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Chesterfield County Public Schools

Friday Update – June 24, 2022

New this week #

Wanted: videos of students thanking teachers #

Hey, students! How about making a video to thank your teacher? Chesterfield County Public Schools is collecting short videos (about 20 seconds long) of PK-12 students telling teachers about the difference they make. The videos will be part of a back-to-school event for teachers and may be used on social media too. 

Here’s what to do to be part of this project:

  • Decide which teacher to thank.
  • Use a cellphone to record your message. Hold the cellphone horizontal! Make a video about 20 seconds long.
  • Be sure to say on video the name of the teacher you are thanking.
  • Choose one of these ideas (or use your own idea) to decide what to say to your teacher: 
    • I love being in your class because … 
    • You are a great teacher because …
    • I will always remember you because …
    • You are really great at …
    • I appreciate you because … 
  • Submit your video using this form by July 31. (If you have trouble submitting your video using this form, then please call 804-661-0650.)
  • If you feel like getting creative, then you can add a visual element to your video. Make a chalk drawing on your driveway and stand on it to record your video. Hold your musical instrument if you are thanking a music teacher. Speak in a language other than English if you are thanking a world language teacher. Wear your uniform if you are thanking a coach. If you graduated this year, then wear your cap and gown. You get the idea!
  • Remember to hold the cellphone horizontal when recording the video and be sure to speak clearly.

Get seventh grade ready/get senior year ready! #

Virginia students are required by law to get these vaccines before entering seventh grade:

  • Tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis (Tdap): The Tdap vaccine is required by law for all students entering seventh grade.
  • Meningococcal conjugate (MenACWY): Students are required by law to have one dose of MenACWY vaccine before entering seventh grade.
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV): The HPV vaccine is required by law for students entering seventh grade. After reviewing educational materials approved by the Board of Health, the parent/guardian may elect for their student not to receive the HPV vaccine with no additional paperwork required by Chesterfield County Public Schools. Ask your health-care provider about the benefits of the HPV vaccine.

This vaccine is required by law for Virginia students before entering 12th grade: A minimum of two doses of meningococcal conjugate (MenACWY) vaccine are required by law before students enter 12th grade. The first dose should be administered before entering seventh grade. The final dose should be administered before entering 12th grade. Meningococcal vaccines help protect against the bacteria that cause meningococcal disease.

School system wins national communication awards #

The Creative and Media Services Department of Chesterfield County Public Schools won seven Publications and Digital Media Excellence Awards from the National School Public Relations Association:

Recognized as the leader in school communication, the National School Public Relations Association has honored the best work in school communication for more than 50 years. Read the full news release here.

In case you missed it... #

Free summer meals #

Chesterfield County schools are among the places offering free summer meals for children who are 1-18 years old. At summer school sites, breakfast and lunch will be available Monday through Thursday from June 27 through July 21; get all of the details here. If you have questions, call Chesterfield Food and Nutrition Services at 804-743-3717.

Register for school #

Children entering kindergarten this fall or older students who are new to Chesterfield County should register as soon as possible with Chesterfield County Public Schools. School registration details are easy to find at That site includes lots of helpful links, including a find-my-school widget, school supply lists and transportation details.

It’s summer break now, but back-to-school preparations are underway. Aug. 22 is the first day of the 2022-23 school year for most schools in Chesterfield County. July 18 is the first day of school for our two year-round schools (Bellwood and Falling Creek elementaries). Get all the details about school calendars at

Opportunities to serve on School Board advisory committees #

  • Advisory committees established by the Chesterfield County School Board are one way community members connect with their local schools. Click the application button at to apply by June 30 if you are eligible and interested in these openings:

    • Two at-large seats on Citizens Budget Advisory Committee
    • Bermuda District seat on Environmental Stewardship Advisory Committee
    • Bermuda District seat on Gifted Education Advisory Committee
    • School Health Advisory Board
      • Two Dale District seats
      • Mental health wellness expert from any district
    • Clover Hill District seat on Special Education Advisory Committee

Free PCR tests #

  • Free PCR tests for COVID-19 are available through the Chesterfield Health Department on Saturday mornings without an appointment. Click here for details in English and in Spanish.

Updated on June 29, 2022
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