A Word from Dr. Gurley
Dear staff and families –
I hope your summer is off to a great start.
I’m writing with an update about school transportation – and it’s not the update I wanted to give. But despite the City’s best efforts to hire more school bus drivers, we expect to have even fewer bus routes this fall than last year. This national school bus driver shortage is not going away, so it’s time for us to look at new solutions. Here is an overview of the strategies and investments we are putting into place starting this fall:
These strategies are still in the works but you can read more here.
What you can do immediately to help:
I appreciate how difficult these changes are for so many in our community. At the same time, like any educator, it is in my nature to take the long view: If we invest well in this different approach to school transportation, our community will have safer routes for walking and biking, better public transit, and healthier outcomes for both people and the planet.
We will continue to be in touch with you over the summer on this important issue. Please read below for more updates from our division.
Dr. Royal A. Gurley, Jr.
Congratulations to the 280 graduates of the CHS Class of 2022! Relive the joy and pride of our June 9 ceremony at Ting Pavilion with free high-resolution downloads of photos or the video of the event.
Online re-registration forms are now open so you can update your bus requests, phone numbers, and more to get ready for next year. (This process does not guarantee a spot on the bus next year, but it will help the City make plans for next year’s school bus routes since the bus driver shortage continues.) You can re-register your child by logging into the PowerSchool website (the app will not work for this). After you login, select your first student (at top) and click “Re-Registration” at the left. Update your old data and answer new questions. After each student, return to PowerSchool, select a new student’s name (at top) and click Re-Registration to repeat the process. Need help? Call your school. Thanks for updating your records and renewing your permissions each year!
Summer COVID PCR testing for students and staff will occur through August 10 at the MLK Jr. Performing Arts Center at CHS on Wednesdays from 1-2pm. Participants who expect to test regularly (more than once or twice) should use this form to sign up so that pre-printed labels will be available. (Sign up again even if your student tested during the school year.) If you plan to come as needed (after you’ve been exposed or if you’re planning to travel), you can just show up and complete forms on-site. Learn more here.
Save the date for our annual Back to School Bash: Saturday, August 20, 10am-12pm. At this family-fun event, we give away free backpacks and school supplies to all in our community who need them. New this year: No registration necessary! To make the event a success, we are asking for the support of our community: Purchase supplies from our Amazon Wishlist.
Registration is open for the YMCA After School Program in Charlottesville City Schools (formerly the CLASS program) for the 2022-23 school year! Please note that waiting lists are being formed at some schools.
The Buford community came out to the first Buford Block Party on June 18. Click here for video of the fun!
We are excited to introduce our division’s two new elementary school principals: Ms. Chantel Beverly, left, leads Venable, and was previously the assistant principal at Greenbrier. Mrs. Carmella Johnson, right, leads Clark, and was previously the assistant principal of Johnson. Welcome, Ms. Beverly and Mrs. Johnson!