Bellwood and Falling Creek ring in a happy new year #
Students at our two year-round schools — Bellwood Elementary and Falling Creek Elementary — returned earlier this week for the 2021-22 school year. Here’s a happy video from the first first day of our 2021-22 school year. Families, teachers and staff members are invited to use this link to share first-day photos to be featured in social media, publications or other school system communications. (All other Chesterfield schools open Aug. 23-24.)
New immunization requirements for kindergarten entry and for rising seventh- and 12th-graders #
These additional immunizations are now 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 information about school immunization requirements. Families with questions should contact their school’s nurse or the Office of Student Health Services of Chesterfield County Public Schools at 804-639-1321.
Now is the time to make an appointment to get the required shots. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, health-care providers may be limiting wellness appointments. Don’t wait! Remember to provide immunization records to your school as soon as possible. This flyer 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 anyone 12 years old and older.
Winner winner healthy dinner! #
In the Virginia School Boards Association’s Food for Thought Competition, Chesterfield County Public Schools won in the Healthy School Meals category. The winning program — “Virginia Farm to School: Healthy Habits Take Root Early” — was created by our Food and Nutrition Services Department and included creating gardens and planting seeds with third-graders at Chalkley, Falling Creek and Bellwood elementary schools. This is the second straight year CCPS has won; the school system won in 2020 in the Meal Access to Fight Hunger category. The VSBA awards ceremony was virtual; check out the school system’s thank you video.
School Meals Continue this 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: Bellwood Elementary, 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.
Free access for fourth- and fifth-graders to federal land and waters #
Every Kid Outdoors was created so fourth-graders and their families could discover wildlife, resources and history for free. Many fourth-graders missed out on using their Every Kid Outdoors annual fourth-grade pass during the 2019-20 school year. A new voucher is now available for fifth-grade students through Aug. 31, 2021.
Chesterfield Domestic Violence Task Force seeks award nominations #
Nominations are open through Aug. 31 for the Outstanding Service Award given by the Chesterfield Domestic Violence Task Force. If you know someone who went above and beyond to support survivors of domestic violence, advocate for an individual or family or otherwise help end domestic violence in 2020-21, then submit a nomination.
COVID-19 vaccine connections #
COVID-19 vaccines are free and available to all. VaccineFinder.org works with partners such as clinics, pharmacies and health departments to provide accurate and up-to-date information about vaccination services for pre-approved age groups. 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. Residents can text CfieldCOVID to 888777 to 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 personal data, and subscribers can opt out at any time. Click here for more information.
Free or discounted Lyfts to vaccinations are available through the United Way of Greater Richmond and Petersburg. For more information, visit yourunitedway.org/news/rideunited/.