from peers or adults, and exclusion. Equality means different things to different people, and yet some students struggle in silence.
The Office of Family and Community Engagement will hold a panel discussion, the first in a series of supports, for LGBTQ+ families and their advocates. The discussion can be attended 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.
Join us on Feb. 8 at 6:30 p.m. by registering for this virtual event.
Navigating the digital age #
Whether you choose to send your child back to in-person learning or have them continue on their virtual learning path, children are spending more and more time online these days. These resources from our community partner, Common Sense Education, are sure to help families navigate the ups and downs children face in this digital age.
- Putting a STOP to Online Meanness
- What should you do if someone is mean to you online?
- Tips and Scripts for Managing Screen Time When School Is Online
- Call your students’ activities what they are — playtime, work time, friend time, family time, downtime — and help kids take responsibility for what they can do and when.
- Tools to Help Kids Stay Focused During Distance Learning
- To make sure students stay on task, use an automated to-do list, an at-a-glance scheduler, a site blocker, or another digital tool to prevent distractions.
- Parent Tips and Tricks for Distance Learning
- Help keep students focused, interested, and balanced while learning from home.
- Family Media Agreement
- Set some expectations and ground rules around device use.
- Cell Phone Parenting
- Getting a cellphone has become a milestone for most students. Common Sense helps parents lay the groundwork for responsible cell phone use and manage the challenges and opportunities they bring.
- How much screen time is OK for my kid(s)?
- Students are spending more time with screen media — and at younger ages — than ever before. Is there really a magic number that’s “just right?”