School Board and Superintendent say, “All means all.” #
In June 2020, the Chesterfield County School Board unanimously approved a resolution condemning racism and reaffirming the school division’s commitment to an inclusive school environment for all staff and students. We continue to work daily to meet the standard expectation that we serve, support and respect all students.
The June 2020 resolution was approved after the School Board determined it could no longer remain silent regarding acts of racism across the country. “We urgently must act to stop the racial injustice that harms and anguishes people of color, who are our family, friends, neighbors, students, staff members and fellow Americans,” the resolution read.
Given the recent national news about hate crimes against Asian-American/Pacific Islanders, the School Board and Superintendent believe there is a need to come forward again and say, “All means all.”
Recent research released by Stop AAPI Hate revealed that more than 3,500 hate incidents were reported between March 19, 2020 and Feb. 28, 2021. Verbal harassment made up the largest percentage of hate acts, followed by physical assault in the Stop AAPI Hate report.
The deadly shooting last week in Georgia again has shined the light on the need to create and nurture an anti-racist learning environment where every person is respected and valued for who they are.
As the June 2020 resolution noted: “Members of the Chesterfield County School Board, stand steadfast in our commitment to foster an inclusive educational environment where every student, teacher, support professional, parent, and community member is treated with dignity and respect, as well as our commitment to continue fighting for racial justice and human and civil rights for all.”
It is up to us to be clear that we will not accept racist taunts or comments about the pandemic or any actionable bias of any kind against our Asian American community.
All means all.
Salem Church Middle Principal LaShante’ Knight wins 2021 R.E.B. Award for Distinguished Leadership #
Salem Church Middle Principal LaShante’ Knight has been named Chesterfield County Public Schools’ recipient of the 2021 R.E.B. Award for Distinguished Educational Leadership. This award recognizes central Virginia principals who go beyond day-to-day demands to create an exceptional educational environment for students and staff members.
Knight began working for Chesterfield County Public Schools in 2016 as the principal of Salem Church Middle School. Prior to working in Chesterfield, she served as a middle school principal for Richmond Public Schools, an assistant principal in Loudoun County, and as a professional development and instructional specialist for school systems in the D.C.-metro area.
Visit bit.ly/CCPSWednesdaySpotlight-March24 to learn more about what Mrs. Knight is doing to uplift students at Salem Church Middle or to see this year’s list of nominees!
Curbside meals distribution April updates #
Chesterfield County Public Schools’ Food and Nutrition Services team is updating the meals distribution schedule in order to best serve students and families. Free meals continue to be available to students learning in person and to those participating in the virtual learning environment.
Beginning the week of April 12-16, the following curbside service sites will close:
- Beulah Elementary
- Harrowgate Elementary
- Hening Elementary
- Swift Creek Elementary
- Watkins Elementary
- Robious Middle
Beginning April 13, the current curbside service at Bon Air Elementary will close and transition to the new Crestwood Elementary campus at 7600 Whittington Drive.
Curbside meals service distribution will continue to be on Tuesdays and Thursdays only.
All other pickup locations and times will remain the same. A current list of available curbside pickup locations can be found at bit.ly/CCPSMealsUpdates.
Mental health resources and supports for families #
More Than Sad: Suicide Prevention for Parents
The Chesterfield County Suicide Awareness & Prevention Coalition will be hosting More Than Sad, a program that teaches parents how to recognize signs of depression and other mental health problems, initiate a conversation about mental health with their child, and get help.
The next session is Thursday, April 1 from 7-8:30 p.m. To participate in one of the free online Zoom sessions, please register at least 30 minutes in advance to receive login information. Visit bit.ly/mtsccps4-1 to register.
El 1 de abril, la Dra. Patricia Onorato dirigirá una sesión para cuidadores de habla hispana. Esta sesión se desarrollará al mismo tiempo que la presentación ofrecida en inglés. Visite bit.ly/mtsccps4-1spanish para registrarse.
This program is appropriate for general audiences and for participants ages 18 and older, and is presented by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Virginia Chapter in partnership with Chesterfield County Public Schools and the Chesterfield Suicide Awareness and Prevention Coalition.
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 two monthly Mental Health First Aid classes from January through June. Classes are for adults only.
- Mental Health First Aid Adult (Next class April 21)
- Mental Health First Aid Youth (Next class April 7)
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 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.
Spring Break fun #
We’d like to remind families that Friday, April 2 is a student and staff holiday, and the following week, April 5-9, is spring break. If you’re looking for something to do around your house or neighborhood, here are some fun suggestions.
A popular resource for virtual trips is Google Arts and Culture. This site allows you to virtually tour many popular museums around the world, and it also has a street view that takes you to famous places, historical sites, and landmarks worldwide.
Here are some additional virtual resources and ideas for things to do divided into categories by interest:
- Indoor and outdoor crafts
- National Parks
- History and Social Studies
- Farms, Zoos, and Aquariums
If a virtual trip isn’t for you, there are also many things you can do in your own neighborhood. You don’t necessarily have to stay inside during your spring break; just make sure you are still practicing safe social distancing. Here are a few simple things you can do:
- Explore your neighborhood (preschool/ kindergarten) (older children) (photo scavenger hunt)
- Take a bike ride or go for a walk
- Complete a nature scavenger hunt (preschool/ kindergarten) (older children)
- Organize or participate in a neighborhood stuffed animal zoofari or teddy bear hunt
- Chalk your walk
- Create your own spring break chalk art portraits
- Check out these creative, free ideas from Wide Open School
- Pick a movie to watch from Common Sense Media’s Best Family Movies of 2020 list
- Play springtime bingo
Do some activities from this Ultimate Guide for the Best Spring Activities list
VACRAO Spring College Fair #
The Virginia Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (VACRAO) will be hosting a virtual college fair on Wednesday, April 7 from 5-7:45 p.m.
Registration is now open! Sign-up to virtually connect with colleges and universities from around the country for free.
During the Virtual College Fair, you will have the chance to hear from many different colleges. You can choose which colleges you want to hear from by registering for their sessions. You and your family can ask questions of the college representatives throughout the presentations too!