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Friday Update – Nov. 13, 2020

Family Engagement: The Commonwealth Recognizes the Importance of Engagement #

Story Squad Family

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:

November is National Literacy Month #

Children Reading

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.

  • Use your library: Chesterfield Public Libraries, even in a virtual setting, are a great place to find anything you or your children are interested in.  
  • Books as art: Display books around your home.  Look through your collection of books and set your favorites on end tables and counters. This may sound silly, but access to books is a great way to develop interest in reading.  
  • The page to the screen:  So many times families see a film without reading the book.  Here is a list of family books  that have all been adapted to the screen. Series such as Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, Enola Holmes and others are all excellent reads.  If they can read on their own, encourage them to read the book.  After reading the book, compare and contrast to the movie. 
  • Long distance read aloud: During this time of respectful interaction, use Google Hangout, Zoom, or Facetime and have family members miles away read or be read too, you could also start a book club. 
  • Donate old or used books you no longer need. This will help families in need read to their kids.

Specialty Center Virtual Open House Events #

Specialty Center Students

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? 

  • Here is the specialty center open house calendar:

Want to learn more about a specific specialty center? 

  • Specialty center applications, the student events calendar, links to each specialty center’s website, and more detailed information are all available here:

College Application Process Assistance #

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.  

  • Financial aid and scholarships: Deadlines for financial aid and scholarships are still further down the road, but the sooner you apply the better. Knowing what kind of aid packages are available will help you weigh the cost of different schools.
  • Testing: November is still within the normal window to take your SAT and/or ACT, but December will probably be your last opportunity to do so. Chesterfield Schools continues to offer Saturday SATs for students. If you haven’t taken or would like to retake either one, make sure you register now for the December test. Retaking in the spring will be too late! More information can be found here
  • Grades: November is also a critical month for your high school classes. The semester will end in mid-December, so if you need to improve any grades, now is the time to get serious. Even if you are accepted to a school, the decision can be reversed if your grades take a nosedive.

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.

School Board seeks applicants for School Health Advisory Committee position #

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:

  • School Health Advisory Board (SHAB): Employee Wellness Expert (term ending June 30, 2023)

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 Applications are due

by Dec. 3. 

More information is available

You can view upcoming meeting dates for each committee by visiting this link:

Technology Supports Updates Beginning Nov. 16 #

Child on Chromebook

Chromebook Repair #

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.

Hybrid Middle and High School Students
Started Nov. 9 #

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 hybrid middle or high school student’s device, students should follow their school’s Chromebook help desk procedures.

Virtual Middle and High School Students
Starting Nov. 16  #

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:

  • Call the front office to submit a repair request and complete a Chromebook Incident Form over the phone.
  • When it is ready, the school will contact you to pick up the replacement Chromebook.
  • When you go to pick up the replacement Chromebook, please take the old device and charger (if applicable) with you to return.
  • The front office will give you the replacement device to take home.


Hybrid and Virtual Elementary School Students
Starting Nov. 16 #

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:

  • Call the front office or your child’s teacher to submit a repair request and complete a Chromebook Incident Form over the phone.
  • When it is ready, the school will contact you to pick up the replacement Chromebook.
  • When you go to pick up the replacement Chromebook, please take the old device and charger (if applicable) with you to return.
  • The front office will give you the replacement device to take home or the teacher will give the replacement Chromebook to the student.

NOTE: All students new to Chesterfield County Public Schools should contact the front office of their child’s school to request a Chromebook.

Sign of the Times: Prevention is the Key #

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.

Virtual Career and Education Fair #

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.

Nov. 15-21 is National Fraud Awareness Week, Report Fraud Using Anonymous Hotline #

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:

  • Falsification of records
  • Serious abuse or excessive use of time
  • Theft of funds

Visit for more information.

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