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January 2023 News & Highlights

 

New Names for Clark and Venable; Share Your Thoughts about Burnley-Moran and Johnson

Last week, the Board voted to rename Clark and Venable to reflect our community’s values. Clark  will be Summit Elementary School, and Venable will be Trailblazers Elementary School. These final decisions cap a review process that began in the summer of 2020. Thanks to so many of you for your thoughtful input.

The name Summit Elementary refers to the school’s mountain views; it is also meant to encourage students to both reach new heights and consider themselves “a gathering of leaders,” touching on three meanings of the word summit. The name Clark was for Gen. George Rogers Clark, a Revolutionary War officer who also enslaved people and led in the genocide against Native Americans.

The name Trailblazers Elementary honors the Charlottesville 12, the students who first desegregated Venable Elementary and Lane High School, as well as their parents and other early desegregation trailblazers in Charlottesville Schools. The name is also an invitation to current students to continue blazing new trails today. The name Venable was for Col. Charles S. Venable, a member of the Confederate Army and math professor at the University of Virginia who perpetuated damaging myths about slavery throughout his life.

The earliest implementation date would be August 2023, but if there are decisions about additional schools’ name changes this spring, the division may make all name changes at once, perhaps in August 2024.

Burnley-Moran and Johnson school names survey now openSurvey Open for Burnley-Moran and Johnson
The Naming of Facilities Committee will now turn its attention to Burnley-Moran and Johnson Elementaries. A community survey on these two schools’ names opens today, and a Zoom forum will be held on Thursday, January 26 at 7pm. You are invited to share your voice on the survey and in the forum.

Our website contains more information about Clark, Venable, and the name-review process.

Welcome Hollan Zahara Gurley

Congratulations to Our Superintendent! The Gurleys became a party of three when they welcomed their baby daughter, Hollan, into the world last week. Dr. Gurley writes: “She is perfect! I can’t wait for her to meet her Cville Schools family!”

Reminder:REMINDER: NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS NEXT TWO MONDAYS
All schools and offices will be closed this Monday, January 16, in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. There will also be no school for students on Monday, January 23 due to a Teacher Workday. Click here to subscribe to our Google Calendar.

Cropped Revised 23-24 Academic Calendar See link in newsletter to access PDFAPPROVED ACADEMIC CALENDAR FOR 2023-24; STAY TUNED FOR 2024-25
At its January meeting, the School Board approved the 2023-24 Academic Calendar, which is similar to previous years’ calendars. As a reminder, the calendar committee will reconvene in the spring to consider possible changes such as a week off at Thanksgiving or an earlier start in August for the 2024-25 calendar.

Illustration of World Map with "History"UPCOMING STATE DECISION ABOUT K-12 HISTORY CURRICULUM
After several months of controversy, the state’s Board of Education is set to consider Virginia’s K-12 history standards. In the fall, conservative members of the BOE disrupted the usual approval process, and the Youngkin administration brought forward an alternate set of learning standards. After a public outcry about these alternative standards, the BOE requested to see these standards merged with those originally submitted by a committee of teachers, history, professionals, and families. Currently, both professional historians and the Virginia Department of Education have separately submitted merged standards for the BOE’s consideration. The BOE’s next meeting will be on February 2. You can learn more on our website, including ways to share your voice.

Family University LogoFAMILY UNIVERSITY TOMORROW: WINTER STUDENT TESTING & USING DATA TO HELP YOUR CHILD 
Students in grades 3-8 will be taking Virginia’s Reading and Mathematics Growth assessments from Jan. 24-Feb. 10. Later this spring, students will take the state’s SOL tests. Have questions about these state tests? Want to use this data to better understand and support your child’s growth? Join Family University tomorrow (Thursday, January 12) from 5:30-6:30. Register for the Zoom meeting here.

Thank You, Principals graphicVIRGINIA SCHOOL PRINCIPALS WEEK, JANUARY 15-21
Our principals work hard for our students, staff, and community. Take a minute and show your appreciation during Virginia School Principals Week, January 15-21. Consider something like a note, a tweet, or a cup of coffee. And while we’re celebrating our principals: Johnson Principal Summer Thompson was featured in the Daily Progress’s annual “Distinguished Dozen” profiles in December, along with Burnley-Moran Crossing Guard Kevin Cox!

 

Governor's Scorecard logoSIX SCHOOLS WIN STATE SCORECARD AWARD FOR WELLNESS
Six of our schools earned state recognition in the area of nutrition and physical activity. Jackson-Via and Johnson received a silver award, and Buford, CHS, Venable, and Walker earned bronze. Thanks to our school and division-level wellness and school health committees! Learn more about our wellness policy and programs here. Or find more about the scorecard award here.

 

New Opportunities CompassTWO PAID OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDENTS AND PARENTS/GUARDIANS
The community is offering two great opportunities for students and families:

— Students aged 14-18 can apply for paid spring internships through the City’s CAYIP program. Learn more and apply here by this Friday to gain valuable work experience! (The program is also offered in the summer.)

— CCS parents/guardians who meet income guidelines can apply for City of Promise’s Dreambuilders program. This learning program offers a $1,500 grant for parents as they reach self-sufficiency and educational goals for their family. Application deadline is Jan. 15. Apply here.

Fruits in Grocery BagAWARD FROM GIANT SUPPORTS NUTRITION PROGRAMS
Thank you, Giant Food and Giant customers, for the Nourishing Our Youth Round Up Program award of $26,413! These funds, from Giant customers rounding up their grocery purchase to the nearest dollar, have enabled us to provide fresh fruit to the food pantry at Buford, continue a fresh fruit and vegetable program at Johnson, provide the football team with a before-game meal, and pay off student meal debt (which would otherwise be paid for by the school division).

School Board UpdatesSCHOOL BOARD UPDATES: NEW LEADERSHIP, BUDGET UPDATES, AND MINI-MINUTES
At its January meeting, the Board elected a new chair and vice chair, Mr. James Bryant and Mr. Dom Morse, respectively. In addition to both being educators, Mr. Bryant and Mr. Morse are also alumni of Charlottesville Schools. We also recognize Lisa Larson-Torres, previous School Board Chair, for her leadership and tireless commitment to our division.

Other updates from the Board meeting include: approval of the 2023-24 Program of Studies (course offerings), budget updates from the Governor’s tentative budget, and discussion of a new state-required policy requiring that parents/guardians be notified when sexually explicit materials are being used for instructional purposes. Learn more about the Board meeting by reading the January Mini-Minutes.

Find the full calendar of budget meetings and input opportunities here. Interested in future meetings? Next meeting is February 2. Sign up to receive notices of School Board meetings.

Nominate a Great Teacher for Golden AppleGOLDEN APPLE AWARD NOMINATIONS DUE 1/23!
In addition to the Teacher of the Year Awards (scroll down to see winners below!), our division participations in the the Golden Apple Awards of Charlottesville-Albemarle. Sponsored by Better Living Building Supplies and Cabinetry, these awards honor outstanding educators who have demonstrated excellence in teaching and community involvement. Nominate a teacher now – the deadline is January 23.

