Chesterfield County Public Schools

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2010-11 Parent Handbook

 

Superintendent’s message

Chesterfield County loves its schools, and our students benefit from an engaged, involved community. Lunch buddies, readers, mentors, office and library helpers and event planners are among the volunteers who help students and schools succeed. Many of the photos in this parent handbook show school volunteers and partnerships.

Who are our volunteers? Parents are among our most dedicated volunteers. Older adults also spend time working with students. Businesses, churches and community groups pitch in. Also, students volunteer in our schools, with older students reaching out to help younger ones.

Now more than ever, Chesterfield schools need volunteers. I thank you for your previous help and ask that you continue to assist our schools. Think how great it feels when you make a difference in a child’s life — then get in touch with a friend or family member and offer them a chance to feel that volunteer spirit, too.

One easy way to get involved in our schools is to register online with the Business and Community Resource Bank. Teachers use the resource bank to find classroom speakers and other volunteers. The online registration takes just a few minutes — details are at the bottom of this page.

Students benefit when community members volunteer in schools. Picture yourself in Chesterfield schools!

 

Resource bank

The Business and Community Resource Bank helps Chesterfield classrooms connect with community members.

To volunteer via the resource bank, go online to chesterfield.k12.va.us, click the “Community” tab near the bottom of the page, then click “Business and Community Resource Bank.” Next, click “Business or Community Leaders Survey.” It takes just a few minutes to answer the questions. You will be asked if you have a school where you prefer to volunteer, how you would like to volunteer and when you are available.

If you have questions about the resource bank, please call 748-1405.

 

Vision

In 2012, we envision that every Chesterfield school will be a thriving, dynamic and inspiring educational environment that produces self-directed learners with 21st-century skills and stimulates citizens of all ages to trust in, invest in and benefit from public education.

 

Mission

The mission of Chesterfield County Public Schools is to work in partnership with students, families and the community to ensure that each student acquires the knowledge, skills and core values necessary to achieve personal success and to enrich the community.

 

Goals

The Design for Excellence six-year strategic plan illuminates the path to achieving the School Board’s vision. The goals of the Design for Excellence are

Goal 1. Academic excellence for all students

Goal 2. Safe, supportive and nurturing learning environments

Goal 3. Knowledgeable and competent workforce

Goal 4. Community investment in schools

Goal 5. Effective and efficient system management

 

Core values

Respect, responsibility, honesty and accountability are the core values of Chesterfield County Public Schools.

 

Chesterfield County School Board

The School Board is the governing body of Chesterfield County Public Schools. The board’s responsibilities include policy making, budget approval, hiring and evaluation of the superintendent and hearing appeals of discipline and grievance issues. Board members are elected to four-year terms; the current terms expire Dec. 31, 2011. Meeting packets, presentations and minutes can be found in the School Board section of chesterfield.k12.va.us or via BoardDocs at www.boarddocs.com/vsba/chesterfield/Board.nsf. If more information is needed, please call the Clerk’s Office at 748-1497.

 

David Wyman

chair

Dale District

768-9353 phone

768-9316 fax

 

Marshall Trammell Jr.

vice chair

Bermuda District

706-1144 phone and fax

 

Dianne Pettitt

Clover Hill District

897-0075 phone

379-3143 fax

 

Omarh Rajah

Matoaca District

639-8035 phone

639-8036 fax

 

Patricia Carpenter

Midlothian District

379-5242 phone

379-5241 fax

 

School Board policies

The School Board policy manual can be found online at chesterfield.k12.va.us in the School Board section.

 

Successes

Chesterfield is the largest Virginia school system to have all schools fully accredited for three years in a row.

• For three of the past four years, the Chesterfield school system has met the objectives of No Child Left Behind and made adequate yearly progress.

• Grange Hall Elementary became the fourth Chesterfield County school to be named a National Blue Ribbon School.

• More than 85 percent of Chesterfield students graduate on time, outperforming their peers across Virginia.

Chesterfield has the lowest cost per student when compared to Virginia localities with 100,000 or more residents, according to the county’s internal auditor.

Chesterfield recently earned its 18th What Parents Want Award, only given to the top U.S. school systems.

 

By the numbers

Here are 2010-2011 numbers to know about Chesterfield County Public Schools:

• 38 elementary schools

• 12 middle schools

• 11 high schools

• 1 technical center

• 59,109 students projected

• $8,635 cost per student

• $517.8 million operating budget

• 7,858 full-time positions

 

School entrance age

Children must reach their fifth birthday by Sept. 30 of the school year to be eligible to attend kindergarten. Daylong prekindergarten programs for at-risk 4-year-olds are available at a few elementary schools. Also, there is a preschool program for children with disabilities who must be 2 years old by Sept. 30 to enroll. Each year, Chesterfield County Public Schools conducts Child Find to locate children with disabilities who need special education services. If you suspect your child may have a disability, contact the Office of Special Education at 594-1732 or your child’s home school.

