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Chesterfield County Public Schools

Friday Update – Sept. 16, 2022

New this week #

Apply for free or reduced-price meals #

During the pandemic, the federal government issued a waiver allowing all children to eat for free at school. This meant the application for free or reduced-price meals was not required during this time. However, the federal waiver has expired and families must now complete an application to receive free or reduced-price meals. All others will pay for meals as they did before the pandemic. Complete the free or reduced price meal application for the 2022-23 school year here in English or here in Spanish. If you need a paper form, contact [email protected].

Update from the Virginia Department of Social Services about P-EBT benefits #

This is an update regarding questions we have received about summer Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) benefits.

The Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS) has recently learned and made us aware that many households did not receive summer P-EBT benefits due to a card processing error. VDSS has informed us that affected households will be issued a new P-EBT card and that all cards should be received no later than September 30. 

If you recently received a P-EBT card that is not working, VDSS has advised that a replacement card is already on the way and that you do not need to take any action to report your invalid card. VDSS has identified the households affected by this error, and they have asked that you do not contact the P-EBT call center to order another card, as this may further delay the processing of benefits. 

We understand this delay has been frustrating and want to assure you that we are in communication with VDSS to ensure the issue is fixed as quickly as possible. Schools are not able to provide answers to your P-EBT questions. Please visit PEBTVA.com for the latest information and guidance concerning P-EBT.

Recognize a game-changing staff member #

Team Chesterfield staff members go above and beyond to connect with students, build stronger relationships, provide engaging learning opportunities and help families. Each month, the Superintendent chooses four staff members from each magisterial district to be recognized for outstanding service. One central office member monthly will be recognized as well.

 You can nominate employees for the Game Changer award here.

Remembering our time with Queen Elizabeth #

As people across the world mourn Queen Elizabeth, we located photos from her 2007 visit to Virginia. If you are among the #oneCCPS students or staff members in these photos, we would love to hear from you: bit.ly/3BLhSHX. Here are details from the 2007 event: Rain, cold and a long wait did not dampen the spirits of Chesterfield students at the Virginia Capitol to see Queen Elizabeth. Fourth-grade students from Ettrick Elementary, Gates Elementary and Marguerite Christian Elementary, third-grade students from Robious Elementary and an eighth-grade social studies class from Manchester Middle joined thousands of onlookers to welcome the queen and Prince Philip to Virginia for ceremonies honoring the 400th anniversary of Jamestown.  Chesterfield County Public Schools buses delivered about 130 students and 25 chaperones wearing special guest credentials and clutching cameras and lunch bags to the state Capitol about noon on May 3. The Manchester Middle group went into the Capitol for a buffet lunch and tour. The other schools lunched on the grounds, where they snagged prime territory near the Governor’s Mansion to see the queen on her walk to the front steps of the Capitol. “It was quite thrilling,” “an opportunity of a lifetime,” “very excited to be chosen to represent our school” and “awesome!” were among the comments from Chesterfield students and chaperones about their time with Queen Elizabeth.

Section 504/Title II evaluation and eligibility training #

CCPS invites you to attend Section 504/Title II: Evaluation and Eligibility. This training, offered by the Office of Civil Rights, focuses on the requirements of Section 504 regarding child find, the evaluation and eligibility process, placement decisions, procedural safeguards, the grievance procedure, and OCR’s complaint process.

The presentation will be held Sept. 19, 2022, 5-6 p.m. and will be conducted using Microsoft Teams. Please register on Eventbrite at eventbrite.com/e/section-504title-ii-evaluation-and-eligibility-training-tickets-418202052597.

Principal for a Morning will happen Oct. 10-11 #

Chesterfield County Public Schools is looking for local business owners, community/civic leaders, or faith-based leaders to shadow school principals. Please share this information with friends and family members who are in these roles. 

Through the Principal for a Morning program, community leaders shadow a principal or building leader for about three hours as they conduct their daily routine. Participants will experience and learn about the logistics of monitoring school buildings and grounds, bus duty, morning announcements, classroom walk-throughs, lunch duty and assembly programs. 

