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Chesterfield County Public Schools

Friday Update – Oct. 8, 2021

New this week #

COVID quarantine update #

After extensive consultation with the Virginia Department of Health and discussion with area providers, quarantine procedures are being updated.

  • The required quarantine period is now 10 days for unvaccinated students identified as close contacts.
  • Students who meet the criteria for shortened quarantines must still submit a negative test result to the school, but do not require documentation from a medical provider to return to school.

The new quarantine guidance maintains safety while providing a more equitable approach for families and staff and lessens the burden on the local health community. 

Details about quarantine requirements after exposure:

  • Unvaccinated students identified as a close contact must remain home for 10 days after their last contact with the person who tested positive for COVID-19 (returning to school on day 11). 
    • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Virginia Department of Health allow for an individual to complete a shortened quarantine period under certain circumstances:
      • If the student receives a negative PCR test or antigen test result (with testing done no sooner than day five after the last contact) and provides the test result to the school, they may return seven days from last exposure to a person with confirmed COVID-19 (returning on day eight)
      • Please note that a shortened quarantine period is not permitted if the exposure is directly related to an outbreak as determined by VDH.
  • Fully vaccinated students identified as a close contact, but do not have symptoms, are not required to quarantine. 
    • In general, people are considered fully vaccinated if they meet the following criteria:
      • Two weeks have passed since a second dose in a two-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or
      • Two weeks have passed since a single-dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine

Updated resources on our COVID-19 guidance page

If you are currently in a quarantine period and this change impacts your situation, please contact your school nurse to discuss further.

COVID Reminders

  • COVID-19 vaccines are free and available to all. VaccineFinder.org provides accurate and up-to-date information. Also, the Chesterfield Health District provides COVID-19 vaccines to those 12 and older at the Rockwood Vaccination Center (10161 Hull Street Road) 3-7 p.m. on Mondays, 3-7 p.m. on Tuesdays, 3-7 p.m. on Thursdays and 9 a.m.-noon on Saturdays.
  • An anonymous COVID-19 text notification system provides Chesterfield County residents with updates from the Chesterfield Health District and county government. Residents can text CfieldCOVID to 888777 to sign up for text notifications.
  • Free or discounted Lyfts to vaccinations are available.

Update: Oct. 12 is new date for marching band event #

Threats of showers delayed our marching band exhibition until Oct. 12. Featuring every high school in Chesterfield County Public Schools, the event will start at 6:50 p.m. Oct. 12 at Meadowbrook High School (4901 Cogbill Road). You are invited to experience the bold sounds and precision moves of drumlines, brass and woodwinds alongside the beautiful choreography of color guards as 10 halftime shows march across the field. Admission is free. Here is the timeline:

  • 6:50 p.m. Meadowbrook High
  • 7 p.m. Manchester High
  • 7:15 p.m. Bird High
  • 7:30 p.m. Matoaca High
  • 7:45 p.m. Monacan High
  • 8 p.m. Midlothian High
  • 8:15 p.m. James River High
  • 8:30 p.m. Cosby High
  • 8:45 p.m. Clover Hill High
  • 9 p.m. Thomas Dale High

Family learning program offered in Arabic #

To increase parent involvement, the ESL Family and Community Engagement of Chesterfield County Public Schools is offering a family engagement program in Arabic. Led by two Arabic-speaking teachers, this program will provide information to Arabic-speaking parents about:

  • School environment
  • How to communicate with schools
  • Using technology 
  • Continuing education journey
  • Positive values
  • And more

The program will run 6-7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays from Oct. 19 through Nov. 9 at Evergreen Elementary School. Tutoring will be provided for students in grades K-12. To register, call 804-706-6073.

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 CTC@Hull 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. After the in-person viewing, virtual participants will receive an email with links to view the film and the discussion.

Other documentaries in the series may include The Gatekeeper, No Small Matter, Picture a Scientist and The Great American Lie.

Get answers to your questions about college #

  • What is a reach school, a competitive school and a safety school?
  • What’s the Common App? What’s the Coalition App?
  • What is the difference between early action, early decision, rolling admission and open admission?

Get answers to these questions and more 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.

GRASP representatives will be on hand to discuss financing options including scholarships. Other experts will offer tips for writing admission essays, securing letters of recommendation and building a resume with academics plus extracurricular activities. What do you have questions about? You can submit questions using this simple form. Finally, students and families can access helpful information about applying to college here.

Do you want to become a teacher? #

Are you interested in becoming a teacher? RTR Residency may be a path for you! Chesterfield County Public Schools is always looking for people who are excited about supporting students and providing engaging educational experiences. RTR Residency is a graduate program that prepares extraordinary and inspiring teachers for hard-to-staff schools on three tracks: 

  • Elementary track to teach grades K-5
  • Special education track to teach elementary, middle and high school special education
  • Secondary track to teach middle and high school English, math, science and social studies

     

What do you need to be part of RTR Residency?

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • 3.0 GPA
  • Content major in the subject area you will be preparing to teach for elementary and secondary
  • Satisfactory test scores

If you want to teach for change, then check out teachrtr.org and apply by Oct. 30.

October is Bullying Prevention Month #

Childhood bullying is a significant problem nationwide. It can cause school absenteeism, mental and physical stress, poor school performance, poor self-esteem and, in some cases, school violence. Statistics show students who experience bullying are at increased risk for depression, anxiety, sleep difficulties, lower academic achievement and dropping out of school. Bullying includes any aggressive and unwanted behavior that is intended to harm, intimidate or humiliate the victim; involves a real or perceived power imbalance between the aggressor or aggressors and victim; and is repeated over time or causes severe emotional trauma. Gov. Northam officially recognized October as Bullying Prevention Month, making it an opportunity for parents, students, teachers and school administrators to be aware of and address bullying and to encourage discussion of the problem as a school community.