More Looks at Cville Schools

CHS and Buford Principals at House of Cuts Saying Thank You

Free Cuts for the Kids: Thank you to our community for coming together to offer free barber shop cuts to Buford and CHS students at House of Cuts (on the UVA Corner, 103 14th St. NW), in partnership with 100 Black Men of Central Virginia. Walk-ins welcome or book an appointment www.houseofcutsbarberstudio.com. Questions? Email fairleyd@charlottesville.gov. Links to donate a haircut: CHS | Buford.

Teachers of the Year

Celebrating Outstanding Educators: Congratulations to the Charlottesville City Schools Teachers of the Year: Joan Evans (Burnley-Moran); Caitlin Natale (Clark); Sarah Scavone (Greenbrier); Heather Grunden (Jackson-Via); Kristi Hartwell (Johnson); Sharlene Abney Chang (Venable); Amy Wissekerke (Walker); Patricia Luke (Buford); Pam Brown (CHS); and Samantha Woodall (LMA). At the School Board Meeting, Ms. Chang was named the division Teacher of the Year, moving on to the regional competition.

Exploring Virginia

Learn Local: Our curriculum includes many ways for students to develop a strong sense of place. Here are Johnson second graders this week working together to build a model of our state’s geographical regions and landmarks. 

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

Find us on the web at charlottesvilleschools.org

Announcing New Names for Clark and Venable

January 6, 2023

Dear Clark and Venable Staff, Students, and Families: 

Last night at the School Board meeting, the Board voted to rename both schools to reflect our community’s values.

The Board voted to change the name of Clark Elementary School to Summit Elementary School, and Venable Elementary School to Trailblazers Elementary School. These final decisions cap a review process that began in the summer of 2020.  Thanks to so many of you for your thoughtful input. A timeline for making the changes has not been finalized, but we know that the names will not be changed until at least August 2023. 

The name Summit Elementary refers to the school’s mountain views; it is also meant to encourage students to both reach new heights and consider themselves “a gathering of leaders,” touching on three meanings of the word summit. The name Clark was for Gen. George Rogers Clark, a Revolutionary War leader who also enslaved people and led in the genocide against Native Americans. 

The name Trailblazers Elementary honors the Charlottesville 12, the students who first desegregated Venable Elementary and Lane High School, as well as their parents and other early desegregation trailblazers in Charlottesville Schools. The name is also an invitation to current students to continue blazing new trails today. The name Venable was for Col. Charles S. Venable, a member of the Confederate Army and math professor at the University of Virginia who perpetuated damaging myths about slavery throughout his life.

We will keep in touch about when we will officially make the changes. The earliest date would be August 2023, but if there are decisions about additional schools’ name changes this spring, the division may make all name changes at once, perhaps in August 2024.

Division leaders will work closely with school leaders to make these changes as smooth as possible.

The Naming of Facilities Committee will now turn its attention to Burnley-Moran and Johnson Elementaries. Your opinions on those two schools will be welcomed; stay tuned for a survey and community forum.

For more information about Clark, Venable, and the process itself, please visit: http://charlottesvilleschools.org/school-names/

Transportation Archive 2022-23 School Year

We are facing a significant shortage of school bus drivers as we begin the 2022-23 school year. While the City continues to recruit bus drivers, it is time for us to try new strategies such as:

  • Supporting walking in expanded walk zones
  • Encouraging use of public transportation
  • Collaborating with community partners to support biking
  • Adding mini school buses (hopefully electric)

Our old transportation model is not going to work for this fall or the future, and we are committed to working together to find solutions. We particularly want to minimize the equity impact of these changes. We have spent the summer in conversation with families, community partners and the City of Charlottesville. We look forward to continuing to build on ideas that make our schools and city safer, healthier, and more environmentally friendly.

Frequently Asked Questions (August 2, 2022)

Why Are the Walk Zones Expanded?

Read below for our June 2022 update. Briefly, the bus driver shortage will not be fixed by better advertising, pay, benefits, or bonuses (the City has tried). The City needs 40 school bus drivers but expects to have 8. Apply for the position here!

Illustration of bikers and walkers against blue squareWhat Are the New Walk Zones?

The revised walk zones are about 0.75 miles for elementary schools (about 20 minutes), and 1.25 miles for Walker, Buford, and CHS (about 30 minutes). These distances are on the lower range of schools across the region and country, and these expanded walking (or “family responsibility”) zones are an important part of addressing the bus driver shortage. In some cases we have rounded up to get to the end of a cul-de-sac or natural neighborhood boundary. In a few cases with CHS students, we have extended the walk zone as high as 1.6 miles if the path is very walkable. We have stayed within or close to our projected time estimates for the walk.

If you have questions about why you are in a walk zone or don’t believe your child’s route is safe and can’t find a safe alternative, please contact walkzones@charlottesvilleschools.org or call 434-245-2400.

Are There Any Limits or Exclusions to the Walk Zones for Safety?

To ensure safety, we’ll provide bus eligibility in situations where walking infrastructure isn’t adequate (such as railroad tracks). The City is working now to address some of these issues – click here for a list of confirmed projects (updated weekly).

In a few cases, even if the route is not pedestrian-friendly,  we have not given the student bus eligibility because we are asking the family to take responsibility for finding a safe way to transport their child for a short distance. In these rare situations, the home is very close to the school or the less-safe area of the route is very close to the child’s home.

There will also be exemptions for specific students for special needs such as documented medical conditions.

If you have questions about why you are in a walk zone or don’t believe your child’s route is safe and can’t find a safe alternative, please contact walkzones@charlottesvilleschools.org or call 434-245-2400.

 

I Didn’t Get a Notification about Whether My Child is in the Walk Zone or Bus Zone. What do I do?

Please call your school.

Are There Recommended Walking Paths? Where Will Crossing Guards Be?

We have created maps with commonly used walking routes to our elementary schools and middle school (based on distance, sidewalks, and crossing guards), but there may be other routes that your family prefers.

Click on the links below for printable PDFs of our maps (you can also browse images of maps in the slideshow below):

Please consider the following:

  • On our maps, different colored lines show commonly used routes to school. Most routes have sidewalks, but areas with low neighborhood traffic (but no sidewalk) or areas where there is a brief stretch without a sidewalk may still be considered a good route.
  • On our maps, orange stars are locations where we are planning to have a crossing guard. These include locations where we have had a guard in previous years as well as new locations identified by families, staff and community partners. We are CURRENTLY HIRING for these positions. We are hoping to add crossing guards to even more locations.
  • Some routes may include walking across parking areas, and most routes cross driveways and entrances to homes and businesses. Point these out to your student as you are practicing the route to and from school.
  • We recommend that students walk in groups and/or with at least one responsible adult, and consider visibility when choosing your route.
  • For routes traveled by many elementary students (such as between Friendship Court and Clark), we are working out details for either staffed walking groups (“walking school buses”) or additional crossing guards along the path.

