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Chesterfield County Public Schools

Friday Update – June 4, 2021

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.

FACT CHECK: Mask Requirement on School Property #

As a reminder, school divisions in the Commonwealth of Virginia must legally comply with Executive Order Number Seventy-Nine (2021).  This legal order requires Masks for Public and Private K-12 Schools (in a specific manner and in certain instances).

https://www.governor.virginia.gov/media/governorvirginiagov/executive-actions/EO-79-and-Order-of-Public-Health-Emergency-Ten-Ending-of-Commonsense-Public-Health-Restrictions-Due-to-Novel-Coronavirus(COVID-19).pdf

Until this legal order is removed by the Governor of Virginia (there is no local authority for the school division to decide otherwise), the school division must be in compliance. 

ONE NOTE—For June 8, 2021 voting that will occur in some Chesterfield Schools—The Chesterfield County Registrar has shared that they are encouraging curbside voting as they cannot require voters to wear a mask, but they are strongly encouraging it.  The interpretation is that the Governor’s Executive Order governs visitors specific to the K-12 function (and voting would not fall in this category).  Please note that the school division has NO oversight authority regarding the voting process and associated operational arrangements for voting on June 8, 2021.

The CCPS update shared on May 21, 2021 remains the same and is as follows:

On May 13, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued Interim Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People. Two key points:

  • Fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear a mask or physically distance in any setting, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal or territorial laws, rules and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance.
  • Fully vaccinated people can refrain from testing after an exposure unless they are residents or employees of a correctional or detention facility or a homeless shelter. 

School divisions across Virginia now have received updates from the Governor’s Office. Virginia will ease all distancing and capacity restrictions on May 28, but the mask requirement on school property remains as follows:

  • Students, teachers, staff members and visitors who are fully vaccinated (14 days from final dose) can remove their masks while outside on school property during the school day.
  • Students who are participating outside in PE or recess do not need to wear a mask; no physical distancing is required in this setting. Students who are exercising in the gym or other indoor space do not need to wear a mask if they can maintain 6 feet of physical distance from others.
  • In all other instances while inside on school property, students, teachers, staff members and visitors must wear a mask regardless of vaccination status.
  • Passengers and drivers on school buses must wear masks, but bus drivers do not need to wear a mask if they are the only person on the bus.
  • Students, teachers, staff members and visitors may continue to wear masks in any setting if they choose to do so.

Other exemptions to wearing a mask indoors have not changed, for example: removing a mask while playing certain musical instruments (with 10-foot distancing) and while eating (with 6-foot distancing). 

The Virginia Department of Education also shared this: “Additionally, as of May 29, distancing and capacity restrictions will be lifted on graduation ceremonies, athletic events and fine arts performances.” 

As always, we will share with families and staff members as soon as we receive any updates from the governor or Virginia Department of Education. These new guidelines from the governor will allow additional tickets to be issued for graduation, so schools will be in direct contact with their families.

In addition, Risk Management has revised the Employee Daily Health Self-Assessment Form to reflect the current CDC guidance that removes the requirement for individuals exposed to COVID-19 to quarantine if they have been fully vaccinated and are asymptomatic. The Student Daily Health Self-Assessment has also been updated.

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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

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.

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. We’ll also identify vocabulary that families may not know to help them develop a better understanding of the historical struggles and victories of the LGTQ+ community. June is Pride Month, and this session will take a deep dive into the important support roles families, friends and community play.

Many families often seek support outside of the school setting. We want every family to be welcomed, honored and respected in Chesterfield County Public Schools, where we celebrate the accomplishments and authenticity of every child. The school system created the Welcoming Communities: LGBTQ+ Families programming to assist one of our vulnerable populations.

Meadowbrook’s Claude Moore Scholars #

Congratulations to the 14 Meadowbrook High students who recently received their Claude Moore Scholars white coats. See how they’re charting their path to success in health-care careers: https://bit.ly/34bn1HN

Hey, class of 2021! Let’s see your graduation joy #

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The class of 2021 is invited to share photos and video from graduations. Students and families can share their joyful graduation images (big smiles, happy signs, hat tosses and more) here: https://bit.ly/3oNH8p3. We plan to have a steady flow of graduation images across school system social media feeds and look forward to seeing your #CCPS21 happiness. When posting about graduation on social media, please include #CCPS21.

