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Chesterfield County Public Schools

Friday Update – Oct. 30, 2020

School Highlight: Cosby High School #

The students in Cosby High’s Chamber Ensemble have been busy during the first nine weeks of virtual instruction. To showcase the skills they’ve been focusing on so far this school year, the students created this spooky Halloween MegaMix, and they killed it! muahahahaha

Cohort No. 4 Town Hall Rescheduled #

The Cohort No. 4 Town Hall live event has been rescheduled for Monday, Nov. 2. The panel will remain the same, and it will still take place from 6:30-8 p.m. on Facebook and YouTube Live.

Cohort No. 4 includes all middle and high school students. 

Like Cohort Nos. 2-3 earlier, Cohort No. 4 will return starting Nov. 9 to in-person learning in a hybrid model. Some students will attend Monday/Tuesday; others will attend Thursday/Friday. Wednesday will be a cleaning day in between in-person groups, with students connecting online via their normal Advisory Period and then working primarily asynchronously the rest of the school day.

Families of students in Cohort No. 4 are invited to attend this virtual town hall focusing on the return of these students in a hybrid model.

Transportation #

Social distancing guidelines will reduce capacity on buses by nearly 50 percent for secondary students. As a result, we have developed planned second waves of arrivals/dismissals, as some buses will need to do multiple routes for a single school.

Students may ride the bus to school this year. However, we encourage families who are able to assist us with transportation during this time. If a family is able to transport their child to and from school, it would be appreciated and would help support reducing bus ridership numbers and meeting social distancing guidelines.

Bus routes for students are available here.

Technology Supports #

Hotspots #

To help bridge the digital divide and support student learning, Chesterfield County Public Schools’ Technology Department is making free hotspots available for families in need. Contact your child’s school if you need a device.

Chromebook support and repair sites for Nov. 2-5 #

  • Monday, Nov. 2: 
    • 8-9:30 a.m. at L.C. Bird High (10301 Courthouse Road)
    • 3-4:30 p.m. at Monacan High (11501 Smoketree Drive)
  • Tuesday, Nov. 3: Closed for election day
  • Wednesday, Nov. 4: 5-6:30 p.m. at Monacan High (11501 Smoketree Drive)
  • Thursday, Nov. 5:  3-4:30 p.m. at L.C. Bird High (10301 Courthouse Road)

A parent and/or student will need to provide a student ID number in order to adjust the school division’s inventory records. Appropriate social distancing protocol will be followed to protect students and staff.

Please note, these support dates and locations are for next week only. We will continue to re-evaluate Chromebook support and repair needs moving forward. 

Technology Help #

If you have a Chromebook, Canvas or log-in question or concern that previously would have gone to the Technology Help Desk, please start with the Instructional Designer at your child’s school. The front office staff can connect you. If they are unable to resolve your concerns, they will put you in touch with a member of our Instructional Innovation team.

R.E.B. Award for Distinguished Educational Leadership #

Want to celebrate your school principal’s successes? Interested in getting additional funding for your child’s school?

Then nominate your school’s principal for the R.E.B. Award for Distinguished Educational Leadership, and they could win a $10,000 cash grant and an additional $20,000 for school projects that they choose. 

Four principals across the Richmond-area will be recognized. One will be selected to represent Chesterfield, Hanover, Henrico and Richmond.

To learn more and to access the nomination form, please visit the Community Foundation’s website:  http://www.cfrichmond.org/Grantseekers/Awards/REB-Awards-for-Distinguished-Educational-Leadership

The nomination process is all online this year. Hard copy nominations will not be accepted.

The deadline to submit a nomination is Nov. 5 by 5 p.m.

Young Voters, Social Media and the News: Talking to Your Children About the Election #

It is completely natural for questions to arise during an election.  Children get many messages from their parents, friends, and neighbors, as well as the media and the kitchen table. Current events and conversations can be confusing.  

Common Sense Media currently has a Young Voters Guide to Social Media website that includes resources for young voters and  parents.  For younger children, PBS Social has tips including a video with Big Bird, while the College of William & Mary offers conversation starters and other useful strategies.   

Last Day for Early Voting #

Cast your ballot in person, or return your mail ballots, at any of the county’s early voting sites until 8 p.m. today or and on Saturday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m..

Once early voting ends, voters must cast their ballot, or return their mail ballots, at their designated polling precinct on Nov. 3.

Chesterfield County is working hard to keep voters and poll workers safe during the general election. All poll workers are being equipped with masks and face coverings. Hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes and spray also are on hand to clean surfaces and equipment to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

Once voters arrive to vote in person, plexiglass has been installed to separate poll workers from voters. Before receiving a ballot, voters are being asked to display their form of identification by holding it up to plexiglass to encourage limited exchanges between poll workers and voters. 

For more information, head to www.PromoteTheVoteCfield.org.

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