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Time To Re-Register Your Student

Please help us by completing your back-to-school forms now!

While school will start online, we still need you to re-register your child to give us up-to-date contact information, permissions, and more.

Para leer este sitio web en español, indica “Translate” (traducir) en la parte por encima de la página y escoja Spanish.

PowerSchool logoBack-to-School Forms:

Back-to-school forms have been posted to PowerSchool (select the child you want to update first, then click “Re-Registration” at left to start the re-registration form for your child). Please fill out one re-registration per child as soon as possible.

A few tips:

  • Note that the PowerSchool web address has changed! https://ccssis.powerschool.com/public
  • PowerSchool may ask you to reset your password.
  • Need login help? Call your school.
  • Los formularios se pueden cambiar al español. ¿Necesitas ayuda en español? Llame al 434-245-2548.
  • Kindergarteners and other new students do not need to be re-registered.

Problems?

  • The app is great, but it doesn’t work for this purpose. Log in here: https://ccssis.powerschool.com/public
  • If you don’t see “Re-registration:”
    • You may be logged in as your student. You need to log in as an adult. Call your school for help.
    • On your phone, look for a small triangle near the top of the screen — if you click it, a menu will appear.
  • Follow all the formatting models the form offers. For instance, if they say, mm-dd-yyyy, use dashes.
  • Need help? Call your school, 245-2962, or 245-2943.

Free and Reduced Lunch Application

Need a school supply list? Click here.

Looking for teacher assignments or class schedules? They’ll be posted to PowerSchool later  in August.

graphic "Return to Learn" first quarter plan 2020-21

Return to Learn plan provides details for back-to-school virtual learning

The 2020-21 school year begins on September 8, 2020 with virtual learning for the first nine weeks. This page is designed to help you and your student(s) get ready and stay tuned.

graphic-page header-Return to Learn plan, 2020-21

Getting Ready!

You can find the latest back-to-school information right here on this page. You can also find your child’s teacher assignments and schedules as soon as they are posted by logging into PowerSchool. Need login help? Call your school.

illustration of translation (different characters)Translation Traducción ترجمة Tafsiri अनुवाद ترجمه

Schools want to connect with families. Translators and interpreters are available. Our web site can be translated with Google. Call or email your school for help.

Si tiene preguntas acerca de las escuelas de Charlottesville, llame a nuestra línea telefónica en español al 434-245-2548. Un profesor de español le devolverá la llamada.

Back-to-school checklist. Click this image to open an OCR PDF of the checlist.
Click the checklist image to show the checklist as a printable pdf.

Illustration of handshakeCome Meet Your Teachers!

From August 24 – September 4, schools will hold Meet and Greets or other events to help teachers and families to connect, problem-solve, and prepare for the year. This is a good time to discuss your family’s particular needs, whether related to learning, social/emotional matters, technology, meals, or more. Your school will reach out with details.

Illustration of lightbulb with heart insideLearning This Fall

We may be online, but school is in! Please prepare now to have a suitable workspace in your home or at another location for your child to learn. You can find school supply lists here.

Unlike the emergency learning this spring, this fall we will follow more traditional models of attendance, classroom participation and assignment completion, behavioral expectations, and grading. If you need help this year — with Canvas, with a curriculum question, with tech support, with internet access for your student — contact your teacher or your school as soon as possible. Schedules are subject to change throughout the quarter.

More Information about Learning, From Canvas to Grades to Office Hours

Canvas, our Online Classroom

All students — and parents/guardians — will have access to Canvas, our online learning system. We’ll also rely on Zoom and many of the same Google tools we have used for many years. Learning will be a combination of synchronous and asynchronous activities. Synchronous learning is live, teacher-guided instruction, such as Zoom video meetings with the whole class or small groups. Asynchronous learning occurs without real-time interaction with the teacher, such as a student working on an assignment.

Table showing school hours. Information is as follows: Elementaries: Monday-Thursday: 9:30am-3pm Friday: 9:30am-12:30pm Walker: Monday-Thursday: 9am-4pm Friday:9am-12pm Buford: Monday-Thursday: 8:30am-3:30pm Friday: 8:30am-11:30am CHS: Monday-Thursday: 9am-4pm Friday: 9am-12pm LMA: Monday-Thursday: 9:30am-3:30pm Friday: 9:30am-12:30pmSchool Hours

School hours are posted here. Students will engage in a mix of live (synchronous) and independent (asynchronous) work during school hours. To know more about your child’s daily schedule, please attend a Meet and Greet or check in with your school or teacher.

