Chesterfield school bus driver wins EXTRAordinary Worker contest #
Longtime Chesterfield school bus driver Cheryl Whalon won a national contest to recognize everyday workers who go above and beyond in their jobs. “Mrs. C,” as she is affectionately known, finished on top in goHappy Hub’s EXTRAordinary Worker campaign. On June 15 in the Winterpock Elementary library, students, parents and school administrators surprised Mrs. Whalon with a check for $10,000. This video tells the story.
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.
A brand-new Reams Road Elementary School #
School and community leaders held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Reams Road Elementary School on June 24. This is one of the school replacements approved by Chesterfield County voters through the 2013 school bond referendum.
Located in the Clover Hill District, the original Reams Road Elementary opened in 1968 and was renovated in 1975 and in 1997. Chesterfield County Public Schools broke ground on the new Reams Road Elementary in October 2019. The new building is located on the same campus as the previous building and will open to students Aug. 23, 2021. The new 95,990-square-foot school has capacity for 750 students (a 50 percent increase from the previous building). Budgeted for $35.49 million, the new Reams Road Elementary was completed on time and under budget.
Five simple yet powerful principles for parents and caregivers #
Chesterfield County Public Schools is partnering with Smart Beginnings Greater Richmond and many other local nonprofits to support The Basics, which are five simple yet powerful principles that parents and caregivers can use to help young children thrive in the early years. The five principles of The Basics are:
- Maximize Love, Manage Stress
- Talk, Sing and Point
- Count, Group and Compare
- Explore through Movement and Play
- Read and Discuss Stories
The Basics give parents and caregivers the tools to encourage brain development long before a child starts formal schooling in kindergarten. The website, rvabasics.org, features free, downloadable tip sheets with suggested activities for each principle.
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)
Help available for homes with lead-based paint #
Chesterfield County residents may qualify for a grant to control lead-based paint in their homes. This federally funded grant program was created to protect children ages 5 and younger and expectant mothers from the harmful toxins of lead-based paint. Click this link to see if you might qualify.
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.
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.
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