Summer programs and summer school opportunities #
In an effort to continue to meet our students’ academic and social emotional needs during an ongoing pandemic, summer school will be offered for free to any student attending Chesterfield County Public Schools during the 2021-22 school year. Federal CARES funding will support costs associated with this year’s summer school program.
All students are strongly encouraged to register for in-person and virtual summer learning opportunities that will provide students with the chance for remediation, enrichment and grade improvement. Transportation will be available for all students, and will be provided from neighborhood bus stops instead of from home schools as is usually the case.
Literacy and math will be the focus at elementary schools. Middle and high school students who need to take a course, virtually or face to face, to earn credit for a failed course, to improve a grade, or to enrich their knowledge of the subject will register via the Summer School registration forms. Middle and high school students who wish to take a course for the first time, must register through CCPSOnline and pay the tuition. These courses are self-directed and self-paced, with a licensed teacher assigned who is available to assist students at pre-scheduled times.
For more information or to see the available opportunities, click here.
CCPS Welcoming Communities: LGBTQ+ Family Matters - Friends and Family #
Inclusion and acceptance are essential. How do we live with and love others whose beliefs might be challenged when they find out their child is part of the LGBTQ+ community?
Where do beliefs fit in if they challenge a child’s authentic self? How do siblings respond? Classmates and teachers? What support is available for families of LQBTQ+ students or who are part of the LGBTQ+ community?
In this third installment of family-focused resources, a panel discussion will share resources for families and friends of those who may be new to or part of the LGBTQ+ community.
To register for the virtual event on March 22 at 6:30 p.m., click here. This virtual event is free for CCPS families and educators; however, tickets must be registered through Eventbrite.
Curbside meals distribution adjustment #
The originally announced Food Services meals distribution plan would have ended curbside services at Matoaca Middle beginning next week (Tuesday, March 16). However, a COVID-related quarantine issue will necessitate temporarily closing curbside services at Matoaca High for at least the next week.
Here is the updated plan:
- Week of March 15-19: Matoaca High curbside meals service is closed; Matoaca Middle is open
- Week of March 22-26: Matoaca High curbside meals service will reopen; Matoaca Middle will close
Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) Information for Families of Children with Disabilities #
Parent Video Series to Support the Learning of Children with Significant Cognitive Disabilities at Home from the National Center on Education Outcomes (NCEO)
The National Center on Education Outcomes (NCEO) and the TIEs Center, both funded by the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) have jointly published the first four videos in a series for parents of K-12 students with significant cognitive disabilities. The videos, which you will find below, address various aspects of supporting the learning of children with significant cognitive disabilities at home:
- Helping Your Child with Routines at Home
- Helping Your Child with the Foundations of Communication at Home
- Helping Your Child with Communication at Home
- Helping Your Child with Academics
Each video focuses on three key questions: Why is it important to focus on this with my child at home? How can I do this at home? What support can I ask for from my child’s school? These videos will help families learn ways to support the learning of their children with significant cognitive disabilities at home and have conversations with teachers to link home to school supports. Educators and other audiences will also find the videos useful as they work with parents and families.
Early Childhood Academy Presented by the Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center (PEATC) in Collaboration with the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE)
The Early Childhood Academy is a free, self-paced online course for parents of young children (birth through age six) with disabilities or developmental delays. Learn practical information to help your child set the foundation for their lifelong learning!
The course is available from May 15-June 19. Register here for the Early Childhood Academy.
The Individual and Family Support Program (IFSP) Invites Families to Attend Their First Coordinated Regional Council Meeting
Connect with your IFSP Regional Support Council on Thursday, March 25 at 6:30 p.m. to learn more about:
- Mental health resources and supports from experts in Virginia and in your community
- Signs and symptoms of mental illness
- How to create a crisis plan
Guest Presenter: Sarah Wilson, Associate Director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Virginia
Click here to join the Zoom meeting.
Meeting ID: 161 820 3770
Safe Routes to School: March newsletter #
Safe Routes to School (SRTS) encourages all families who can walk or bike to school to do so. SRTS Chesterfield has a great incentive program to help students keep track of their daily walking or biking.
Read their March newsletter to learn more about their incentive program or for brain break ideas, fitness tips, virtual challenges, and fun activities for the whole family.
Fun nutrition education and activities #
Our Food and Nutrition Services team has gathered recipes, food safety tips, and fun activities for families. Included as a resource is the March edition of the Teen Food and Fitness newsletter that has several recipes, healthy nutrition guidance, and fun activities to promote wellness in teens. Also included with the resources is the March edition of the Nutrition Nuggets newsletter which has alternatives to fast food, winter fun activities, and tasty recipes.
Whether it’s activities to get your whole family moving or healthy recipes, these resources are a fun way for kids to learn more about nutrition and developing a healthy lifestyle. Click here to see all of our Food and Nutrition Services’ educational resources.
Mental health resources and supports for families #
Curate Hope Assembly
The school division’s Student Support Services team has partnered with local organizations and Curate Hope to provide a mental wellness resource for our families. Curate Hope exists to give students hope, empowerment and solutions to help reduce suicide, bullying, and despair.
The March 12 online event starts at 7 p.m. and is available here. The presentation is open to all families in Chesterfield and surrounding counties.
School division and county government mental health support teams will be accessible to families during the event through the live chat feed.
Mental Health First Aid Classes
Someone you know could be experiencing a mental illness or crisis. You can learn to help them.
Chesterfield County’s Mental Health Prevention Services team will offer monthly Mental Health First Aid classes from January through June. Classes are for adults only.
- Mental Health First Aid Adult (March 24)
To see other available classes for parents, visit the Chesterfield County Prevention Programs website.
Community-based resources for students and families in crisis
At times, students and families face challenges that feel unmanageable. Our Mental Health Support Specialists have developed a list of contacts families can call for help in different areas. Many of these contacts have after-hours numbers to offer help to students and families at night and on the weekends as well.