Parent Handbook 2019-20 - Chesterfield County Public Schools

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Parent Handbook 2019-20 - Chesterfield County Public Schools
Parent Handbook 2019-20
Parent Handbook 2019-20 - Chesterfield County Public Schools

Carrie Coyner             Dianne Smith           John Erbach              Robert Thompson             Dr. Javaid Siddiqi
Bermuda District          Clover Hill District   Dale District            Matoaca District            Midlothian District
839-7117                  839-7121               332-1826                 332-1812                    332-1856

    Dear Team Chesterfield Families,

    As we implement our new strategic plan, Imagine Tomorrow, Chesterfield County Public Schools is on the
    cusp of creating classrooms of the future that will allow students to soar to even greater heights. Imagine
    Tomorrow is more than a strategic plan. It’s a daily focus as we create amazing learning opportunities in
    remarkable learning environments.

    Among the 100 largest school systems in the nation and the fifth largest in Virginia, Chesterfield County
    Public Schools is focused on helping our more than 61,000 students acquire the knowledge, skills and values
    needed to ensure successful futures. Our schools are safe, supportive and nurturing learning environments
    led by award-winning administrators, caring support staff and nationally recognized teachers. Our schools are
    nationally recognized, too: Six National Blue Ribbon Schools, seven National Title I Distinguished Schools and
    six middle schools named Schools to Watch.

    Chesterfield County Public Schools prides itself on providing an innovative and relevant education that
    engages all students and sparks a love of learning. Chesterfield County teachers create a captivating yet
    authentic classroom experience that allows students to explore curriculum through hands-on learning
    opportunities and community service that shows them the importance of civic responsibility.

    A strong public school system is the leading reason parents give when choosing Chesterfield County as the
    place they want to raise a family. As a father of children who have attended school in Chesterfield County and
    having visited schools throughout the county as a School Board member, I have seen first-hand the amazing
    things happening throughout our classrooms. I know you will like what you see and find in our schools. So
    will your children.

    The investment in public education has returned strong investments. Our students are safe and well-cared,
    with a variety of student support services available to assist children and families. Our students’ performance
    on state-mandated assessments continually betters state averages, as does the school division’s graduation
    rate. In addition, our graduates are making a difference in our community, country and world. Past recipients
    of the Chesterfield Education Foundation’s Bravo! Awards include service men and women, business leaders
    and difference-making entrepreneurs, scientists and innovators, doctors and engineers, and educators and

    Everyone benefits from a strong school division, and everyone has a role to play. Working together, we can
    and will continue to make Chesterfield County Public Schools a first-choice school division.

    Robert Thompson
    Chair, School Board

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Phone Numbers
CHESTERFIELD COUNTY                                Main Number  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 748-1405
SCHOOL BOARD                                       Adult Continuing Education/GED .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 768-6140
The School Board is the governing body             Attendance Zones  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 318-8743
of Chesterfield County Public Schools. The         Budget .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 748-1729
board’s responsibilities include policy making,    Career and Technical Education .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 639-8668
budget approval, hiring and evaluation of the      Communications and Community Engagement  .  .  . 639-6906
superintendent and hearing appeals of discipline   Constituent Services  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 639-8666
and grievance issues. Board members are elected    Elementary School Leadership .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 639-8915
to four-year terms; the current terms expire       English for Speakers of Other Languages .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 706-6077
Dec. 31, 2019.                                     Environmental Health  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 717-6466
                                                   Food and Nutrition Services .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 743-3717
School Board work sessions are held in Room 502    Gifted Education  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 639-8620
of the County Administration Building, located     Home Schooling .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  639-8900, ext. 1652
at 9901 Lori Road, and begin at 3 p.m. unless      Homebound Instruction .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 639-8787
otherwise noted. School Board business meetings    Human Resources .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 748-1984
are held in the Public Meeting Room, located at    Middle and High School Leadership  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 639-8916
10001 Iron Bridge Road, and begin at 6:30 p.m.     Online Learning .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 639-2751
unless otherwise noted. Business meetings are      Professional Learning  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 639-8923
shown live on Comcast Channel 98 and Verizon       Family and Community Engagement  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 639-8699
Channel 28 and are live streamed                   Preschool Services .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 706-6065
at          School Board .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 748-1897
                                                   School Counseling .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 639-8627
The board’s policy manual, meeting schedule,       School Psychologists .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 639-8624
meeting packets, presentations and minutes can     School Security .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 717-6256
be found at       School Social Workers  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 639-2755
Board.nsf/Public. If more information is needed,   Special Education .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 639-8918
call 748-1897 or email                             Student Conduct/Pupil Placement  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 639-8666                       Student Transcripts .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  639-8900, ext. 1651
                                                   Summer Session .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 639-8639
                                                   Superintendent’s Office .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 748-1434
                                                   Teaching and Learning .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 639-8917
                                                   Title I .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 639-8697
                                                   Transportation .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 748-1656

                                                   Chesterfield County Public Schools
                                                   P.O. Box 10
                                                   Chesterfield, VA 23832

                                                   School Administration Building
                                                   (Superintendent, Budget, Finance,
                                                   Operations, Human Resources, Legal)
                                                   9900 Krause Road
                                                   Chesterfield, VA 23832

                                                   Career and Technical Center @ Hull
                                                   (Teaching and Learning, Technology, Professional Learning,
                                                   Constituent Services, FACE, Equity/Student Support Services)
                                                   13900 Hull Street Road
                                                   Midlothian, VA 23112

                                                   Career and Technical Center @ Courthouse
                                                   (Adult Continuing Education, Career Development)
                                                   10101 Courthouse Road
                                                   Chesterfield, VA 23832
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Welcome to Team Chesterfield!

68,000 plus.

Between our exceptional students and outstanding staff members, that
approximate total represents how many success stories we have occurring
on a daily basis inside Chesterfield County Public Schools. I am excited that
you have chosen to join our award-winning school division, and to be a part
of the great work that is occurring in preparing our students to imagine

During my first year as Superintendent in Chesterfield County, I was
impressed by the level of personal engagement I saw in classrooms across
the county. It was clear that our staff members are passionate about
serving students and want to provide them with the access to resources
and learning strategies necessary to experience success. Perhaps most
importantly as servant leaders, I have seen and heard stories about how
willing our school-based and central office teams are to go above and
beyond to do whatever it takes to build strong, trusting relationships that
support our students and families.