Have suggestions to improve these maps? Email walkzones@charlottesvilleschools.org 

Want tips for walking safely to school? Watch Dr. Gurley’s video, guest-starring some friends from Clark Elementary:

 

Want to Find Walking Buddies or a Rainy Day Carpool?

If you are interested in connecting with other families who share much of the same recommended route, please talk to your neighbors or contact your school PTO to see if they have an app to recommend or another process for coordinating walking buddies, biking groups, or rainy day carpools for your neighborhood.

Would a Bike Make This Easier?

Contact Community Bikes at 434-260-0893 or info@cbikes.org.

When Will Bus Assignments Be Announced?

Later in August, the City will give us routing information. If you requested bus service, at that point, we will reach out to you again, letting you know this student’s bus information (if assigned to a bus) or announcing they are on the waitlist. See next section for tips on how to estimate if your child will be on the bus.

We’re in the Bus Zone. Is My Child Likely to Get a Spot on the Bus?

  • Remember to re-register your child to request bus service and tell us your level of need.
  • Remember, the bus zones are 0.75 miles for elementary and 1.25 miles for Walker, Buford, and CHS.
  • The closer you are to the school, the less likely it is that you’ll get assigned to the bus. For a rough estimate, you can use Google Maps (click directions, then the walking icon) to calculate the walking distance between your home and the school.
    • Generally speaking, the students who live furthest from the school who have expressed a need for the bus will be assigned on a priority basis.
    • Those who live closest to the school and who have not expressed a high level of need are likely to be wait-listed.

What If My Child is Not Assigned to the Bus?

Remember, even if you live in the “bus zone,” there is a possibility that your child will not be assigned to the bus when school starts on August 24:

  • Please make a plan for this student, and practice it if you intend for your child to walk, bike, use a scooter, or take a CAT (City) bus.
  • Make a back-up plan for inclement weather.
  • Talk with other families in your neighborhood and consider organizing groups to walk, bike, and/or carpool to school together – your PTO may be able to assist in this effort or recommend an app.
  • The public CAT buses might be a good option for some students.

More about CAT Routes for Older Students

Image of Charlottesville CAT Routes for City. Click on image for PDF of full map on City website.
Click on image to find full map.
  • All schools zones are served by existing CAT routes except Greenbrier:
  • CAT is free for people under 18 and has operated fare-free since the pandemic
  • Need to find your route? Use a tool like Google Maps (click directions, then the bus icon) or find out more here.
  • This is an opportunity to support the expansion and enhancement of the public  transit system while developing students as life-long public transit users

illustration of construction worker in yellow boxI Heard the City is Making Sidewalk and Intersection Improvements. What Are They?

We have been in conversation with parents, community members, and the City about intersections and sidewalks that need enhancement. The City has been supportive and has made a list of scheduled improvements (see below).  We meet with the City regularly to propose additional solutions and get status updates, and we will update this list about once a week. Thanks to the City and to community members for doing this research and advocacy!

See List of City Bike & Pedestrian Improvements

Notes about the project statuses:

  • Projects are added when the City confirms that they can undertake them
  • “Completed” means that the project is complete
  • “Scheduled Improvement” means that the work is expected to be completed within 30 to 60 days
  • “Planned” means that the City has a plan for this work, and it will be scheduled when resources and/or funding is allocated
  • “Open” means that a staff member has not been assigned to this intersection

Notice a Street or Sidewalk Issue that Needs to be Addressed?

  • Check out the list of upcoming improvements, above.
  • The MyCville app is a great way to report infrastructure concerns to City Public Works (or call 434-970-3333, option #2). Upload photos or describe areas of concern.
  • To report a “close call” of a walking or biking accident, use this form to help the City improve safety.

Will Walk Zones Shrink or Expand in the Future?

If there are issues with these walk zones, let’s work together to find solutions. We will continue to work with families and the City to make improvements. As we learn more and as the City addresses known issues, we may expand these walk zones further. Please remember, our expanded walk zones are still on the “short” side of regional and national averages.

What Other Strategies or Ideas Are Being Considered?

See below for other ideas, including mini-buses, partnership with JAUNT, and more. Have a new idea? Let us know at walkzones@charlottesvilleschools.org.

Want to Help?

Any Other Updates about Transportation?

  • Our staff has been out walking routes to school this summer with good results reported so far.
  • We have held four “talk and walk” events at key locations impacted by the expanded walk zones (Friendship Court, Hearthwood Apartments, South First Street, and Westhaven).  We’ve found good discussion and receptivity at all locations so far. Upcoming event:
  • We are finalizing locations for crossing guards and reviewing applications.
  • The City – which hires drivers and oversees school bus operations – continues to recruit and train bus drivers, but the number of available drivers has not significantly increased. Apply here!
  • The City is also in conversation with JAUNT about the possibility of sharing drivers (as is already the case with CAT drivers).

Still Have Questions?

Read below for the original information we shared with families back in June. And join us at our final meeting to discuss these changes:

 


Update from June 2022

As we look to fall 2022, our school bus challenges appear to be worse, not better. While the City will continue to recruit bus drivers, it is time for us to try new strategies such as

  • supporting walking in expanded walk zones
  • encouraging use of public transportation
  • collaborating with community partners to support biking
  • adding mini-school buses (hopefully electric)

Our old transportation model is not going to work for this fall or the future, so come help us find ways that make our schools and city safer, healthier, and more environmentally friendly. We particularly want to minimize the equity impact of these changes. Look below for the dates and details for community “Talk and Walk” sessions, or sign up to learn more or work to be part of the solution!

Want to Know More?

Attend our Work Sessions (actually, they are “Talk and Walk” Sessions)

  • Join us to discuss what these changes mean for your neighborhood and help us find solutions. We’ll meet for an hour and then walk to a school. (A school bus will be available for the return trip.)
    • Wednesday, July 6, 5-6:30pm, Westhaven
    • Friday, July 15, 12-1:30pm, Friendship Court, 418 Garrett St.
    • Friday, July 22, 12-1:30pm, Hearthwood Apartments, 2111 Michie Drive
    • Friday, July 29, 12-1:30pm, Mt. Zion First African Baptist Church, 105 Lankford Ave.
    • Wednesday, August 10, 5-6pm, Online Community Q&A. Register here.

 

We’ll also be at “Healthy Streets, Healthy People” (organized by Move2HealthEquity and WellAWARE), Washington Park, July 16, 9am-1pm

Other Ways to Help and Stay Tuned

  • Sign up here to…
    • receive e-mail updates about the changes
    • and/or express interest in working to be part of the solution, including becoming a crossing guard

Want to work towards a more walkable, bikable Charlottesville? Consider joining the Piedmont Mobility Alliance. We’ll  also be be at the “Healthy Streets, Healthy People” event sponsored by Move2HealthEquity and WellAWARE at Washington Park on July 16, 9am-1pm!

More Information

Update on Bus Driver Shortage

This national problem is not getting better. The City has tried increasing pay, offering bonuses, and increasing marketing without long-term success.