This year’s opportunities will be held Monday, Oct. 10, and Tuesday, Oct. 11.

Many Chesterfield County schools have engaged in Principal for the Morning in previous years, and community leaders and principals always gain valuable knowledge from the experience. The program fosters beneficial partnerships between schools and businesses also allows local leaders to spend time in our schools seeing our innovative classrooms and practices. Use the QR code above or visit bit.ly/22PFAM if you or someone you know is interested in participating.

Three sessions (beginning Saturday!) offer information about college #

Tomorrow is the first session offering information 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 during college application assistance events organized by Chesterfield County Public Schools, Chesterfield County Public Library and GRASP. These free 10 a.m.-noon Saturday sessions for high school seniors and families will take place at the Central Library (7051 Lucy Corr Blvd.). Registration is required, so register here today for the session that fits your schedule:

  • Sept. 17 
  • Oct. 22
  • Nov. 12

During the in-person events, GRASP representatives will 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. Additionally, you can submit ideas and questions you have using this simple form.

Just for middle school parents and caregivers #

Welcome to the Middle Ages, a resource for middle school parents and caregivers. This free webinar series is a guide through the middle school years, which can be exciting and challenging. The 6:30 p.m. Sept. 21 session is titled “A Wizard’s World: Mastering Time and Technology” and features the power of organization through timelines, deadlines and organizers. Get details and register for all of the Middle Ages sessions that interest you at https://bit.ly/3ud81qz.

Chesterfield Mental Health Services Open House #

Sept. 13 School Board highlights #

The Chesterfield County School Board’s September meeting included presentations on future plans for hiring teachers and  major maintenance among others. To read more about agenda items at the Aug. 15 business meeting, visit the division website.

Chesterfield County Public Schools is hiring #

Every job available within Chesterfield County Public Schools is posted on our website, including positions for teachers, cafeteria staff, substitute teachers, administrators, facilities employees, bus drivers and more. Find a job that makes a difference: Work in Chesterfield County Public Schools!

In case you missed it... #

Final in-person community meetings about bond referendum will be next week #

The Chesterfield Board of Supervisors and School Board, accompanied by county staff, have been hosting a series of community meetings across the county to help share information and answer questions on the upcoming bond referendum. The final two in-person meetings will be held next week. A virtual meeting via Facebook Live will be held in mid-October.

Remaining meetings are listed below. All begin at 6 p.m.: 

  • Monday, Sept. 19, at Meadowdale Library, 4301 Meadowdale Blvd (Dale District)
  • Tuesday, Sept. 20, at Ettrick-Matoaca Library, 4501 River Road (Matoaca District)
  • Monday, Oct. 17, via Facebook Live

 

Chesterfield residents will vote this fall on the Community Facilities Bond Plan, which would authorize the issuance of $540 million in general obligation bonds. If approved, the Community Facilities Bond Plan will, over the next eight to 10 years, fund 26 capital improvement projects split among four categories: schools, public safety, libraries and parks.

Some $375 million of the bonds would be allocated to Chesterfield County Public Schools for seven projects that include replacing three elementary schools and building another while also building a new high school in western Route 360, expanding Thomas Dale High School and replacing Midlothian Middle School. Meanwhile, the $165 million that would be allocated for county government projects includes $81.1 million for public safety, $45.7 million for libraries and $38.2 million for parks and recreation.

For more details on the Community Facilities Bond Plan, please visit chesterfield.gov/bond or watch the video above.

This is the week to search for your unclaimed property! #

The Virginia Department of the Treasury and Chesterfield County Public Schools are bringing CCPS employees and families a virtual call event where Treasury staff will give personalized service to search callers’ names for unclaimed property. Unclaimed property can be uncashed checks, inactive bank accounts, safe deposit box contents, insurance policy proceeds, utility deposits, stocks, dividends, etc. A similar event in April helped Chesterfield County Public Schools employees re-claim more than $65,000!

On Sept. 21, Chesterfield County Public Schools families and employees can call 1-833-302-0704 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. They can also visit www.vaMoneySearch.gov to search. This is a free public service to help reunite rightful owners with their unclaimed property.

Updated on September 16, 2022
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