Laura Early named Virginia School Psychologist of the Year #

Congratulations to Laura Early, coordinator of psychological services for Chesterfield County Public Schools! She was named Virginia School Psychologist of the Year during the spring conference of the Virginia Academy of School Psychologists. She joined Team Chesterfield in 2018 after serving 21 years as a school psychologist in Buckingham County.

VASP President Kelly Acevedo cited the groundswell of supporting evidence submitted by current and former co-workers in Laura’s nomination. Her work in supporting and advocating for her staff and her emphasis on the hard discussions about how school psychologists must be social justice change agents were noted.

Housed under the Department of Equity and Student Support Services, Laura Early supervises 34 school psychologists, nine elementary diagnosticians and three interns. In a letter to VASP, Dr. Jennifer S. Rucker, director of equity and student support services, wrote: “Mrs. Early exemplifies what it means to be a servant leader, team player and infinite learner. What makes her stand out over others is her ability to lead others and build a strong team of exceptional leaders who demonstrate excellence every day while she herself seeks to excel in every area of the field of school psychology in an effort to meet the needs of CCPS and the students we serve. … She is a kind, brilliant and innovative leader who goes above and beyond every day.”

Sports physicals available June 14, June 15 and June 17 #

VCU Health Sports Medicine offers convenient physicals for Chesterfield County athletes. The fee is $20, only cash will be accepted, and all fees will be donated to CCPS sports medicine to help purchase supplies.

  • 3-5:30 p.m. June 14 at Manchester High for these high schools: Manchester, Cosby, Clover Hill and Meadowbrook
  • 3-5:30 p.m. June 15 at Monacan High for these high schools: Monacan, Midlothian and James River
  • 3-5:30 p.m. June 17 at Thomas Dale High for these high schools: Thomas Dale, Matoaca, Bird and Carver


Student and parent portions of the VHSL physical form must be completed and signed by a parent/guardian. Incomplete or unsigned forms will not be accepted. Check-in starts at 3 p.m.; please arrive no later than 5 p.m. Mask, temperature screening and COVID symptom screening will be required before entrance, and social distancing guidelines will be in place.

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Get Senior Year Ready! #

New vaccine requirement for rising high school seniors!

Effective July 1, 2021, there is a new vaccine requirement under state law. Rising seniors are required to have a booster dose of the Meningococcal Conjugate Vaccine prior to entering their 12th-grade year.

Call today to make a wellness appointment with your health-care provider and get your shots updated. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, your health-care provider may be providing wellness appointments at limited times. So, don’t wait to make your appointment.

GET THE SHOTS NOW! Then, please provide a copy of the immunization record to your high school as soon as possible.

The Health Department immunizations are available to children aged 18 and under by appointment only. To schedule an appointment, please call 804-768-7454.

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Get Seventh-Grade Ready! #

The Tdap vaccine is required by law for all students entering seventh grade.

Tdap provides protection against tetanus, diphtheria, and whooping cough.

Call today to make a wellness appointment with your health-care provider and get your shots updated. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, your health-care provider may be providing wellness appointments at limited times. So, don’t wait to make your appointment.

Get the booster shot now! Then, please provide a copy of the immunization record to your middle school as soon as possible.

The HPV vaccine is required by law for students entering seventh grade. The parent/gaurdian may elect for their student not to receive the HPV vaccine with no additional paperwork required by CCPS. Ask your health-care provider about the benefits of the HPV vaccine.

Effective July 1, 2021, students are required to have one dose of Meningococcal Conjugate Vaccine prior to entering seventh grade. Meningococcal vaccines help protect against the bacteria that cause meningococcal disease. The Health Department immunizations are available to children ages 18 and under by appointment only. To schedule an appointment, please call 804-768-7454.

COVID-19 vaccine connections #

Vaccinate Virginia

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

You can request a Lyft code at https://tinyurl.com/RideUnitedRVA. For more information, visit https://www.yourunitedway.org/news/rideunited/.

Updated on July 22, 2021
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