Nothing is stopping the class of 2021, which graduated this week. They won’t be stopped by a global pandemic or by outdoor ceremonies in the June heat and storms! This year’s graduates are well on their way to their futures. Check out graduation images from our 11 high schools on our social media feeds:
Effective July 1, 2021, these immunizations are 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 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.
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 adolescents, parents, siblings and others who are 12 years old and older.
Be sure to register for our final immigration forums, which are online events that start at 6:30 p.m.:
Chesterfield schools will dismiss for the summer on June 17, which is a three-hour early release day for students. June 18 (Juneteenth) is a student and staff holiday.
Be sure to download calendars for the 2021-22 school year. Bellwood and Falling Creek elementary students will return July 19 as those two schools follow a year-round calendar. All other schools will follow a traditional calendar but will open before Labor Day: grades 1-6 and grade 9 return Aug. 23; grades 7-8 and grades 10-12 return Aug. 24; some kindergartners start Aug. 23-24 and other kindergartners start Aug. 25-26. The online calendars have all the details.
During our final Welcoming Communities gathering for families of LGBTQ+ students, we’ll talk about the importance of PRIDE. Click here to register for this online panel discussion scheduled for 6:30 p.m. June 14. Participants can attend anonymously, with questions submitted before the event. The panel will consist of parents of LGBTQ+ youth, students, teachers and counselors. This event will cover a brief history of the Personal Rights in Defense and Education — PRIDE — highlighting the important role it plays in gender and identity representation.
Mega Mentors is offering its first summer mentoring programming:
Parents can enroll their children by filling out this consent form by June 15. All students are eligible but only the first 200 will be accepted. Click here to learn more about Mega Mentors.
Bus drivers: We’re seeking awesome bus drivers. Starting pay is $17.21 per hour in this family-friendly job. Apply online, then head to our June 17 bus driver job fair. Details are here: https://bit.ly/3hCOdXW. Please share this job opportunity with friends and family members who might be interested.
Food services associates: How about joining Team Chesterfield as a food services associate? No experience is necessary for this family-friendly job. Permanent part-time food services associates earn $11.16 per hour. We have openings this summer, so apply today at www.mychesterfieldschools.com. Please share this job opportunity with friends and family members who might be interested.
Summer teachers: To make summer programs a success for students, Chesterfield County Public Schools is seeking elementary and secondary teachers and offering $40 per hour for summer school in-person teaching positions. Interested educators should submit an application here.
Chesterfield families with incomes below $35,000 per year are encouraged to apply for membership scholarships at the Children’s Museum. Use this simple form in English or in Spanish. Submit your application ASAP and no later than June 23. Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
You’re invited to the Bumblebee Jamboree for family fun connected to bees, butterflies and other pollinators. Here’s what to expect June 21-27 at Maymont.
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.
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 the United Way of Greater Richmond and Petersburg so that community members can get to COVID-19 vaccination appointments or walk-up events. Program requirements:
You can request a Lyft code at https://tinyurl.com/RideUnitedRVA. For more information, visit https://www.yourunitedway.org/news/rideunited/.