The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the way schools work with and support families and their communities. We are grateful for the relationships we have with our families. As we work creatively together, we work to benefit our children and communities.
The Virginia Department of Education recognizes November as Family Engagement In Education Month. This month provides an opportunity to celebrate family, community and school partnerships.
The following resources are meant to support equitable family engagement practices:
Tik-Tok could be called entertainment, but reading is true engagement and enlightenment. Get away from the quick flash of the screen and read with your family. A family that reads together succeeds together!
The movement to dedicate the month of November as #FamilyLiteracyMonth is designed to bring everyone back to the excitement of reading. All ages benefit. When you read to younger children, reflect on those who read to you and the way you liked listening to your parents or teachers read with excitement in their voice. Let your child absorb the illustrations while listening to the words coming off of the page.
The following are some tips and suggestions families can do throughout November and beyond. Set aside a little time for reading every day, even if it’s only for 15 or so minutes.
During their eighth-grade year, students can decide whether or not they wish to apply to a specialty center or Governor’s school. Chesterfield families of eighth-grade students who are interested in learning more about these high school opportunities are invited to join the virtual specialty center open house events for the programs that interest them.
Want to see what virtual open house events are coming up next week?
Want to learn more about a specific specialty center?
As we progress through November, we are sharing College Application Assistance Tips from the CCPS FACE website. Recently the college essay was highlighted, as November is an excellent time to draft and craft this important portrait of a student. Here are a few other tips to consider during the month of November.
Visit the Chesterfield County Public Schools College Application Assistance website for more guidance and tips for the college application process during the month of November.
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.”
The School Board is currently seeking applicants for the following advisory committee seat:
PLEASE NOTE: SHAB Wellness Experts may be appointed from any magisterial district. Applicants for the Employee Wellness Expert seat should offer expertise in employee wellness, occupational health considerations, and integrated health and wellness within a system.
Interested individuals can apply online at bit.ly/AdvisoryCommitteeApp-Dec3. Applications are due
by Dec. 3.
More information is available http://mychesterfieldschools.com/family-and-community-engagement/school-board-advisory-committees/.
You can view upcoming meeting dates for each committee by visiting this link:
Now that all hybrid students have returned to our buildings, we are bringing more of our curbside Chromebook support and repair services back into schools as well. Should your child’s Chromebook need repairs, please follow the steps below to receive a replacement device.
Chromebook service desk hours will be available at all middle and high school sites every school day, except Wednesdays.
If a Chromebook repair is required for a virtual middle or high school student’s device, families should take the following steps to request a replacement device:
If a Chromebook repair is required for a hybrid or a virtual elementary student’s device, families should take the following steps to request a replacement device:
NOTE: All students new to Chesterfield County Public Schools should contact the front office of their child’s school to request a Chromebook.
Chesterfield’s Substance Abuse Free Environment (SAFE) is hosting its 2020 Virtual Annual Meeting titled “Sign of the Times: Prevention is the Key” via Zoom on Nov. 19 from 4-5:30 pm.
This year’s theme will focus on drug impaired driving and the associated dangers. The event will include panelists who will provide insight on the DUI laws and the personal and professional impact of drug impaired driving crashes.
The SAFE 2020 Virtual Annual Meeting is free to the public, but registration is required by clicking the link at the bottom of the flyer. Come join this dynamic discussion and share this information within your organization, family and friends!
To register, click here.
November is College and Career Month in Chesterfield County Public Schools. The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the events college and career informational events that normally happen throughout the month of November.
This year, our community partner, John Tyler Community College, has created a virtual opportunity for our students to learn more about careers and education. The Career and Education Consortium is hosting Virtual Education and Career Fairs from Nov. 9 through Dec. 9. Please see their flyer for more information.
Organizations worldwide lose an estimated 5 percent of their annual revenues to fraud, according to the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE). In honor of National Fraud Awareness Week, which takes place Nov. 15-21, Chesterfield County is bringing awareness to its Fraud, Waste and Abuse Hotline (804-318-8000) and is encouraging county residents and all employees to report wrongdoing involving fraud, waste and abuse of Chesterfield government and school assets or resources.
Tips are consistently the most common way to detect fraud. The Chesterfield County Fraud, Waste and Abuse Hotline (804-318-8000) can be accessed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and callers can remain anonymous as caller ID and call back features have been disabled to maintain confidentiality. Some examples of violations may include, but are not limited to:
Visit chesterfield.gov/reportfraud for more information.