Nearly 45,000 households entrust their most precious possessions –
more than 61,000 children – to us daily. The reputation of our schools
often inspires families to make their homes in Chesterfield County. That
reputation for innovation and high-quality instruction is built largely on
the outstanding work that occurs daily in our classrooms, schools and
school division offices, as we seek to create an infinite learner mindset while
encouraging students and staff to exemplify personal responsibility and
supportive relationships.

Chesterfield County Public Schools continues to be cited as a model for
excellence in public education. Educators from outside of our school
division routinely visit our nationally recognized schools to learn more
about what we are doing, how we are doing it and why we are doing it. Our
outstanding teachers, support staff members and leaders are top-notch
educators whom others seek to emulate. We are proud to be a school
division others aspire to be like.

We had a great school year last year! We kept our schools and students
safe, started implementation of a new strategic plan that will prepare our
students with life-ready skills, and expanded resources available to support
the mental, social emotional and academic needs of our students. Our
differentiated approach to supporting our students’ varied academic needs
continues to reap dividends.

I am excited to partner with you to help meet and exceed your expectations
for us. We can’t wait to see what Year 2 brings, knowing that there are many
more successes left to accomplish and stories remaining to highlight.

Thank you for your continued support!

Mervin Daugherty, Ed.D.
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•   39 elementary schools (grades K-5)
•   12 middle schools (grades 6-8)
•   11 high schools (grades 9-12)
•   2 career and technical centers
•   61,400 students projected

•   Chesterfield County schools are a diverse learning
    environment: The student body is about 49.3 percent
    white, 25.6 percent African-American, 16.4 percent
    Hispanic, 4.9 percent two or more races, 3.3 percent
    Asian, 0.2 percent American Indian/Alaskan native and
    0.2 percent Native Hawaiian
•   Approximately 36 percent of the student population
    qualifies for the federal free or reduced-price lunch

•   Chesterfield County students continue to outperform
    their peers across Virginia on Standards of Learning tests.
•   More than 91 percent of Chesterfield students graduate
    on time, outperforming their peers across Virginia.
•   $11,068 cost per student in FY 2020
•   7,319 full-time equivalent positions in operating fund

•   $673.6 million operating budget for FY 2020 (70.4
    percent for instruction, 9.9 percent for operations
    and maintenance, 8.4 percent for debt, 5.5 percent
    for transportation, 3.1 percent for administration,
    attendance and health, and 2.4 percent for technology);
    get details at

                                                                      STUDENT SUPPORT
Through this parent handbook, Chesterfield County Public
Schools offers helpful information to parents at the start
of each school year. Also, the school division website
( is a great way to keep up with
news and activities throughout the year. Here are others:

•   Facebook (@chesterfieldschools)
•   Twitter (@ccpsinfo)

                                                                      GET INVOLVED
•   YouTube (
•   Instagram (@oneccps)
•   Wednesday Spotlight (free e-newsletter distributed to all
    parents, media and local business community)
•   Friday Family Update (free e-newsletter distributed to all
•   Chesterfield EdTV on Comcast Channel 96 and Verizon
    Channel 26 and online at chesterfieldschoolsva.swagit.
    com/original programming/

For questions, email or call
(804) 639-6906.

A Spanish version of this publication is available
online at Una versión en
español de esta publicación está disponible en-líneaen

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                      Parents are asked each year to fill out emergency
                      information cards for every student. The importance of
                      these cards cannot be overemphasized. They let school
                      officials know about student health issues and provide
                      contact information that is used to reach parents if an
                      emergency arises. Please complete, sign and quickly return

                      your student’s card.

                      Also, be sure to update your child’s information whenever
                      there is a change in your address, email address, cell
                      phone, home phone, work phone or workplace, the
                      people authorized to pick up your child if you cannot be
                      reached during an emergency. Starting with the 2019-20

                      school year, parents will be able to update certain contact
                      information through ParentVue. A parent who does not
                      have access to ParentVue should contact their child’s school
                      to get log-in information.

                      The school division’s ability to communicate effectively
                      with parents is enhanced when parents provide accurate

                      contact information.

                      PHONE AND EMAIL MESSAGES
                      Chesterfield County Public Schools uses SchoolMessenger
                      to communicate with parents via phone, email and text
                      message. SchoolMessenger 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 email addresses.
                      You may choose to opt out of phone and email messages
                      by contacting your child’s school. Opting out means
                      that you will receive no communication whatsoever via
                      SchoolMessenger; this includes information about a child’s

                      absences, school lockdowns and emergency closings.

                      EMERGENCY CLOSINGS
                      If it becomes necessary to close schools or delay
                      opening because of bad weather or for any other
                      reason, such as a power failure, announcements will be
                      communicated via phone, text and email; posted online at
            , Facebook and Twitter; shared

                      on Comcast Channel 96 and Verizon Channel 26; and
                      submitted to local radio and television stations.

                      Parents should make emergency closing childcare
                      arrangements at the beginning of the school year so that
                      students know what to do and where to go if there is an

                      early dismissal.

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Virginia public schools must be in session at least 180 days
or provide a minimum of 990 instructional hours each
school year. Chesterfield’s 2019-20 calendar is 179 days long
but exceeds the state’s minimum requirements for seat time.

On seven days, students will be dismissed three hours

early to give teachers time for planning and professional
development. Parents are encouraged to plan ahead for
early dismissals by shifting work schedules so that they can
be with their children, contacting after-school programs or
coordinating with friends and neighbors. The calendars in
the back of this handbook show the early-release days.

School starting times for each school for this school year
can be found on page 20 and 21 of this book. Beginning
with the 2018-19 school year, school start times changed
to align high school starting times with research-based
recommendations that say high schools should start at
8:30 a.m. or later due to pubertal-related changes to teens’
circadian rhythms.

Every day counts! Good attendance boosts academic
success and prepares students for future employment.
Excessive absences may affect receiving credit for classes or
promotion to the next grade.

