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Superintendent Dr. Rosa Atkins announces pending retirement from Charlottesville City Schools

Screenshot of Dr. Atkins video message to staff announcing her retirement
Superintendent Dr. Rosa Atkins announcing her retirement to Charlottesville City Schools staff.

After 15 years of exemplary leadership and service, Dr. Rosa S. Atkins, superintendent of Charlottesville City Schools, has announced her pending retirement from the school division. She is currently among the longest-serving superintendents in Virginia. The resignation will become effective May 31, 2021. 

“I’m so honored to have served the students, families, staff, and community of Charlottesville,” Atkins noted. “It’s been a pleasure to serve and work alongside such tremendous people. I’ve actually postponed this decision for a while due to the pandemic, but I’m at a point where I want to spend less time as superintendent and more time as Nana.”

Atkins became superintendent in 2006. Over the years, she has earned numerous recognitions, including being named one of two national finalists for the 2017 AASA Women in School Leadership Award for Superintendents sponsored by the School Superintendents Association and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. At the time, Atkins noted, “I’m humbled to be one of the award finalists.I don’t view it as an individual accolade, but as recognition of all the good work accomplished by the teachers and administrators of Charlottesville City Schools.”

In addition, in 2011, Atkins was named Superintendent of the Year by the Virginia Association of School Superintendents, as well as Virginia State University Alumnus of the Year for Professional Education. In 2014, Dr. Atkins was recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as one of 100 Future-Ready Superintendents and invited to the American Association of School Administrators’ Digital Consortium at the White House.

Aside from awards, she has served and led a number of organizations, including the Virginia Association of Schools Superintendents, the Urban Superintendents Association of America, Women Education Leaders in Virginia, and a number of state committees and boards such as the State Council for Higher Education in Virginia. Most recently, she co-chaired Governor Northam’s Commission on African American History Education, which led to significant changes to training, state social studies standards, and more to make Virginia’s schools more inclusive, honest, and supportive. She is currently chairing Virginia’s LEARNS (Leading, Engaging, Assessing, Recovering, Nurturing and Succeeding) work group to guide school divisions’ efforts to help students recover from the impacts of the pandemic.

Since Atkins’ arrival in 2006, both student achievement and graduation rates have risen, division student enrollment has grown, and Charlottesville has been consistently recognized as one of the top-performing divisions in the state. Suspension rates have fallen 80 percent and graduation rates for black students have risen 25 points, reaching 96 percent or above for the past two years. Among other innovative initiatives, Charlottesville has invested in technology and STEM while maintaining its commitment to its acclaimed fine arts programs. She also led the division to create a locally-supported preschool program for three-year-olds and has spearheaded greater community partnership for early childhood education. In addition, she has supported the division’s nationally recognized work in social-emotional learning, mental wellness, trauma-informed approaches, and positive student supports. Her commitment to equity has made possible an expanding array of unleveled classes (leading to increased enrollment in honors, advanced placement, and dual enrollment classes), a redesigned gifted education program, and the creation of a dedicated supervisor of equity. 

During the pandemic, her leadership has led to meeting all known needs for internet access and device access from preK- through high school, the implementation of new learning and communications platforms, strong online instruction, and daily meal deliveries at sites and bus routes across the city. Yesterday, Governor Ralph Northam visited Venable Elementary to recognize the school division’s efforts to serve students as this week the division opened its doors to preK-grade 6 students along with a first wave of in-person students at Buford and CHS.

At a School Board meeting on Thursday, the Board unanimously voted to support the Superintendent’s decision. Board chair Lisa Larson-Torres noted, “We thank Dr. Atkins for her calming presence, her bold work to promote equity, and above all, for her commitment to children. We especially appreciate her staying on to give a steadying hand this past year during the pandemic. We are sorry to see her leave, but we support her and wish her all the best in the next chapter. ”

Atkins concluded, “While it’s bittersweet to leave Charlottesville City Schools, I know my colleagues and Board members will continue to provide great leadership.”


Health Texts Under Consideration

Charlottesville City Schools invites you to review textbooks under consideration for Health in grades 5-12. The resources may be viewed online March 4-31. Please email brantlj1@charlottesvilleschools.org to access.

In addition, the School Health Advisory Board is reviewing the division’s Wellness Policy. If you have suggestions for the committee, please email brantlj1@charlottesvilleschools.org. Feedback will be reviewed at their May 11 meeting.