Details about the Bus Driver Shortage

Screen Capture of New York Times headline "As Schools Reopen, Districts Are Desperate for Bus Drivers School officials are getting creative, offering bonuses and other incentives to address a driver shortage that the pandemic made worse." Shows photo of school bus.
New York Times, Aug. 27, 2021
  • The City (which manages our school buses) is down to fewer than 10 school bus drivers. Last year, there were about 20, but to fully staff the program, 40 are needed!
  • Higher pay is not enough to turn around this national trend that began before COVID
    • The City has increased pay, bonuses, and marketing without long-term success
    • The City also has vacancies in CAT drivers, who have jointly served as school bus drivers in the past
    • This is part of an ongoing, national trend that was in place a long time ago but made worse by COVID
    • There is no end in sight for this trend. We need to try new solutions for this fall and for the future. But the new solutions can make for a better, healthier, more environmentally friendly Charlottesville.

What Strategies Can We Try?

We have looked at other college towns to see what is in place in similar communities. We need your help to work out the details, but here’s what we’re planning:

  • Bus service for special-education students will remain in place
  • Expanding walk zones (up to a 20 minute walk at elementary, up to a 30 minute walk at Buford, CHS, and Walker)

Details about Expanding Walk Zones

  • Our current walk zone lengths are among the shortest in the country (0.3 mile for elementary, 0.5 mile for Buford/Walker, and 0.7 mile at CHS)
  • New zones: approximately 0.75 mile walk for elementary (up to a 20-minute walk), approximately 1.25 mile walk for Buford/Walker/CHS (up to a 30-minute walk)
  • These walk zones will put us closer to regional averages (see chart, below)
  • Walking distances to bus stops will also lengthen to create route efficiencies
  • To ensure safety, we’ll provide bus eligibility in situations where walking infrastructure isn’t adequate (such as railroad tracks)
    • We’ll create an appeal process to review routes that are not perceived as safe
  • We’ll offer supports for inclement weather (for example, walking school buses can distribute umbrellas, etc.)
Community Walk Zone
Charlottesville Current .3 mile elementary/.5 Buford/Walker/.7 mile CHS
Albemarle .5 – .7 mile elementary/1 – 1.2 miles all other
Alexandria City 1 mile elementary/ 1.5 miles high school
Arlington 1 mile elementary/ 1.5 miles all other grades
Fairfax 1 mile elementary/1.5 miles all other grades
Loudon 1 mile elementary/1.25 miles all other grades
Manassas 1 mile all students
Richmond 1 mile elementary, 1.5 miles all other grades
Waynesboro 1 mile all students
Average Excluding Cville Current .94 mile elementary, 1.28 mile all other grades
New Charlottesville .75 mile elementary, 1.25 mile Walker/Buford/CHS
  • Expanding crossing guard staffing, including “walking school bus” guides
  • Making free bicycles/helmets available through community partners (repair services are also available)
    • Partners such as Community Bikes and the City’s Safe Routes to School program can assist with bikes and bike repairs
    • Our PE classes teach road biking skills
  • Expanding use of CAT routes for older students

More about CAT Routes for Older Students

Image of Charlottesville CAT Routes for City. Click on image for PDF of full map on City website.
Click on image to find full map.
  • All schools zones are served by existing CAT routes except Greenbrier:
    • CHS and Walker are on Route 9 (pink)
    • Buford has nearby stops on Route 4 and 6 (red & yellow)
  • CAT is free for people under 18 and has operated fare-free since the pandemic
  • Need to find your route? Use a tool like Google Maps (click directions, then the bus icon) or find out more here.
  • This is an opportunity to support the expansion and enhancement of the public  transit system while developing students as life-long public transit users
  • Exploring smaller Type A school buses run by Cville Schools

More about Mini Type A School Buses

  • These 15-passenger “Type A” school buses have all the markings and safety features of full-size buses
  • Thanks to recent legislation to address the school bus driver shortage, drivers no longer need a commercial driver’s license to operate a Type A bus. Drivers would be trained and tested by the City’s transportation department (they still need a “S” or “school” endorsement).
  • We’ve had more than 30 Cville Schools employees express interest in serving in this capacity
  • We’re talking with companies that can provide Type A school buses, including electric, but these will not be available until later in the school year

Illustrations of school bus types from Type A (15-passenger) to full-size Type D. There is a sentence describing the buses in greater detail. Click on the image to find full information about the four types.

What About the Equity Impact of These Changes?

Puzzle pieces: diversity, equity, belonging, inclusionThese transportation challenges are real – and the expanded walk zones impact many of our black and brown students. Let’s work together to find solutions.

  • We are holding “Talk and Walk” sessions in impacted neighborhoods to hear feedback and find solutions
  • We plan to hire staff to guide the “walking school buses” (up to a 20 minute walk for elementary, up to a 30 minute walk for other students)
  • We’ll staff more crossing guards. Apply here!
  • We’re talking with community partners about ways to support students and families.
  • Have a question or an idea? Join us at a “Talk and Walk” session or call 434-245-2400.

Is My Student Going to Get on The Bus?

  • Do you live within the new walk zones? The distance is ~.75 mile for elementary, and ~ 1.25 miles for Walker, Buford, and CHS. For a rough estimate, you can use Google Maps (click directions, then the walking icon) to calculate the walking distance between your home and the school. We may “round up” the zone to get to the end of a cul-de-sac, neighborhood area, or natural boundary line.

Even with these changes, bus space will still be limited. Re-register your children now to help the City plan the routes. The “Type A” buses will not be available at the start of the year, so thanks for your continued patience.

What about Carpooling?

We appreciate a carpool, and yes, there’s an app for that! In fact, there are a lot of free apps. We hesitate to endorse a single solution, but we know that the apps will work best if people agree on one or two to use. PTOs may wish to investigate and make a school or division-wide recommendation.

We’re Still Exploring Ideas

Other possibilities include

  • Potential trial of per-child stipends for families impacted by these changes (based on attendance). Could include different levels of stipend based on need (and ways for people to donate or decline stipends if they wish)
  • Voucher program for items like new walking shoes
  • Share your ideas with us! Join us at a “Talk and Walk” session or call 434-245-2400.

That’s a Lot — How Can I Help?

Illustration of "Volunteer" with colorful hands raised

  • We are still working on details – join us at “Talk and Walk” work sessions followed by a community walk to a school
  • Sign up here to…
    • receive e-mail updates about the changes
    • and/or express interest in working to be part of the solution, including becoming a stationary or walking crossing guard (same job application — apply here)
  • Get connected with the Piedmont Mobility Alliance

A Vision for the Future

Icon of 3 people having a shared idea (lightbulb)

If we do this right, rethinking how students get to and from school will have long-term benefits for our community:

  • A more walkable and bikable city
    • Better physical and mental health
  • Better public transportation
  • Less environmental impact

Want to be part of the solution? Join us at one of our summer “Talk and Walk” sessions, sign up to get updates, or join the Piedmont Mobility Alliance.