Attendance

As in a regular school year, Virginia requires daily student attendance even in an online or remote setting. Students will be expected to attend each day, and attendance will be taken. You can find details about attendance from our learning plan here.  Just as before, please report absences by emailing or calling the school office. Please check with your teacher about making up missed instruction and assignments.

Zoom logoParticipation

Students are expected to participate in Zoom lessons following the school’s schedule.
If students miss a live session, there may be videos or other learning materials to review.

Students are expected to respond to all prompts to learn and engage during instruction.
For asynchronous instruction, students will log in to Canvas and complete the self-guided tasks and assignments.

G Suite logoExpectations

Students will be expected to collaborate on projects and assignments using Canvas, Zoom, and Google tools.

The Code of Student Conduct is still in effect. Teachers can record class sessions following the schools’ policies for using images and recordings for official educational or promotional purposes. No personal use of video/photos is allowed without additional permission.

Students are expected to follow expectations for appropriate language and interaction when interacting through Canvas, Zoom, Google tools, or other programs. Media specialists and teachers will provide students with digital citizenship guidelines (appropriate behavior and expectations in the virtual environment).
All students should follow the “Acceptable Use of Technology” policy.

PowerSchool logoGrades and Assessments

Student work will be graded and teachers will provide regular feedback.
Grades will be available through both Canvas and PowerSchool.
Our emphasis will be on mastering the content.

We will continue to follow state/federal guidelines and at this point will be offering SOL tests this spring along with other assessment tools such as MAP tests.

Office Hours for Teachers

Students and families can schedule an appointment for help or conferencing by emailing their teacher or using the Remind app.

Consider setting up an appointment when your students:

  • miss live class sections,
  • have missing assignments,
  • have scored below mastery on more than one assessment, and/or
  • have questions about the content, their wellbeing, technology, or more.

Learning Plans for Second Quarter and Beyond?

The School Board will be revisiting our learning plan quarter by quarter with a goal of giving families and schools adequate time to respond to any changes. To determine readiness to return to on-campus learning, we must consider external conditions, including local and state health orders and guidance, as well as internal conditions, including facilities preparations, screening and safety protocols, staffing availability, and program readiness.

We have convened a Covid-19 Advisory Committee to help us plan a safe return to in-person instruction. To start their conversation, they are reviewing and responding to a draft plan. Find more here.

Learning Plans for Second Quarter and Beyond?

The School Board will be revisiting our learning plan quarter by quarter with a goal of giving families and schools adequate time to respond to any changes. To determine readiness to return to on-campus learning, we must consider external conditions, including local and state health orders and guidance, as well as internal conditions, including facilities preparations, screening and safety protocols, staffing availability, and program readiness.

We have convened a Covid-19 Advisory Committee to help us plan a safe return to in-person instruction. To start their conversation, they are reviewing and responding to a draft plan. Find more here.

Illustration of lunch tray with foodMeals

This fall, we will continue our meal delivery program for students.  Update: the federal government has extended the summer meal plan, so all children through age 18/CHS are eligible for free meals. Deliveries will be Monday through Friday from 11:30-12:30. Or call 434-245-2830.

illustration of laptopTechnology

Schools will provide chromebooks or other devices to students who wish to use a school-issued device. If families use their own devices, we can provide log-in instructions for seamless use. Younger students may receive an ipad or other device. We can help you find a solution for accessing the internet — reach out to your teacher or principal.

illustration of heart and handNeed counseling or community?

Our teachers will be providing regular instruction in social-emotional learning and will work to build a strong classroom community. In addition, Student Services staff has counselors, social workers, student support liaisons, and psychologists available to meet the needs of students and families. Please contact your counselor by calling your school.

Need immediate counseling? If this is an emergency, call 911. Otherwise, you can call Region Ten at any time at 434-972-1800 or 1-866-694-1605 for help or more information.

Illustration of cell phoneStaying in Touch

There are many ways to stay connected, from our new Remind School Communication app to the plain-old email.

Ways to Stay Connected

School direcetory -- click image for printable, OCR PDF
Click image to see printable PDF.
  • Call or email your school (see our printable chart).
  • Check our web site: charlottesvilleschools.org.
  • Follow us on social media for Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.
  • Use the Remind app for a text-like way to get classroom updates and an easy way to text or talk with your teachers. Remind is already in place for some teachers and will be coming soon for all.
  • Create a Canvas log-in to see your children’s online “classrooms,” assignments, grades, and more.
  • Log into PowerSchool to do re-registration forms, see grades/schedules, and check attendance.
    • While you’re in PowerSchool, you can edit how you hear from your principal or the school division through School Messenger (robocalls, emails, texts).
  • Subscribe to our Google calendar. Go to charlottesvilleschools.org/calendar.