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Students are expected to attend school daily on time.
Establishing that important habit of good attendance starts
the minute students start school. Studies show that students
who miss an average of two days a month of school for any
reason are negatively impacted academically. Absences
add up. It is suggested that parents keep a calendar of their
children’s attendance to monitor and help establish good
attendance habits.

Please notify the school if your student will need to be

                                                                                                                        GET INVOLVED
absent from school. If you are having difficulty sending your
child to school for any reason, please contact your school’s
social worker or counselor. For more specific information,
please see School Board Policy 4020.

SEXUAL HARASSMENT AND ASSAULT                                   TOBACCO-FREE
Chesterfield County Public Schools does not condone acts of     Chesterfield County Public Schools is a
sexual or gender-based harassment. If a student experiences     tobacco-free school system. Students,
any form of sexual harassment or gender-based harassment        employees, parents and visitors are prohibited

or sexual assault, then this should immediately be brought      at all times from smoking or using tobacco
to the attention of the principal (who is the school’s Title    products in schools, school grounds, offices,
IX coordinator) or to a school counselor or other school        facilities, buses and other school vehicles. This
administrator so that the school can respond promptly and       ban includes electronic cigarettes and similar
investigate. For details about the school division’s Title IX   devices. For more information, see School
practices and procedures, see School Board Policy 6131.         Board Policy 5390.

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                                                          Chesterfield County Public Schools’ Strategic Plan

                  VISION                               GOAL #1
                  Create a better tomorrow             All students and staff will
                                                       embody an Infinite Learner mindset.

                  MISSION                              GOAL #2
                  Ignite passion through authentic

                                                       All students, staff, parents, and community members will exemplify
                  and captivating experiences
                                                       a culture of safety, personal responsibility, and supportive

                  OUR VALUES
                  INTEGRITY                                        TEAMWORK

                  Adherence to moral and ethical principles        Cohesively working toward a shared goal

                  EQUITY                                           INGENUITY
                  Fair and unbiased access to all resources        Qualities of being clever, resourceful,

                  and opportunities                                and imaginative

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I actively listen, share my thinking, and use both verbal and nonverbal methods to deepen my

                                                                                                               STUDENT SUPPORT
understanding and add value.

I participate fully by building on the ideas, talents, expertise,
and experiences of others.

I analyze evidence, investigate multiple sources, and create
new conditions.

                                                                                                               GET INVOLVED
I am open-minded, curious, and adaptive when tackling problems
and challenges.


I actively set goals that link to my interests and abilities, and form healthy relationships that make a
positive impact.

I take care of myself and others by displaying integrity, being

respectful, and contributing through informed actions.

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                   Registration day for children who will enter kindergarten     Chesterfield County Public Schools maintains an
                   in September 2020 will take place April 16, 2020 at every     active and continuing Child Find program to identify
                   elementary school.                                            children with disabilities who may require special
                                                                                 education services or Section 504 accommodations.
                   APPLYING FOR PREKINDERGARTEN                                  Procedures include screening, referral, evaluation,
                                                                                 and eligibility determination. Students who are found

                   Children who reach their fourth birthday by Sept.             eligible for special education services are provided
                   30 and who live in a school attendance zone where             specialized instruction and related services according
                   prekindergarten is offered may apply for prekindergarten.     to individualized education programs (IEPs) governed
                   A limited number of spots are available. Applications are     through federal and state regulations and division
                   accepted beginning in February. For details, call             procedures. Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of
                   (804) 706-6061.                                               1973 ensures that supports are in place for students
                                                                                 who have a physical or mental impairment that
                   GIFTED EDUCATION

                                                                                 substantially limits one or more major life activities.
                   The school division provides a continuum of services
                   in areas of academic strength that include English,           If you suspect your child may have a disability, you
                   mathematics, social studies and science. In order for         may make a referral to your school’s Special Education
                   a student to be evaluated for services, a referral form       Coordinator or school administrator. If your child is not
                   must be submitted to the child’s school. These forms are      enrolled in Chesterfield County Public Schools, you
                   available during normal operating hours from counseling       may contact an administrator at the school your child
                   or main office staff and should be completed by the           would attend based on your home address.

                   person desiring the child’s evaluation. Parents/guardians,
                   community members, teachers or students may refer a           Parents are integral participants in all facets of the
                   child; private and homeschool students in second grade        special education and Section 504 process. If you have
                   or higher may also be referred by following this process at   questions about the special education or Section 504
                   the school they would attend if enrolled.                     process, contact the school or the Department of
                                                                                 Special Education at (804) 639-8918.

                   Signed and dated referral forms must be submitted to
                   the school by the end of the school day on the referral       SUMMER PROGRAMS AND SOL/SAT/
                   deadline date assigned to the child’s current grade level     ACT/W!SE ACADEMIES
                   to be considered for assessment during the testing            Summer school programs provide a second
                   window. Referral deadlines are published on referral          exposure to the curriculum in a project-based
                   forms and on the division website.                            learning instructional model and offers enrichment
                                                                                 opportunities. These include high school career
                                                                                 and technical center camp, middle school visual and
                                                                                 performing arts camp, and elementary school cultural
                                                                                 arts camp.

                                                                                 Academy offerings in the summer and during the
                                                                                 school year include free SAT and ACT prep for high
                                                                                 school juniors and seniors to help prepare for these
                                                                                 college entrance exams. The SOL/W!SE Academy
                                                                                 provides support for students who have passed a class
                                                                                 but have not passed the end-of-course test required
                                                                                 for graduation. Talk to your child’s counselor to
                                                                                 determine what requirements they may need to fulfill

                                                                                 and for more information about the Academy. Details
                                                                                 can also be found on under
                                                                                 “Students” and “SOL/W!SE Academy.”