 

December 2022 News and Highlights

 

A Word from the School Board

At Thursday’s School Board meeting, Chairperson Lisa Larson-Torres read the following statement about the pending adoption of Virginia’s K-12 history standards. This statement will be sent to the State Board of Education and key staff members at the Virginia Department of Education:

We, the members of the Charlottesville School Board, are writing to request that the Board return to its usual process of consideration and approval of the state’s K-12 history standards as developed and recommended in August 2022 by history educators, professors, historians, parents, and others. We strongly encourage the VDOE to stay the course on its longstanding commitment to developing a more inclusive and honest curriculum.

The “August” Revisions
Throughout 2020-22, our Commonwealth trusted a committee of history educators, historians, museum professionals, parents, and community groups to conduct the scheduled seven-year revision of our state history standards. Over the course of two years, in a very public fashion, this committee made thoughtful and informed decisions. In addition, this work built upon the efforts and recommendations of Virginia’s 2020 African American History Education Commission. We would like the Board to follow its usual procedures to consider and then adopt these standards.

Read the Board’s full statement here.

Dr. Gurley at Greenbrier

 

Fourth graders at Greenbrier recently hosted Dr. Gurley and the School Board for a “Writers Feast,” where students shared their biographical writing about famous African Americans.

Cropped Revised 23-24 Academic Calendar See link in newsletter to access PDFREVISED DRAFT CALENDAR: GIVE (MORE) FEEDBACK 
Thanks to all the people (more than 1200!) who filled out the recent calendar survey. We received divided feedback about the various elements of the draft calendar, including the idea of starting a week earlier, having a week off at Thanksgiving, and how important it is to mirror Albemarle County Public Schools’ calendar. As a result, we are going to hit “pause” on the bigger changes and put forward a more traditional calendar that is similar but not identical to one that ACPS is considering. Learn more and give your feedback on the more traditional calendar! One theme of the community feedback was “If you’re going to make these larger changes to the calendar, we’d need more advanced notice.” Therefore, our calendar committee will resume work this spring to gather feedback about options for the 2024-25 school year.

Safety Flyer (cropped) for Family University: School SafetyQUESTIONS ABOUT SAFETY? REGISTER FOR FAMILY UNIVERSITY DECEMBER 8
We know that shootings in our community and hoax calls in our schools have made this fall a challenging season for many of our students, families, and staff. Join us on Thursday, December 8, 5:30-7pm, to learn more about the safety efforts in place in our schools, as well as action steps for families. Register for the Zoom meeting and submit questions here.

CHS Choirs at Grand IlluminationWINTER CONCERTS THIS WEEK
Shown at left are the combined choirs of CHS, directed by Will Cooke, singing at the Charlottesville Grand Illumination downtown on Friday night. Come out to see the choir at their winter concert this Thursday, December 8, 7 pm. Other upcoming winter concerts include CHS Orchestra, Tuesday, December 6, 7:30 pm, and the All-City Band Concert (Walker, Buford and CHS), Wednesday, December 7, 7 pm. All concerts are at the Martin Luther King Performing Arts Center. (Photo by Gina Proulx).

Clark Elementary School in fallSCHOOL NAMES UPDATE FOR CLARK & VENABLE ELEMENTARY
At the School Board meeting, the division’s Naming of Facilities Committee recommended new names for Venable (Trailblazers Elementary, selected by a wide margin) and Friendship Elementary (selected by just 5 votes over the second-place choice, Summit Elementary). The Board questioned the small margin of student voting between Clark’s two names. They requested the community’s feedback on the selection of “Friendship” or “Summit” for Clark. To express your opinion, email schoolboard@charlottesvilleschools.org prior to the January 5 meeting. Learn more here.

The Candy Cane Catastrophe Poster (cropped)BUFORD THEATRE CLASSES PERFORMING ORIGINAL PLAY AT ELEMENTARIES
Buford students will perform “The Candy Cane Catastrophe,” a play written by director Paula Chanda and eighth grader Jaxon Scott for many of our CCS elementary schools this week. Congrats, Jaxon and Ms. Chanda!

Jesaun Johnson with interview committeeCHS SCHOLARSHIP NEWS!
Four winners have been selected for the Greg and Elizabeth Allen Opportunity Scholarship, a prize of $10,000 a year for 4 years of college: Diavian Thompson, Aniyah Moore, Je’Saun Johnson, and Robel Gabramedhin. CHS also nominates students for consideration for several additional major scholarships: UVA Jefferson Scholar Nominee: William Keenan; UVA Walentes Scholar Nominee: My’Nique Jones (Information about these UVA scholarships here); Emily Couric Scholarship Nominee: Ella Farina (Information here). Congratulations to these students and all those who support them!

Illustration of Apple with CCS Logo: Nominate a Great Teacher!NOMINATE A TEACHER FOR THE GOLDEN APPLE AWARD
It’s time to submit nominations for the 2023 Golden Apple Awards for Teaching Excellence in Charlottesville and Albemarle! The deadline to honor one of your child’s amazing educators is Monday, January 23. Winners receive a $500 grant for classroom materials or professional development. Click here for the online nomination form. Teachers who have won in the last 3 years are not eligible to win again. Thanks to Mr. Richard Nunley and Better Living Building Supply and Cabinetry for their generous support of these awards!

Lugo-McGinness AcademySNOW DAY MESSAGES, WINTER BREAK, & POSSIBLE CHANGE TO OUR MASS COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEMS
As we head into the season of winter weather, please keep tuned in for updates. If we need to change our schedule, we will contact you via SchoolMessenger. You can also check our website, social media channels, and local media. (If you’re not getting SchoolMessenger phone or email updates, contact your school.) Missing some messages? We’ve been having some issues this fall, and are considering a change to a new provider that combines the functions of School Messenger and Remind. And speaking of closings, remember Winter Break starts Monday, December 19, and kids return to school on Tuesday, January 3.

School Board UpdatesSCHOOL BOARD MEETINGS AND BUDGET PROCESS
Find December’s “Mini-Minutes” here with updates on several areas reported in this newsletter. Next meeting is January 5. Find the full calendar of budget meetings and input opportunities here. Interested in future meetings? Sign up to receive notices of School Board meetings.

More Looks at Cville Schools

Chris Long chatting with Venable fans

Giving back: Charlottesville City Schools students are big fans of NFL veteran Chris Long, and it’s not just because he’s a two-time Super Bowl champion. Thanks to the Chris Long Foundation, our division now has an EdZone Essential Needs Closet in all six of our elementaries. On Wednesday morning Long came to Venable to launch the initiative and hang out with some young fans. Photo by Jack Looney.

Black Men Meet-Up at CHS

Strengthening community bonds: Thank you to the more than 40 people who came to the Black Men Meet-up at CHS last week to meet students and discuss ways to support our schools. The diverse group of Black men included political leaders, community advocates, Cville Schools staff, members of the military, and more. Thanks to the Alliance for Black Male Achievement for their partnership! To get connected with this effort, contact Denise Johnson, johnsod2@charlottesvilleschools.org.

