Brand-new Ettrick Elementary is ready
for 2021-22 school year #
Chesterfield County school and community leaders cut a red ribbon July 26 to officially open the new Ettrick Elementary School. This video captures the day’s happiness. Budgeted for $33.76 million, the new Ettrick Elementary was completed on time and under budget. This is one of the projects approved by Chesterfield County voters through the 2013 school bond referendum. Read more about the new school here.
Back-to-school videos offer information for parents #
Chesterfield County Public Schools has launched a series of back-to-school videos designed to inform and reassure parents as schools reopen after the pandemic. This fall offers a unique opportunity to shift into the future and show how Chesterfield County Public Schools is moving forward to Imagine Tomorrow. The videos featuring Superintendent Merv Daugherty interviewing School Board members and other top leaders show how schools are on the go, meeting students and families where they are. Watch today’s video with Chief Technology Officer Tim Tillman here. Click these links to see other videos that have been released so far:
Everything you need to know about heading back to school #
You have questions about students returning to school. We’ve corralled back-to-school info into one helpful site with details about face-to-face instruction, online options, supply lists, the parent handbook and much more. Most Chesterfield schools open Aug. 23 (our two year-round schools opened July 19):
- Aug. 23 is the first day for all students in grades 1-5.
- All kindergarten students will attend school during the first week; however, there will be a staggered schedule for students. Some kindergarten students will attend Aug. 23-24; other kindergarten students will attend Aug. 25-26. (Schools will assign students to specific days.) This will allow students to become more familiar with their new surroundings in a smaller classroom setting.
- All kindergarten students will report to school daily starting Aug. 27.
- Aug. 23 is the first day for sixth- and ninth-grade students. This will allow for a successful transition of students moving from one school level to another.
- All other middle and high school students will start school Aug. 24.
Do you need help with a Chromebook? #
Our Technology Services Department is ready to help resolve Chromebook problems. Several Chromebook support sessions have been scheduled starting Aug. 2. Also, students can visit the help desk at their school when schools open Aug. 23.
Meet the 2021 Bravo! Awards recipients #
The Chesterfield Education Foundation is honoring six accomplished alumni of Chesterfield County Public Schools with Bravo! Awards in 2021:
- Heather Russell, Ecoff Elementary K-5 STEAM resource teacher
- Henry R. Broaddus, vice president for initiatives and public affairs at William & Mary
- Dr. Charles McLeod, educational consultant/adviser and motivational speaker
- Robert Dortch, vice president of programs and community innovation at the Robins Foundation
- Dr. Angela Curtis, Defense Logistics Agency deputy director, Equal Employment Opportunity Diversity and Inclusion Office
- L. Bradford Armstrong, president of Armstrong Partners
Bravo! Awards celebrate the achievements of Chesterfield County Public Schools alumni. During the inspirational awards dinner, honorees share how a Chesterfield County education launched them toward success.
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: 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]
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.
Do we have your correct address? How does your child get to school? #
Parents are asked to check/update your home address, any alternative addresses and how students travel to and from school. It’s easy to do this via ParentVUE. All families are asked to update this information, even if your student will attend school virtually during the 2021-22 school year. If you need help accessing ParentVUE or updating your home address, then please contact your child’s school. Parents can update alternative addresses and transportation info directly in ParentVUE.
Kindergartners, seventh- and 12th-graders need extra immunizations #
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.
Summer is a great time for parents to try The Basics #
Chesterfield County Public Schools is partnering with Smart Beginnings Greater Richmond and many other local nonprofits to support The Basics, which are five simple yet powerful principles that parents and caregivers can use to help young children thrive. The five principles of The Basics are:
- Maximize Love, Manage Stress
- Talk, Sing and Point
- Count, Group and Compare
- Explore Through Movement and Play
- Read and Discuss Stories
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.
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.
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/.