CCPS UPDATE: July 2021 COVID guidance #
We want to share a July 2021 update that we received from the State Health Commissioner.
Even after state and local declarations of emergency expired, the State Health Commissioner has decided to issue a Public Health Order for public schools across the Commonwealth, pursuant to §§ 32.1-13 and 32.1-20 of the Code of Virginia. This Order finds that a public health emergency due to COVID-19 continues to exist, and requires all individuals aged five and older to wear masks when indoors at public and private K-12 schools in order to inhibit spread of the virus, as recommended and described by the CDC. This Order applies to indoor in-person instruction settings for K-12 students. In-person instruction setting means any form of indoor instructional interaction between teachers or staff and students that occurs in person and in real time.
Exceptions to the requirement to wear a mask in this Order include:
A. Individuals eating, drinking, or sleeping;
B. Individuals exercising or using exercise equipment;
C. Any person who is playing a musical instrument when wearing a mask would inhibit the playing of the instrument (e.g., wind or brass instrument) so long as at least six feet of physical distance can be maintained from other persons;
D. Any person who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance;
E. Any person seeking to communicate with people who are deaf or hard of hearing and for which the mouth needs to be visible;
F. When temporary removal of the mask is necessary to secure government or medical services;
G. When necessary to participate in a religious ritual; and
H. Persons with health conditions or disabilities that prohibit wearing a mask.
Nothing in this Order requires the use of a mask by any person for whom doing so would be contrary to their health or safety because of a medical condition. Adaptations and alternatives for individuals with health conditions or disabilities will also be considered whenever possible to increase the feasibility of wearing a mask to reduce the risk of COVID-19 spreading if it is not possible to wear one.
These requirements do not apply to individuals when outdoors.
Any person who declines to wear a mask because of a medical condition shall not be required to produce or carry medical documentation verifying the stated condition, nor shall the person be required to identify the precise underlying medical condition.
Two additional considerations:
—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.
While this Order is in effect until July 25, 2021, the Virginia Department of Education has indicated the following: “The requirement is intended to be temporary in nature, and separate guidance is forthcoming for the 2021-2022 school year…following expected updates in guidance from the CDC which is anticipated in the near future. After CDC updates are published, Virginia will issue revised operational guidance for the 2021-2022 school year.”
The Chesterfield School Board will continue to review the federal, state and local (Chesterfield County Risk Management) guidance in anticipation of their next board meeting on August 10, 2021.
As a reminder, per the May 21, 2021 CCPS Update, Risk Management has revised the Employee Daily Health Self-Assessment Form to reflect the current CDC guidance that removes the requirement for individuals exposed to COVID-19 to quarantine if they have been fully vaccinated and are asymptomatic. The Student Daily Health Self-Assessment has also been updated.
We will continue to keep you updated.
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.
Career and technical education programs win big #
The baking and pastry arts program of the Chesterfield Career and Technical Center is Virginia’s top career and technical education program for 2021.
Each year, the Virginia Department of Education and Virginia Community College System sponsor the Career and Technical Education Creating Excellence Awards. These awards promote best practices in education and recognize exemplary contributions that improve the quality of career and technical education programs. Chesterfield County Public Schools won these 2021 awards:
- Meadowbrook High’s Academy for Developing Entrepreneurs (instructor Shannon Tual) won the Region 1 award in the category of business and industry partnership for its connection with the Entrepreneur Game. The partnership with Entrepreneur Game creator Elliot Eddie serves as an evidence-based project for career and technical education students, who create business plans and learn about idea generation, marketing, finances, organizational structure, work ethic, making an elevator pitch and business law.
- The baking and pastry arts program of the Chesterfield Career and Technical Center ([email protected] instructor Elise Chonko and [email protected] instructor Sarah Jurewicz) was named the top CTE program in Region 1, then went on to be honored as the top CTE program in the entire state. The program combines academic study with hands-on development of technical skills, giving students a well-rounded educational experience. Culinary instruction extends beyond the walls of the classroom and into the community through service projects, field trips and catering events.
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.
Two openings on School Board advisory committees #
Advisory committees established by the Chesterfield County School Board are one way that community members connect with their local schools. Advisory committee members are appointed from each of the county’s five magisterial districts and include parents, teachers, staff members, students and other community members interested in helping Chesterfield County Public Schools achieve its vision of creating a better tomorrow. Advisory committee members must reside in the magisterial district they represent. Please apply online by July 14 if you are eligible and interested in these openings:
- Bermuda District seat on Citizens Budget Advisory Committee (partial term ending June 30, 2022)
- Dale District seat on Environmental Stewardship Advisory Committee (partial term ending June 30, 2023)
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