  • Chesterfield County Public Schools acknowledges bullying can occur in many forms, including verbal, physical, emotional and cyber, both on and off campus. Promote Respect is our means of educating parents, staff and students about bullying prevention. It outlines procedures to report, investigate and intervene when bullying behavior occurs. Promote Respect was developed using research-based practices, and it fulfills the state mandate requiring each school board to implement policy and procedures to educate stakeholders about bullying in order to create a respectful school climate free of bullying. This work also aligns with Goal 2 of our Imagine Tomorrow strategic plan: All students, staff, parents and community members will exemplify a culture of safety, personal responsibility and supportive relationships. 
  • We invite Chesterfield students and family members to participate in conversations about bullying prevention. If you have questions or ideas, please contact your local school administrators or student support professionals. If you would like to learn more, Promote Respect and bullying prevention will be discussed at the School Board’s Oct. 12 meeting.
  • More information, including a link to report bullying, is available on our Promote Respect webpage. Students and family members can also report bullying using the Report Bullying link near the top of each school’s website.

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 next of these free virtual convos that start at 1 p.m. and last one hour:

  • Oct. 20: Helping Children With Stress and Anxiety hosted by Ginger Dotter and Cat Tompkins
  • Nov. 3: Managing Challenging Behaviors hosted by Whitney Kern and Cat Tompkins
  • Nov. 17: Dealing With Stress and Loss During COVID-19 hosted by Ginger Dotter, Rebecca Lint and Cat Tompkins
  • Dec. 1: Helping Youth Manage Strong Feelings hosted by Whitney Kern and Cat Tompkins

In case you missed it... #

Pink Flamingo Week will help get coats for kids who need them #

Chesterfield Education Foundation, in support of and in partnership with Chesterfield County Public Schools, is sponsoring Pink Flamingo Week Oct. 9-16 to make sure every Chesterfield student who needs a warm coat this winter can get one. There are so many things children must focus their attention on, and being cold should not be one of them. See how you can support this initiative.

Work where you can help young people succeed #

Chesterfield County Public Schools has jobs available. We are hiring teachers, bus drivers, food service associates and many more positions. Every open position is posted on our website. Apply today to join Team Chesterfield!

Do you know a gifted student? #

Gifted learners are students who show the potential for advanced thinking and reasoning, creativity and high achievement. Details about gifted education within Chesterfield County Public Schools are available here.

So that schools can support, challenge, enrich and engage gifted students, Chesterfield County Public Schools conducts an annual referral process to identify gifted students:

  • Parents, teachers, community members and students can refer a student they believe to be gifted by filling out this form.
  • Oct. 27 is the deadline to refer students currently in grades 2-12.
  • March 15 is the deadline to refer students currently in grades K-1 within Chesterfield County Public Schools.

You can nominate outstanding principals by Nov. 4 for R.E.B. Award #

The Community Foundation, in partnership with the R.E.B. Foundation, invites nominations for the 2021-22 R.E.B. Awards for Distinguished Educational Leadership. This initiative recognizes principals who go beyond the day-to-day demands of their position to create an exceptional educational environment. 

The awards will recognize one principal each from Chesterfield, Hanover, Henrico and Richmond. Each winner will receive a $30,000 grant: a $10,000 unrestricted cash grant to the principal and $20,000 to be used for school-based initiatives of the recipient’s choosing. Nominations are solicited from the school community and the public. The deadline is 5 p.m. Nov. 4. Details and the nomination form are here.

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 offers a glimpse into the logistics of connecting with students and teachers, monitoring buildings and grounds, bus duty, morning announcements, classroom walk-throughs, lunch duty and more. 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.

Oct. 30 open house at VCU #

Find out how you can drive the future of business through the power of creativity at an information session with the VCU School of Business. Learn about majors (including a special session on actuarial science), scholarships, internships and how creativity is found in all aspects of the business curriculum. Click here to register for VCU’s open house, then students interested in actuarial science should select financial technology as an area of interest.

Who is a Game Changer in Chesterfield County Public Schools? #

At the roots of a strong public school division are an exceptional faculty and staff and a committed base of community supporters. To recognize the game-changing work of Chesterfield County Public Schools employees, we offer monthly recognition opportunities. Game Changers are those who step up to meet the needs of students; offer support and access to resources that assist their colleagues; provide an extra layer of support for families outside of the classroom; and who generally make a positive and sometimes life-changing difference in the lives of students, families and their colleagues. To recognize a Team Chesterfield Game Changer in your life, complete this nomination form.

Important dates on school calendars #

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

  • Oct. 22 is a three-hour early release for students and teacher workday.
  • 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:

  • Sept. 20-Oct. 1 is an intersession break (academic/enrichment programming).
  • Oct. 4-8 is an intersession break (school closed).
  • Oct. 11 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.

General Assembly page program #

Students have opportunities in 2022 to participate in page programs in the Virginia General Assembly. The purpose of the programs is to facilitate a structured environment in which young Virginians embrace responsibility and accountability, develop professional characteristics through strict standards of conduct and engage in the legislative process through work, observation and discussion. Click here for details about applying to be a page at the Virginia Senate or the Virginia House of Delegates.

  • 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. 10 is World Mental Health Day.
  • Oct. 11 is Columbus Day.
  • Oct. 11 is National Coming Out Day.
  • Oct. 11-15 is National School Lunch Week.
  • 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.
Updated on October 8, 2021
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