Illustration of phone and envelopeNew phone? Change of address?

If you haven’t done your returning student’s re-registration, then please log in to PowerSchool and update this information. If your information changes, please call your school to update your phone, email, or address.

Illustration of employee helping a familyDoes your student or family have specific needs? We want to help.

We’ve always known that our students are unique people with unique needs, and now more than ever, we want to partner with families.

Here are just a few situations where families may need extra support:

We have staff, resources, and procedures to help. Please let us know about your situation and needs — you can start with the trusted staff member of your choice to begin the conversation.

illustration of buildings or townCommunity Partnerships

We value our community partners now more than ever. During this closure, some — such as the Boys and Girls Club and the YMCA, — are using school facilities to offer spaces where students can safely learn. For more information, please visit charltotesvilleschools.org/partnerships.

How Can You Help?

The PTOs of Charlottesville City Schools have launched a CCS Reopening Fund  in partnership with the Charlottesville Area Community Fund. They seek to quickly raise money to help our schools address inequities exacerbated by COVID-19. Please support and spread the word! Their web site is https://www.ccsptofund.org. Thanks to our PTOs for this generous support!

Learn More about the CCS Reopening Fund

illustration of calendarCalendar

Need a copy of the calendar? You can subscribe to our Google Academic calendar (or school or other calendars). Want to see or print a one-pager? And most importantly, will you get your printed calendar with student art? Yes, probably during the first week of school.

Teams/Clubs

CHS will offer athletic competition following VHSL guidelines. Competition is likely to begin in December. Some clubs may also be available either virtually or in person following safety guidelines. Visit gocville.org or call 434-245-2699.

Illustration of facemaskHow to Visit Your School

Many tasks can be handled with a phone call, email, or a message in the Remind app. If you need to visit your school, please make sure you are symptom-free and wearing a mask over your face and nose. While offices will generally be open during the hours of 8am-4pm, please call ahead.

Illustration of four stick figures in circleWant to get informed or involved? Three suggestions:

    • Connect with your school’s PTO — they’re meeting, even if it’s on Zoom. Visit your school web page for details.
    • Follow School Board meetings on the first Thursday of the month at 5pm. Watch on @CvilleSchools Facebook or sign up to speak. For official reminders and notifications, sign up here.
    • Have a special passion? You can follow or join our advisory committees in areas such as  equity, gifted education, school health, and special education.

illustration of arrow pointing upAdult Education

We believe in lifelong learning! Several community resources can help you, from career skills to English lessons.

Guiding Principles

It feels like so much has changed — from our schools to our daily routines. But we keep our eyes on our strategic plan and equity goals, and we remain committed to using equity as our lens for decision-making and problem-solving.

Illustration of volunteering timeVolunteers

During our time of virtual instruction, it is our top priority to keep students safe, and an online-only environment presents unique challenges. We will not be connecting students with tutors or other volunteers who are not employed by the schools. If parents choose to find a volunteer or paid tutor for 1:1 support, we suggest that the parents supervise these sessions.

Illustration of question markMore Questions?

We’ve tried to keep this overview brief and relevant to this moment, but you can always reach out to your school for more details. Our web site also contains much more, from our school policies to student privacy protections to parental responsibilities, just to name three. Other examples include graduation requirements, school budget information, and Virginia’s health insurance for students. To easily find the notifications that we are required to post, visit charlottesvilleschools.org/notifications.

photo of pencils, notebooks

Back-to-School Supplies Lists for 2020-21

School-Supply-Lists2School starts September 8.  Now is a great time to get your school supplies!

Below are this year’s CCS school supplies lists.  Copies of these lists are available at area stores. If you have any questions, please call your school.

  • For assistance with school supplies, any fees, or other needs, please contact your school principal or counselor.

School Supply Lists for the 2020-21 School Year:


Registration for free supplies from the Back-to-School Bash partnership is now closed. If you registered, you’ll receive information about how to pick up your supplies.

graphic with logo of CHS yearbook

Yearbook pickup will be 8/6

A message from The Chain yearbook staff:

This just in! Our 2020 yearbooks have arrived and we are SO EXCITED for you to see the finished product!

The yearbook adviser, Ms. Hannah Helm, will be at the front of Charlottesville High School on Thursday, August 6th, from 8 am-4 pm so that you can come and pick up your book!

