Minutes With Merv and back-to-school prep #
Through Minutes With Merv, #oneCCPS families can get fast facts for a strong start to the school year. Today’s video — https://youtu.be/w-jkMGvKho0 — focuses on buses, transportation plans and ParentVUE. All families are asked to update student transportation info: https://bit.ly/3AEtY5w.
- Calendar reminder: July 18 is the first day of school for our two year-round schools (Bellwood and Falling Creek elementaries). Aug. 22 is the first day of the 2022-23 school year for all other schools in Chesterfield County. Get all the details about school calendars at bit.ly/CCPScals.
- Free and reduced-price meals reminder: During the pandemic, the federal government issued a waiver allowing all children to eat for free at school. This meant the application for free or reduced-price meals was not required during this time. However, the federal waiver expired on June 30, and families must now complete an application to receive free or reduced-price meals during the 2022-23 school year. All others will pay for meals as they did before the pandemic. Complete the free or reduced price meal application for the 2022-23 school year here in English or here in Spanish. If you need a paper form, contact [email protected]. Note: Children who attend schools that qualify for the Community Eligibility Provision will receive free meals at school during the 2022-23 school year and do not need to complete a free or reduced price meal application.
- Register for school reminder: Children entering kindergarten or older students who are new to Chesterfield County should register as soon as possible with Chesterfield County Public Schools. School registration details are easy to find at bit.ly/CCPSreg. That site includes lots of helpful links, including a find-my-school widget, school supply lists and transportation details.
Keep Kids Fed Act expands summer meal options #
With the passage of the federal Keep Kids Fed Act, Chesterfield County schools are expanding summer meal options for children who are 1-18 years old:
- Children no longer have to eat breakfasts and lunches on site.
- Parents or guardians can pick up meals on behalf of their children.
- Curbside pickup of meal bundles is returning for students who are not attending in-person summer school. Meals will be available for pickup 3:30-4:30 p.m. on July 19 (five days of meals), July 26 (10 days of meals) and Aug. 9 (nine days of meals) at these sites: Ettrick Elementary, Hopkins Elementary, Salem Church Elementary, Tomahawk Creek Middle, Thomas Dale High, Manchester High and Monacan High.
- At summer school sites, breakfast and lunch will be available Monday through Thursday through July 21, unless otherwise specified in the list below.
- Texting “food” or “comida” to 304-304 provides information about nearby meal sites. (Additionally, the Chesterfield Food Bank distributes food: cfboc.org/getfood.)
- If you have questions, call Food and Nutrition Services at 804-743-3717.
School vaccination clinic July 16 #
The Chesterfield County Health Department will host a clinic for children who need school vaccinations 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. July 16 at the Health Department building (9501 Lucy Corr Circle, Chesterfield, VA). Appointments must be scheduled in advance by calling 804-751-4908. See the flyer for more information.
Find your next job with Chesterfield schools #
Chesterfield County Public Schools invites you to a job fair where we’re hiring food service associates and bus drivers. Both jobs include bonuses, paid training and a chance to make a difference for children. Come to the job fair 3-6 p.m. July 26 at Manchester Middle for details. Register at https://bit.ly/CCPSJobFair. Email [email protected] if you have questions.
Aug. 5-7 is Virginia sales tax holiday #
Mark your calendar so you don’t miss Virginia’s annual sales tax holiday, which will be Aug. 5-7. On those dates, shoppers will not pay tax on qualifying school supplies, clothing, footwear, hurricane and emergency preparedness items and Energy Star™ and WaterSense™ products. Read all about it on the Tax Department website.
Celebrating successes #
National History Day teacher: Congrats to Swift Creek Middle teacher Pamela Rockenbach Plahs, who was nominated for National History Day’s Teacher of the Year award. Each of the 116 national nominees is a teacher who demonstrates a commitment to engaging students in historical learning through the innovative use of primary sources and implementation of active learning strategies to foster historical thinking skills.
History honor: An exhibit by Cosby High student Sydney Cameron was one of just 53 chosen for an online showcase by National History Day, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History and the Smithsonian Learning Lab. Her research was titled “Loving v. Virginia: The Case That Decided Love for All.” Nicole Winter is Sydney’s teacher at Cosby High.
School safety patrol award: AAA honored Judson Jones as an Outstanding School Safety Patroller for 2021-22. He received the award at Winterpock Elementary before school dismissed for the summer. Winterpock staff members describe Judson as well-respected, dependable and committed to stepping in to remind fellow students of the school’s values of being safe, kind and responsible.
Has your copy of CCPS on the Go arrived? #
The latest edition of CCPS on the Go! is on its way to every Chesterfield County home. This award-winning publication is full of information about Chesterfield County Public Schools. Digital versions in English and Spanish are available at mychesterfieldschools.com/ccps-on-the-go. Designed to improve the reach of our communication, the publication is initially funded through federal relief funds.