 

Registering for school

New students should register during office hours at their home school. For school attendance zone information, call 748-1666 or go to chesterfield.k12.va.us.

Students must reside with a parent or legal guardian in Chesterfield County to attend Chesterfield County Public Schools. The school system may re-verify residency any year a student is enrolled in Chesterfield County Public Schools. Students attend the schools in their attendance areas unless a waiver is granted or they are accepted in a center-based or specialty program.

To register for school, proof of county residency is required by providing one of the following:

lease for at least one year or deed of a residence or property in Chesterfield

contract or lease free of contingencies to occupy a Chesterfield residence within two months of the date of enrollment

resident manager’s letter on company letterhead stating that residence is a corporate residence in Chesterfield

weekly receipts for temporary residence in a hotel or motel for up to 60 days (requires renewal or evidence of more permanent residency within 60 days of enrollment)

The student’s Social Security number is requested.

It is helpful if transferring students provide a report card from their previous school and, if applicable, a copy of an Individualized Education Program. After registration is completed, the Chesterfield school will request a transfer of records from the previous school.

In addition, a student enrolling in a Virginia public school for the first time must provide a certified birth certificate, record of a physical examination (performed within the 12 months before the child first enters a public elementary school) and updated records listing state-required immunizations by day, month and year of vaccination. Documentation is required of age-appropriate immunizations for measles, mumps, rubella (MMR), diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (DTP), polio, hepatitis B and varicella (chickenpox). A booster of tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis (Tdap) is required for all students entering sixth grade if at least five years have passed since their last tetanus-containing vaccine; documentation of the tetanus-containing vaccine is required.

Three doses of properly spaced human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine are required for girls, with the first dose administered before entering sixth grade. Parents or guardians may elect that their child not receive the HPV vaccine. Documentation of HPV exemption or vaccination is not required; if provided, documentation will be accepted by the school.

For more information about immunization, go to www.vdh.virginia.gov and search for “school requirements.”

 

Kindergarten registration day

Registration day for children who will enter kindergarten in September 2011 will take place at every elementary school on April 7, 2011.

 

Applying for prekindergarten

Children who reach their fourth birthday by Sept. 30 and who live in a school attendance zone where prekindergarten is offered may apply for prekindergarten. A limited number of spots are available. Applications for prekindergarten are taken in the spring; information about when to apply will be posted online at chesterfield.k12.va.us starting in January.

 

Attendance

Good attendance boosts academic success and prepares students for future employment. Under the attendance policy, students are expected to arrive on time and attend class at least 95 percent of the time. Excessive absences may affect receiving credit for classes or promotion to the next grade. When a student is absent for all or part of a school day, parents must notify the school. Excused absences are limited to illness, medical or dental appointment, court appearance, death in the family, observance of a religious holiday or extenuating circumstances as determined by the principal. The complete attendance policy (section 4020) can be found online at chesterfield.k12.va.us.

 

School time

Virginia public schools must be in session at least 180 days or 990 hours each school year. Chesterfield’s calendar for 2010-2011 is 179 days long, but it exceeds the minimum number of hours.

 

Buses

School bus transportation is available to most students attending county schools. Bus routes are posted on the website and at each school, but the routes and stops are subject to change at any time. Bus transportation is a privilege, and students riding school buses are required to obey all rules and regulations established by the school and driver. Disorderly conduct while riding a school bus may result in denial of this privilege. The school principal makes disciplinary decisions about school bus transportation.

Parents are responsible for the safety of their children to and from bus stops and while waiting at the stops and are particularly encouraged to accompany young children. Parents are encouraged to remind their children to respect the property of neighbors. Students should be at their bus stops five minutes before their bus is due. Frequently asked questions about bus transportation and bus safety are answered at chesterfield.k12.va.us.

 

Meals

School menus are available at chesterfield.k12.va.us.

Parents or students may pay in advance for meals, and students will be debited for lunch costs through a computerized system available in all schools. Students may not charge meals at any Chesterfield school.

Parents who use myLunchMoney.com may deposit funds for school breakfasts and lunches online and view their child’s account balance online. Parents may limit the money their children can spend on a la carte items by contacting their cafeteria manager or by setting up a free account with myLunchMoney.com.