February 2021 News and Highlights

The Superintendent and School Board discuss educational legislation with Del. Sally Hudson.

A Message from the Superintendent

Dear Staff and Families:

In our December newsletter, I presented some key elements of a new plan for returning to in-person instruction. In this column, I am pleased to say that come March 8, this plan will become a reality.

  • As a reminder, this plan offers the option of 4 days/week of in-person instruction to students in PreK-grade 6. If you wish to revisit your decision about online vs in-person instruction, please contact your school by Friday. Buford and CHS will offer in-person supports for those students most in need while maintaining their current schedules for online learning for all students. You can find additional details on our website.
  • One element that supports this reopening is the vaccination of our staff. For this, we thank the Blue Ridge Health Department and the Charlottesville-UVA-Albemarle Regional Emergency Operations Center for their leadership in helping us and our colleagues in Albemarle County Public Schools. And thanks also to volunteers from both school systems, including our nurses, for their support of these efforts.

We know that as we look ahead to bringing more students back into our buildings, there will be bumps. We know that bus transportation is one area of challenge — and there will be others.

As I mentioned at the beginning of the school year, we can only solve the problems we know about, so please keep reaching out to your teacher, your school counselor, your principal, the central office staff, or the School Board. Whether your child remains online or starts coming into our schools, we want to help our students continue to learn and grow.

Dr. Rosa S. Atkins


Applications for Preschool Now Available through Go2Grow website

Go2Grow logoIt’s time to apply to preschool for next year — and there’s a new, simpler way to do it called Go2Grow. Go2Grow works with local public schools, Head Start programs, and private providers in Charlottesville, Albemarle, Fluvanna, Louisa, and Greene. Families can review and sign up using a single, online application. Go2Grow applications can be filled out by any family with a child, birth to age 5, looking for care in Central Virginia. Taking applications now!

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graphic Walker Academic Advising SeasonAcademic Advising Underway at Buford, CATEC, CHS, Walker

From virtual curriculum fairs to online orientations, Buford, CATEC, CHS,  and Walker have been working to help students and families understand their options for next year.

If you missed any sessions or want a refresher, you can find materials and information online:   Buford   |   CATEC   |   CHS    |   Walker


Kindness Week graphicKindness Week begins February 14

In honor of Random Acts of Kindness Week, the school division school counselors encourage students and families to spread kindness throughout the community using this Kindness BINGO game. Complete a card by the end of the week and enjoy spreading (and receiving) some kindness!

Find BINGO Cards:  Elementary   |   Walker/Buford    |   CHS


VBE Recognizes CHS for Exemplary Student Performance

VA Dept. of Ed logoThe Virginia Board of Education presented Charlottesville High School with the 2020 Continuous Improvement Award for increased graduation rates and decreased drop-out rates for three consecutive years, among other achievements. Congratulations and Go Black Knights!


Fourth Graders Interview Vice-Mayor Magill

Vice-Mayor Sena Magill speaks to fourth grade students via Zoom.Fourth graders in Mr. Christ’s class at Jackson-Via Elementary learned more about civic engagement during a Zoom call they requested with Vice-Mayor Sena Magill! They discussed everything from her duties as vice-mayor to her birthday to how they feel about the city’s monuments. Way to go, Jackrabbits!

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New Partnership with Virginia State University to Help Future Teachers

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CHS will offer a dual enrollment (DE) Teachers for Tomorrow course in partnership with Virginia State University in 2021-22. Students interested in a future teaching career can earn three college credits and a high school CTE credit, as well as gain experience in field work at local elementary and middle schools, visit colleges, and learn more about the classroom and the world of education.

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Embracing our Narratives: CHS and JSAAHC Partnership

Embracing Our Narratives logoCCS and the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center have partnered to provide 25 teachers professional learning opportunities to support our English/History collaboration initiative and help bring a local African American perspective to all departments. Embracing Our Narratives (EON) aims to help educators better understand our community and develop a more inclusive curriculum. Dr. Andrea Douglas & Dr. Kimalee Dickerson gave an overview of EON at the February School Board meeting.

State Mental Health partnership with UVA

Screenshot of CBS19 news report on mental health partnership with UVAWe are proud to partner with UVA on the Virginia Partnership for School Mental Health state initiative. The value of school-based mental health services cannot be overstated, and this program aims to train and sustain a new generation of practitioners. In addition, National School Counselors Week just wrapped up, with a  shout-out from the Virginia Department of Education to Walker counselors John Kronstain and Liz Dinwiddie! Hear more from them about how our school counselors are connecting with students.