If you have not purchased your book but you have reserved a copy, please plan to bring the exact amount in cash or a check made out to Charlottesville High School with The Chain written in the memo.

If August 6th does not work with your schedule, please email Ms. Helm at helmh1@charlottesvilleschools.org for an alternative to pick up your copy of the book. Please note:  due to social distancing and the circumstances, it may not be possible to get your book right away if August 6th does not work.

COVID-19 Precautions:  During distribution, Ms. Helm will be wearing a mask and will have hand sanitizer available.

We cannot wait to share this project with you! Thank you for your support of our program!

The Chain

members of Girls Excelling in Math team pose with tower they created.

GEM team finishes third in area math competition

members of Girls Excelling in Math team pose with tower they created.Congratulations to our Girls Excelling in Math team (GEM) for their third place finish in the hands-on challenge in the annual competition held each spring at The Village School.

Led by coach Liz Petry, the team had to work together to build the tallest, free-standing tower out of recyclable materials that could hold up to six eggs. In addition to the hands-on challenge, there was a team paper-pencil math challenge and an individual paper-pencil challenge.

Way to go Riley, Cici, Ellie, Alex, Ruby, Noura, callie, Eleanor, and Charlotte!

Title Screen "Greenbrier Moving Up Ceremony

Congratulations fourth graders!

Greenbrier celebrated our fourth graders with the annual 4th Grade Moving Up Ceremony on June 5, 2020.

This year’s virtual ceremony featured members of our fourth grade class that will be moving on to fifth grade as well as congratulatory messages and well-wishes from administrators, teachers and staff.

Congratulations, students!

Senior photo at CHS victory lap

May 2020 News & Highlights

 

A Word from Superintendent Dr. Rosa Atkins 

Two CHS graduates from the Class of 2019!Dear staff, family, and community:

It’s official — Charlottesville High School’s “Victory Lap” was triumphant! The drive-through graduation event featured several CHS-related selfie stations (including a mural painted by CHS teacher Nathan Alexander) and a Black Knights spirit station. And it concluded with the graduates walking across the stage with their name read aloud as families watched from the car and nearby teachers and staff cheered. Cars were decorated. Balloons were filled. Cowbells were rung. And, yes, tears were shed.

You can find lovely pictures on our social media channels. You can also see it for yourself when our graduation video premieres on June 4 at 7pm (the original time for graduation) on our Facebook page or on Charlottesville’s Channel 14. Thanks to Lori Shinseki (parent of Jack Heaphy ’20) for volunteering her talents on our grad video!

And special thanks to Dr. Irizarry and his admin team, the CHS graduation team, the CHS staff at large, and several division leaders, who helped bring the Victory Lap to life. Many parents and grads said they felt the love and connection — no virus can stop that. Congrats, Class of 2020!

Dr. Rosa Atkins

Collage of graduates at CHS Victor Lap drive-through event

More views of the Victory Lap event at CHS on May 14-15 to celebrate the Class of 2020. From social media to yard signs to this event and our upcoming grad video, we invite you to help us celebrate these students! Find details here.

NEW LEARNING: BUFORD CIVICS CLASSES CONNECT WITH ELECTED OFFICIALS
Del. Sally Hudson meeting with Buford students onlineLearning has changed this spring. We know there are losses, but we celebrate the gains as well, such as Buford Civic teacher Matt Resnick and his colleagues hosting class forums with politicians such as Virginia’s Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax, U.S. Rep. Denver Riggleman, and VA Del. Sally Hudson. Thanks to these teachers and others for finding new and creative ways to make learning connections!

UPDATES ABOUT SUMMER SCHOOL AND FALL
illustration of sun and leaves with words "summer school/fall learning"CHS has posted information about online summer offerings in Health, PE, and Economics and Personal Finance. In addition, all schools will be offering continuing learning opportunities for selected students who have not yet been able to complete the core curriculum. And for the first time, some elementary students will take part in a free virtual “Freedom School” co-hosted by UVa’s Curry School as part of the acclaimed Freedom School program.

For the fall, our planning committees are now working on three scenarios: (1) face-to-face instruction, (2) a hybrid of face-to-face and distance learning, and (3) distance learning. The state is also developing guidelines for schools, and we are receiving health department guidance as well. Thanks for your patience — we’ll keep you posted. Regardless, it’s not too early to register your new student or re-register your returning student (see below).