High schools offer a la carte breakfast and lunch programs. All items are sold individually with daily lunch combos offered at a slightly reduced rate, starting at $3.25. Vending services offer water, juices and healthy snacks.

Elementary and middle school lunches cost $1.75 (40 cents is the reduced price), and milk and ice cream cost 60 cents each. Adult lunches at elementary and middle schools cost $2.75. If a student does not want a complete lunch, milk and food items may be purchased individually. Breakfast is available at elementary and middle schools for $1.10 (30 cents is the reduced price). For the 2010-2011 school year, the reduced fee will be waived so that elementary and middle students who qualify for reduced-price meals will receive breakfasts and lunches at no charge.

To apply for free or reduced-price meals in elementary or middle school, families must complete an application. Only one application is needed per family, and forms are available in each school’s office, on the school division’s website (chesterfield.k12.va.us) or by calling 743-3717.

 

Medicine

Students may not bring any medication to school, including nonprescription medication. If it is necessary for a student to receive medication during school hours, parents should contact the school for more information on the medication policy. Parents of a student with critical health concerns may want to provide additional medication to their child’s school in case of an emergency.

 

Health services

Limited clinic facilities operate at all county schools to handle illnesses and other student health needs that occur during the school day. Parents or guardians are contacted when a student becomes ill at school and are asked to make arrangements to pick up the student as soon as possible.

The Chesterfield County Health Department provides public health nurses at schools to serve as professional health consultants for students, parents and school staff members. Services include health education, health counseling, communicable disease investigation and control, case management, health screening and prevention programs. Nurses are not available in schools on a daily basis. 7

 

Health screenings

The Chesterfield County Health Department conducts these screenings of students and notifies parents in writing of any concerns:

vision and hearing screenings for grades 3, 7 and 10

vision and hearing for kindergarten students new to the school system whose medical forms do not include vision and hearing documentation

scoliosis screening for individual students, if requested by parent

 

Scoliosis

Scoliosis is a sideways, backward or forward curve of the spine. Curves are often described as S-shaped or C-shaped. Early detection provides the best treatment options in order to minimize the likelihood of complications.

People of all ages can have scoliosis. The most common type is idiopathic scoliosis, which occurs in children after the age of 10 during their growth spurt. Girls are more likely than boys to have this type of scoliosis. A screening by your child’s health-care provider is recommended each year between the ages of 10 and 18 years. This screening may include medical and family history, physical exam, X-ray of the spine and other tests.

If scoliosis is diagnosed, the doctor may recommend observation, bracing to stop a curve from getting worse or surgery to correct a curve or stop it from getting worse when the person is still growing. Other treatments have not been shown to keep curves from getting worse.

Your child should be evaluated by a health-care provider if you observe any of these signs: prominent shoulder blade (one sticks out more), uneven hips, one shoulder higher than the other or uneven appearance of the back when bent over.

The public health nurse in your child’s school is available to answer questions and provide information. Please call your child’s school or Chesterfield County Health Department, School Health Services, at 748-1633.

 

Phones

Because each school has a limited number of telephones, student use is restricted to emergencies. If parents need to get in touch with students during the school day, a message may be left with the school office and students will be notified as soon as possible.

 

Cell phones

Elementary students may not have cell phones on school property or on a school bus. Middle and high school students may have cell phones at school but may not turn them on or use them during the school day. During the instructional day, student cell phones must be turned off and left in a locker or car or kept out of sight in a purse or backpack. A student who uses a cell phone during a testing situation will have the phone confiscated and will not be allowed to have a cell phone on school property for the rest of the school year. Confiscated cell phones may be picked up by the student’s parent or guardian after meeting with a school administrator. Chesterfield County Public Schools is not responsible for the loss, destruction, damage or theft of any cell phone.

 

Extracurricular activities

The school division’s policy on extracurricular activities provides guidance to schools, complies with legal requirements and ensures consistency in the treatment of student organizations and clubs. The policy is available online at chesterfield.k12.va.us.

 

Photographs and video

The school system and the media regularly photograph and tape events, activities and success stories at schools. If you do not want your child’s image used in publications or other media, you must notify the principal in writing.

 

Video surveillance

As a component of a comprehensive safe school plan, video surveillance with or without audio capability may be used in the common areas of schools and on school buses. Surveillance equipment may or may not be monitored at any time. Video recordings also may be used for disciplinary purposes. To protect the confidentiality of all students, only school personnel may view surveillance recordings that include more than one student. In a criminal investigation, law enforcement representatives may view video surveillance.

