Congratulations to the class of 2021! #
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:
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.
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.
Immigration forums set for June 23, July 21 and Aug. 18 #
Be sure to register for our final immigration forums, which are online events that start at 6:30 p.m.:
- June 23 will cover the legal process and services, including how immigrants can obtain proper immigration status and which organizations support immigrant communities. Click here to register. Speakers will include Tanya Gonzalez of Sacred Heart Center; Nash Fayad of Fayad Law; Kate Ayers of ReEstablish Richmond; and Justin Gandy, Richmond site manager of International Rescue Committee.
- July 21 will cover the current situation, DACA/Dreamers and immigration reform. Click here to register for July 21.
- Aug. 18 will cover immigrant contributions and success stories. Click here to register for Aug. 18.
Final days of 2020-21 and looking ahead to 2021-22 school year #
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.
Juneteenth opportunities #
- Chesterfield County Public Library will host a June 12 virtual program, Juneteenth: Its History and Cultural Significance, with historian Nathan Richardson.
- Chesterfield County Public Library will host five family-friendly StoryWalks, one in each magisterial district: “All Different Now” by Angela Johnson at the Bensley Recreation Center and at the Ettrick-Matoaca Library; “Juneteenth Jamboree” by Carole Boston Weatherford at River City Sportsplex; and “Juneteenth for Mazie” by Floyd Cooper at the Central Library and at Midlothian Mines Park.
- Pocahontas State Park will host Juneteenth in the Park 8 a.m.-4 p.m. June 19.
- The Chester YMCA will hold a free Juneteenth zumba dance event at 9:45 a.m. June 19.
Growing up is challenging. Being yourself should not be. #
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.
Connect with Mega Mentors this summer #
Mega Mentors is offering its first summer mentoring programming:
- Reading and Life Skills for elementary students
- Making Money Work for You and Life Skills for middle school students
- What’s in Your Future for high school students
We’re hiring! #
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.
Free memberships are possible at Children’s Museum #
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.
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:
- 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