Veterinary science program to expand

Monacan High and the Health Professions and Therapies Specialty Center will house a new veterinary science program that will open to students in 2026.

Veterinary science is currently offered at both campuses of the Chesterfield Career and Technical Center, but both sites consistently have long waiting lists. Adding a third site will help Chesterfield County Public Schools meet student demand, which in turn will help meet marketplace demand in this growing field. Each veterinary science program enrolls 40 students each school year.

A $500,000 grant that the Chesterfield Education Foundation received from the Community Foundation will initially fund the program expansion. The four-year grant will cover planning, renovation of an existing classroom, setup and curriculum preparation.
4 days ago, Brian Bolanos
Work where you make a big difference

Chesterfield County Public Schools is hiring for summer programs and for critical needs areas. Questions? Call 804-748-1984 or email careers@ccpsnet.net.
  • Teachers in critical needs areas
Chesterfield County Public Schools is holding a virtual job fair seeking teachers in critical needs areas. Highly qualified candidates in these areas are encouraged to apply by Feb. 28 to be considered for an interview: library, math, chemistry, biology, earth and space science, middle school science, special education, ESL, English, language arts, reading specialists and elementary education.
  • Summer jobs
Chesterfield County Public Schools is hiring for hundreds of summer school jobs. Summer school will run June 24-July 18 (Monday-Thursday). This flyer offers details about summer jobs. If you are interested, go to bit.ly/CCPSjobs to apply for:
  • District supervisors
  • Summer school principals
  • Building liaisons
  • PK-12 teachers (general and special education, ESL, substitutes) and extended day teachers (PE, music, art, world language, STEAM)
  • Librarians
  • Counselors
  • Testing coordinators
  • Instructional aides (general and special education)
  • Secretaries
  • Nurses (RNs and LPNs)
  • Clinic assistants
  • Security monitors
  • Transportation
  • Food services
4 days ago, Brian Bolanos
Families can now apply for prekindergarten, CCPSOnline and Chesterfield Virtual School
  • Prekindergarten serves 4-year-olds with the greatest need, helping them prepare for kindergarten. 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 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

  • CCPSOnline classes are open to students in grades 9-12. With learning available 24/7 in a no-bells, no-limits virtual environment, the flexibility of CCPSOnline classes can help high school students create the schedule they want. Act now to take advantage of this Chesterfield County Public Schools opportunity:

  • Chesterfield Virtual School is open for Chesterfield County students in grades K-8. As Virginia’s first virtual school, the Chesterfield Virtual School provides the opportunity to learn with teachers from across the country and students from all over Chesterfield County. The Chesterfield Virtual School works for students who are self-sufficient and self-driven. School days begin at 7:45 a.m. with morning meetings. Before students are dismissed for the day at 2:15 p.m., teachers cover all core academic subjects. After-school clubs offer additional connections for students. The Chesterfield Virtual School also offers gifted instruction, honors classes, special education and ESL.
11 days ago, Brian Bolanos
Budget process continues Through this video message, Superintendent Mervin B. Daugherty encourages families to advocate for state funding for schools by reaching out to state legislators. Find out who your legislators are by clicking here.
The School Board will meet to adopt the FY 2025 budget at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 22 in the Public Meeting Room (10001 Iron Bridge Road). The meeting will be livestreamed and shown live on Comcast channel 98 and Verizon channel 28.
Dr. Daugherty proposed the budget on Jan. 23. You can view that presentation here; watch a video of the School Board work session here; and review budget details here. The $913.7 million budget reflects commitment to continued educational excellence and addresses three sets of priorities:
  • Compensation and required increases: Providing a 4% salary increase to employees and allowing for increased costs for services and state-mandated increases
  • Maintaining service levels: Continuing the quality education and support services our community values
  • Additional needs: Addressing other needed items for schools based on final state revenue numbers
11 days ago, Beth Celuck
Upcoming dates -
  • Chesterfield County schools and school offices will be closed Feb. 19.
  • March 5 is an asynchronous learning day, which means students learn from home.
  • Student calendars are available online.
11 days ago, Beth Celuck
Apply by Feb. 28 for virtual hiring fair - Chesterfield County Public Schools is holding a virtual job fair seeking teachers in critical needs areas. Highly qualified candidates in these areas are encouraged to apply by Feb. 28 to be considered for an interview: library, math, chemistry, biology, earth and space science, middle school science, special education, ESL, English, language arts, reading specialists and elementary education. Questions? Call 804-748-1984 or email careers@ccpsnet.net.
11 days ago, Beth Celuck
Career and Technical Education Month

