Friday Family Update

New this weekSummer hours and dates

  • During the summer, Chesterfield County Public Schools is open 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and is closed on Fridays. Summer hours start June 10 and continue through Aug. 9.

  • Also, Chesterfield County Public Schools will be closed on June 19 and July 4.

Chesterfield County Public Schools serves summer meals

summer school lunchFree lunches plus fun at Wednesday farmers market

For the second summer, families will find more than fresh produce at the Chesterfield Farmers Market (6701 Mimms Loop). In partnership with local growers, Chesterfield County Public Schools Food and Nutrition Services will be at the market 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. each Wednesday through Aug. 14 serving up free lunches and fun activities for all children 18 and younger. This video shows how Wednesday meals work.

Free meals at 21 school sites

At 21 summer school sites, free breakfasts and lunches will be available Monday through Thursday from June 24 through July 18, unless otherwise specified below. Sites will be closed July 4. These sites are open to all children who are 1-18 years old. Meals are first come, first served and are the same for all children. Children must remain on-site while eating their meals. Children who are not attending summer school can check in at the school’s front office:

Summer school site

Breakfast time

Lunch time

Bellwood Elementary: June 3-13 only

9-9:30 a.m.

11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Beulah Elementary

7:20-8 a.m.

10-11 a.m.

Chalkley Elementary

7:30-8 a.m.

10-11 a.m.

Marguerite Christian Elementary

7:30-8 a.m.

10-11:15 a.m.

Crenshaw Elementary

9-9:30 a.m.

11:30-11:55 a.m.

Crestwood Elementary

9-9:20 a.m.

11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Ettrick Elementary

7:30-8:15 a.m.

10-11 a.m.

Hening Elementary

7:30-8 a.m.

10-10:45 a.m.

Hopkins Elementary

7:15-7:45 a.m.

10-11 a.m.

Salem Church Elementary

7:15-7:45 a.m.

10-10:45 a.m.

Elizabeth Scott Elementary

7-7:45 a.m.

10-11 a.m.

Spring Run Elementary

7:20-7:50 a.m.

10:30-11:20 a.m.

Reams Road Elementary

7:15-7:45 a.m.

10-11 a.m.

Wells Elementary

7:30-8 a.m.

10-11 a.m.

Manchester Middle

8:30-9:15 a.m.

10:50 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Providence Middle

8:45-9:15 a.m.

10:50 a.m.-12:20 p.m.

Bird High

8:30-9:15 a.m.

10:50 a.m.-12:20 p.m.

Carver College and Career Academy: July 8-18 only

9:30-10:05 a.m.

noon-12:30 p.m.

Matoaca High

8:45-9:15 a.m.

10:55 a.m.-12:20 p.m.

CTC@Hull: June 10-13 only

7:50-8:20 a.m.

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

CTC@Courthouse: June 10-13 only

7:50-8:20 a.m.

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Meals for students attending summer school at seven sites

At seven additional sites, breakfasts and lunches will be available for students attending summer school at these sites. Students who qualify for free or reduced-price meals will receive free breakfasts and lunches. For other students who want breakfast or lunch, the cost will be:

  • $2 for breakfast for all students

  • $3 for elementary student lunch

  • $3.25 for middle school and high school student lunch

These seven sites will serve breakfasts and lunches for summer school students at these sites Monday through Thursday from June 24 through July 18 (closed July 4):

  • Evergreen Elementary

  • Grange Hall Elementary

  • Old Hundred Elementary

  • Robious Elementary

  • Winterpock Elementary

  • Midlothian Middle

  • Midlothian High (June 24-July 3 only)

Free meals at community partners

Chesterfield County Public Schools is partnering with Archangel Michael and St. Anthony Coptic Orthodox Church (6650 Elkhardt Road) to offer free breakfasts and lunches for all children 18 and younger. This site will be open June 12-July 24. Breakfast will be served 9-9:30 a.m. on Monday and Tuesday. Lunch will be served noon-12:30 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