Cville students Exploring Foods

Let’s eat! Food is about nourishment, culture and community. At Lugo-McGinness Academy (left), students plan and prepare special meals for their classmates and teachers in their Neighborhood Kitchen program. Through our partnership with Cultivate Charlottesville, students enjoy local produce every month: December was spinach (right)! And, this Wednesday, all cafeterias will be serving a halal chicken sandwich (as always there will also be a vegetarian option as well).

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

Find us on the web at charlottesvilleschools.org

 

Schools on Regular Schedule Tuesday, 11/15

Message sent to families 4pm, Monday, November 14:

Dear Charlottesville Schools staff and families,

It is truly difficult to formulate the right words to express how we are feeling as a school community after the shootings at UVA. People in our community are grieving the loss of their family members, classmates, and friends, as well as their own sense of safety. What resonates with me in this moment is: “It’s okay to not be okay.”

Following today’s arrest of the UVA shooting suspect, Charlottesville City Schools will resume our regular schedule tomorrow morning. Though we’ll have a normal schedule, we know it will not be a normal day. This senseless violence touches us as a school community and as members of the Charlottesville community. This tragedy also follows several other local incidences of gun violence this fall—even earlier this weekend. Each shooting simultaneously breaks our hearts and fills us with fear.

Tomorrow at school, our mental health professionals will be available for students and staff to find calm, connection, or a place to take a break. Additionally, below are suggestions for speaking to children about today’s events as well as resources for caring for yourself and others. My hope is that each of us checks in with what we need and with one another.

Thank you for understanding our decision to close schools today prior to the UVA shooting suspect being apprehended. We appreciate the various police forces who worked to keep our community safe. We extend our deepest sympathies and support to the families of the victims and to the entire UVA community. 

Take care,

Royal A. Gurley, Jr.

Superintendent, Charlottesville Schools

Talking to Your Child About Today’s Events and School Closure 

Younger children may need help understanding both why school was closed today and why it’s ok to reopen tomorrow. Here is a simple explanation: “School was closed today to allow police time to find a person who committed a crime at UVA. The police found that person and so it is safe to go back to school tomorrow.” 

Click here for additional suggestions for talking to children about difficult events from the American Psychological Association 

Ways to Care for Yourself and Others

Adapted from the Community Mental Health and Wellness Coalition

  • Pay close attention to what makes you feel safe. Stay connected with friends and loved ones who understand how you are feeling.
  • Do the things that work best to keep you calm. This may be taking a hot shower, doing breathing exercises, journaling, or using an app such as Insight Timer. Creating distractions by watching a favorite show or listening to music can also be helpful.
  • Notice the things that increase stress, and take small steps to reduce exposure to that stressor. In particular, taking breaks from media and social media can be important during evolving community events. 
  • Take care of your basic physical needs of eating well, staying hydrated, and getting plenty of rest. Limit drugs and alcohol as ways of coping. 
  • For children, news about the shooting may be stressful. Give children time to talk and ask questions, and be sure to help address their concerns in an age-appropriate manner. 
  • Reach out for additional support if you need it:
    • Our division is now partnering with Care Solace, a service that helps people find and make appointments with mental health and substance use providers. This confidential service is free to CCS staff, students, and their families.  https://caresolace.com/site/charlottesville 
    • The Regional Call Center / 988 / Suicide and Crisis Lifeline offers free and confidential crisis intervention, prevention, and connection to resources, 24 hours a day by calling 434-230-9704 OR texting 988.
    • Specifically for Charlottesville Schools staff:
      • Confidential services of UVA’s FEAP (Faculty and Employee Assistance Program) available to our staff for free. https://uvafeap.com/ 
      • Aetna Resources for Living is currently available due to this community tragedy, including in-the-moment phone support to help callers cope with the emotional impact of the event: 1-833-327-AETNA (1-833-327-2386); and a crisis support website including support services in the area 

 


Message Sent to Staff and Families on November 14, 2022, 6:42am:

Dear Charlottesville Staff and Families–

After a tragedy at the University of Virginia last night, UVA remains on “shelter in place” and has canceled classes today. Charlottesville City Schools will also cancel classes and close offices today (Monday, November 14)  in order to give police time to investigate while they search for the suspect in our community. We are sorry for the late  notice, but safety is our top priority. You can find news reports about the events and the suspect, but we are sharing UVA’s statement to families, below.

Please take care today. We expect to be open on time tomorrow, but given the unusual circumstances, we will confirm with you later this evening.

We extend our sympathy to the students and families impacted, and to the UVA community in general.

Dr. Royal A. Gurley

 

UNIVERSITY OF  VIRGINIA

To the University Community,

I am writing to provide an update to the various community safety alerts the University

has issued over the last several hours.

Around 10:30 p.m. last night, there was a shooting on Grounds. One of our students,

Christopher Darnell Jones, Jr., is suspected to have committed the shooting. The

suspect remains at large and is considered armed and dangerous. Multiple law

enforcement agencies are coordinating to find and apprehend him. He was last seen

wearing a burgundy jacket, blue jeans, and red shoes, and he may be driving a black

SUV with VA license plate number TWX3580. First and foremost, please continue to

follow the guidance you receive though the UVA alert system, which is currently to

shelter in place.

As of this writing, I am heartbroken to report that the shooting has resulted in three

fatalities; two additional victims were injured and are receiving medical care. We are

working closely with the families of the victims, and we will share additional details as

soon as we are able. Our University Police Department has joined forces with other

law enforcement agencies to apprehend the suspect, and we will keep our community

apprised of developments as the situation evolves.

This is a message any leader hopes never to have to send, and I am devastated that

this violence has visited the University of Virginia. This is a traumatic incident for

everyone in our community, and we have cancelled classes for today (Monday, Nov.

14). At this point only designated essential employees should report to work on

Monday (all remote employees should continue to work remotely). If you are unsure

of your status, please contact your supervisor.

We will continue to provide updates as the situation unfolds. Please know we have

support available if you need it. Students may call Counseling and Psychological

Services at 434-243-5150, 24 hours a day. Information about CAPS is available on

the Student Health and Wellness website. Faculty and staff can find a similar

resource through the Faculty and Employee Assistance Program by calling 434-243-

2643 or by emailing the office via the FAP website.

For those who have questions about these events, including how to establish contact

with family members or friends who are here on Grounds, please call the UVA

Emergency Hotline at 877-685-4836.

I am holding the victims, their families, and all members of the University of Virginia

community in my heart today, and we will make plans to come together as a

community to grieve as soon as the suspect is apprehended.

Chris Long Foundation Launches EdZone Partnership with Charlottesville City Schools

EdZone program begins impacting Charlottesville youth through distribution of essential needs items


Chris Long Foundation LogoCharlottesville, VA
— On Wednesday, November 30th, the Chris Long Foundation and Charlottesville City Schools will officially launch the latest component of the Foundation’s new EdZone program: the distribution of essential needs items at all six CCS elementary schools during the 2022-2023 school year.

Ed Zone LogoEach elementary school (Burnley-Moran, Clark, Greenbrier, Jackson-Via, Johnson, Venable) will identify a dedicated space (an “EdZone closet”) where students can access basic supplies that many other students take for granted. Essential needs items include things like soap, shampoo, a toothbrush and toothpaste, menstrual hygiene products, deodorant, clean socks and underwear, and seasonal items like umbrellas, hats, and gloves.