Chesterfield County Public Schools provides                 When all students have mobile computing devices,

                                                                                                                               STUDENT SUPPORT
Chromebooks to all middle school and high school            teachers are more apt to provide small group and
students, as well as elementary school students in          individualized instruction rather than lecturing to an
grades 4-5. In addition to using the laptops throughout     entire class. When every student has a device, students
the school day, middle and high school students take        have additional opportunities to develop higher order
them home so they can learn anytime, anywhere.              and critical thinking skills. Mobile devices allow students
This blended learning initiative puts approximately         more choice in directing their learning, help them
45,000 Chromebooks into the hands and/or homes of           create products that demonstrate their knowledge
Chesterfield County students. Students in grades 2-3 also   and provide easy access to up-to-date information;
receive Chromebooks to use while at school.                 all of this leads to increased student engagement and
                                                            academic achievement. With anytime and anywhere
Chesterfield County Public Schools has created a digital    learning, education extends beyond the classroom and

                                                                                                                               GET INVOLVED
teaching and learning environment to better prepare         the traditional school day. Students are able to create,
students for college and careers. Computers and Internet    track and manage their own learning through the use of
access are vital in education because they are vital in     ePortfolios. With increased access to collaborative tools
almost all 21st-century careers.                            like Google Drive, students will find it easier to manage
                                                            their materials. Instead of using printed workbooks
When teachers leverage rich, interactive digital content    that are quickly outdated, students can access current
in their instruction, students are provided with greater    information. Computer-fluent students rapidly shift from
opportunity to personalize and tailor learning to their     being consumers of information to becoming producers
personal and immediate needs. In addition to engaging       of creative and innovative work. As a result, students

students in self-directed and relevant learning, this       are more likely to take greater pride in their knowledge
approach allows the teacher to help more students           and schoolwork and are more likely to see the value of
individually when needed rather than teaching large         education, thereby reducing the dropout rate and raising
groups at the same pace through the same content. This      the community’s level of education.
method of instruction, which combines technology with
face-to-face teaching, is called blended learning.


                                                        Grades K-5 number scale
                            Student’s performance exceeds standard/expectation, and student consistently produces              STUDENTVUE
                            outstanding work.
                                                                                                                               AND PARENTVUE
                            Student’s performance meets standard/expectation, and student consistently produces
                            quality work.                                                                                      StudentVUE and ParentVUE

                            Student’s performance is approaching standard/expectation, and student inconsistently              allow students and their
                            applies learned skills.                                                                            parents to track attendance and
                            Student’s performance is below standard/expectation, and student frequently requires               academic progress. Teachers are
                   1                                                                                                           expected to post assignments
                                                                                                                               and make grades visible to
                   NA       This skill or concept was not assessed during this grading period.
                                                                                                                               parents and students every
                                                                                                                               two weeks. ParentVUE and
                                                        Grades 2-5 grade range                                                 StudentVUE apps are available

                   A                          90-100                                                               Excellent   for free from Apple’s App Store
                   B                           80-89                                                              Very Good    and Google Play.

                   C                           70-79                                                          Satisfactory     Using their Chesterfield County
                   D                           60-69                                                     Minimal Progress      Public Schools network login
                   F                         Below 60                                                                Failing
                                                                                                                               credentials, students may access

                                                                                                                               their StudentVue account at
                                                        Grades 6-12 grade range                                       using
                                                                                                                               a confidential code, parents of
                                Range         Meaning               GPA     GPA for honors
                                                                                                     GPA for AP/IB/DE          students in grades 2-12 may
                   Grade                                                                          industry certification*      access their ParentVue account
                                                                                                                               at (A
                   A+             97-100      Excellent             4.5            5.0                      5.5
                                                                                                                               parent should contact their

                   A               90-96                            4.0            4.5                      5.0                child’s school to receive a code if
                   B+              86-89      Very Good             3.5            4.0                      4.5                they do not have one.)

                   B               80-85                            3.0            3.5                      4.0
                   C+              76-79      Satisfactory          2.5            3.0                      3.5
                                                                                                                               *Industry Certification Courses
                   C               70-75                            2.0            2.5                      3.0
                                                                                                                                   Can be found online at
                   D+              66-69      Minimum Passing       1.5            2.0                      2.5        
                   D               60-65                            1.0            1.5                      2.0

                   F             Below 60     Failing               0.0            0.0                      0.0

                  PROMOTION                                                                      High school promotion standards are:
                                                                                                 • promotion from ninth to 10th grade
                  Middle school students must pass five subjects (math,                             — 5 credits earned
                  science, social studies and language arts and an elective,                     • promotion from 10th to 11th grade
                  which can be 2 semester courses) to be promoted to                                — 11 credits earned
                  the next grade. Failing a high school credit subject, such                     • promotion from 11th to 12th grade
                  as Algebra I or Earth Science, cannot be a barrier to                             — must satisfy the requirements to be a candidate for
                  promotion to ninth grade.                                                         June graduation

                  Virginia now requires that each middle school student                          Virginia requires high school students meet additional
                  take at least one course related to career exploration (such                   diploma requirements such as passing an economics and
                  as Career Investigations) or receive this curriculum in an                     personal finance course, completing an online course
                  alternate way prior to exiting the eighth grade; however,                      experience, etc. Additional information about the state’s
                  this course is not a barrier to promotion.                                     graduation requirements is available at http://www.pen.

                                                                                        For more
                                                                                                 information about promotion standards, see School Board
                                                                                                 Policy 3042 at
STATE TESTING                                                LOCAL TESTING
As required by federal legislation and local options,        The NWEA MAP Growth Assessment is administered to
yearly testing will continue in grades 3-8 in reading        all students grades 3-8. MAP Growth measures student

and math. Additional tests are administered for fourth-      achievement and growth over the course of an academic
grade history, fifth-grade science and eighth-grade          year. The results are used to provide teachers and parents
writing, history and science. End-of-course tests are        information about each child’s strengths and weaknesses
administered to students enrolled in any high school         in those areas.
credit course for which there is an associated SOL test if
needed to satisfy state or federal requirements. English     The Cognitive Abilities Test is administered to all third-
11 students will test in reading. Students in English 9,     grade students. The test measures a child’s abilities in
10 and 11 will complete a performance-based writing          verbal skills, mathematics reasoning, and nonverbal

assessment each year.                                        reasoning skills. The test results are also part of the review
                                                             process for accelerated and gifted education program
All students enrolled in Virginia public schools are         opportunities.
expected to take the applicable state tests. The
Virginia Board of Education Regulations Establishing         The Preliminary SAT is administered in October; it is a
Standards for Accrediting Public Schools in Virginia         standardized test that measures skills in critical reading,
state: “In kindergarten through eighth grade, where the      math problem-solving and writing. The test will be

administration of Virginia assessment program tests          offered at no cost to all 8th, 9th, 10th and 11th-grade
are required by the Board of Education, each student         students during the school day. The PSAT provides
shall be expected to take the tests” and “each student in    feedback on strengths and weaknesses on critical high
middle and secondary schools shall take all applicable       school knowledge and skills, helps with SAT preparation
end-of-course SOL tests following course instruction.”       and identifies student potential for advanced learning