February is Career and Technical Education Month, which makes this a great month to celebrate work-based learning in Chesterfield County Public Schools. This video shows how students are supported throughout grades K-12.
12 days ago, Brian Bolanos
A virtual Coffee & Conversation discussion will focus on intellectual disabilities. The Family and Community Engagement Office of Chesterfield County Public Schools will host the free webinar 1-2 p.m. Feb. 28, and a representative of Chesterfield Mental Health will be the featured speaker. Click here to register and to see upcoming Coffee & Conversation topics.
13 days ago, Beth Celuck
Infographic coffee stains. Text in post.
Outstanding School Counselors of the Year

Each year, Chesterfield County Public Schools recognizes outstanding school counselors who go above and beyond in order to maximize student success and promote access and opportunity for all students. Congratulations to these top school counselor leaders who are all in for all students:
  • Outstanding First Year Counselor of the Year: Shenell Tolson (Harrowgate Elementary and Elizabeth Scott Elementary) and Ashlene Jones (Robious Middle)
  • Outstanding Elementary School Counselor of the Year: Maria Bediako (Crestwood Elementary)
  • Outstanding Middle School Counselor of the Year: Balsorah Lynch (Carver Middle)
  • Outstanding High School Counselor of the Year: Merel Williams (Cosby High)
18 days ago, Brian Bolanos
A school counselor receiving an award with faculty members
A school counselor receiving an award with faculty members
A school counselor receiving an award with faculty members
A school counselor receiving an award with faculty members
A school counselor receiving an award with faculty members
CCPSOnline classes are open to students in grades 9-12. With learning available 24/7 in a no-bells, no-limits virtual environment, the flexibility of CCPSOnline classes can help high school students create the schedule they want. Act now to take advantage of this Chesterfield County Public Schools opportunity:
18 days ago, Brian Bolanos
Chesterfield Virtual School is open for Chesterfield County students in grades K-8. As Virginia’s first virtual school, the Chesterfield Virtual School provides the opportunity to learn with teachers from across the country and students from all over Chesterfield County. The Chesterfield Virtual School works for students who are self-sufficient and self-driven. School days begin at 7:45 a.m. with morning meetings. Before students are dismissed for the day at 2:15 p.m., teachers cover all core academic subjects. After-school clubs offer additional connections for students. The Chesterfield Virtual School also offers gifted instruction, honors classes, special education and ESL.
18 days ago, Brian Bolanos
Parents can create list of books their student cannot check out

Chesterfield County Public Schools continues to be at the forefront of ensuring that parents and guardians have transparency about school library books.

The district recently added a feature to the online catalog for school libraries that offers another avenue for families to be involved in what their children read. Starting now, parents can create a list of books that their student will not be allowed to check out. (This new feature is in addition to existing opportunities for parents that provide online access to their student’s school library accounts and the ability to opt in to receive an email when their student checks out a book.)

