Juneteenth opportunities #
Chesterfield schools dismissed June 17 for the summer. June 18 is a student and staff holiday for Juneteenth; the actual date of Juneteenth is June 19. Here are Juneteenth opportunities for families:
- 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.
Download calendars for 2021-22 school year #
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.
School meals continue into the summer #
Summer break is here, but school meals continue for Chesterfield students and families:
- Beginning June 29, curbside service will operate once per week 3:30-4:30 p.m. Tuesdays at Chesterfield County summer school sites except Gates Elementary, Elizabeth Scott Elementary, Grange Hall Elementary, Monacan High and [email protected] because those five sites have been combined with nearby sites. This curbside service will provide a week’s worth of meals for each student.
- 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.
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.
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.
We’re hiring! #
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.
Calling all centenarians! #
Chesterfield County wants to celebrate residents who are 100 years old or older. If you know someone living in Chesterfield County who is at least 100 years old, then please go to https://www.chesterfield.gov/Centenarian and fill out the recognition request form (option 3) by July 23. Questions? Call 804-768-7878.
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