More information

Meal times are subject to change; visit for the latest information. If you have questions, call Chesterfield County Public Schools Food and Nutrition Services at 804-743-3717. (Families can also find summer meals by texting “food” or “comida” to 304-304 or by connecting with the Chesterfield Food Bank (

Celebrating our 2024 graduates

CCPS graduateThe class of 2024 is on its way to the future, after 4,700 Chesterfield County Public Schools students graduated from 11 high schools May 20-28. This happy video shows scenes from every graduation. Full-length videos and photos from every graduation are available online:

School Board sets 2025-26 calendar

On June 4, the School Board adopted the 2025-26 student calendar, which includes:

  • 178 instructional days

  • Two-week winter break and one-week spring break aligned with largest Region 1 school divisions

  • Aug. 18-19 start of school

  • March 30-April 3 spring break

  • May 29 end of school

Student calendars for the coming 2024-25 school year are available in English and Spanish on the school system’s website. Students return from summer break Aug. 19-20 for the 2024-25 school year, except for year-round school Bellwood Elementary, where students return July 22-23.

Register by July 1 for El Librotazo, the big book party

book bannerChesterfield County Public Schools invites all students and families to El Librotazo, the big book party. El Librotazo is brand new, so you may wonder, “What is it?”

El Librotazo will take place 5-8:30 p.m. July 9 at the Chesterfield County Fairgrounds (10300 Courthouse Road). Every child can choose up to five books to keep. That’s right: Every child from birth through high school will get books for their home libraries. That’s why this is a big book party!

El Librotazo is free. Thanks to support by the Chesterfield Education Foundation and Dominion Energy, there is no cost to attend, take home books or enjoy fun and food at El Librotazo. Families are asked to register by July 1 for free tickets at

Books for all ages will be available in English, Spanish, Arabic, Vietnamese, Pashto and Dari. But books are just one part of El Librotazo:

  • An obstacle course and big inflatables will be available, along with crafts led by the Children’s Museum of Richmond and games led by Chesterfield Parks and Recreation.

  • Music and cultural performances will add to the fun.

  • Hot dogs, popsicles and popcorn will be served.

  • A fire truck and police vehicle will be there for children to see.

  • About 20 community groups will provide helpful information for families.

Be sure to complete special education survey about parent involvement

Parents of school-age children and youth with disabilities who receive special education services are asked to complete the Virginia Department of Education parent involvement survey. The annual survey is open through Dec. 13. Please complete one survey for each of your children who received special education services in the 2023-24 school year. You can access the 13-question survey at these links:

Parents have online access to frequently asked questions (scroll to “indicator 8” for information about the parent involvement survey). Parents also have online access to printable versions of the survey in English and the survey in Spanish. If you have questions, then email Chiquita Seaborne or call 804-418-4672.

Chesterfield Mental Health Support Services offers help

Upcoming classes will cover understanding young children (six virtual sessions), ADHD (four in-person sessions), adult mental health first aid (one virtual session) and parenting teens and tweens (five virtual sessions). This flyer offers class details. The department also provides individualized consultations for parents and families on topics such as parenting stress, effective discipline, managing strong feelings and more. Details about consultations are available here.

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.

in case you missed itHelp students succeed and stay safe

bus drivers neeed
Chesterfield County Public Schools is hiring school bus drivers during a job fair 4-6 p.m. June 26 at Manchester Middle School, 7401 Hull Street Road. Registration is encouraged but not required at this link.

  • Over $23 per hour starting pay

  • Full-time benefits and bonuses

  • Get paid during free training for your commercial driver’s license

Summer school waitlist opens

May 28 was the deadline to register for most summer opportunities. Students registered after May 28 will be added to a waitlist and will only be able to participate if space becomes available. Transportation will not be provided to students registered after May 28. Transportation is not provided to camps. The summer school page is located here.

