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Let’s Keep Showing Up!

  • They say 80% of success is showing up, so we’re encouraging students, staff members and families to show up. If we all show up as our best selves this school year, then is there any doubt that great things will happen? 

    • Show up ready to learn, just like this Swift Creek Elementary student. 
    • Show up with kindness. 
    • Show up for each other.

Behaving on School Buses

Behaving the right way is part of how we show up for each other. Watch the video to see Chesterfield County students offer real-life advice on how to act safely on school buses. Additional information is available on the school system’s website.

Welcoming Volunteers Into Schools

Behaving the right way is part of how we show up for each other. Watch the video to see Chesterfield County students offer real-life advice on how to act safely on school buses. Additional information is available on the school system’s website.

Changing Lives Here and Across the Globe

They may be separated by 7,000 miles, but Ecoff Elementary and Gendetesfa Primary School in Ethiopia are making connections that benefit students in both schools. In partnership with Cornerstone Assembly of God in Chesterfield County and Living Word Community Church in Ethiopia, students are learning about each other, about their cultures and how their schools are similar and different

At the beginning of the 2022-23 school year, students began their long-distance connection. Ecoff students spent time learning new content so that they could create instructional materials for Gendetesfa students, then Ecoff students sent letters and photos of their school to make a personal connection. The materials were delivered in January, then Gendetesfa students sent back videos of themselves using the materials and answering questions Ecoff students asked.

Ecoff students discovered that their new friends did not have technology that might allow them to connect and communicate on a more regular basis and throughout the 2023-24 school year. At the request of Ecoff Elementary administrators and with School Board approval, Chesterfield County Public Schools donated 30 end-of-life Chromebooks for Gendetesfa students. Over the summer, the Chromebooks were delivered and sparked immediate joy and additional learning opportunities in the new computer lab at Gendetesfa.

Stay tuned for the next chapter in this heartwarming connection that is changing lives here and across the globe.

Seeking Feedback

Chesterfield County Public Schools seeks feedback on its use of funds from the American Rescue Plan Act Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief fund. Please click here to submit comments or ideas.

September Dates

  • Chesterfield County schools and school offices will be closed Sept. 1 and Sept. 4 for Labor Day.
  • Chesterfield County schools and school offices will be closed Sept. 25.

Parent Survey About Special Education Services

Parents of school-age children and youth with disabilities who receive special education services are asked to complete the Virginia Department of Education annual parent involvement survey. The survey is open through Dec. 15. Please complete one survey for each of your children who received special education services in the 2022-23 school year. If you have questions, please email Chiquita Seaborne or call 804-225-3898.

It’s Easy to Recognize Teachers and School Employees

At the roots of a strong public school division are an exceptional faculty and staff and a committed base of community supporters. Here are two ways community members can acknowledge the work of teachers and school employees:

  • Game Changers: To recognize the game-changing work of Chesterfield County Public Schools employees, the school system recognizes Game Changers each month. Game Changers are those who step up to meet the needs of students; offer support and access to resources that assist their colleagues; provide an extra layer of support for families outside of the classroom; and who generally make a positive and sometimes life-changing difference in the lives of students, families and their colleagues. To recognize a Team Chesterfield Game Changer, complete this nomination form:
  • 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 ( Nominate teachers and staff members by filling out the super-simple form at

Sept. 5 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.

Under Virginia’s open government requirements, meetings are generally required to be held in person. If you are unable to meet in person, please note that in your application under “availability for meeting attendance.” Click the application button at to apply by Sept. 5 if you are eligible and interested in these openings:

Audit and Finance Committee

  • Clover Hill District (July 1, 2023, to June 30, 2025)

Career and Technical Education Advisory Committee

  • Dale District (partial term ending June 30, 2025)

School Health Advisory Board (Wellness experts may be appointed from any magisterial district but should be subject matter experts with experience in the field.)

  • Bermuda District (partial term ending June 30, 2024)
  • Expert on employee wellness (July 1, 2023, to June 30, 2026)

Apply Sept. 18-21 for Christmas Mother Help

Families can request help from the Chesterfield-Colonial Heights Christmas Mother during application review at the Chesterfield Fairgrounds (10300 Courthouse Road):

  • 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 18-19
  • noon-7 p.m. Sept. 20
  • 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 21

Get details and an application (in English and Spanish) on the Christmas Mother website. Applications will also be available at the fairgrounds on review days. Children will not be allowed on site during application review

College Awareness Program for English Learners

Chesterfield County Public Schools invites English learners to a two-part college awareness program. This flyer offers details in Spanish and in English about the 6 p.m. sessions on Sept. 5 and Sept. 11 at the Career and Technical Center @ Hull, 13900 Hull Street Road. Register by calling 804-706-6073 or 804-706-6075.