 

Emergency closings

If it becomes necessary to close schools because of bad weather or for any other reason, such as power failure, announcements will be communicated via ParentLink, carried on the website (chesterfield.k12.va.us) and Facebook, made on Comcast Channel 96 and Verizon Channel 26 and submitted to local radio and television stations. Parents should make emergency closing child-care arrangements at the beginning of the school year so that students know what to do and where to go if early dismissal becomes necessary.

 

ParentLink

Chesterfield County Public Schools uses ParentLink to communicate with parents via phone or e-mail. ParentLink is used to notify a parent about a child’s absence, share information about upcoming events, deliver messages about lunch accounts and provide updates in the event of an emergency. So that this communication tool can work effectively, please make sure that your child’s school has your correct phone numbers (home, work and cell) and e-mail addresses.

 

School visitors

The way visitors sign in at schools is changing to allow schools to electronically register guests, monitor volunteer hours and help with the release of students. Visitors will be asked to show an ID card (driver’s license, military ID or another card issued by the state or federal government), which will be scanned into a computer. Only the visitor’s name, photo and date of birth will be stored in the computer. No other personal information will be collected. The visitor check-in system and other security measures help ensure the safety of students and staff members. For more information, call 279-7314.

 

Safe schools

There are trained crisis teams in every school, and tornado, fire and other emergency drills are practiced on a regular basis. A school emergency may require a lockdown, shelter in place, evacuation or a reverse evacuation. Please do not call or come to the school during an emergency, as it will tie up phone lines and endanger you and others. ParentLink, the school division’s website (chesterfield.k12.va.us), Facebook, TV and radio will be used to communicate when it is safe to release students and how you will be reunited with your child.

 

Student conduct

To ensure a safe school environment conducive to learning, the school system maintains and enforces uniform written regulations stating the system’s standards for student conduct and attendance. These standards are sent home with each student at the beginning of the school year, with a form for parents to sign acknowledging receipt. They also are in the “parents/students” section of the website (chesterfield.k12.va.us).

The standards apply to students on school property (including school buses), at school-sponsored events and going to and returning from school.

Included in these standards are regulations prohibiting weapons and drugs on school property. Look-alike and toy guns are included in the weapons policy. The School Board strongly supports the weapons and drugs regulations. Students who violate these regulations are subject to expulsion and, if the offense is a violation of the law, to prosecution. A student’s intent for having a weapon on school property has no bearing on a recommendation for expulsion. Parents and students also should be aware that by order of the Chesterfield Juvenile Court, police officers take every juvenile charged with a firearms offense directly to the Juvenile Detention Home where he or she is held until a detention hearing takes place before a Juvenile Court judge.

Anyone who knows or suspects that someone has a weapon at school should report it immediately to a school official — teacher, school counselor or principal — or should call Crime Solvers (748-0660).

 

Environmental questions

The school system actively monitors and addresses environmental issues, such as radon, asbestos and indoor air quality. The asbestos management plan is available for review in school offices. For more information, call 318-8048.

 

Edline

Edline, which allows parents and students to track academic progress via computer, is available in every Chesterfield middle school and high school. Teachers will maintain an Edline page for every class, will be able to post assignments and will update grades on Edline at least once every two weeks. Parents and students may access their individual accounts at www.edline.net using their confidential activation code, which will be provided at the start of the school year. For more information, parents may contact their child’s school.

 

Homework guidelines

Homework contributes to the development of organizational skills, self-discipline and a sense of responsibility. It serves to strengthen skills, increase learning time and provide enrichment opportunities. These average homework times are recommendations. They are not meant to be minimum or maximum quotas. Some students may need more time while others may need less time to accomplish an assignment. The complexity of honors-level work may require additional time.

Kindergarten no specified time, ongoing language awareness experiences at home

Grade 1          20 minutes with a break

Grade 2          30 minutes with one or two breaks

Grade 3          30-40 minutes with one or two breaks

Grade 4          45-60 minutes

Grade 5          60 minutes

Grade 6          15-20 minutes per subject

Grades 7-8    20-30 minutes per subject

Grades 9-12  30 minutes per subject

 

Report cards

Report cards are issued to students in grades K-12 at the end of the four nine-week grading periods. Report cards will be issued Nov. 12, Feb. 11 and April 15. Elementary students will receive their final report cards on the last day of school, June 17, and middle and high school final report cards will be mailed June 27.

Interim progress reports provide an estimated assessment of academic performance midway in the grading period. Interim grades are not permanently recorded. Printed interim reports will be issued to students in grades 3-5 on Oct. 6, Dec. 8, March 2 and May 11. Interim grades for middle school and high school students can be retrieved via Edline on Oct. 8, Dec. 10, March 4 and May 13. Parents are encouraged to schedule teacher conferences to discuss their children’s academic progress as needed throughout the year.

