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Chesterfield County Public Schools

Friday Update – Oct. 15, 2021

New this week #

Oct. 22 is now a student holiday and full teacher workday #

At its Tuesday, Oct. 12 meeting, the School Board voted unanimously to update the current school calendar to make Friday, Oct. 22 a full teacher workday and student holiday. Previously, that day was planned as a three-hour early release for students and a half workday for teachers. 

The board acknowledged the tremendous dedication and hard work teachers are putting in each day. Because of the pandemic, teachers have taken on additional duties and continue to work through many challenges that make it difficult to spend the needed time on planning, grading and collaboration. Making Oct. 22 a full workday for teachers offers an opportunity to focus time on these critical tasks to ensure the best learning environment possible for our students.

The 2021-22 calendar has been updated on the division website to reflect the change.

Fun time for families on Nov. 1 #

Energy, excitement and art will come together in a celebration of Hispanic heritage 6-7:30 p.m. Nov. 1 in the auditorium of [email protected] (13900 Hull Street Road). Families are invited to a free performance by the Teocalli Coatlicue dancers, presented in partnership with La Milpa Restaurant. Popotillo art will be on display, and Latino food trucks will offer meals for sale. Masks are required for admission.

College fair for juniors and seniors #

High school juniors and seniors and their parents are invited to a college fair on Thursday, Nov. 4. College and university admissions representatives will be on hand to meet students and answer questions about opportunities after high school. The event will be held from 6-8 p.m. at the Thomas R. Fulghum Conference Center (13900 Hull Street Road). Masks are required. Register by clicking here.

Seeking substitute teachers #

Try us: You’ll like us! Chesterfield County Public Schools is holding a substitute teacher job fair 3-6 p.m. Nov. 10 at Midlothian Middle (13501 Midlothian Turnpike). Every open position is posted on our website. Work where you can help young people succeed, and apply today to join Team Chesterfield!

2022-25 draft calendars #

The Chesterfield County School Board received a presentation Oct. 12 on draft calendars for the 2022-25 school years. You can view the presentation here. View the proposed calendars here:

[email protected] if you would like to share feedback on the proposed calendars.

National news coverage #

Chesterfield County Public Schools will be in the national spotlight Oct. 15. School bus driver Mike Mason and our need for more drivers will be covered during the CBS Evening News; the news starts at 6:30 p.m. and CCPS should be on about 6:50 p.m.

Oct. 30 is deadline for RTR Residency #

RTR Residency is accepting applications for a graduate teacher residency program until Oct. 30. RTR recruits, trains and supports teachers for high-needs and hard-to-staff schools. You could be in the classroom, making a difference with Chesterfield County students! Learn more by listening to this podcast of Dr. Kim McKnight. Intrigued? RTR Residency could be a good fit for you! See more information about the program and how to apply here.

Strong Men and Women in Virginia History Contest #

High school students in Virginia are invited to honor outstanding African Americans by participating in Dominion Energy and the Library of Virginia’s Strong Men and Women in Virginia History student contest. Projects are due by Dec. 31.

JMU open house #

James Madison University is offering an Oct. 23 virtual open house and an in-person Nov. 13 open house. Click here for details.

Update: Important dates on school calendars #

The 2021-22 school year calendar includes these upcoming dates:

  • Oct. 22 is now a student holiday and teacher workday. The School Board made this change earlier this week.
  • Nov. 1 is a student holiday and parent-teacher conference day.
  • Nov. 2 is a student holiday and half teacher workday/half school-based professional development day.
  • Nov. 24-26 are student and staff holidays.


The calendar for Bellwood Elementary and Falling Creek Elementary (our year-round schools) includes these upcoming dates:

  • Oct. 22 is now a student holiday and teacher workday. The School Board made this change earlier this week.
  • Nov. 2 is a student holiday and half teacher workday/half school-based professional development day.
  • Nov. 24-26 are student and staff holidays.

In case you missed it... #

FACE FWD film festival starts Oct. 18-19 #

We’re on the go with the fourth FACE FWD documentary film festival. The 2021 edition of this film-and-discussion series will take place both in person at [email protected] and virtually. The films explore topics relevant to Chesterfield County families. FACE FWD begins with the documentary “High School 911” at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 18, followed by the documentary “Chasing Childhood” at 6:30 p.m. A discussion will follow each film. Tickets are free but registration is required for each film. After clicking the hyperlink, choose in-person admission or virtual admission.

Get answers to your questions about college #

Get answers to your questions at a free College Application Assistance Program organized by the Family and Community Engagement Office of Chesterfield County Public Schools and the Chesterfield County Public Library. This session for high school seniors and families will be in-person 10 a.m.-noon Oct. 23 at the Central Library (7051 Lucy Corr Blvd.). Registration is required. You can submit questions using this simple form. Finally, students and families can access helpful information about applying to college here.

Grab some Coffee + Conversation on Oct. 20 #

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. Oct. 20 session on helping children with stress.

Try your hand at being a school principal #

Chesterfield County Public Schools invites local business owners, community leaders and faith leaders to shadow school principals. Principal for a Morning will take place Oct. 27-28, with each participant spending about three hours shadowing a Chesterfield County principal. If you are interested in learning more about Chesterfield schools, then please please use this link.

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  • October is Computer Learning Month.
  • October is Disability History and Awareness Month.
  • October is Bullying Prevention Month
  • October is School Bus Safety Awareness Month. 
  • October is Farm to School Month.
  • October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month.
  • October is LGBTQ History Month.
  • October is National Principals Month.
  • October is National Physical Therapy Month.
  • October is National High School Activities Month.
  • October is Filipino American History Month.
  • October is German American Heritage Month.
  • October is Italian American Heritage Month.
  • October is Polish American Heritage Month.
  • October is Global Diversity Awareness Month.
  • Oct. 15 is Dasara.
  • Oct. 17-23 is America’s Safe Schools Week.
  • Oct. 17-23 is National Chemistry Week. (Oct. 23 is Mole Day; observed from 6:02 a.m. to 6:02 p.m. Mole Day commemorates the Avogadro constant, a measuring unit in chemistry that is denoted as 6.02×1023.)
  • Oct. 18-22 is Digital Citizenship Week.
  • Oct. 18-22 is School Bus Safety Week.
  • Oct. 20 in Virginia is School Bus Transportation Employees Appreciation Day.
  • Oct. 20 is International Pronouns Day.
  • Oct. 23-31 is Red Ribbon Week.
  • Oct. 24-30 is Read Aloud to a Child Week.
  • Oct. 27 is World Occupational Therapy Day.
  • Oct. 31 is Halloween.
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