Fine Arts Roundup

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Join the CHS Fine Arts Department for their annual CHS Fine Arts Celebration tomorrow (February 10 ) from 7:30-8:30 p.m.  This is free and open to the public via Zoom. Links will be added to the Charlottesville School calendar.  Celebrate our CHS artists, musicians, and actors!

After All-District Band Auditions were held virtually, 35 CHS students, 22 Buford Middle students, and five Walker Upper Elementary students earned All-District spots, while 10 CHS students earned All-State bids. Congratulations to all of our student musicians, and thank you to CHS Band Director Jason Hackworth for chairing this event, which included managing more than 440 student digital entries and 25 judges.

Shakespeare's R&J student posterRecent Performances:


CHS BACON Club places third in Virginia Science Bowl

National Science Bowl logoCongratulations to the following CHS BACON Club students (Best All-around Club of Nerds) for their third-place finish in last weekend’s Virginia Science Bowl competition, hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy: Nikolas Dillery, Margaret Fischman, Avery Niven, Venetia Smith, and David Wiles.

“This intrepid band of science rockstars went up against the top teams in the state…. At the end of a grueling eight-hour day of quizzing, their only losses were to Langley High School and perennial champs, TJHSST,” reported CHS Engineering Teacher and BACON Club Advisor Matt Shields.


CHS Sports Roundup

CHS logoDespite the pandemic, there is no shortage of athletic news. Here are the highlights:


COVID-19 Community Events

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COVID Testing Sites at CHS in February-English version

CCS Energy and Water Management Program Winter Focus

The Cville Energy and Water Management Program team launched its third quarter campaign this month, encouraging students, staff, and families to pick an action and do an action that helps save energy and water.

Try these helpful tips:
• Start off small: Pick a small action like turning lights off as you leave a room or turning the faucet off when scrubbing your hands with soap (or choose your own!).
• Repeat, repeat, repeat: Do your energy and water saving action over and over again, each day!
• Grow your action: Expand your action to save more energy and water by including your family!

More energy and water saving ideas


Upcoming Dates:

  • icon of calendar Calendar by MRK from the Noun ProjectCHS Fine Arts Celebration, February 10, 7:30-8:30pm
  • Drive-thru COVID-19 Testing (FREE), February 12, 19, 26, 3-7pm, CHS parking lot
  • School Board Budget Approval Meeting, February 18, 5-8pm. Learn more at charlottesvilleschools.org/budget
  • Special Education Advisory Committee Meeting, February 24, 5-6:30pm
  • Liberation & Freedom Day Learning Activities, March 3

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School Board Updates

School Board Updates graphicAt the January 7 School Board meeting, the Board elected Board Chair Lisa Larson-Torres and Vice-Chair James Bryant.  The Board also heard updates on literacy, student and family engagement, equity, and budget development.  In January, the Board also voted to consider March 8 as the target for offering in-person instruction, a date they re-affirmed at their February meeting while authorizing the schools to expand the number of students eligible for in-school services.  Their February meeting also included updates on the state’s guidance for supporting transgender students, a more inclusive social science curriculum, next year’s academic calendar, and budget.

Additionally, the 2020-21 Martin Luther King Community Award was presented to our School Board member Leah Puryear at the 36th Annual Charlottesville MLK Celebration. Congratulations, Leah, on this well-deserved honor, and thank you for your tireless work in our community! Fellow School Board member Juan Wade presented the award. Watch both speeches here:

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January 8 Update for Families

Important Info

The following message was shared with staff and families on January 8, 2021.

Dear Staff and Families–

We’re writing with an update to the timeline for online learning, as well as several other important updates about:

  • next year’s draft academic calendar, 
  • next year’s budget development, 
  • Tuesday’s forum on school safety, and 
  • a reminder about the importance of applying for free/reduced meals for fee waivers.


At the January 7 School Board meeting, the Board voted to postpone the possible return of additional students to in-person learning until March 8. This date is tentative depending on a review of COVID data at Board meetings in February.

