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Friday Update – Sept. 30, 2022

New this week #

Important: inclement weather information #

After school activities for Friday, Sept. 30 are canceled #

Because of anticipated bad weather, Chesterfield County Public Schools is canceling all after-school activities for Friday, Sept. 30. This includes all school activities and all activities scheduled in school facilities.

How decisions are made about inclement weather #

When considering a schedule alteration for Chesterfield schools, many things are taken into account. Of course, the safety and security of our students and staff is a top priority.

 In the event of inclement weather or anticipated inclement weather, the school division is in direct contact with law enforcement, county officials and VDOT. Some things to consider:

  • Chesterfield County spans over 400 square miles and often, conditions can vary in different parts of the county.
  • Our transportation officials are evaluating road conditions and checking bus routes to ensure the safe passage of our buses, especially in neighborhoods. CCPS has over 64,000 students and more than 50,000 of those students ride our buses.
  • We work closely with area school divisions to make regional announcements when possible with regard to schedule changes.

 Careful consideration is taken when a decision is made to alter any aspect of our schedule. When that happens, we will update our staff and families as quickly as possible, as we know even small changes to our school schedules can have a great impact.

Transportation Update: Ridership & Bus Drivers #

Ridership is up

School bus ridership is growing. We currently have 52,941 students assigned to buses based on parent requests. In comparison, there were 47,867 students assigned to buses at the end of the 2021-22 school year. 

We’re hiring bus drivers

As of Sept. 22, there were 59 bus driver vacancies. In September, 18 drivers completed our training program and are being assigned to routes. Another seven drivers will report to work on Monday, Oct. 3 after completing their mandated time off as part of the Supplemental Retirement Program. We have additional candidates in training and others who are moving through the hiring process.

Apply now

Would you or someone you know like to be a bus driver? Here is what you can expect:

  • Paid training beginning on the first day of training class
  • State-approved CDL school bus driver training course provided free-of-charge
  • Eligibility for a $50 perfect-attendance bonus each month
  • Eligibility for a $100 safe-driving bonus each semester
  • Eligibility for retention bonuses
  • Full-time benefits: Virginia Retirement System, Health/Dental/Life insurance, Flexible Spending Accounts, Paid Leave, Employee Assistance Program

Click here to apply today.

Schools are closed Oct. 5 #

Chesterfield County Public Schools will be closed on Oct. 5. See calendars for this school year and future school years at https://bit.ly/CCPScals.

Eighth grade families: Specialty Center fairs are next week! #

It is time for eighth grade families to begin thinking about options for next year! In addition to the many programs at each comprehensive high school, students may participate in optional academic programs that are specifically related to their interests. During eighth grade, students decide whether to apply to a specialty center or governor’s school.

Specialty Center fairs will be held at James River High School on Monday, Oct. 3, and at Meadowbrook High School on Thursday, Oct. 6. Both fairs will begin at 6:30 p.m. At the events, students and families can learn more about available opportunities as well as upcoming open houses for each specialty center, governor’s school and CodeRVA. Open house events provide in-depth information about each specific program, school and curriculum. These events begin Oct. 17.

Learn more by visiting these sites:

Contact your school counselor for more information.

Pink Flamingo Week is coming! Donate coats to keep Chesterfield kids warm #

Many children in our school community have needs outside the classroom. As we begin to prepare for cooler weather, we want to ensure students have what they need to stay warm. Chesterfield Education Foundation, in support of and in partnership with Chesterfield County Public Schools, is sponsoring Pink Flamingo Week from Oct. 19-26 to make sure every Chesterfield student who needs a coat can get one. During this week, we will partner with community groups to coordinate a coat drive effort across our county.

  • Do you own a business? 
  • Are you part of a community group?
  • Are you an individual who would like to help this cause by hosting a coat drive?

You can help! Join in our effort by completing this brief form. Those who are interested in hosting a drive will receive a toolkit with tips, information to share via social media and flyers to help get the word out.

Mega Mentors sessions begin in October #

Mega Mentors works to help increase student success. Beginning in October, the organization will offer two ways for students to participate:

In-school mentoring sessions are available to students in grades 3-12 at participating schools; and any CCPS student in grades 6-12 can participate in after school virtual sessions. Sessions are held twice per month.  See the flyer for more information.

Principal for a Morning #

Walk a mile in a principal’s shoes by participating in Principal for a Morning! Chesterfield County Public Schols is looking for business owners, community leaders and faith leaders to shadow school principals for about three hours Oct. 10 or Oct. 11. Principal for a Morning participants will experience the logistics of monitoring school buildings and grounds, bus duty, morning announcements, classroom walk-throughs, lunch duty and assembly programs. Use the QR code or visit bit.ly/22PFAM if you are interested.

100% of Chesterfield County schools are accredited #

The Virginia Department of Education announced last week that every Chesterfield County school is accredited for the 2022-23 school year. “I am intensely grateful to Team Chesterfield for this achievement, which reflects the do-whatever-it-takes attitude of our teachers and staff as well as the hard work of our students,” said Superintendent Merv Daugherty. “Last year was our first full year of in-person instruction since COVID-19, and SOL scores improved. I am proud of what our teachers and students are accomplishing, and we will continue to do what’s best for all kids. There is still work to do as we continue to focus on curriculum and instruction. Our strategic plan will guide our work over the next several years.” Read more here.