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The Virginia regulations do not provide for what
is sometimes referred to as an “opt out policy” for
students regarding the Virginia assessments. If parents
refuse to have their student participate in one or more          TESTING DATES
of the required Virginia assessments, they should be             As CCPS continues to examine the best balance in
aware that their student’s state assessment score report         student testing, detailed calendars of drafted 2019-
will reflect a score of “0” for any test that is refused.        20 testing dates for elementary, middle, and high
                                                                 schools are posted at
Student graduation requirements are different based              In addition to required testing, school principals
on a student’s year of high school entry. Your school            determine additional types of assessments that may
counselor is a valuable resource in explaining the exact         better guide student learning.

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graduation requirements for your students. A High
School Testing Quick Guide document can be found at



                  THE PHOENIX CENTER                                        NIGHT SCHOOL
                  The Phoenix Center provides opportunities to learn        Night school is an opportunity for high school
                                                                            students to repeat a course or take a new course for

                  in a non-traditional high school setting. We have
                  committed professionals who create individualized         credit. All courses are free, and registration must be
                  learning plans for each student to reach their full       coordinated through the home high school counselor.
                  potential. To be considered for any of these programs,    Night School meets at Carver College and Career
                  a student must express interest to their home             Academy (12400 Branders Bridge Road in Chester)
                  school counselor who will assist them with filling        from 5-9 p.m. Attendance requirements are strict, with
                                                                            withdrawals after five absences. Students provide their

                  out a referral. Once accepted, an entry meeting will
                  be scheduled with a Phoenix Center staff member           own transportation.
                  to determine the most appropriate placement.
                  Transportation is provided to the Career and Technical    CCPSONLINE
                  Center @ Courthouse and Carver College and Career         Chesterfield students can take high school credit
                  Academy. There are three options for students at          classes in the core subject areas of math, science,
                  our CTC@Courthouse campus: remediation, online            English, social studies, as well as health and physical
                  coursework and credit recovery.                           education, economics and personal finance, sociology,
                                                                            psychology and forensic science. There is no fee for
                  GED PREPARATION                                           Chesterfield County students during the regular
                  A GED Preparation Program is available at Carver          school year, and honors-level courses are available in

                  College and Career Academy. Space is limited. For         several subjects.
                  more information, please call (804) 768-6165 ext. 3.
                                                                            The Virginia Department of Education has approved
                  ACADEMY 360                                               Chesterfield County Public Schools as a multidivision
                                                                            online provider, and the NCAA has approved
                  A one-year opportunity for overage middle school          CCPSOnline as a nontraditional program. About
                  students who have been retained at least once, this       a dozen CCPSOnline classes are available for a fee
                  program offers students the opportunity to complete       to students outside Chesterfield County. For more
                  middle school requirements while earning high             information, go to
                  school credits to get back on track for graduation.

                  There is small-group instruction, YCAPP services, Mega
                  Mentors, Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports
                  and restorative practices. Uniforms are required and
                  a no-cell phone policy is enforced. Transportation is
                  provided from students’ home schools to the Career
                  and Technical Center @ Hull for full-day instruction.

                  Student referrals will be evaluated from middle school
                  counselors in the spring for the following school year.

Each year by Aug. 15, families who choose home instruction rather than school attendance for their children must

notify the homeschool support specialist of Chesterfield County Public Schools and provide a list of the subjects to be
studied as well as evidence they meet the criteria to provide home instruction.

Each year by Aug. 1, home-schooling families must provide the homeschool support specialist with evidence of
progress. Each spring, Chesterfield County Public Schools offers home-schooling families the opportunity to take a
nationally normed standardized achievement test at no cost. Students are tested by trained administrators in small

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grade-level groups. Students who participate fulfill the reporting requirement.

Each academic year, home-schooled students may apply to enroll in up to two middle school or high school courses
at their home-based school or through CCPSOnline OR one course at either of the two Chesterfield Career and
Technical Centers. Students must apply for classes by March 1 of the preceding year, and participation is on a space-
available basis.

High school-aged home instruction students may participate in Advanced Placement (AP) and Preliminary SAT/
National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) examinations. Please contact the school counseling
department of your child(ren)’s home-based high school by Sept. 12, 2019 for PSAT registration information and by
Sept. 30, 2019 for AP test registration information (including the availability of financial assistance from College Board

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to low-income or qualified students).

Additional information including required forms and deadlines are available at
schooling and or by calling (804) 639-8900, ext. 1652.



                       Chesterfield County families can pay many school fees and
                       charges online at Parents
                       can also pay in person during fee nights at schools.

                       Fees include $210 for behind-the-wheel driver education
                       and $50 for full-year parking permits for high school

                       students. For middle school and high school students,
                       there is an annual $50 mobile device fee for Chromebook
                       take-home. Elementary students in the fifth grade have
                       the opportunity to participate in the take-home program.
                       For elementary schools that start Chromebook take-home
                       in September, the fee is $50. Those who start in January
                       will pay $25. There are also fees charged for individual

                       classes for items that are considered consumables.

                       Some fees can be waived or reduced for students with
                       economic hardships. Fees are subject to change.

                       Returned checks will be sent for collection to Envision
                       Payment Solutions, which will charge a fee of up to $50 in

                       addition to the amount collected on behalf of the school

                       PHOTOGRAPHS AND VIDEO
                       The school division and the media regularly photograph

                       and tape events, activities and success stories at schools.
                       If you do not want your child’s image or name used in
                       publications or other media, you must annually notify the
                       principal in writing within the first month of school.