As a reminder, here is the overview of the plan they are recommending, with all phases tentatively set to begin on March 8:

  • A return to in-person instruction for those preK-grade 2 students who selected it.
  • A return to in-person instruction would be offered for students in grades 3-12 who are most in need (for example, ESL students, special education students, or students who have been struggling with attendance, engagement, socially-emotional wellbeing, or other.
  • At Buford and CHS, the plans for in-person instruction have now been redesigned to maintain the current structures for virtual learning. For example, at CHS, in-person students would receive in-person support during teachers’ morning office hours. (Office hours will also remain available for virtual students).
  • As COVID numbers improve, we would look at the possibility of returning more students to in-person learning. Again, as another example at CHS, one possibility is to use Fridays to offer events for students whose classes benefit from hands-on activities such as urban gardening, engineering, or fine arts.
  • Finally, to allow teachers to set up their classrooms and prepare to shift modes, each school would have one fully asynchronous week during January (timed at the principal’s discretion).
  • Schools will be in touch with families of students in grades 3-12 to give clarity about whether students would have an immediate option for in-person learning. For any families of preK-grade 2 students who need to make a change in their selection based on these revised plans, please contact your school.

To learn more about these revised plans, you can review the slides presented at the December 17 Board meeting. We appreciate your ongoing patience as the division and the Board try to balance the competing priorities of safety and student learning and well-being.


Finally, we know your children may have ongoing questions about the Capitol riot. We have provided additional resources for our teachers, and here are links to two family guides:

Take care and have a good weekend!

Draft calendar for 2021-2. See OCR pdf also on this page. Call 245-2400 with questions.

Draft Calendar for 2021-22

Draft calendar for 2021-2. See OCR pdf also on this page. Call 245-2400 with questions.The Charlottesville-Albemarle School Calendar Committee has created a draft calendar for the 2021-22 school year.

Please take a minute to review the draft and share your thoughts with us for the committee’s consideration before they bring the calendar before the Board.

Please note that this calendar is subject to change due to the pandemic and local, state, and federal guidance.

A joint committee from Charlottesville Schools and Albemarle County Public Schools will review the feedback and then present a recommendation to the School Boards for review and voting.

Comments about the calendar:

  • Spring break: Our practice is to designate the first full week of April as our spring break. We are sometimes asked, “Can’t you align spring break with U.Va.’s?”   U.Va.’s spring break is typically near the beginning of March, which for K-12 students would make for a very long stretch without a break later in the spring. So while we recognize that this would be a good solution for U.Va. families, we feel that it doesn’t represent the interests of all our students and staff. A 2016 survey indicated that a majority of respondents favored keeping spring break during the first week of April.
  • Religious Holidays: Our practice is not to observe religious holidays as school holidays (but we do try to avoid scheduling evening events on major religious holidays). Students or staff who wish to be absent to observe a religious holiday are allowed to do so.
  • History about the calendar development: For over a decade, the Charlottesville and Albemarle County school divisions have worked together for a common calendar. A joint committee creates a draft calendar, and then we ask for input from students, teachers, administration, and parents. If necessary, the committee makes revisions to the draft before submitting a recommended calendar to the two school boards for approval.
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Important Message from the Superintendent and the School Board

Important InfoThe following message was shared with Charlottesville City Schools staff and families in response to the events in Washington D.C. on January 6, 2021.

Dear staff and families–

We are writing now filled with grief, anger, and disappointment. In no uncertain terms, we condemn the violent and treasonous assault on the U.S. Capitol building, our elections, and the peaceful transfer of power.

As Charlottesville residents, the imagery and actions in D.C. bring us back to August 2017, and we have seen and felt the impact that hate can leave. We know that many of the same groups and ideologies were present at both events.

As a community, we are still grappling with the fall-out from those white supremacist rallies.  Added to that, we feel the impact of the pandemic, economic uncertainty, and disrupted daily routines — including the lack of in-person school. And more recently, our community has seen a tragic increase in violence. We know that our community is hurting.

So today, let’s take some deep calming breaths — even as we keep watch on our nation’s capital. Tune out the news or social media if you need to. Let’s observe and listen to our children, and if they have questions, let’s try to answer them. We’ll share once again a resource page that our school counselors first developed in August 2017; many of the links are sadly still relevant. If talking with a counselor would be helpful for your student or for you, then please email your school counselor or call Region Ten at (434) 972-1800.

As you know, the rise in COVID cases likely means that it will be a while longer before we can safely bring more students and staff back in school. Tonight, the School Board is meeting to consider February 22 as the revised start date for more students to begin returning. For a recap of our latest plans, visit charlottesvilleschools.org/returntolearn.

