Updated: COVID-19 guidance page and dashboard #
Chesterfield County Public Schools has expanded the information available on its COVID-19 page. In addition to reporting positive tests, information is provided about the number of students quarantined at each school and the percentage of positive tests over the past seven days. Earlier, the school system developed a quick reference guide that shows an overview of what happens when there is a positive COVID-19 test. An FAQ document (updated Sept. 13) on the COVID-19 guidance page offers more details.
Chesterfield County Public Schools is committed to providing students with a safe, supportive and nurturing learning environment. There are many benefits to having students in school: from academic, social, emotional and mental health viewpoints. Students and staff members are wearing masks and following COVID-19 mitigation measures. It is important that students and staff complete the daily health assessment before coming to school each day.
Even with masks, it is easy to see the joy of students and teachers who are finally able to come together again in the classroom. There is no doubt that everyone has grown weary with the pandemic, but we must remain vigilant to keep our kids safe and in school this year. Chesterfield County Public Schools works in partnership with the Virginia Department of Health and the Virginia Department of Education as our community, nation and world continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic.
Student Support for Extended Absences #
COVID-19 testing #
During September, the Chesterfield Health District is offering free COVID testing at the Rockwood Vaccination Center (10161 Hull Street Road) 9 a.m.-noon on Tuesdays; 2-6 p.m. on Wednesdays and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Fridays.
COVID-19 vaccine connections #
- 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.
Central Virginia Virtual Service Academy Day #
Reps. Donald McEachin and Abigail Spanberger will host a Central Virginia Virtual Service Academy Day on Saturday, Sept. 18, at 11 a.m.
They will be joined by the five U.S. Service Academies – the U.S. Air Force Academy, the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and the U.S. Naval Academy – to share application information.
Nominations to U.S. Service Academies can be made by the president, vice president or a member of Congress. Nominations are required for all but the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, to which appointments are made on the basis of an annual nationwide competition.
Constituents of District 4 and District 7 can register for Service Academy Day here.
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 #
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 second week of information in English, and here is the second 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:
Register now for Monday event for parents of children with disabilities #
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 [email protected] (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.
Seeking outstanding STEM teachers #
The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching program honors excellent teaching and promotes STEM education. Anyone (principals, teachers, parents, students or community members) may nominate exceptional individuals who teach science, technology, engineering, math or computer science in grades K-6 for this award year. Jan. 7 is the deadline. Teachers may also initiate the application process themselves. Details are here.
Virginia high school video contest #
The Virginia School Boards Association is asking high school students to make a short film expressing their thoughts on “Virginia Public Schools: Stronger Than Ever.” Students are invited to submit a 30-second video by completing this form no later than 6 p.m. Sept. 27. Each school system can submit one video in the competition, so Chesterfield County Public Schools will judge the submitted videos, then send the top one to the association.
- Videos will be judged on how well they address the topic as well as the quality of the production and the creativity of the video. No professional assistance can be provided to produce the video. The format of the video is up to the students. Videos can be a commercial, news broadcast, music video, etc. Only videos by public high school students will be judged.
- This form must be completed for every participant shown in the video: https://bit.ly/3jBbrOS.
Do you know a young poet? #
Virginia Poet Laureate Luisa A. Igloria invites students to apply to represent the region as a Young Poet in the Community. Helped by panelists from the Poetry Society of Virginia, she will choose one elementary student, one middle school student, two high school students and one college student from each of six regions. Students selected will receive cash prizes. Submissions are due by Oct. 15 including an entry form with information from the school and work samples. Email questions to [email protected].
Free NASA opportunities for students #
The Virginia Space Grant Consortium provides free science, technology, engineering and math opportunities for Virginia students in grades 10-12. The programs inspire students who possess technical or scientific interests and are motivated to learn about the many different opportunities that NASA offers. Details are here.
Start with hello #
Start With Hello Week is this September 20–24, 2021. Start With Hello brings attention to the growing epidemic of social isolation and empowers young people to create a culture of inclusion and connectedness within their school and community. All of our schools are participating in different ways this year to highlight the power of connection and kindness. It all starts with…Hello!
Start With Hello Week is organized by Sandy Hook Promise, a national nonprofit organization based in Newtown, Connecticut. Sandy Hook Promise is led by several family members whose loved ones were killed in the tragic mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School that claimed the lives of 20 first-graders and 6 educators. They are focused on preventing gun violence (and other forms of violence and victimization) by educating and mobilizing youth and adults on mental health and wellness programs that identify, intervene and help at-risk individuals.
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 [email protected] (13900 Hull Street Road). Sponsors of this event are Goodwill of Central and Coastal Virginia, Chesterfield County Council of PTAs Chesterfield County Public Schools.
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. 17 is Constitution Day.
- Sept. 18 is International Equal Pay Day
- Sept. 19 is Talk Like a Pirate Day.
- Sept. 21 is IT Pro Day.
- Sept. 22 is the autumnal equinox.
- Sept. 28 is National Voter Registration Day.
- Sept. 29 is World School Milk Day.