There are many ways that students can become involved in
their school. 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 (Policy 4070)
is online at


Regular and meaningful communication among home,
school and community is encouraged at every level in the
school division.

Because family life education is first and foremost a
function of the home, the curriculum is designed to
encourage students to examine the family unit for values
that build individual character and family stability and to
strengthen communication within families. Parents and
guardians have the right to review the family life education
program, including written and audiovisual materials,

and may excuse their child from all or part of family life
education instruction. Detailed curriculum information is
available online at

Virginia’s Standards of Learning include topics that may
create differences of opinion. Instruction is designed to

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help students express themselves as individuals and grow
as creative and independent thinkers while developing
the core values of respect and responsibility. Despite the
care the school system takes in writing curriculum and
selecting learning resources and instructional strategies,
parents or students may sometimes object to sensitive
or controversial topics, books or resources. To engage in
fair and meaningful communication about sensitive or
controversial topics or policies, the School Board follows
Policy 3031 and Policy 3012, which are available at

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                  Schools maintain an education record for each student.        will be used for armed services recruiting and for
                  The principal is responsible for education records. These     informing young people of scholarship opportunities.
                  records contain information about scholastic work,            School officials review and evaluate scholastic records at
                  grades, evaluations, registration, health, attendance,        the fifth, eighth and 12th grades. Information required
                  standardized test results, programs of study and              under state law is retained permanently. The school
                  discipline. Students with special needs and certain           system will provide to parents upon request a list of the

                  students requiring differentiated programs or special         types and location of education records collected and
                  services have records related to their educational            maintained by the schools, as well as written policies and
                  programs maintained in the education records. All data        procedures on the management of education records.
                  for an individual student are maintained in a single
                  record. Chesterfield County Public Schools forwards            A parent or eligible student may request a copy of the
                  education records upon request of a school in which a         records policy and procedures from the principal. A fee of
                  student intends to enroll.                                    10 cents per page may be charged for the reproduction
                                                                                of records.

                  Access to a student’s education record is limited to
                  parents, eligible students (over 18 years old), school        Chesterfield County Public Schools maintains student
                  officials and others who have the written permission of       records at the last school attended for at least five years
                  the parent or eligible student. Natural parents, regardless   after a student graduates or withdraws from the school
                  of custody status, have the right of access to all student    system. Parents or students 18 and older may request
                  records unless specifically prohibited by a court order.      a copy of the student record within that five-year

                                                                                window. After that period, student records are purged
                  Directory information is information contained in a           and information that is not required to be permanently
                  student’s education record that would not generally be        retained is destroyed.
                  considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if disclosed.

                  Directory information includes the name, gender, date

                  and place of birth of students, the student’s major field
                  of study, participation in officially recognized activities
                  and sports, the weight and height of members of athletic
                  teams, dates of attendance, degrees or awards received
                  by students and photographs, whether maintained by
                  hard copy or in digital format, still or in motion. Ad-
                  dress, telephone listing and electronic mail address of
                  a student will not be disclosed pursuant to the Virginia
                  Freedom of Information Act unless the parent or eli-
                  gible student affirmatively consents in writing to such
                  disclosure. Except as required by state or federal law,

                  no school discloses the address, telephone number, or
                  email address of a student pursuant to 34 C.F.R. § 99.31(a)
                  (11) unless (a) the disclosure is to students enrolled in
                  the school or to school board employees for educational
                  purposes or school business and the parent or eligible
                  student has not opted out of such disclosure in accor-
                  dance with Virginia law and this policy or (b) the parent
                  or eligible student has affirmatively consented in writing
                  to such disclosure.

                  Directory information may not include the student’s
                  Social Security Number. Directory information may be
                  made public unless a parent or eligible student notifies
                  the principal of their wish not to disclose the information
                  by Oct. 1. 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

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 student’s education records that the parent or
    eligible student believes are inaccurate, misleading
    or in violation of the student’s privacy rights under
    FERPA. (If the principal decides not to amend the
    record as requested, the principal will advise the
    parent or student of the decision and of their 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

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    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,
    therapist or contracted provider of web-based
    educational applications; a parent or student serving
    on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or

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    grievance committee; or a parent, student or other
    volunteer helping another school official. 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.

                   On, there are links to school websites and to a find-my-school feature that lists the
                   schools connected to your home address.

                         School                 Principal                      Phone                  Hours
                         Bellwood               Jennifer Rudd                  743-3600               9:25 a.m.-3:55 p.m.

                         Bensley                Dr. Patrice Wilson             743-3610               7:45 a.m.-2:15 p.m.
                         Beulah                 Dr. Christina Allen-Roach      743-3620               9:25 a.m.-3:55 p.m.
                         Bon Air                Heather Gentry                 560-2700               7:45 a.m.-2:15 p.m.
                         Chalkley               Nicole Boone		                 674-1300               8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
                         Marguerite Christian   Rovez Ingram                   530-5733               9:25 a.m.-3:55 p.m.
                         Clover Hill            Allie Strollo                  739-6220               7:45 a.m.-2:15 p.m.

                         Crenshaw               Brian Campos                   739-6250               7:45 a.m.-2:15 p.m.
                         Crestwood              Lindsay Porzio                 560-2710               9:25 a.m.-3:55 p.m.
                         Curtis                 Susan Pereira                  768-6175               9:25 a.m.-3:55 p.m.
                         Davis                  Kenya Batts                    674-1310               9:25 a.m.-3:55 p.m.
                         Ecoff                  Kristin Tait                   768-6185               9:25 a.m.-3:55 p.m.

                         Enon                   Dr. Paula Huffman              530-5720               9:25 a.m.-3:55 p.m.
                         Ettrick                Dr. Randi Smith                520-6005               9:25 a.m.-3:55 p.m.
                         Evergreen              Matthew Maher                  378-2400               9:25 a.m.-3:55 p.m.
                         Falling Creek          Pamela Johnson                 743-3630               9:25 a.m.-3:55 p.m.
                         Gates                  Giuliana Brink                 768-6195               9:25 a.m.-3:55 p.m.