We wish we could be supporting our students in person, but together, we will make the best of our situation. We are so proud of our teachers, staff, students, and families for rising to the occasion on dark days like today and throughout this pandemic.

As school leaders, we are also having conversations with community partners about how to meet the needs in our community and how to lead Charlottesville to a place of wellbeing, unity, and thriving. As we have often reminded ourselves this year, schools are such an important part of “the village,” and it will take all of us working together to usher in a future where every family can prosper. We will keep you posted about these important community conversations.

Whether here in Charlottesville, in our nation’s capital, or around the world, we are facing challenges right now.  we are not naive about these challenges, but we are still confident in our community, our country, and our Constitution.

We also have faith in our schools — the places that teach us how to engage with ideas, how to equip ourselves with facts, how to think critically, how to become civically literate. Just as important as any of those things, in Charlottesville our schools also offer us the opportunity to  meet — and befriend — people who are different from us in race, religion, politics, and life experiences. Working with young people is a true source of hope. Only when we are grounded in fact, hope, and our interdependent humanity can we set aside destructive violence and work constructively for a better future.

These are challenging days. But with one foot in front of the other, let’s keep walking and working toward a “more perfect union.” 

Take care,

Dr. Rosa Atkins, Jennifer McKeever, and the Charlottesville School Board

Budget Development Process underway for FY2021-22

graphic of pie chart on a stock chart with a budget

It’s time to develop the 2021-22 budget for Charlottesville City Schools! We’d like to hear from you.

Upcoming opportunities for the community to learn more and share your thoughts are:

School Board meetings are the first Thursday of the month at 5 pm in the CHS media center. The January meeting is Thursday, January 7.

You can also check out the resources and information at charlottesvilleschools.org/budget.

December 2020 News and Highlights

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A Message from the Superintendent

Dear Staff and Families:

At Thursday night’s Board meeting, during the discussion of plans for offering in-person instruction, several revised plans and timelines were discussed. These new plans address both the rising COVID numbers in our area and feedback from the Board and community that they would like to maintain the structure and success of our virtual model, especially at Buford and CHS (where a hybrid model had initially been proposed). These revised plans are also informed by community input from families who would be willing to remain online if it would enable the schools to safely offer in-person instruction for those who most need it.

Return to Learn square graphicBriefly, the updated plans call for:

  • A return to in-person instruction for those preK-grade 2 students who selected it, with a tentative return date of January 19.
  • A return to in-person instruction would be offered for students in grades 3-12 who are most in need (for example, ESL students, special education students, or students who have been struggling with attendance, engagement, socially-emotional well-being, or other.  This plan is tentatively scheduled to begin January 19 (grades 3-6) and February 1 (grades 7-12).
  • At Buford and CHS, the plans for in-person instruction have now been redesigned to maintain the current structures for virtual learning. For example, at CHS, in-person students would receive in-person support during teachers’ morning office hours. (Office hours will also remain available for virtual students).
  • As COVID numbers improve, we would look at the possibility of returning more students to in-person learning. Again, as another example at CHS, one possibility is to use Fridays to offer events for students whose classes benefit from hands-on activities such as urban gardening, engineering, or fine arts.
  • Finally, to allow teachers to set up their classrooms and prepare to shift modes, each school would have one fully asynchronous week during January (timed at the principal’s discretion).
  • Schools will be in touch with families of students in grades 3-12 to give clarity about whether students would have an immediate option for in-person learning. For any families of preK-grade 2 students who need to make a change in their selection based on these revised plans, please contact your school. 

The Board unanimously approved these updated plans. Even so, at the Board’s next meeting on January 7, Board members will review area health data and may revise these timelines accordingly. To learn more about these plans, you can review the slides presented at the Board meeting or watch the Board meeting video.

Additionally, here is related news coverage for your reference.

As we head into winter break, I want to wish you all Season’s Greetings for safe and joyful holidays.

Happy Holidays,

Dr. Rosa Atkins


Winter Break Food Resources for Families

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During winter break, December 21, 2020 through January 1, 2021, Charlottesville City Schools nutrition staff will be taking a break from their usual meal preparation and distribution efforts.