In close consultation with participating schools to assess and determine student needs, CCS’ Coordinator of Family and Student Engagement will procure and distribute these essential needs items to the elementary schools through a central storeroom at the CCS Division Administrative Annex at Charlottesville High School. Elementary school students in need will be identified by professional staff who are already supporting them on a daily basis (e.g., school administrators, teachers, counselors, nurses, social workers) and can help them access items from the EdZone closet in a way that respects their dignity and privacy. The Foundation has future plans to support periodic drive-through “Response to Essential Needs” events at Charlottesville High School, where all CCS families can pick up bags of essential needs items and grocery cards.

“There’s evidence that students who are not getting these basic needs met can suffer from stress and low self-esteem. It can cause them to feel disconnected from their classmates and even miss school, all of which affects how they feel about being at school and ultimately, their performance,” said Chris Long, founder of the Chris Long Foundation. “The goal of our EdZone partnership with CCS is to support student success by ensuring kids arrive at school comfortable, confident, and ready to learn.”

“We are so appreciative of the support from the Chris Long Foundation, with their vision for meeting students’ needs in ways that are respectful. The EdZone closets will make a big impact,” commented Chantel Beverly, principal at Venable Elementary School, which is hosting the program launch.

Superintendent Dr. Royal Gurley agreed: “When I arrived at Charlottesville City Schools last year, the wide diversity of our students’ experiences was immediately apparent. One step toward eradicating academic disparities is to truly make our students feel welcome, supported, and equipped to succeed. We thank Chris Long and the Foundation for being such good partners in this work.”

A generous group of local individual donors, foundations, and businesses stepped up to fully fund the launch of EdZone. Funders include Better Living Building Supply, Woodard Properties, Diane and Howie Long, Pam and Frank Edmonds, the Genan Foundation, Ellen and Michael Geismar, and Frank Saul Construction.

EdZone is the newest program created by the Chris Long Foundation to advance educational equity issues in communities around the United States. Over the next year the program will expand to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and St. Louis, Missouri, two cities where Long played in the NFL. EdZone also distributes high-quality, culturally-relevant books in schools to advance student literacy and develop a lifelong love of reading. In May 2022, in partnership with FirstBook and Charlottesville City Schools, the Foundation distributed over 2,500 books at Burnley-Moran Elementary School. Chris Long served as a guest reader for the event and engaged with students about his own school experience, his family and interests, and his time in the NFL. The Foundation also supported two CCS “Response to Essential Needs” drive-through events in December 2020 and December 2021.

About the Chris Long Foundation
The Chris Long Foundation is a nonprofit, founded by two-time Super Bowl Champion and 2018 NFL Walter Payton Man of the Year, Chris Long. By bringing together a community of elite athletes and passionate fans, the Chris Long Foundation relentlessly serves our overlooked neighbors, both domestic and international, by creating solutions for clean water and education access. Visit www.chrislongfoundation.org to find out more.

About Charlottesville City Schools
Charlottesville City Schools serves approximately 4500 students in nine schools, from three-year-olds in preschool to students who qualify for services after high school. By meeting each student’s personal and academic needs, the schools are committed to ending the predictability of life outcomes based on factors such as race and poverty. Learn more at charlottesvilleschools.org.

Andy Jones named new CHS Athletic Director

Andy Jones will be CHS’s new Athletic Director

October 21, 2022

Dear CHS community –

At our staff meeting this week, I had the honor of introducing our new athletic director, Andy Jones. Mr. Jones is a familiar face to many of our students and athletes, since he is a long-time assistant coach for CHS boys basketball and has coordinated Buford’s athletic programs for many years.

Mr. Jones has worked for Charlottesville City Schools since 2005, first as a teacher and then an instructional coach. (Mr. Jones has coached both athletes and teachers!) He won a Golden Apple award at Buford in 2014. Mr. Jones played basketball at Longwood University before completing his undergraduate degree at the University of North Carolina and later earning his master’s at Mary Baldwin.

Strong relationally and organizationally, Mr. Jones began his work as athletic director this week. Please join me in welcoming him!

Mr. Rashaad Pitt, CHS Principal

October 2022 News & Highlights

 

A Word from the School Board

Dear families, students, and community members –

In response to the Youngkin administration’s proposed changes regarding the treatment of students who identify as transgender and non-binary, the Charlottesville City School Board strongly affirms Superintendent Dr. Gurley’s commitment to “continue to support our LGBTQ+ students, staff, parents/guardians, and others within our school communities.”

In this stance, we are supported by federal Title IX legislation, which extends school protections based on gender identity. In addition, our approach is in keeping with Virginia law, which requires the Virginia Department of Education to issue guidance to support transgender students according to “evidence-based best practices.” It’s worth noting that a recent attempt to legislatively overturn this law in Virginia failed. Our approach also follows our own nondiscrimination policy, which since 2013 has protected students based on gender expression and identity. On top of all this, protecting students is the right thing to do.

Read full message here.

Buford Free Book Bus

Nothing like a good book to get you dancing! Watch a video of Buford students and staff grooving to DJ Q while the Free Book Bus gave away 300+ books to 7th graders and their teachers. The Free Book Bus will be back at Buford this Friday for 8th graders. 

School supplies and "Back to School COVID Safe" signCOVID UPDATES AND REMINDERS
Our schools continue to practice COVID safety. Due to a classroom at one of our elementaries having four possibly related cases, we have shifted that classroom temporarily to virtual learning. This is the first time this year that a shift to virtual has been necessary, and we hope it will not be a common occurrence. Here are ways families can promote COVID safety:
— Wear masks (strongly recommended if there is a case in your class or when community transmission rates are at medium or high)
— Sign your child up for a booster (the bivalent booster targets both the original virus and the Omicron variant). Vaccines are widely available.
— Sign your child up for our free, weekly COVID testing program
— Follow our COVID dashboard

Upcoming days off for studentsCALENDAR REMINDERS: NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS 10/27-28 OR 11/7-8
At the end of October and beginning of November there are several days off of school for students:
Thursday, October 27 (Professional Learning Day) and Friday, October 28 (Teacher Workday),
Monday, November 7 (Teacher Workday) and Tuesday November 8 (Teacher Workday; also is Election Day).
Keep up with school dates by subscribing to our Google Calendar.

Clark SchoolSCHOOL NAME REVIEW FOR CLARK AND VENABLE
The committee that is reviewing the names of Clark and Venable elementaries would like community feedback via this survey. The survey explores the possibilities of keeping the names as-is, keeping the names but changing the people the names honor, and finding new names. A virtual community forum about these names will be held on Wednesday, October 19 at 5pm. Register here.

Cville School Bus (Daily Progress)BUS UPDATES IN NOVEMBER
The City continues to make regular, minor updates to bus routes and assignments. They have hired more drivers and will expand bus routes beginning November 9–this will impact all bus riders, and we will send out updated route information at that time. The City has also raised the drivers’ base wage to $21/hour. Families, thank you for your continued patience and support!