 

Grading scale

Grades K-2

E         excellent progress

S         satisfactory progress

M         minimal progress

N         non-mastery

 

Grades 3-5

A         94-100         excellent

B         84-93           very good

C         74-83           satisfactory

D         64-73           marginal achievement

F          below 64     failing

 

Grades 6-12

A+       99-100

A         94-98           excellent

B+       90-93

B         84-89           very good

C+       80-83

C         74-79           satisfactory

D+       70-73

D         64-69           minimum passing

F          below 64     failing

 

Promotion

Middle school students must pass five subjects, including mathematics and language arts, to be promoted to the next grade. Here are high school promotion standards:

promotion from ninth grade — 5 credits

promotion from 10th grade — 11 credits

promotion from 11th grade — must satisfy the requirements to be a candidate for June graduation

For details, see School Board policy 3042 at chesterfield.k12.va.us.

 

Summer session

Summer session provides ongoing instruction to students who are referred for assistance and offers high school students the opportunity to complete additional classes.

 

Fees

There are fees in some secondary classes. There also is a $116 fee for behind-the-wheel driver education. There is a $25 fee for full-year parking permits for high school students. Fees are subject to change.

 

GED

The school system offers alternative education programs to help students who are unable to complete high school in a traditional manner earn a GED certificate. For more information, call 768-6165, Ext. 1916.

 

State testing

As required by the federal No Child Left Behind legislation, yearly testing will continue in grades 3 through 8 in reading and mathematics. Additionally, students in grades 3, 5 and 8 will test in science and students in grades 4, 6, 7 and 8 will test in history. SOL writing tests are administered in grades 5 and 8 and to high school students in English 10. End-of-course tests are administered to high school students who are enrolled in any class for which there is an SOL test. Students must pass at least six high school end-of-course tests to earn a standard diploma and nine to earn an advanced diploma. (Students graduating in 2011 are eligible for locally awarded credits in history and science.) Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and other approved tests may substitute for SOL tests. All English for Speakers of Other Languages students will take the WIDA ACCESS language proficiency test as required by the Virginia Department of Education.

 

Local testing

The Cognitive Abilities Test is administered to all third-grade students attending Chesterfield County Public Schools. The test measures a child’s abilities in verbal skills, mathematics reasoning and nonverbal reasoning skills. The results are used to provide teachers and parents specific information about each child’s strengths and weaknesses in those areas. The test results are also part of the process to help select students for accelerated mathematics instruction and placement into the gifted program.

The Preliminary SAT is administered in October. The PSAT is a standardized test that measures critical reading skills, math problem-solving skills and writing skills. The test will be offered at no cost to all 10th-grade students and will provide feedback on strengths and weaknesses on critical high school knowledge and skills, help with SAT preparation and identify student potential for college-level (Advanced Placement and dual enrollment) courses in 11th and 12th grade.

 

Testing dates

Sept. 20-Oct. 15        Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening for grades 1-3

Oct. 13                        PSAT for 10th- and 11th-grade students

Oct. 18-Nov. 12         Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening for prekindergarten and kindergarten

Jan. 10-28                 Fall SOL tests for middle and high school students

Feb. 1-4                     Cognitive Abilities Test for grade 3

March 7-14                SOL writing tests for grades 5 and 8 and students enrolled in English 10

March 21-25              Language arts assessment

May 2-27                    End-of-Course SOL tests for high school students

May 2-13                    Advanced Placement exams

May 2-27                    Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening for prekindergarten through grade 3

May 16-June 8         SOL tests for grades 3-8 and high school students completing requirements for modified standard diploma

High school students may participate in fall or summer SOL tests as a course is completed or to retake a test. For more information, go to chesterfield.k12.va.us.

 

Parent-Teacher Resource Center

The Parent-Teacher Resource Center offers consultations, materials and free workshops on topics in special education, including academic and home strategies to help parents and teachers and information about the special education process. Online, the center offers a list of books available for lending and links to other resources. The center is located at the Fulghum Center, 4003 Cogbill Road. For more information, call 279-7311 or visit the “parents” section of chesterfield.k12.va.us.

 

Special education

Chesterfield County Public Schools provides extensive services for students found eligible with a disability. Students with disabilities are provided specialized supports and services according to Individualized Education Programs as governed through federal, state and local regulations and division procedures. Parents are integral parts of all facets of special education including referral, evaluation, eligibility and IEP planning. If you have questions about special education and your child, please contact the school administrator who supervises special education in your school.

