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Chesterfield County Public Schools

Friday Update – September 3, 2021

School holidays #

The 2021-22 school year calendar includes these closings:

  • Sept. 3 is a student and staff holiday.
  • Sept. 6 is a student and staff holiday.
  • Sept. 16  is a student and staff holiday.

 

The calendar for Bellwood Elementary and Falling Creek Elementary (our year-round schools) includes these upcoming dates:

  • Sept. 3 is a student and staff holiday.
  • Sept. 6 is a student and staff holiday.
  • Sept. 16  is a student and staff holiday.
  • Sept. 17 is a three-hour early release for students and teacher workday.
  • Sept. 20-Oct. 1 is an intersession break (academic/enrichment programming).

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.

These 10 a.m.-noon Saturday sessions for high school seniors and families will be in-person at the Central Library (7051 Lucy Corr Blvd.) as well as virtual. Registration is required, so register here today:

  • Sept. 11
  • Oct. 23
  • Nov. 13

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. Additionally, you can submit ideas and questions you have using this simple form.

Teaching and learning together #

Students and teachers were happy to reunite at the start of the school year. See more videos on the school system’s YouTube channel.

We’re hiring! #

We're hiring bus drivers

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!

How to get school messages via text message #

Schools send info to parents by phone, email and text. Parents who want to receive texts (and who are not already receiving texts) need to take these two steps:

  • First, make sure your contact information — including your cell number — is up-to-date in ParentVUE.
  • Next, text Y to 67587 to opt in to texts. (Standard message and data rates may apply. For help, text HELP to 67587. To opt out, text STOP to 67587.)

 

Log in to make sure your info is current in ParentVUE/StudentVUE. Our website has detailed information, including a helpful overview that shows how to log in. Instructions are also included on updating the ParentVUE and StudentVUE mobile apps. Using ParentVUE, parents are also asked to check/update your home address, any alternative addresses and how students travel to and from school. All families are asked to update this information, even if your student will attend school virtually during the 2021-22 school year. Additionally, if your child would like to be called by a nickname, you can include that information in ParentVUE as well. If you need help accessing ParentVUE or updating your home address, contact your child’s school.

Tech It Out offers resources for families #

Tech it out

Each week in September, we’ll share tech resources to help families understand and manage the digital landscape that students inhabit in Chesterfield County Public Schools. Tech It Out explains technology so families can support their students. Here is the first week of information in English, and here is the first week of information in Spanish. As we move through September, we’ll share additional links in this newsletter and on the school system’s social media channels each Tuesday:

Sept. 20 event for parents of children with disabilities #

Destination life

Are you the parent of a child with disabilities? Could you use a road map or some guidance? This disability resource fair and conference can help, so reserve your free tickets today at rebrand.ly/destinationlife.

Scheduled 5-8 p.m. Sept. 20 at CTC@Hull (13900 Hull Street Road), Destination Life offers relevant resources, information and support for parents and teachers of children with disabilities. School transitions, organization, autism, dyslexia and social skills are among the topics. Young Life Capernaum, PEERS RVA, Down Syndrome Association of Greater Richmond and other vendors will offer resources.

Destination Life is organized by the Special Education Department and the Office of Family and Community Engagement of Chesterfield County Public Schools. Here’s the Sept. 20 schedule:

  • 5 p.m.: building opens to students, parents and teachers for vendor exploration
  • 6:10-6:30 p.m.: “Transition Begins at the Beginning: A Parent’s Perspective” by keynote speaker Tammy Burns 
  • 6:35-7:15 p.m.: breakout session 1
  • 7:20-8 p.m.: breakout session 2
  • 7:30 p.m.: vendor exhibition closes

Suicide prevention and awareness #

Parents are invited to register for free virtual workshops offered by the Chesterfield Suicide Awareness and Prevention Coalition.

In Raise Your Voice About Suicide Prevention, parents will learn to recognize signs of depression and other mental health problems, initiate a conversation with their child and get them help. 

 

In More Than Sad: Suicide Prevention for Parents, participants will learn the facts about suicide, how to dentify someone in crisis and how to connect them with the help they need.

Eyes Above the Horizon #

Eyes Above the Horizon offers students a chance to fly a single-engine plane! This unique outreach seeks to inspire youth, especially those from underserved and underrepresented communities, to consider STEM and aviation career opportunities. 

