Did you know the graduating class of 2021 accepted almost $27 million in scholarships, and 59% of 2021 graduates earned an advanced diploma?
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.
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:
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):
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.
The Chesterfield Education Foundation is honoring six accomplished alumni of Chesterfield County Public Schools with Bravo! Awards in 2021:
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.
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 CTC@Hull.
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.
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.
These additional immunizations are now required for children attending school and day care in Virginia:
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:
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.
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:
The Congressional App Challenge is the official computer science competition of the House of Representatives. Middle and high school students have until Nov. 1 to create and submit their original apps. Click here for details.
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.
Some restrictions may apply so plan ahead. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions.
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/.