 

Gifted students

The identification and placement process for gifted students begins with a student being nominated to the Gifted Education Identification and Placement Committee at the student’s school. Nomination forms are available at all schools, and deadlines are

• Oct. 15 for students in grade 5

• Jan. 15 for students in grades 6-12 and students in grades 2-4

• March 15 for students in grades K-1

 

Parent and community involvement

Regular and meaningful communication among home, school and community is encouraged at every level in the school system. Every school has a parent organization to promote communication and involvement, aligned to national standards. The Chesterfield County Council of PTAs/PTSAs serves as a liaison at the county level. Established in 1989, the Chesterfield Public Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that fosters private support for the public schools of Chesterfield County. For more information, go to cpefound.org.

 

Volunteers

Volunteers are welcome in Chesterfield schools and play a vital role in instructional efforts. Please talk to the principal or the school’s volunteer coordinator about specific ways to help. One way to volunteer is by registering with the Business and Community Resource Bank at chesterfield.k12.va.us/CCPS/community/resource_bank.htm.

Volunteers are asked to fill out a confidential registration form, which is available in school offices. To keep students safe, the school system will check the names of volunteers against the Virginia Sex Offender and Crimes Against Minors Registry. Parents should be aware that the registry is 0nline at sex-offender.vsp.virginia.gov/sor.

 

Adult Continuing Education

Adult Continuing Education provides opportunities for residents 18 and older in GED classes and testing, English for Speakers of Other Languages classes, workforce training and enrichment classes. A program guide is published and updated online in August and December, giving details on classes in such areas as computers, business and finance, languages and arts and crafts. For more information, call 768-6140 or go to chesterfield.k12.va.us.

 

Homeschooling

Each year by Aug. 1, families who choose home instruction for their children must provide the local school division with evidence of grade-level achievement. Each spring, Chesterfield County Public Schools offers homeschooling families an opportunity to take a nationally normed standardized achievement test at no cost. Students are tested by trained administrators in small grade-level groups. Students who participate fulfill the reporting requirement.

Each academic year, homeschooled students may apply to enroll in up to two high school courses in Chesterfield County Public Schools. Students must apply for classes in the spring of the preceding year, and participation is on a space-available basis.

Chesterfield County Public Schools makes the PSAT and Advanced Placement tests available to homeschooled students in grades 9-12. Students must register for the PSAT at the appropriate high school during the first week of October and must register for AP tests during the first week of March.

 

Problem solving

Problems may arise during the course of a student’s school experience. Teachers, school counselors, principals and assistant principals are the people most directly involved in a student’s school life. The majority of problems can be solved by meeting with one or all of these people who daily work with students in academic as well as social settings. Parents and students are encouraged to seek resolutions to problems or answers to questions from these people whenever there is a need. If problems cannot be resolved at the school level, then the director of elementary education (594-1755) or the directors of middle or high school education (594-1756) may be helpful in problem solving.

 

Getting help for students

While youth may show spontaneous aggressive behavior or signs of difficulty fitting in, parents should become concerned when alienation or antisocial behavior is shown over a period of time. Parents can seek help from their child’s school or the county Mental Health Department (748-1227). To anonymously report suspicious behavior or other concerns, parents and students may call Crime Solvers (748-0660).

 

School counseling

The purpose of school counseling is to build skills for academic, career and personal/social development. Counseling services in Chesterfield County Public Schools are provided by licensed school counselors.

• Academic counseling helps students and parents learn about curriculum choices, plan an appropriate program of studies, arrange and interpret academic testing and seek postsecondary academic opportunities.

• Career counseling helps students acquire information and plan for work, jobs, apprenticeships and postsecondary education and career opportunities.

• Personal or social counseling helps students develop an understanding of themselves and the rights and needs of others, resolve conflict and define individual goals that reflect their interests, abilities and aptitudes. Such counseling may be provided in groups (for example, all fifth-grade students) in which generic issues of social development are addressed or through structured individual or small group counseling sessions that focus on specific student concerns (for example, divorce, anxiety or aggressive behavior).

Lesson plans and material to be used at each grade level are available for review before classroom group guidance lessons. Parents are encouraged to review the lesson plans at each grade level for each classroom group guidance activity. To review lesson plans or school counseling materials, parents should contact their student’s counselor to set up an appointment for the review. Parents may exclude their child from personal or social counseling and classroom group guidance. If a parent does not want a child to participate, a request should be made in writing to the principal before the scheduled classroom group guidance lessons. Alternative lessons will not be provided.

Participation in small group counseling requires written parental permission for all students. Parental consent is not required for any student for brief personal or social counseling that is needed to maintain order, discipline or a productive learning environment.

