Chesterfield County is expanding prekindergarten


Chesterfield County Public Schools is expanding prekindergarten by 144 students and plans to enroll a total of 569 prekindergartners for the 2015-16 school year. Applications for prekindergarten are now being accepted; here are details:

Chesterfield County Public Schools offers a limited number of prekindergarten spots to provide school-readiness skills to eligible children with the greatest need. Prekindergarten is offered in 19 elementary schools: Bellwood, Bensley, Beulah, Chalkley, Marguerite Christian, Crenshaw, Crestwood, Davis, Ecoff, Ettrick, Falling Creek, Harrowgate, Hening, Hopkins, Jacobs, Providence, Reams Road, Salem Church and Elizabeth Scott.

Children who will be 4 by Sept. 30, who show an educational need, who meet income requirements and who live in the school attendance zone should apply for prekindergarten. There are no exceptions to age and residency requirements. If you are unsure which school zone you live in, call 318-8743 or go online to, go to the parents section, then click “find my school.”

Chesterfield elementary students to participate in tennis play day event at JRHS


The Richmond Tennis Association and the United States Tennis Association have partnered with Chesterfield County Public Schools to bring tennis to Chesterfield Students at seventeen Chesterfield County elementary schools have been having a ball learning to play tennis in PE class and in after-school programming.

On Saturday, April 18th from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm at James River High School, more than 130 4th and 5th grade students will have a chance to demonstrate their tennis skills and sportsmanship at the first annual Chesterfield Junior Cup play day event.

Modeled after Lobs and Lessons’ Young Aces Open held annually at the Mary & Frances Youth Center for Richmond City Public Schools, four girls and four boys from each participating school will play short, mixed doubles matches on mini courts using smaller racquets and nets, and low-compression balls.

Changing starting times for Chesterfield County Public Schools




The Chesterfield County School Board continues to review options for changing school starting times. This mesage will allow parents and staff members the opportunity to learn more about the conversation that will continue throughout 2015 and provide clarity regarding opportunities to provide input during this ongoing process.


As part of the school division’s efforts to provide a nurturing learning environment, a Wellness Council identified strategies to develop healthier lifestyles, increase student engagement and improve student achievement. The Wellness Council recommended high schools start no earlier than 8 a.m.

That recommendation aligned with 2014 American Academy of Pediatrics research that noted children who don’t get enough sleep often suffer physical and mental health problems, an increased risk of automobile crashes and a decline in academic performance. The group stated that starting times for middle and high schools should be 8:30 a.m. or later. The group’s recommendations are included in this presentation.

Citizen’s Fire Academy begins in April

Chesterfield County Fire and EMT

The Chesterfield County Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services will be hosting its Citizen’s Fire Academy beginning on April 20.

The Citizen’s Academy gives the student a unique insight into what it is like to be a firefighter with Chesterfield Fire and EMS. The class meets on the following days from 6 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.: April 20, 27, May 11, 18, June 1, 8; Saturday May 2 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Each session will provide you with how your fire department operates and how you can become a citizen firefighter.

Sessions include:

  • The history of the fire service and fire prevention
  • Fire science and fire dynamics
  • Fire Station Tour
  • CFEMS Special Operations including dive and technical rescue
  • Portable fire extinguisher training
  • EMS Operations of the department and CPR training
  • Live demonstrations and hands on evolutions
  • Emergency Communications Center tour

Space is limited to 30 students. To register or for more information call 748-1426.


Medication take-back set for March 25

Take Back drugs

The Chesterfield County Police Department, in partnership with SAFE, Chesterfield’s substance abuse prevention coalition, will help residents safely dispose of expired and unneeded medications on Wednesday, March 25.

The Chesterfield County Police department will host a Medication Take-Back on March 25 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Clover Hill Police Support Facility, located at 2730 Hicks Road.

Police and volunteers will be on hand to collect unused or expired prescription, over-the-counter and veterinary medications. Residents should leave medications in their original containers. Needles, syringes and other “sharps” will not be accepted.

Turning in expired and unused medications helps prevent medication abuse and protect the environment.

Event focuses on resources for students with disabilities


Middle and high school students with disabilities — and their parents and teachers — can gather information, ask questions and make connections during a Transition Resource Fair organized by Chesterfield County Public Schools.

The free event is scheduled 4:30-7 p.m. April 1 at the Career and Technical Center @ Hull, 13900 Hull Street Road. Here are some of the organizations and agencies that will provide information at the Transition Resource Fair:

School-based businesses operated by students with disabilities will also participate and will sell their products at the April 1 fair:

Did you know that you can check out eBooks from the CCPL


Read a book anywhere, anytime for free by using CCPL’s online digital library service.

CCPL offers digital library services through Overdrive, Tumblebooks, Freading and One-Click.

  • You must have a library card in good standing to borrow digital materials (eBooks, eAudiobooks and digital videos).  Your card is in good standing if it is not expired* or you owe less than $10.00 on your account. Your account expiration date is located under your name in the center of your My Record page.
  • You can check your account from the login page. You can also create a PIN or reset your PIN on this page.
  • Need additional information? Contact a staff member at any location.

*Does not apply to Tumblebooks.

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