Now more than ever, technology is an integral part of life.
As parents, it can be hard to keep up with the constantly evolving developments in the technology applications that children are utilizing for school work. So, how can families help their children develop healthy and safe relationships with technology while supporting virtual learning?
During the next four weeks, the Office of Family and Community Engagement will share a series of practical, instructive resources to help families understand and manage the digital landscape that their child utilizes as a student in Chesterfield County Public Schools.
Explore one resource each day of the week or simply select the topics that interest you! Click on the button at the top of each column below to view that topic’s resource.
CCPS Technology Live Helpdesk #
Last week Chesterfield County Public Schools launched a live Technology Help Desk to help provide families with an additional layer of support for Chromebooks, Canvas, Google Meet, the my.ccpsnet.net learning dashboard, and resetting passwords.
Because families found the live Technology Help Desk so helpful, it will be open again next Monday-Friday from 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. and 5-8 p.m. Chesterfield County Public Schools families can call 804-639-8689 for support. Support is available in other languages as well.
Specific questions about school-based assignments may be referred back to the child’s teacher. If a support staff member cannot answer the question immediately or is not immediately available to take the call, the caller will receive a call back from a school division staff member more familiar with the specific inquiry.
Chromebook support and repair sites
to continue Sept. 21-24
With more than 60,000 personal learning devices being used by students for virtual learning or CCPSOnline courses, Chesterfield County Public Schools will continue to provide support and repair opportunities Sept. 21-24.
Monday, Sept. 21
- 8-9:30 a.m. at L.C. Bird High (10301 Courthouse Road)
- 3-4:30 p.m. at Monacan High (11501 Smoketree Drive)
Tuesday, Sept. 22
- 8-9:30 a.m. at Monacan High (11501 Smoketree Drive)
- 3-4:30 p.m. at Meadowbrook High (4901 Cogbill Road)
Wednesday, Sept. 23
- 8-9:30 a.m. at Matoaca High (17700 Longhouse Lane)
- 5-6:30 p.m. at Monacan High (11501 Smoketree Drive)
Thursday, Sept. 24
- 8-9:30 a.m. at Matoaca High (17700 Longhouse Lane)
- 3-4:30 p.m. at L.C. Bird High (10301 Courthouse Road)
A parent and/or student will need to provide a student ID number in order to adjust the school division’s inventory records. Appropriate social distancing protocol will be followed to protect students and staff.
Please note, these support dates and locations are for next week only. We will re-evaluate the Chromebook support and repair needs moving forward.
Navigating Virtual Learning with an IEP- PEATC #
Chesterfield County Public Schools hosted two in-person opportunities for families of students with disabilities, one on Sept. 9 at [email protected] and another on Sept. 10 at Thomas Dale High School.
Tammy Burns from the Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center (PEATC) was the keynote speaker. PEATC builds positive futures for Virginia’s children by working collaboratively with families, schools and communities in order to improve opportunities for excellence in education and success in school and community life. Their special focus is children with disabilities.
If you were unable to attend these sessions and want to learn more about navigating virtual learning with students who have IEPs, you can watch this recording to see Tammy Burns’ presentation.
3 Ways to Vote #
We are sharing the following message from our partners in the county government:
As families grapple with day-to-day routine changes as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the General Election is going to look and feel a bit different this year.
To prepare for record turnout and provide flexibility to voters, Chesterfield County is encouraging registered voters to plan ahead by choosing one of three way to vote in the General Election: (1) In person on Election Day; (2) early voting; or (3) by requesting an absentee ballot application to vote by mail.
Learn more about General Election deadlines, early voting locations and necessary documentation here:
Career Changers Job Fair #
Chesterfield County Public Schools will be hosting a virtual career changer job fair information session on Friday, Oct. 16, at 9 a.m. This event is designed for members of our community who may be interested in pursuing a career in education. This is not an open invitation event, so participants will need to register for this information session. A bachelor’s degree with uploaded college transcripts are required to be considered.
Register at https://tinyurl.com/yyknqe6e today to be invited!
Conexus Blink 20 #
This school year, our community partner, Conexus for Children’s Vision, is launching its Blink 20 program, a campaign aimed at fighting digital eye strain and vision problems in children as a result of increased screen time due to virtual and hybrid learning.
Digital eye strain has been evolving as a significant problem and addressing COVID-19 with virtual and hybrid
learning models has hastened the problem significantly. As school divisions increase the time required on laptops and other devices, students and teachers are at risk. Learn more at https://conexusvision.org/blink20/.
Virtual College Fair #
The Virginia Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Counselors (VACRAO) is proud to present their Virtual College Exploration program for all Virginia students Sept. 14-Nov. 5, 2020.
The free eight-week program consists of hundreds of opportunities for students to learn about the college search process and about many different colleges through panel presentations and weekly Virtual College Fairs.
Students will gain a wealth of college knowledge, get exposure to a variety of colleges, and have the opportunity to ask questions of admission counselors, all in a safe, flexible, online environment. All high school students, transfer students, parents, and counselors throughout Virginia are all welcome to attend.
Students should participate live so they can ask questions and interact with the college admission counselors. If students are unable to attend live, we still encourage them to register for the sessions they are interested in and recordings will be available later. Additional information about the program can be accessed here.
Substitute Job Fair #
Chesterfield County Public Schools is building its substitute pool for the 2020-21 school year. There will be a virtual
Substitute Teacher Job Fair on Friday Oct. 2, at 9 a.m. If you would like to attend, please submit an application. A complete application must include a copy of your college transcript (stating 60-plus completed hours or degree conferral date) and two professional letters of reference.
Apply online at http://bit.ly/SubAtCCPS.