New this week #
Update: Curbside meal pickup #
Five days of breakfasts and lunches for children under the age of 18 are distributed curbside 3:30-4:30 p.m. on Tuesdays at several sites. However, there will be no curbside pickup Nov. 23, so packages distributed Nov. 16 will cover meals through Nov. 30, when weekly pickups resume.
Curbside meal pickup sites are Bon Air Elementary, Crenshaw Elementary, Matoaca Elementary, Carver Middle, Elizabeth Davis Middle, Manchester Middle, Providence Middle, Salem Church Middle, Bird High, Cosby High, Thomas Dale High, Meadowbrook High, Monacan High and [email protected] Children do not have to be present for pickup.
Questions? Call Chesterfield County Public Schools Food and Nutrition Services at 804-743-3717. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
Updates to the 2021-22 school calendar #
At its Nov. 9 meeting, the School Board voted unanimously to update the current school calendar to make four days full workdays for school division staff and a holiday for students:
- Friday, Jan. 14
- Friday, Feb. 11
- Friday, March 18
- Friday, June 3
At year-round schools, these days have been converted to full workdays for school division staff and a holiday for students:
- Friday, Dec. 17
- Friday, Feb. 11
- Friday, March 25
- Friday, June 3
Previously, these days were designated as a three-hour early release for students and a half workday for all school division staff. The board noted the continuing challenges teachers are facing during the pandemic and that having additional time for planning, grading and collaboration to support learning is critical.
Work continues to help ease the challenges facing our teachers. One of those challenges has been a shortage of substitute teachers. Last week, an increase in substitute pay was announced to help bring more people into those crucial positions. Pay has also been increased for teachers who cover classes during their planning period.
Calendars set for next three school years #
On Nov. 9, the Chesterfield County School Board approved calendars for the next three school years: 2022-23, 2023-24 and 2024-25. Click here for details. The adopted calendars cover all Chesterfield County schools, except for the year-round schools. Future calendars for CCPS year-round schools will soon be brought forward for review.
Amazing adventures await R.E.B. winners #
Chasing the northern lights. Researching Botticelli’s “Birth of Venus.” Exploring canals. Investigating manufacturing marvels. Learning how Scotland educates deaf students. Studying concert bands in Hawaii.
These adventures in learning await six Chesterfield County teachers who were named 2021 R.E.B. Awards for Teaching Excellence winners and will receive almost $85,000 in professional development grants from the Community Foundation for a greater Richmond and the R.E.B. Foundation. See all of the details here. Also, check out the video playlist of R.E.B. winners on the school system’s Facebook page.
Next week is American Education Week #
Nov. 15-19 is American Education Week, with a different theme for each day:
- Nov. 15 is Kickoff Day.
- Nov. 16 is Family Day.
- Nov. 17 is Education Support Professionals Day.
- Nov. 18 is Educator for a Day.
- Nov. 19 is Substitute Educators Day.
Coffee + Conversation on Nov. 17 #
Parents and caregivers are invited for Coffee + Conversation hosted by Chesterfield County Public Schools Family and Community Engagement Office and Chesterfield County Prevention Services. Click here to register for the 1-2 p.m. Nov. 17 free virtual session to talk about coping with grief, loss and disappointment during the holiday season.
Closed for Thanksgiving #
Chesterfield County Public Schools will be closed Nov. 24-26 for Thanksgiving. Click here to see the complete 2021-22 calendars. (Note: This Friday Family Update newsletter will not be published on Nov. 26.)
In case you missed it… #
CCPS Virtual College Planning Resources #
Check out these video resources to help with the college planning process.
COVID-19 vaccine for children #
The COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11 is available at the Chesterfield Health District’s Community Vaccination Center. The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine will be offered for children ages 5 to 11 at the Chesterfield Health District’s Community Vaccination Center located in the Rockwood Shopping Center at 10161 Hull Street Road in Midlothian.
The Community Vaccination Center is open 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. Parents who wish to get their children vaccinated should make an appointment at vaccinate.virginia.gov or call 877-VAX-IN-VA (877-829-4682). Advanced registration is encouraged. Those with an appointment should arrive no earlier than 20 minutes before the appointment time. A parent or guardian must accompany anyone under 18.
The experience of getting a COVID-19 vaccine will be similar to the experience of getting routine vaccines. Parents can check out these tips on talking to their children about what to expect. For more about vaccinating children and teens, parents can visit the CDC website.
The Community Vaccination Center also offers first, second, additional primary doses and booster shots at no cost to the public. The Moderna vaccine and the single-dose Johnson & Johnson are available for anyone 18 and older. The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is available for anyone 5 and older. A parent or guardian must accompany anyone under 18. Walk-in appointments are available for primary series (age 12 and up) and booster doses only.
Eighth-graders and options for high school #
In addition to the broad spectrum of programs in each comprehensive high school, Chesterfield County Public Schools offers high school students the opportunity to participate in academic programs related to special interests. Click here for all of the details eighth-grade families need when deciding whether or not to apply to a specialty center, to a governor’s school or to a regional technology school. Open houses are underway:
- 6:30-8 p.m. Nov. 15: Leadership and International Relations Specialty Center at James River High
- 6:30-8 p.m. Nov. 16: Meadowbrook Academy for Developing Entrepreneurs at Meadowbrook High
- 6:30-8 p.m. Nov. 16: International Baccalaureate Program at Meadowbrook High (for students zoned for Bird, Manchester, Matoaca, Meadowbrook and Thomas Dale high schools)
- 6:30-8 p.m. Nov. 16: International Baccalaureate Program at Midlothian High (for students zoned for Clover Hill, Cosby, Midlothian, Monacan and James River high schools)
- 6:30-8 p.m. Nov. 17: Spanish Immersion Specialty Center at Manchester High
- 6:30-8 p.m. Nov. 18: Governor’s Academy for Engineering Studies at Bird High
- 6-7 p.m. Dec. 14: CodeRVA (will also be available via Zoom)
Open houses took place earlier for the Humanities Specialty Center, Health Professions and Therapies Specialty Center, Mathematics and Science High School, Health Science Specialty Center, Appomattox Regional Governor’s School, Information Technology Specialty Center at Matoaca High, Specialty Center for the Arts at Thomas Dale High, Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School and Mass Communications Specialty Center at Manchester High.
Work where you can help children succeed #
Try us: You’ll like us! Chesterfield County Public Schools is hiring, and every open position is posted on our website. Work where you can help young people succeed, and apply today to join Team Chesterfield.
Dec. 1 is deadline for openings 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 bit.ly/BdCom to apply by Dec. 1 if you are eligible and interested in either of these two openings:
- Midlothian District seat on Environmental Stewardship Advisory Committee (partial term ending June 30, 2022)
- Matoaca District seat on Gifted Education Advisory Committee (partial term ending June 30, 2023)
Under Virginia’s open government requirements, meetings are generally required to be held in person. If you are unable to meet in person, please note that in your application under “availability for meeting attendance.” View upcoming meeting dates for each committee here.