CUPE flyerFAMILY Q&A ORGANIZED BY CHARLOTTESVILLE UNITED
This Wednesday, October 12 at 7:30pm, advocacy nonprofit Charlottesville United for Public Education invites you to attend a virtual Q&A with school leaders and VMDO architects for updates ranging from transportation to the middle school modernization process. Learn more  |  Sign up

welcome in many languagesCVILLE SCHOOLS OPENS ESL WELCOME CENTER
Cville Schools has just opened a welcome center to help families whose primary language is not English. The budget-neutral center is a “one-stop shop” to help newly arrived families register for school, submit documentation, complete language-screening tests, and more. Another goal of the welcome center is to orient families to our schools and community with resources such as the “Welcome to Charlottesville” coloring book developed in many languages by Charlottesville’s Free Book Bus. Finally, we’d like to connect newcomers to a friendly face with experience helping ESL families. The welcome center is open at the division’s central office annex at the back of CHS, Tuesday and Thursdays, 8:30am-3:30pm or by appointment. Call 434-245-2421 with questions.

Logo for VA's School-Based COVID Testing ProgramsKEY DATES FOR DEVELOPING NEXT YEAR’S BUDGET
At last Thursday’s School Board meeting, the Board approved the calendar of meetings to develop next year’s budget. Thanks to all who have completed the initial input survey (we’ve received more than 400 responses so far). If you haven’t yet, please fill out the survey by end-of-day tomorrow (Tuesday). Data will be shared as part of the Board’s upcoming work session on October 20. Due to the need to ease our reliance on one-time federal COVID money as well as inflationary pressures, your input is especially valued.

UVA Football Ticket FlyerFREE TICKETS TO UVA-UNC FOOTBALL GAME
UVA Athletics is offering the Cville Schools community two free tickets per household to the UVA-UNC football game on November 5 (gametime TBD). Additional tickets can be purchased for $10. Request/purchase tickets here.

Spanish Flyer for Family University Workshop (cropped)FAMILY UNIVERSITY: ACCESSING MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES
Our next Family University will be on Thursday, October 13, from 5:30-6:30pm. We hope you can join us to learn more about using the mental health resources our schools offer! The flyer at left is shown in Spanish because we’ll have a Spanish-speaking break-out room, too.

¡Tendremos una sala de Zoom en español! Register here.

Clear Bag Sign CHSCLEAR BAG POLICY AT CHS TICKETED EVENTS
As part of our ongoing efforts to promote safety, we are joining Albemarle County Public Schools and UVA in piloting a clear-bag policy for spectators and audience members at CHS-sponsored ticketed events. The pilot will be in place through the first semester, and if we make any further changes, we will keep you posted. Find details here.

School Board UpdatesSCHOOL BOARD MEETINGS AND UPDATES
The School Board usually meets the first Thursday of the month at 5pm in the media center at CHS. You can join in person, via Facebook, or via Zoom. Here are mini-minutes from the recent October meeting as well as last month’s September meeting. Interested in future meetings? Sign up to receive notices of School Board meetings.

More Looks at Cville Schools

PreK iSTEM at Greenbrier

Yep, that’s a lemon! These three-year-olds in pre-K at Greenbrier tested which snacks would float or sink, then had a taste…science is truly a journey of discovery! 

Kaydan Lawson of UVA Women's Basketball visiting Johnson

UVA Women’s Basketball players like Kaydan Lawson visited Johnson Elementary to volunteer with math, reading and PE. Thank you, Hoos!

Thank you Custodians

We are so grateful to our custodians! Here are some of the ways our schools said thank you to “the keepers of the clean” for National Custodian Recognition Day on October 2. 

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

Find us on the web at charlottesvilleschools.org

 

CHS Clear Bag Sign: Language says Clearly, Your Safety is important. ONLY CLEAR BAGS ALLOWED AT CHS TICKETED EVENTS

Clear Bag Policy at CHS Begins October 3

CHS Clear Bag Sign: Language says Clearly, Your Safety is important. ONLY CLEAR BAGS ALLOWED AT CHS TICKETED EVENTSDear CHS Community,

In keeping with other area venues’ safety practices, starting October 3, 2022, Charlottesville High School will pilot a clear bag procedure for spectators and audience members at all school-sponsored ticketed events during the first semester of this year. This impacts events at locations such as Theodose Stadium, the Martin Luther King Performing Arts Center, the Black Box Theatre, and both gymnasiums.

Across the country and locally (including at Albemarle County Public Schools and UVA), clear bag policies are being implemented as a way of keeping fans and attendees safer, while also expediting entry into events. It will limit the type of bags that spectators or audience members bring into ticketed events, with some exceptions for medical or childcare needs. Event staff, with the support of school administrators, will implement this procedure at event entrances.

Clear bag sign side 2: Clear Bags Only, UNLESS BAG IS CLEAR, SPECTATORS CANNOT BRING ITEMS SUCH AS: backpacks, camera bags, cinch bags, COOLERS, COMPUTER BAGS, FANNY PACKS, OR purses. NEED HELP WITH A BABY BAG or MEDICAL SUPPLIES? LET US KNOW.Clear bags that allow all contents to be seen will be permitted. There are no limits on bag size or style as long as it is a clear, see-through container. Clear bags will be made available for purchase at school entrances upon request to guests. Unless the bag is clear, spectators cannot bring bags such as the following: backpacks, camera bags, cinch bags, purses, fanny packs, coolers, and computer bags.

We will post signage in parking areas as a reminder since other types of bags will need to be returned to the car or another safe location during the event.

Student-athletes, student performers, game officials, media, and other professionals who are participating in the ticketed event will be permitted to take their equipment bags and other personal bags into the locker room or other designated spaces.

This procedure will remain in place through the first semester of school. As always, we are continually identifying new ways to promote safety, and we will keep you posted about any changes or additions to our procedures.

Thanks for your support as we work to keep our students, staff, families, and community as safe as possible. “Clearly,” your safety is important to us! Go Black Knights!

With appreciation,

Mr. Rashaad Pitt
Mrs. Kim Powell, and  Dr. Royal A. Gurley

CHESPRA 2022 submission: social media

Charlottesville Schools: Social media posts celebrating teachers

Submission: Social media posts that celebrate the contributions of our teachers on our three main division-level accounts (@CvilleSchools on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) . These posts include milestone moments (such as retirement after a long career or the winning of an award) and the day-to-day work and care of teachers, e.g., being a substitute teacher; capturing a moment of joy with students. These posts also display a range of media, from photography to graphic design to video to appearances in local news.

 

Example 1: Celebrating a teacher award winner (Twitter graphic design)

Example 2: Celebrating a substitute (Instagram photo)

 

 

Example 3: Celebrating a retiring teacher who spent 40 years in our division (Facebook video)

 

 

Example 4: Celebrating a teacher retirement (Facebook: Local news story)

Example 5: Celebrating a teacher award winner (Twitter photo)

Example 6: Celebrating how teachers bring joy to students every day (Facebook photo)