The Virginia Air Force Association is partnering with the Tuskegee Airmen Legacy Flight Academy for this event for grades 6-8. Eyes Above the Horizon will take place 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 25 at the Headquarters Building of the Virginia Wing Civil Air Patrol at the Chesterfield County Airport. Space is limited, and registration is required. Activities include an orientation flight in a single-engine airplane where students will actually fly an airplane (with parent permission), academic instruction in STEM,  lunch and mentorship from civilian, commercial and military aviation role models.

Adolescent immunizations #

If your child still needs Tdap, Meningococcal and HPV vaccines, please contact your child’s health-care provider or visit health clinics such as Walmart, CVS MinuteClinics, Better Health Med or Patient First. If you are looking for a COVID-19 vaccination, the Chesterfield Health District is providing vaccines at the Rockwood Vaccination Center, located at 10161 Hull Street Road (former Big Lots), to those 12 and older on these days during September:

  • 3-7 p.m. Mondays
  • 3-7 p.m. Tuesdays
  • 3-7 p.m. Thursdays
  • 9 a.m.-noon Saturdays

Curbside meal pickup #

Five days of breakfasts and lunches for children under the age of 18 will be distributed curbside 3:30-4:30 p.m. every Tuesday at Bon Air Elementary, Crenshaw Elementary, Matoaca Elementary, Carver Middle, Elizabeth Davis Middle, Falling Creek Middle, Manchester Middle, Providence Middle, Salem Church Middle, Bird High, Cosby High, Thomas Dale High, Meadowbrook High, Monacan High and CTC@Hull. Children do not have to be present for pickup. Questions? Call Chesterfield County Public Schools’ Food and Nutrition Services at 804-743-3717. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Free breakfasts and lunches for all #

USDA has extended national waivers for all students to continue receiving free breakfast and lunch daily during the 2021-22 school year. Meals will be available curbside for students learning in a virtual environment. Face-to-face elementary and middle school students who bring their lunch from home to school may add a fruit, a vegetable and a milk free. Face-to-face high school students who bring their lunch from home may choose from these free options:

  • add a fruit, two vegetables and a milk
  • add two fruits, a vegetable and a milk
  • add two fruits, two vegetables and a milk

 

The waivers allow Food and Nutrition Services to provide meals to students at no charge without parents submitting an application. However, if a student has an approved meal application on file, then other benefits outside the school system are available to families in need, such as P-EBT food assistance, reduced or waived internet fees and waived school and testing fees. To receive these benefits, submit an application online for free or reduced-price meals. If you do not have internet access using a smartphone, tablet or computer, then contact Food and Nutrition Services at 804-743-3722. A new application must be submitted each school year; only one application per household is needed. Parents will be notified of the status of their application by email or letter, so be sure your student’s school has the correct email and mailing address on file.

Bring out your denim #

The Denim Drive is set for October. Here’s how it works: Families donate used denim clothing of all kinds. Goodwill weighs 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. Collection dates are 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 16-17 at Bird High School (10301 Courthouse Road) and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 23-24 at CTC@Hull (13900 Hull Street Road). Sponsors of this event are Goodwill of Central and Coastal Virginia, Chesterfield County Council of PTAs Chesterfield County Public Schools.

COVID-19 vaccine connections #

  • Vaccines are free and available to all. VaccineFinder.org provides accurate and up-to-date information.
  • 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.

Upcoming dates #

  • September is Attendance Awareness Month.
  • September is National School Success Month.
  • September is National Suicide Prevention Month.
  • Sept. 15-Oct. 15 is National Hispanic Heritage Month.
  • Sept. 5-11 is Suicide Prevention Week.
  • Sept. 6 is Labor Day.
  • Sept. 11 is the anniversary of 9/11.
  • Sept. 12 is Grandparents’ Day.
  • Sept. 12-18 is National Arts in Education Week.
  • Sept. 17 is Constitution Day.
  • Sept. 19 is Talk Like a Pirate Day.
  • Sept. 21 is IT Pro Day. 
  • Sept. 22 is the fall equinox.
  • Sept. 28 is National Voter Registration Day.
  • Sept. 29 is World School Milk Day.
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