TEACHER APPRECIATION: THANKS FOR SHOWING THE LOVE
Ms. Kumar, Greenbrier's Golden Apple Winner for 2020During Teacher Appreciation Week, we asked you to shower our staff with love, and you really delivered! On social media we posted 100+ shoutouts that included photos and words of appreciation from students, parents, and colleagues. Some PTOs and students also created chalk art, painted murals, or developed videos. And finally, thanks also for your nominations for our amazing Golden Apple award-winners (and thanks to Better Living for their continued support). This year’s winners are:  Lisa Johnson Black (Hospital Ed), Kelsey Cary (Lugo-McGinnis), Mary Caitlyn Cordone (Clark), Matthew Deegan (CHS), Kavita Kumar (Greenbrier), Calder McLellan (Venable), Matt Richardson (CATEC), Kathryn Salem (Jackson-Via), Brandy Walker (Buford), Lisa Wallace (Burnley-Moran), Cianna Washburg (Walker), and Lindsay Wayland (Johnson). Congrats to these amazing teachers!

MEAL DELIVERY AND A NEW STATE BENEFIT FOR FAMILIES
Sandi Vasquez preparing mealsContinued thanks to our nutrition staff for delivering more than 7,000 meals a week to students, and thanks also to Cultivate Charlottesville (the new nonprofit home of City Schoolyard Garden) for leading the Memorial Day meal delivery to give our staff a break. You can still volunteer to help our staff with deliveries. One important update is that the state has created the Pandemic-EBT card to assist families who rely on free/reduced meals. If your child already receives free/reduced meals, you do not need to do anything to receive this benefit. But if your child does not receive free/reduced meals, you can still apply for free/reduced meals to qualify for the new benefit.

STAYING CONNECTED: AN UPDATE
Computer showing student avatars in online meetingIn the midst of this pandemic, we have been staying connected with our families via tools such as learning books, See Saw, Canvas, social media, email, Google Meet, phone calls, and more. We have been able to connect with every single Charlottesville Schools family. For every known need, we have been able to supply a Chromebook and a WiFi hotspot. Thanks to all the teachers, counselors, principals, social workers, IT staff and more who have made this possible — and thanks for our families who are doing their part to stay connected, as well. The last day of school is June 5.

KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION AND RE-REGISTERING FOR THE FALL
Staff and K student hug at Greenbrier's kindergarten camp 2019While our kindergarten open house is still on hold, our new student online forms are open. To orient students to their new schools, many of our schools– including Buford — are posting welcome videos. Families of returning students (including our preK students) can also complete re-registration forms by logging into PowerSchool and clicking “Re-Registration” at the left, (Repeat this process for each child.) Need help logging into PowerSchool or adding a child to your account? Call your school.

SCHOOL BOARD NOTES
Cville Schools official logoIn May, the School Board again met virtually as a response to the closure. As we reported in a previous community email, the most important topic was adjusting the 2020-21 budget in light of the financial impact of the pandemic. All staff members whose role was impacted by cuts have been placed in new positions at Charlottesville Schools. Find more School Board information, including agendas, minutes, and livestream video. The next meeting will be held June 11, also virtually. Tune in on Facebook at @CvilleSchools.

UPCOMING EVENTS AND IMPORTANT LINKS
illustration of calendarOngoing: Preschool applications. Find info online.
Ongoing: Online registration for kindergarten See details. Also, re-registration for returning students is now open. Log into PowerSchool and click Re-Registration at left.
6/4 CHS Virtual Graduation, 7pm. Watch on Facebook or Channel 14.
6/5 Last day of school
6/11 
School Board Meeting (virtual), 5pm

Key Links: Coronavirus Closure landing page ♦ Food/ Volunteering Information ♦ Learning/ Family Resources ♦ Learning FAQ 

More Looks at Cville Schools

Art for Hospice of the Piedmont by Camila, grade 3

Our art teachers continue to find meaningful ways to connect with their students — and to connect their students to the community.  A partnership with Hospice of the Piedmont supplies life-affirming student art for families facing challenges during this pandemic.  See NBC29’s coverage here.

CHS student Meg Gist and teacher Matt Deegan shaving their heads to benefit children with cancer

Two CHS projects are helping others. Student Meg Gist and teacher Matt Deegan shaved their heads to benefit children with cancer. And teacher Peter Davis is continuing his urban gardening students’ work from earlier this year by tending the CHS garden and sharing the produce with those in need.

Teachers exercising together in Fit with Friends program

We have prioritized wellness during this pandemic — and we are so glad to see teachers staying fit and connected using a program for teachers. For families, our gym teachers have been sharing physical wellness tips, and our learning page includes mental wellness resources for the family.

Find more info and events on on our website, social media, or our Google calendars!

Find us on the web at charlottesvilleschools.org