Follow these steps to take advantage of this new method of overseeing what your child can check out from the school library:
  • Look up your public access catalog login ID by going to ParentVUE using a web browser on a computer or mobile device (not using the mobile app). In ParentVUE, go to My Account to find Adult ID#. (Contact your school if you need help accessing your ParentVUE account.) Your public access catalog login ID is your ParentVUE adult ID number with G added to the front. For example, if your ParentVUE adult ID number is 123456, then G123456 is your public access catalog ID.
  • Select your child’s campus on the school system’s library catalog page.
  • Click My Account on the left side of the screen.
  • You will be prompted for a library card number and PIN. Your library card number is your ParentVUE ID number with G added to the front. Your PIN is the last four digits of your ParentVUE ID number.
  • Add books you do not want your student to be able to check out to a prohibited resource list. This document provides details about how to build a prohibited resource list for your student.
18 days ago, Brian Bolanos
See how we surprised our Teachers of the Year!

Each year, Chesterfield County Public Schools leaders notify the top three Teachers of the Year of their selection by sweeping into their classrooms with balloons, banners and big excitement. This video shows the moments that this year's honorees heard the good news. Congratulations to the Teachers of the Year from every Chesterfield County school!
20 days ago, Brian Bolanos
Superintendent congratulating the teacher of the year in a classroom
Budget is moving toward Feb. 22 vote

Public meetings offer opportunities to learn about the proposed FY 2025 budget and speak up about your priorities. Budget work sessions and public hearings are livestreamed at http://chesterfieldschoolsva.swagit.com/live/ and shown on Comcast channel 98 and Verizon channel 28. Here are remaining dates:
  • A budget town hall will take place at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 7 at Midlothian Middle (13501 Midlothian Turnpike), which is in the Midlothian District.
  • On Feb. 13 in the Public Meeting Room, the School Board will hold a third work session on the budget at 4 p.m., then will hold a public hearing on the budget at the start of a 6:30 p.m. business meeting.
  • The School Board will meet to adopt the budget at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 22 in the Public Meeting Room.
Superintendent Mervin B. Daugherty proposed the budget on Jan. 23. You can view that presentation here; watch a video of the School Board work session here; and review budget details here (including how to contact elected leaders). The $913.7 million budget reflects commitment to continued educational excellence and addresses three sets of priorities:
  • Compensation and required increases: Providing a 4% salary increase to employees and allowing for increased costs for services and state-mandated increases
  • Maintaining service levels: Continuing the quality education and support services our community values
  • Additional needs: Addressing other needed items for schools based on final state revenue numbers
20 days ago, Brian Bolanos
FACE FWD film series starts Feb. 27

Chesterfield County Public Schools will host a free documentary film series for families and educators on these Tuesdays:
  • “The Disruptors” on Feb. 27
  • “Split Up” on March 5
  • “Anxious Nation” on March 12
  • “Deej” on March 26
Organized by the Office of Family and Community Engagement, the FACE FWD film series will explore cultural competency, social-emotional development and adolescent support. Tickets are free, but reservations are required via Eventbrite for each of the four films. Each film will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the Career and Technical Center @ Hull, 13900 Hull Street Road, Midlothian, VA 23112.

Reserve your free tickets for “The Disruptors,” which will be shown at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 27 in the CTC@Hull auditorium. The film explores attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, which is one of the most commonly diagnosed and widely misunderstood neurological conditions in the world, affecting nearly 10% of children and a rising number of adults. But what if having an ADHD brain is actually an asset? A growing number of innovators, entrepreneurs, CEOs, Olympic athletes and award-winning artists have recently disclosed that their ADHD, managed effectively, has played a vital role in their success. “The Disruptors” hears from many of those game-changing people about their ADHD, debunks harmful myths and takes viewers inside a number of families as they navigate living with ADHD.