The school counseling curriculum of Chesterfield County Public Schools is consistent with the State Standards for School Counseling Programs in Virginia Public Schools. The state standards can be found online at chesterfield.k12.va.us.

 

Student records

Schools maintain an education record for each student. The principal is responsible for education records. These records contain information about scholastic work, grades, evaluations, registration, health, attendance, standardized test results, programs of study and discipline. Students with special needs and certain students requiring differentiated programs or special services have records related to their educational programs maintained in the education records. All data for an individual student are maintained in a single record. Chesterfield County Public Schools forwards education records upon request of a school in which a student intends to enroll.

Access to a student’s education record is limited to parents, eligible students (over 18 years old), school officials and others who have the written permission of parent or eligible student. Natural parents, regardless of custody status, have the right of access to all student records unless specifically prohibited by a court order.

Directory information, which includes student name, address, grade, date and place of birth, telephone listing, e-mail address, photograph, dates of attendance, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, height and weight of a member of an athletic team, awards and honors received and other similar information, may be made public unless a parent or eligible student notifies the principal of their wish not to disclose the information. The names, addresses and phone numbers of 11th- and 12th-grade students are disclosed to military recruiters unless the school is notified by Oct. 1 to remove a student’s name. Students’ directory information will be used for armed services recruiting and for informing young people of scholarship opportunities.

School officials review and evaluate scholastic records at the fifth, eighth and 12th grades. Information required under state law is retained permanently. The school system will provide to parents upon request a list of the types and location of education records collected and maintained by the schools, as well as written policies and procedures on the management of education records. A parent or eligible student may request a copy of the records policy and procedures from the principal. A fee of 10 cents per page may be charged for reproduction of some records.

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act affords parents and students over 18 years of age certain rights with respect to the student’s education records. They have the right to

• inspect and review the student’s education records within 45 days of the day the principal receives a request for access. (Parents or eligible students should submit a written request that identifies the records they wish to inspect. The principal will notify the parent or eligible student of the time and place where the records may be inspected.)

• request in writing to the principal the amendment of the records that the parent or eligible student believes are inaccurate or misleading. (If the principal decides not to amend the record as requested, the principal will advise of the right to a hearing. Additional information regarding hearing procedures will be provided.)

consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the student’s education record, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent. (One exception that permits disclosure without consent is disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official is a person employed by the division as an administrator, supervisor, teacher or support staff member, including health staff members and law enforcement unit personnel; a School Board member; a person or company with whom the division has contracted to perform a special task, such as an attorney, auditor, medical consultant or therapist. A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility.)

• file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the school division to comply with FERPA requirements.

The legal and ethical maintenance of student records is important, and the school system recognizes its responsibility to protect the rights and privacy of the student and parents and to adhere strictly to statutes designed to safeguard information in your child’s record. If you have questions, please contact the principal.

 

School locations

Directions to schools, maps of attendance areas and a feature that lists the schools connected to your home address may be found in the “schools” section of the division’s website (chesterfield.k12.va.us).

 

School schedules

Individual school times may vary slightly from this schedule.

7:25 a.m.-1:45 p.m.

7:25 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

7:40 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

8:30 a.m.-2:50 p.m.

9:20 a.m.-3:40 p.m.

 

ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

School                                Principal                            Phone

Bellwood                            Robin Morgan                   743-3600

Bensley                              Bessie Cooper                   743-3610

Beulah                                Mary Jean Hunt                743-3620

Bon Air                                Bruce Tetlow                      560-2700

Chalkley                             Christopher Hart               674-1300

Marguerite Christian        Carolyn Tisdale                 530-5733

Clover Hill                          Catherine Hines               739-6220

Crenshaw                          Patrice Wilson                   739-6250

Crestwood                          Lisa Rockwell                    560-2710

Curtis                                  Teressa Clary                    768-6175

Davis                                   Rachel Foglesong            674-1310

Ecoff                                    JoAnn Crowell-Redd       768-6185

Enon                                   Mike Crusco                       530-5720