Resources for mental health and counseling services

This video offers helpful information for families about mental health and counseling resources. The providers in this video participated in a Spring Into Wellness event earlier, then helped create this virtual fair. Watch for information (in this order) from:

  • Richmond Center for Eating and Anxiety Disorders

  • Comfort Zone Camp

  • Soaring for Change

  • Circle of Wellness

  • A Peace of Mind Counseling Services

  • Chesterfield County Mental Health Department

  • Healing Sounds

  • Family Services

  • Brothers’ Keeper

  • Positive Paths Wellness Coaching

  • T.R.I.N.I.T.Y.

  • Rush Community Group

  • Healing Circle Counseling

  • Sources of Strength

  • The Light Beyond Supportive Services

  • HCA Tucker Pavilion Behavioral Health Services

  • Be SMART

  • Commonwealth Autism

  • My Spectrum Counseling and Coaching

  • Every Age Every Stage

  • Fig Tree Therapy

  • Chesterfield County Mental Health Support Services

  • Hidden Roots Mental Health

Chesterfield summer bingo

In partnership with a local influencer, Chesterfield County government has collaborated on a Chesterfield summer bingo board to encourage residents and visitors to get out and about to experience all that Chesterfield has to offer. This works like a traditional bingo board; once you complete five activities and share them on social media, you’ll win a prize. Complete the entire bingo board and you’ll win a grand prize! This flyer includes a QR code linked to the bingo board and a list of rules. Questions? Email

Safety event will take place June 8

Families are invited to a summer safety event 10 a.m.-1 p.m. June 8 at Swift Creek ER, 14720 Hancock Village St. All ages will enjoy the event, which includes bike helmet fitting, swim safety, car seat installation, games, food trucks and more. Details are here.

Chromebooks can power summer learning

There’s no need for learning to stop during summer break. Students will keep their Chromebooks over the summer so they can access district-purchased curriculum. 

Students in grades K-5 can access their My Backpack apps: DreamBox (math), Lexia Core5 (literacy) and myON (literacy). Students in grades 6-11 will be able to access general math classes in ALEKS. 

Here are tips for families:

  • Screen time: If students have a hard time regulating their screen time, families can set up a schedule that works for them to determine when students can use their Chromebook. 

  • Content filter: The school system’s CIPA-compliant content filter and Google Safe Search are enabled even when students are at home. If families have questions about what their students have accessed on the Chromebook, they can look at the student’s Chrome history. Click on the three dots in the top right corner ( ⠇), then click on ⭮ History.

  • Starting Aug. 7, students will begin to see content for the 2024-25 school year on their Chromebooks.

CCPS is accepting prekindergarten applications

Prekindergarten applications are being accepted now for the 2024-25 school year. This webpage has details and links to the application form in English and in Spanish. A free, full-day program, prekindergarten helps 4-year-olds with the greatest need prepare for kindergarten. A limited number of prekindergarten spots are available at these sites:

  • Chester Early Childhood Learning Academy serving Bellwood, Bensley, Beulah, Marguerite Christian, Curtis, Ecoff, Enon, Gates, Harrowgate, Salem Church, Elizabeth Scott and Wells elementary schools

  • Bon Air, Davis, Chalkley, Crenshaw, Crestwood, Ettrick, Evergreen, Falling Creek, Greenfield, Hening, Hopkins, Jacobs Road, Matoaca, Providence and Reams Road elementary schools

Register your incoming kindergartner now

Kindergarten registration continues for children who will be 5 years old by Sept. 30. Online preregistration for the 2024-25 school year is available here, along with information and links to help families with the enrollment process.

Private school placement survey seeks info from parents and students

The Virginia Department of Education has a survey for students who attend a licensed private day school and another survey for their parents:

Dec. 13 is the deadline. Families with more than one child receiving special education services in a licensed private day school should complete a survey for each child. Printable versions are available: parent survey and student survey. If you have questions, then email Hank Millward or call 804-887-5000.

Vaccine information for rising seventh graders and seniors

It is not too early to get state-required vaccines.

  • Rising seventh graders: Virginia students are required to get certain vaccines before entering seventh grade. The Virginia Department of Health provides information in English and Spanish

  • Rising seniors:

    Virginia students are required to get certain vaccines before entering 12th grade. The Virginia Department of Health provides information in