                         Gordon                 Natalie Bare                   378-2410               9:25 a.m.-3:55 p.m.
                         Grange Hall            Courtney Jones                 739-6265               8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
                         Greenfield             Melissa Reams                  560-2720               9:25 a.m.-3:55 p.m.
                         Harrowgate             Christina Serola               520-6015               9:25 a.m.-3:55 p.m.
                         Hening                 Bruce Fillman                  743-3655               9:25 a.m.-3:55 p.m.
                         Hopkins                Dr. Lisa Hill                  743-3665               9:25 a.m.-3:55 p.m.
                         Jacobs Road            Jennifer Lenz                  674-1320               7:45 a.m.-2:15 p.m.
                         Matoaca                Mary Thrift                    590-3100               8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

                         Old Hundred		          Lindsay Mottley		              TBD			                 9:25 a.m.-3:55 p.m.
                         Providence             Dr. Sharon Rucker              674-1345               9:25 a.m.-3:55 p.m.
                         Reams Road             Jodi Seitz                     674-1370               7:45 a.m.-2:15 p.m.
                         Robious                Casta Childress                378-2500               9:25 a.m.-3:55 p.m.
                         Salem Church           Monique Booth                  768-6215               8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
                         Elizabeth Scott        Julie Buntich                  541-4660               9:25 a.m.-3:55 p.m.
                         Alberta Smith          Jana Kline                     739-6295               8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

                         Spring Run             Christopher Hart               639-6352               9:25 a.m.-3:55 p.m.
                         Swift Creek            Benjamin Gillikin              739-6305               9:25 a.m.-3:55 p.m.
                         Watkins                Deborah Weatherford            378-2530               9:25 a.m.-3:55 p.m.
                         Bettie Weaver          Robin Riley                    378-2540               9:25 a.m.-3:55 p.m.
                         Wells                  Fredrick Geissler              768-6265               7:45 a.m.-2:15 p.m.

                         Winterpock             Karen Dubiel                   763-5051               9:25 a.m.-3:55 p.m.
                         Woolridge              Katie Matheny                  739-6330               9:25 a.m.-3:55 p.m.

School                 Principal                     Phone                Hours
Bailey Bridge          Melanie Knowles               739-6200             7:35 a.m.-2:05 p.m.
Carver                 Anthony McLaurin              524-3620             7:35 a.m.-2:05 p.m.
Elizabeth Davis        TBD		                        541-4700              7:35 a.m.-2:05 p.m.
Falling Creek          Aurelia Ortiz                 743-3640             7:35 a.m.-2:05 p.m.

Manchester             David Altizer                 674-1385             7:35 a.m.-2:05 p.m.
Matoaca                Dr. Gayle Hines               590-3130, 590-3110   7:35 a.m.-2:05 p.m.
Midlothian             Dr. Patrick Stanfield         378-2460             7:35 a.m.-2:05 p.m.
Providence             Dr. Amanda Voelker            674-1355             7:35 a.m.-2:05 p.m.
Robious                Dr. Derek Wasnock             378-2510             7:35 a.m.-2:05 p.m.
Salem Church           Lashante Knight               768-6225             7:35 a.m.-2:05 p.m.

Swift Creek            Ed Maynes                     739-6315             7:35 a.m.-2:05 p.m.
Tomahawk Creek         Dr. David Ellena              378-7120             8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

School 			             Principal       			           Phone 			            Hours

Lloyd C. Bird        Adrienne Blanton                768-6110             8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Governor’s Academy for Engineering Studies

Carver College and     Dr. Stephen Hackett           768-6156             8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Career Academy
Night School

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Clover Hill          John Phillips                   639-4940             8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Mathematics and Science

Cosby                  Benjamin Snyder               639-8340             8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Health Science

Thomas Dale            Dr. Christopher Jones          768-6245, 768-6145 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Visual and Performing Arts

James River            Dr. Jennifer Coleman          378-2420             8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Leadership and International Relations

Manchester          Christin Ellis                   739-6275             8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Spanish Immersion|Mass Communications

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Matoaca               Dr. John Murray                590-3108             8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Information Technology

Meadowbrook            Dr. Marcie Terry		             743-3675            8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
International Baccalaureate|Academy for Digital Entrepreneurship

Midlothian             Dr. Shawn Abel                378-2440             8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
International Baccalaureate

Monacan               William Broyles                378-2480             8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

Humanities | Health and Physical Therapy

Career and Technical Brian Russell        		         768-6160 		          8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Center @ Courthouse

Career and Technical   Brian Russell           		    639-8668 		          8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Center @ Hull

Appomattox Regional Brandon Albon		                  722-0200             8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Governor’s School/Petersburg

Maggie L. Walker      Dr. Robert Lowerre             354-6800 		          8:40 a.m.-3:15 p.m.
Governor’s School/Richmond
SAFE SCHOOLS                                                   SUSPECTED CHILD ABUSE

                  School safety is a priority. Schools have written plans        Employees of Chesterfield County Public Schools who,
                  to prevent and respond to emergencies, and there               in their professional or official capacity, have reason
                  are trained safety teams in every school. Tornado, fire,       to suspect that a child is abused or neglected, are to
                  lockdown and other emergency drills are practiced              immediately report the situation to the appropriate
                  on a regular basis. A school emergency may require a           authorities. For more specific information, please see
                  lockdown, shelter in place, evacuation or other actions.       School Board Policy 5031.

