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Chesterfield County Public Schools

Friday Update – Sept. 2, 2022

New this week #

Minutes With Merv #

Our superintendent, Dr. Merv Daugherty, has been working on a series of videos to talk about issues that are important to families. Today’s video is about free and reduced-price meals. Topics range from preventing bullying to transportation, so check out the full Minutes With Merv playlist.

September is Attendance Awareness Month #

Every day counts! School attendance is vital to academic achievement. Send your children to school on time every day unless they are sick. This creates good habits and shows that school is important to your family. Please notify the school if your student will be absent.

If you are having difficulty sending your child to school for any reason, then contact your school’s social worker or counselor. Absences add up, and excessive absences may affect receiving credit for classes or promotion to the next grade.  Attendance Works offers resources to share with families.

September is National Suicide Prevention Month #

The approach CCPS takes to support student mental health is both preventive and responsive. The school system partners with students, families, educators and community resources to maximize student safety and adjustment, look for signs of psychological distress, assess threats of harm to self or others and help families access mental health support services for students in need. 

An important new tool to know about is the national suicide and crisis lifeline: Call or text 988 for access 24/7 to trained crisis counselors who can help people experiencing mental health-related distress, including thoughts of suicide, mental health or substance use crisis or any other kind of emotion distress.

Find your unclaimed property on Sept. 21! #

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.

Some fun advice about snacking #

We asked #oneCCPS principals to think waaaay back and talk about their favorite childhood snacks — then Superintendent Merv Daugherty got the last word!

September #

  • September is Attendance Awareness Month.
  • September is National Suicide Prevention Month.
  • September is Deaf Awareness Month.
  • September is National School Success Month.
  • September is College Savings Month.
  • September is National Preparedness Month.
  • September is Library Card Sign-up Month.
  • Sept. 15-Oct. 15 is National Hispanic Heritage Month.
  • Sept. 1 is World Letter Writing Day.
  • Sept. 4-10 is Suicide Prevention Week.
  • Sept. 5 is Labor Day.
  • Sept. 7-11 is National Payroll Week.
  • Sept. 8 is International Literacy Day.
  • Sept. 11 is the anniversary of 9/11.
  • Sept. 11 is Grandparents’ Day.
  • Sept. 11-17 is National Arts in Education Week.
  • Sept. 17 is Constitution Day.
  • Sept. 18 is International Equal Pay Day
  • Sept. 18-24 is Banned Books Week.
  • Sept. 19 is Talk Like a Pirate Day.
  • Sept. 19-23 is Start With Hello Week.
  • Sept. 20 is National Voter Registration Day.
  • Sept. 20 is IT Pro Day. 
  • Sept. 21 is International Day of Peace.
  • Sept. 22 is the autumnal equinox.
  • Sept. 23 is International Day of Sign Languages.
  • Sept. 24 is National Punctuation Day.
  • Sept. 25-27 is Rosh Hashanah.
  • Sept. 26 is Johnny Appleseed Day. (There is also one in March)
  • Sept. 26 is Human Resource Professional Day.
  • Sept. 28 is World School Milk Day.

In case you missed it... #

Community meetings about bond referendum #

The Chesterfield Board of Supervisors and School Board, accompanied by county staff, will host a series of community meetings to help share information and answer questions on the upcoming bond referendum.

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.

There will be eight community meetings held throughout Chesterfield to provide voters with important information on the referendum. The meetings include six in-person events spread out across the five magisterial districts as well as two Facebook Live meetings which can be attended virtually.

Here is the schedule for the meetings, which will all begin at 6 p.m.: 

  • Tuesday, Sept. 6, in the CTC @ Hull auditorium, 13900 Hull Street Road (Clover Hill District)
  • Thursday, Sept. 8, at Thomas Dale High School, 3626 W. Hundred Road (Bermuda District)
  • Monday, Sept. 12, at Manchester High School, 12601 Bailey Bridge Road (Matoaca District)
  • Wednesday, Sept. 14, at Midlothian Middle School, 13501 Midlothian Turnpike (Midlothian District)
  • Thursday, Sept. 15, via Facebook Live
  • 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

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

Seats available on School Board advisory committees #

Advisory committees established by the Chesterfield County School Board are one way 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 others. Click the application button at bit.ly/BdCom to apply by Sept. 6 if you are eligible and interested in these openings:

  • Bermuda District seat on Citizens Budget Advisory Committee (partial term ending June 30, 2024)
  • Matoaca District seat on Citizens Budget Advisory Committee (partial term ending June 30, 2023)
  • Bermuda District seat on Environmental Stewardship Advisory Committee (partial term ending June 30, 2024)
  • Bermuda District seat on Gifted Education Advisory Committee (partial term ending June 30, 2024)
  • Dale District seat on School Health Advisory Board (partial term ending June 30, 2023)
  • Dale District seat on School Health Advisory Board (partial term ending June 30, 2025)

General Assembly page applications are open #

Applications for admission to the 2023 page programs of the Virginia Senate and Virginia House of Delegates are now available:

Updated on September 7, 2022
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