Ettrick                                  Michael Courtney             520-6005

Evergreen                          Joyce Lanier                      378-2400

Falling Creek                     Pamela Johnson              743-3630

Gates                                   Kasey Shane                     768-6195

Gordon                                Rosemary Harris               378-2410

Grange Hall                       Kathy Sefrin                       739-6265

Greenfield                          Tina Martin                         560-2720

Harrowgate                        Linda Wood                       520-6015

Hening                                Matthew Maher                 743-3655

Hopkins                              Donna Venable                743-3665

Jacobs Road                      Myla Burgess                     674-1320

Matoaca                              Gloria Cooper                    590-3100

Providence                         Sharon Rucker                  674-1345

Reams Road                     Mary Dunn                         674-1370

Robious                              Anne O’Toole                    378-2500

Salem Church                   Carol Lewellyn                  768-6215

Elizabeth Scott                  Joan Temple                      541-4660

Alberta Smith                     Virginia Lee Horgan         739-6295

Spring Run                        Sandra Blankenship        639-6352

Swift Creek                        Don Bechtel                       739-6305

Watkins                               Marlene Scott                    378-2530

Bettie Weaver                    Holly Richard                     378-2540

Wells                                   Virginia C. Patterson        768-6265

Winterpock                         Dianne Smith                    763-5051

Woolridge                           June Edwards                   739-6330

 

MIDDLE SCHOOLS

School                                Principal                            Phone

Bailey Bridge                     Michael Gill                        739-6200

Carver                                 Donald Ashburn               524-3620

Elizabeth Davis                 Brent Thomas                    541-4700

Falling Creek                     Stephannie Crutchfield   743-3640

Manchester                        Sarah Fraher                     674-1385

Matoaca                              Wayne Carter                    590-3130

Midlothian                          Patrick Stanfield                378-2460

Providence                         Tameshia Grimes             674-1355

Robious                              Javaid Siddiqi                    378-2510

Salem Church                   Kenneth Butta                   768-6225

Swift Creek                        Mary Robinson                  739-6315

Tomahawk Creek             Jeff Ellick                            378-7120

 

HIGH SCHOOLS/SPECIALTY CENTERS

School                                Principal                            Phone

Lloyd C. Bird                      Beth Teigen                       768-6110

Governor’s Academy for Engineering Studies

 

Chesterfield Community Jamie Accashian              768-6156

 

Clover Hill                          Deborah Marks                  639-4940

Mathematics and Science

 

Cosby                                  Brenda Mayo                     639-8340

Health Science

 

James River                       John Titus                          378-2420

Leadership and International Relations

 

Manchester                        Peter Koste                        739-6275

Spanish Immersion u Mass Communications

 

Matoaca                              Steve Cunningham         590-3108

Teaching and Learning Through Technology

 

Meadowbrook                    Thomas Ferrell                  743-3675

International Baccalaureate

 

Midlothian                          Christine Wilson               378-2440

International Baccalaureate

 

Monacan                            William Broyles                 378-2480

Humanities

 

Thomas Dale                     Robert Stansberry             768-6245

Visual and Performing Arts

 

Chesterfield Technical Center

                                             Mike Rose                          768-6160

 

Appomattox Regional Governor’s School

Petersburg                         James Victory                    722-0200

 

Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School

Richmond                          Fred Morton                       354-6800

 

Online Instruction

CCPS Online                    David Rankin                    279-7394

 

Frequently called numbers

Main Number - 748-1405

Adult Continuing Education/GED - 768-6140

Attendance Zones -748-1666

Career and Technical Education-768-6165

Community Relations - 748-1433

Curriculum and Instruction - 594-1721

Elementary Education - 594-1755

Environmental Health - 318-8048

Exceptional Education - 594-1732

Finance/Budget - 748-1729

Food and Nutrition Services - 743-3717

Gifted Education - 594-1767

Head Start - 279-7357

Homebound Instruction - 594-1741

Homeschooling - 594-1697

Online Instruction - 279-7394

Personnel - 748-1984

School Board - 748-1405

School Counseling - 279-7319

School Improvement - 594-1699

School Security - 279-7314 or 279-7315

Secondary Education - 594-1756

Student Conduct/Pupil Placement - 594-1702

Student Services - 594-1660

Student Transcripts (voice mail) 768-7893

Summer Session - 594-1791

Superintendent’s Office - 748-1405

Title I - 279-7352

Transportation (main office) -748-1656

      Clover Hill/Manchester area -739-6260

      Meadowbrook/Bird area - 743-3605

      Midlothian/Cosby area - 378-2475

      Thomas Dale/Matoaca area - 796-2604

      Monacan/James River area - 674-4506

      Exceptional Education - 768-6124

 

More information

The school division website (chesterfield.k12.va.us) is the best way to keep up with news and activities in Chesterfield schools. Also, check out the school system’s Facebook page and follow ccpsinfo on Twitter. If you have questions or comments, call (804) 748-1405 or e-mail ccpsinfo@ccpsnet.net.

 

In Spanish

A Spanish version of this publication is available online at chesterfield.k12.va.us. Una versión en español de esta publicacion está disponible enlinea en chesterfield.k12.va.us.

 

 

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