Free event will feature every Chesterfield County high school marching band #

Don’t miss this fall’s marching band exhibition featuring every high school in Chesterfield County Public Schools! Starting at 6:25 p.m. Oct. 10 on the Monacan High football field (11501 Smoketree Drive), everyone is 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. Rain date is Oct. 18. 

The event will begin at 6:25 p.m. Oct. 10 with a combined performance of the national anthem by the bands of Robious Middle, Midlothian Middle and Providence Middle. The high school marching bands will then perform in this order:

  • Meadowbrook Roaring Regiment
  • Manchester Marching Lancers
  • L.C. Bird Skyhawk Marching Band
  • Matoaca Marching Warriors
  • Monacan Marching Chiefs
  • Midlothian Trojan Marching Band
  • Cosby Titan Band
  • James River Regiment
  • Clover Hill Marching Cavaliers
  • Thomas Dale Marching Knights

Turn jeans into jobs while helping your school #

Each year in the Denim Drive, families donate used denim clothing of all kinds. Goodwill tracks the denim donated on behalf of each Chesterfield County school, then awards nine cash prizes ($1,000, $750 and $500) to the top three elementary, middle and high schools. The denim is sold in Goodwill stores or recycled. Clean out your closet and support your school on these denim collection dates:

  • 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 8-9 at Bird High School (10301 Courthouse Road)
  • 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 15-16 at [email protected] (13900 Hull Street Road)

Let’s see your favorite fall sports and activities photos #

Please share your best fall 2022 sports and activities photos with Chesterfield County Public Schools for possible use in publications and online. We’re looking for active images of students of all ages. Share your photos using this quick-and-easy form.

Groundbreaking for the new Falling Creek Middle School #

School and county leaders broke ground Sept. 22 on a replacement building for Falling Creek Middle School. Virginia Public School Authority bonds are being used to finance the new building, which is expected to cost about $100 million and open for the 2024-25 school year. Read more here.

Nominate Someone You Should Know #

Someone You Should Know is a video series designed to share stories about interesting people working in Chesterfield County Public Schools. You can see the videos on the #oneCCPS YouTube channel (youtube.com/user/ccpsva). Nominate teachers and staff members by filling out the super-simple form at bit.ly/CCPSsomeone.

Rain or Shine: Chesterfield County Airport to host open house and movie night #

The Chesterfield County Airport invites the community to its first-ever open house and movie night 5:30-10 p.m. Oct. 1. At 7:30 p.m., “Planes” (rated PG) will be shown on a large screen. Before the movie, this free, family-friendly event will include aircraft and apparatus displays from the Chesterfield Fire and EMS, Police and Sheriff departments, Virginia Department of Aviation and Virginia State Police MedFlight 1. Free popcorn and water will be available during the movie while supplies last. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets to sit on. If it rains, the event will move indoors. Get all of the details here.

In case you missed it... #

My Stop Android App #

My Stop has notified the school division that their Android mobile phone app is no longer available for Android phones, but an update is in progress. The My Stop app helps families see their child’s school bus location and an approximate time it will arrive at the bus stop. Until the Android app update is released, families with Android phones may find the same student bus information on the My Stop web page, which can be accessed on mobile devices. Click here for more information about the My Stop app or to troubleshoot issues.

Let’s chat about parenting: The turbulent teens #

Let’s talk parenting! Parents and caregivers are invited for Coffee + Conversation, free virtual sessions 1-2 p.m. offering helpful information. On Oct. 12, Eric Faw from Chesterfield County Prevention Services will lead a conversation about preteen and early teen development. Strategies and suggested resources will be available for families who are face-to-face with the “Jekyll and Hyde” years. Register for the sessions that most interest you. Coffee + Conversation is hosted by #oneCCPS Family and Community Engagement Office and Chesterfield County Prevention Services.

Oct. 4 is deadline for openings on 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 interested in helping Chesterfield County Public Schools achieve its vision of creating a better tomorrow. Advisory committee members who are appointed by the School Board must reside in the district they represent; community representatives on the Gifted Education Advisory Committee are appointed by the superintendent and can reside in any magisterial district.

Click the application button at bit.ly/BdCom to apply by Oct. 4 if you are eligible and interested in these openings:

  • Bermuda District seat on Citizens Budget Advisory Committee (partial term ending June 30, 2024)
  • Midlothian District seat on Special Education Advisory Committee (partial term ending June 30, 2024)
  • Bermuda District seat on School Health Advisory Board (partial term ending June 30, 2023)

Nominate outstanding principals by Nov. 3 for R.E.B. Award #

The Community Foundation, in partnership with the R.E.B. Foundation, invites nominations for the 2022-23 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. (Principals may not self-nominate.) The deadline is 5 p.m. Nov. 3. Details and the nomination form are here.

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.

Updated on September 30, 2022
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