                  Please do not call or come to the school during an
                  emergency, as it will tie up phone lines and endanger          STUDENT CONDUCT
                  you and others. SchoolMessenger, the school division’s         To provide a safe environment conducive to learning,
                  website (, Facebook, Twitter,        the school system maintains and enforces uniform
                  TV and radio will be used to communicate when it is safe       written regulations stating the system’s standards
                  to release students and how parents will be reunited with      for student conduct and attendance. (Policy 4010
                  their children. For more specific information, please see      and the corresponding policy regulation pertain to

                  School Board Policy 3130.                                      the Standards for Student Conduct.) These standards
                                                                                 are sent home with each student at the beginning
                  SCHOOL VISITORS                                                of the school year, with a form for parents to sign
                  When they arrive at a school, visitors must show photo         acknowledging receipt. They also are online at
                  identification (driver’s license, military ID, passport or The standards apply to
                  other identification issued by a government agency),           students on school property (including school buses),
                  which will be scanned into a computer to be checked            at school-sponsored events and going to and returning

                  against national sex offender and school-specific alert        from school. Included in these standards are regulations
                  databases. Only the visitor’s name, photo and date of          prohibiting weapons and drugs on school property.
                  birth will be stored in the computer. No other personal        Lookalike and toy guns are included in the weapons
                  information will be collected. The visitor check-in system     policy. The School Board strongly supports the weapons
                  and other security measures help ensure the safety of          and drugs regulations. Students who violate these
                  students and staff members. School Board Policies 6141         regulations are subject to expulsion and, if the offense is

                  and 6142 detail expectations for visitors and public           a violation of the law, to prosecution. A student’s intent
                  conduct on school property.                                    for having a weapon on school property has no bearing
                                                                                 on a recommendation for expulsion.
                  VIDEO SURVEILLANCE
                  As a component of a comprehensive safe school plan,            Parents and students should be aware that by order
                  video surveillance with or without audio capability            of the Chesterfield Juvenile Court, police officers take
                  may be used in the common areas of schools and on              every juvenile charged with a firearms offense directly
                  school buses. Surveillance equipment may or may not            to the Juvenile Detention Home where he or she is
                  be monitored at any time. Video recordings also may be         held until a detention hearing takes place before a
                  used for disciplinary purposes. In a criminal investigation,   Juvenile Court judge. Anyone who knows or suspects
                  law enforcement representatives may view video                 that someone has a weapon at school should report

                  surveillance.                                                  it immediately to a school official — teacher, school
                                                                                 counselor or principal — or should call Crime Solvers
                  Parents may view video surveillance recordings where           (804) 748-0660.
                  their student is the subject of the video without the
                  consent of the parents of other students that may been         PROBLEM SOLVING
                  seen in the same video recording. However, no parent           Problems may arise during the course of a student’s
                  shall be allowed to have a copy of a video surveillance        school experience. Teachers, school counselors, assistant
                  recording where multiple students can be seen.                 principals and principals are the adults most directly

                                                                                 involved in a student’s school life. The majority of
                  SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICERS                                       problems can be solved by meeting with one or more
                  The Chesterfield County Police Department provides             of these professionals who daily work with students in
                  a uniformed school resource officer for each middle            academic as well as social settings. Parents and students
                  and high school. Beginning with the 2017-18 school             are encouraged to seek resolutions to problems or
                  year officers are expected to be equipped with body            answers to questions from these people whenever there
                  cameras.                                                       is a need.


Schools may establish procedures that allow a student to       Students may sometimes behave in ways that suggest
possess, turn on and use a personal cellular telephone or      the threat of violence to themselves or to others.
other personal device while on school property during          Threatening behaviors may be spoken, written or
the instructional day. Schools may also establish in these     gestured. To maintain a safe learning environment for
procedures that violations may result in confiscation of       all students, Chesterfield County Public Schools takes
the cellular phone or other personal device and repeated       every threat seriously.

violations could result in the loss of these privileges and
may result in before or after-school detention or out of       Every threat is investigated by a school-based team
school suspension of up to ten days.                           of professionals led by a building administrator and
                                                               includes student support services staff members. The
A student found using a cellular telephone or other            threat-assessment team, which is trained annually,
personal device during any testing situation will              follows a procedure developed by the University
have the cellular telephone or other personal device           of Virginia that is used by hundreds of schools. If a

immediately confiscated and will lose the privilege for        student threat to harm self or others comes to the
the remainder of the school year. Any student who uses a       attention of the Threat Assessment Team, members of
cellular telephone or other personal device for unlawful       the group will conduct an assessment to determine
activity while on school property, or while attending any      how serious the threat is and what can be done to
school function or activity, will be subject to disciplinary   prevent it from being carried out. In most cases,
action that may include out-of-school suspension or a          students who are considering acts of violence will
recommendation for expulsion.                                  communicate their intent to peers, teachers or family

                                                               members. Therefore, it is vital for everyone to be
Chesterfield County Public Schools is not responsible          aware of and report all student threats of violence
for lost or stolen personal cellular telephones or other       so that assessments can take place and steps can be
personal electronic devices.                                   taken to prevent threats from being carried out.

                                                               The threat-assessment process involves collecting

                                                                                                                               STUDENT SUPPORT
INTERNET SAFETY                                                information about the student through interviews
                                                               with the student, parents, friends, teachers and others,
Internet safety is incorporated into the curriculum.           as well as a review of the student’s school file. The
As students learn to use the internet, they also learn         student is always seen the day the referral is received,
about online safety, cyber citizenship and manners,            and parents are always contacted. An action plan is
cyberbullying and intellectual property including              completed, detailing what the team has concluded
copyright, plagiarism and piracy.                              and seeking parental support in resolving the threat.
                                                               In some cases involving out-of-school assistance
In addition, the school division has contracted with a         or intervention, a follow-up plan is developed
third-party vendor (Gaggle) to support the safety of           jointly by parents, school professionals and other
students by combining machine learning technology              interventionists to support the student’s transition
with real people who review questionable and suspicious

                                                                                                                               GET INVOLVED
                                                               back into the school community.
content in online file storage.
                                                               The threat-assessment process does not eliminate
Safety representatives are trained professionals               discipline procedures outlined in the standards for
who review student communications and files for                student conduct (School Board Policy 4010-R). At
inappropriate content around the clock throughout the          the end of the threat-assessment process, parents
year. Safety representatives have diverse backgrounds in       receive copies of the action plan summary, any signed
education, law enforcement, social media, psychology,          agreements, the follow-up plan and list of community
and other related fields.                                      resources. These documents are also filed in the

                                                               student’s educational record.
Emergency contacts are individuals from the school
district who will be notified when Gaggle safety
Representatives discover a situation that poses a possible
threat to the health or safety of a student. Notifications
will be sent by email and/or phone, depending on the
severity of the situation. Indications of Possible Student

Situations are reported by phone calls or emails to
emergency contacts.

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