See the programs for families page on the school system’s website for details about the other films in FACE FWD.
20 days ago, Brian Bolanos
A film cover with a student and text that says "The Disruptors"
Celebrating Black History Month

February is Black History Month. Throughout the month, we'll share history, achievements and activities that highlight and honor the influence of African Americans in our community and nation.
25 days ago, Brian Bolanos
Celebrating Black History Month graphic
Space remains in adult education classes

There is still time to register for adult education classes offered by Chesterfield County Public Schools. Here are a few opportunities; you can register online:
  • Plate welding begins Jan. 31. The class costs $850 and meets 6-9 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays through May 22.
  • Dental Assistant 1 begins Feb. 1. The class costs $500 and meets 6-9 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays through May 22.
  • Medical Assistant 1 begins Feb. 12. The class costs $775 and meets 6-9 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays through May 23.
Many more adult education classes are available, including additional workforce training courses, enrichment classes, GED assistance and English language skills. Questions? Call 804-768-6140.
28 days ago, Brian Bolanos
Town halls focus on proposed budget and priorities

Superintendent Mervin B. Daugherty proposed his FY 2025 budget during a Jan. 23 work session. You can view that presentation here; watch a video of the School Board work session here; and review budget details here.
The $913.7 million budget reflects commitment to continued educational excellence and addresses three sets of priorities:
  • Compensation and required increases: Providing a 4% salary increase to employees and allowing for increased costs for services and state-mandated increases
  • Maintaining service levels: Continuing the quality education and support services our community values
  • Additional needs: Addressing other needed items for schools based on final state revenue numbers

Public meetings throughout January and February offer opportunities to learn about the FY 2025 budget and speak up about your priorities. Here are remaining town halls and School Board work sessions:
  • A budget town hall will take place at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 30 at Manchester High (12601 Bailey Bridge Road), which is in the Matoaca District.
  • A budget town hall for Spanish speakers will take place at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 1 at Manchester Middle (7401 Hull Street Road).
  • A budget town hall will take place at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 5 at Thomas Dale High (3626 W. Hundred Road), which is in the Bermuda District.
  • The School Board will hold a second work session on the budget at 4 p.m. Feb. 6 in the Public Meeting Room.
  • A budget town hall will take place at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 7 at Midlothian Middle (13501 Midlothian Turnpike), which is in the Midlothian District.
  • On Feb. 13 in the Public Meeting Room, the School Board will hold a third work session on the budget at 4 p.m., then will hold a public hearing on the budget at the start of a 6:30 p.m. business meeting.
  • The School Board will meet to adopt the budget at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 22 in the Public Meeting Room.

Budget work sessions and public hearings are livestreamed on Swagit and shown on Comcast channel 98 and Verizon channel 28.
28 days ago, Brian Bolanos
High school students invited to Feb. 24 RVA Teen Summit

High school students are invited to attend the RVA Teen Summit on Feb. 24. This is the second year for the event, which is designed to connect central Virginia students and provide a safe space for them to speak out. This flyer provides details. Free and open to CCPS high school students, the summit will take place at the Richmond Convention Center with transportation provided from four hubs. Students can get a permission slip here or at their school’s front office. Completed permission slips are due by Feb. 15 either returned to the front office at your child's school or emailed to amelia_bartilotti@ccpsnet.net.
about 1 month ago, Brian Bolanos
Chesterfield County Public Schools is holding two job fairs

Chesterfield County Public Schools is seeking outstanding teachers:
  • Elementary teacher job fair: The primary focus of this event is finding qualified K-5 teachers, including special education and ESL. Candidates must apply by Jan. 31 to be considered for an interview. Applications will be reviewed, and qualifying teachers will be invited to an in-person interview between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Feb. 3. Questions? Call 804-748-1984 or email careers@ccpsnet.net.
  • Job fair for high-needs schools: This virtual job fair is seeking teachers for high-needs schools. Candidates must apply by Feb. 11 to be considered for an interview. CCPS high-needs schools are Bellwood Elementary, Chalkley Elementary, Ettrick Elementary, Falling Creek Elementary, Hopkins Elementary, Carver Middle, Falling Creek Middle, Matoaca Middle, Salem Church Middle, Bird High and Meadowbrook High. Applications will be reviewed, and qualifying teachers will be invited to a virtual interview Feb. 12-16. Questions? Call 804-748-1984 or email careers@ccpsnet.net.
about 1 month ago, Brian Bolanos
A teacher taking supplies out of a bag