In their place, Cultivate Charlottesville, along with a multitude of community partners, will be providing food access resources for families throughout the break. Please visit charlottesvilleschools.org/winterbreakfood to find the best food options for your family. Coming up on Monday, December 21, student meals will be distributed at various sites.  Our website also includes a number of City of Charlottesville Food Resources (English).

winter holiday student meal delivery on Monday, December 21

COVID-19 Testing Sites

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The Virginia Health Department is hosting free COVID-19 testing sites hosted by TJHD and other community agencies. Note: These sites are offering free COVID PCR testing (nasal swab). TJHD and UVA are not offering antibody testing at community test sites.  Please visit the VHD website for more details on testing and a complete list of testing sites available. Questions? Call TJHD’s COVID-19 hotline at 434-972-6261 (staffed M-F 8am-4:30pm) or email at TJhealthdistrict@gmail.com

Second Response to Essential Needs Extravaganza Event provides necessities to community

Volunteer distributes bags of items at Response to Essential Needs event.

Our Cville Schools community came together for our second Response to Essential Needs Drive Through Extravaganza in December at CHS. Thanks to the Chris Long Foundation and the United Way of Greater Charlottesville for your generous support. We were able to provide necessities like hygiene items, clothing, coats, and books to families and students in need.


Holiday Cheer from the CHS Fine Arts programs

Need some help getting into the holiday spirit? Watch and listen to a few festive performances from our talented CHS students!


Three students win STEM camp scholarships and laptops

STEM camp scholarship and laptop winners

Two local companies, Innovative Software Solutions and WillowTree, partnered for a fundraiser to provide STEM summer camp scholarships and brand new laptops to three CHS Engineering students.  Congratulations to the deserving recipients: Hope George, Miriam Sadat, and Aniyah Moore!  Engineering teacher Matt Shields accompanied reps from the two companies to deliver the surprise to the girls’ homes.

See the news coverage here.


News You Can Use: Blue Ridge Health Department Updates

TJHD flyer for celebrating safely this holiday season (English)

TJHD celebrating safely flyer (Spanish)

icon of calendar Calendar by MRK from the Noun ProjectUpcoming Dates:

  • Winter Break, December 21, 2020 – January 1, 2021 – Happy Holidays!
  • School Board Meeting, January 7, 5pm
  • School Health Advisory Board Meeting (SHAB), January 12, 4pm
  • Models for School Security: A Public Conversation, January 12, 6pm
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, January 18, no school
  • Last Day of Second Quarter, January 29

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School Board Updates graphicSchool Board Updates

At the December 17  School Board meeting, the Board voted to approve the revised plans for returning to in-person instruction contingent upon a review of health data on January 7. In addition, the Board is in the process of developing a 2021-22 budget.

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In Case You Missed It

Day of Play Recap


Charlottesville City Schools held its first ever division-wide Day of Play for city schools staff, students, and their families on December 5. We had more than 400 videos and photos submitted from those who participated.

Thanks to the generous support of the Public Education Fund of Charlottesville-Albemarle (PEFCA), we awarded 28 lucky winners with raffle prizes valued at $2500!  For a complete list of winners, visit charlottesvilleschools.org/dayofplay.

Also, many thanks to the volunteers and staff who donated their time and expertise to create the activities. A special thank you goes to staff members Jessica Brantley, Paula Culver-Dickinson, and Linda Humphries for their roles in planning and executing this fun event for all.

Happy Holidays to all of our Charlottesville City Schools staff, students, and families!


Volunteer distributes bags of items at Response to Essential Needs event.

Response to Essential Needs (R.E.N.) Drive-Through provides support to those in need

Volunteer distributes bags of items at Response to Essential Needs event.CCS Student & Family Engagement, in partnership with United Way of Greater Charlottesville and the Chris Long Foundation, hosted a second REN (Response to Essential Needs) Extravaganza on Saturday, December 12, 2020 for the Charlottesville community.

Staff and volunteers were on hand to distribute free and essential needs items such as clothing, hygiene products, activity kits, coats, and more.

Thanks to all who donated their time and resources to helping our neighbors in need.

See news coverage here.

See photo album here.


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City Schools to host school safety forum on 1/12

School Safety Forum graphicTo continue our discussion on school resource officers, please join us virtually for a discussion about school safety on January 12 at 6 p.m. Hear from representatives from other cities to learn about different models for school safety as our Charlottesville Schools safety committee considers future options.

To join the Zoom meeting, please use the following link: