Bellwood and Falling Creek elementaries start classes
July 19 #
Is it that time already? Students at our two year-round schools — Bellwood Elementary and Falling Creek Elementary — return on July 19. All other Chesterfield County schools open for students Aug. 23-24. Click here for CCPS year-round and traditional calendars.
With the 2021-22 school year approaching, Chesterfield County Public Schools is committed to providing students with a safe, supportive and nurturing learning environment. We strongly encourage all students to return to face-to-face instruction. There are many benefits to having students in school: from academic, social-emotional and mental health viewpoints. We encourage parents to talk to their child’s school about these benefits.
In addition to face-to-face instruction for 2021-22, Chesterfield County Public Schools will offer online options for families who are concerned about in-person learning:
- CCPS Virtual Academy for grades K-8 (full-time online instruction that follows the school system’s traditional calendar; students will work with licensed teachers who may not be associated with their home school)
- CCPSOnline for grades 6-12 (full-time online instruction built for flexibility for middle school and high school credit courses)
COVID-19 guidance for schools continues to evolve, and the school system will continue to keep families informed. Here are the current guidelines:
- Inside school buildings, students, teachers, staff members and visitors must wear masks regardless of vaccination status.
- Students who are participating outside in PE, recess or are exercising do not need to wear a mask. Students who are exercising in the gym or other indoor space do not need to wear a mask if they can maintain 6 feet of physical distance from others.
- Passengers and drivers on school buses must wear masks, but bus drivers do not need to wear a mask if they are the only person on the bus.
- Students, teachers, staff members and visitors may continue to wear masks in any setting if they choose to do so.
We’re hiring bus drivers
Chesterfield County Public Schools is seeking awesome school bus drivers. Starting pay is $17.21 per hour in this family-friendly job. Apply online, then head to our July 22 bus driver job fair. Details are here: https://tinyurl.com/37cyv467. Please share this job opportunity with friends and family members who might be interested.
We’re hiring food service associates #
How about joining Team Chesterfield as a food services associate? This video shows how our food services associates make a difference. No experience is necessary for this family-friendly job. Permanent part-time food services associates earn $11.16 per hour. Apply today. Please share this job opportunity with friends and family members who might be interested.
School meals continue into the summer #
Summer break is here, but school meals continue for Chesterfield students and families:
- Curbside service will operate at multiple sites 3:30-4:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Aug. 17 to provide a week’s worth of meals for children under the age of 18. Children do not have to be present for pickup. Here are the curbside pickup locations: Clover Hill Elementary, Crenshaw Elementary, Gordon Elementary, Jacobs Road Elementary, Matoaca Elementary, Providence Elementary, Salem Elementary, Elizabeth Davis Middle, Falling Creek Middle, Manchester Middle, Midlothian Middle, Bird High, Thomas Dale High and [email protected]
- The community is also welcome to attend meal services at Chesterfield County Public Schools summer school locations.
Families may use the online USDA Meals for Kids Site Finder to find nearby summer meals locations. Parents and others may also text “food” or “comida” to 877-877 to receive a list of nearby feeding centers. Questions? Call Chesterfield County Public Schools’ Food and Nutrition Services at 804-743-3717. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
Congratulations to Deputy Superintendent Thomas Taylor #
Chiefs for Change selected Chesterfield County Public Schools Deputy Superintendent Thomas Taylor for the Future Chiefs leadership development program.
According to the Chiefs for Change bipartisan network of state and district education chiefs, Future Chiefs are bold, innovative leaders who are helping transform our nation’s schools and preparing to lead large state or district education systems. As participants in the yearlong program, they engage in collective learning on issues central to effective leadership and receive coaching and mentorship from members of the Chiefs for Change network.
Congratulations, Dr. Taylor, for being the only Virginia educational leader selected for this year’s nine-person Future Chiefs program.
What are your thoughts? #
New immunization requirements for kindergarten entry and for rising seventh- and 12th-graders #
Effective July 1, 2021, these immunizations are 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 complete information about immunization requirements for schools. If you have questions, contact your school’s nurse or the Office of Student Health Services at 804-639-1321.
Now is the time to make an appointment with your health-care provider to get the required shots. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, health-care providers may be limiting wellness appointments. Don’t wait! Make your vaccination appointment now and provide your immunization record to your school as soon as possible. This flier provides many ways to connect with area health-care providers.
The Chesterfield Health Department offers immunizations by appointment and at in-house clinics for children 18 years old and younger. To schedule an appointment at the Chesterfield Health Department (9501 Lucy Corr Circle, Chesterfield, VA 23832), call 804-768-7454 or 804-748-1750. Here’s when in-house immunization clinics are held:
- Tuesdays 12:30-3:30 p.m. by appointment: Parents or guardians must accompany the child and bring an immunization record.
- Wednesdays 8:30-11:30 a.m. and 12:30-3:30 p.m.: Parents or guardians must accompany the child and bring an immunization record.
Additionally, the Health Department is providing a community adolescent immunization clinic at the Rockwood Vaccination Center (10161 Hull Street, Rockwood Square, Midlothian, VA 23112). This clinic is held Mondays 3-7 p.m. Parents or guardians must accompany the child and bring an immunization record. At this clinic, COVID-19 vaccinations will also be available for adolescents, parents, siblings and others who are 12 years old and older.
COVID-19 vaccine connections #
COVID-19 vaccines are free and available to anyone who wants or needs one. VaccineFinder.Org works with partners such as clinics, pharmacies and health departments to provide accurate and up-to-date information about vaccination services. Families looking for COVID-19 vaccines for pre-approved age groups can find them on the site. There is no cost; the federal government is providing the vaccine free of charge to all people living in the United States, regardless of their immigration or health insurance status. Every Wednesday in July, the Chesterfield Health District will offer the Pfizer vaccine 3-6 p.m. at St. Augustine Catholic Church, located at 4400 Beulah Road. Walk-ins are welcome; no registration is required.
An anonymous COVID-19 text notification system provides Chesterfield County residents with updates from the Chesterfield Health District and county government. To sign up, text CfieldCOVID to 888777. Residents can 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 any personal data and subscribers can opt out at any time. Click here for more information.
Free or discounted Lyfts to vaccinations are available through Ride United provided by United Way of Greater Richmond and Petersburg, community members can access free and discounted rides to COVID-19 vaccination appointments or walk-up events. Program requirements:
- A smartphone with an active Lyft account and a current payment method on file with Lyft
- 18 years old or older (or riding with a parent/guardian who is 18 or older)
- Wear a face covering during the ride
- Live in the greater Richmond and Petersburg region