Superintendent's Message: School Safety
Families may be discussing how CCPS is supporting school safety... and while some safety measures must remain unpublished, the following prevention, preparedness, and response measures are purposeful, ongoing, and regularly reviewed: annual safety plan, 5 school resource officers, safety drills, building CARE teams (social worker, counselor, FEC, school psych., nurse), risk/threat assessment teams and protocols, code of conduct implementation, mental health supports and community partnerships (counselors/social workers), therapeutic day treatment services, Lotus Academy Alternative Education placements, building safety champions, Coor. of Safety and Compliance, home visits, CCSO intruder drills, window film, sex offender registry, STOPit anonymous reporting app, security cameras, Safe and Drug Free Committee, Achieve 2027 Goal 3 - Health and Safety, buzzer/camera entrances, ID/license visitor system, timely/transparent incident communication, CCSO/CCPS memorandum of understanding, technology filters, etc.
As CCPS continues to evaluate additional safety and mental health measures, we urge you to keep talking with your student about their school experience and how to report concerning activity to a trusted adult or the anonymous STOPit tipline on each school's website. Please be aware of what is tucked into your child's bookbag, lunchbox, pockets, or vehicle, Be engaged in their social media activity and with whom and how they are communicating. Revisit the seriousness of consequences associated with the unintentional/intentional carrying of any weapon onto school grounds. And finally, please be certain that weapons within your home are safely secured and out of reach.
Thank you for being an active contributor to our students and staff members' well-being.
Dr. Sarah Calveric
2024 Budget Update
On Monday, February 13 (CMS, 5:30), Superintendent Calveric will present the FY24 proposed budget to the School Board for approval. The School Board and Dr. Calveric will then present their approved FY24 Budget to the Board of Supervisors. This meeting will take place on Tuesday, February 21 at 6:00 at the Caroline Community Center. Please join us on these two evenings to learn more about the budget priorities and how you can advocate for CCPS staff and students at the BOS Budget Public Hearing on Tuesday, April 11.
At the state level, Governor Youngkin proposed funding for:
- A 5% compensation increase and 1% retention bonus for Standards of Quality (SOQ) positions,
- Teacher retention bonuses (10M statewide) and teacher performance bonuses (50M statewide), and
- Expansion of the K-3 reading specialist initiative to grades 4/5 (550 to 1).
The General Assembly convened on January 11, 2023 with final changes to the budget bill expected by February 15, 2023. The GA's final budget bill will be used to inform the school division's final FY24 budget.
Panorama Universal Screener for Social-Emotional Wellness
Black History Month 2023
CCPS honors Black History Month 2023 which affords parents, guardians, and educators the opportunity to further enhance students' ability to analyze, think critically, and flex their thinking skills surrounding past, present, and future contributions of African Americans.
The phrase, "We stand on the shoulders of giants," is commonly spoken, and this month our students stand on the shoulders of African American history change makers in Caroline County, the Commonwealth, and across the Nation. Their shoulders provide the historical context for each schools' BHM2023 activities and the school division's daily Facebook posts which celebrate current students, alumni, and our greater community's accomplishments, productive struggle, and activism.
Welcome to the 2023 Student School Board Representative
As the new Student School Board Representative, Ms. Courtney is eager to be a voice for all students. As such, her platform will include speaking about highlights from each CCPS school during school board meetings. CCPS is excited about Ms. Courtney’s new role as Student School Board Representative and enjoyed introducing her at the January 23, 2023 meeting.
Caroline County Public Schools 2023-2024 Preschool recruitment is opening on Tuesday, February 21, 2023. All preschool programs (Head Start, VPI and Title I) have been blended into one program! #OnePreschool
If you have a child that will turn 3 or 4 years old by September 30, 2023, he/she may be eligible for preschool. For more information, reach out to the Family Engagement Coordinator at the school in your attendance zone.
Bus Safety Reminders
School bus safety is extremely important. Here are a few reminders:
- Students should be at assigned bus stop 10-minutes prior to scheduled pick up time.
- Students should remain in seat while vehicle is in motion.
- Headphones/earplugs must be used with all electronic devices.
- Students are only permitted off the bus at their assigned stop, unless they have a bus pass issued by the school with a valid date.
- Additionally, it is prohibited for any parent/guardian or any person that is not a student to board a CCPS school bus. Boarding a bus is considered trespassing. All violators will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
Thank you for helping us keep our children and drivers safe!
Pandemic Funding Survey Results (ESSER III)
Thank you to the 717 staff, students, parents and community members who completed the ESSER III grant survey in December! Your feedback assisted CCPS with determining how to best utilize the remaining pandemic funds in support of students. Survey results yielded the following trends:
- An overwhelming 80% of our community would like CCPS to continue to use ESSER funds for class-size reduction teachers and additional instructional staff.
- 55% of stakeholders selected additional student mental health supports as a priority.
- Approximately 40% of stakeholders believe implementing virtual tutoring would be beneficial for student learning loss and 43% of families indicated they would be interested in their child having access to a virtual tutoring program.
- Approximately 20-25% of respondents indicated summer enrichment and weeklong transition camps were not a high priority, even though helpful.
Next Steps: CCPS leadership staff and building administration are in the process of evaluating four virtual tutoring companies to expedite the implementation of this service. In addition, the ESSER review committee will evaluate the current quantity (7) of Class Size Reduction teachers and adjust according to future needs. Additionally, ESSER III funds will continue supporting Family Engagement Coordinators and an additional school counselor - both of whom support mental health and wellness.
Now Hiring for the 2023-2024 School Year
School Board Highlights
Take a look at the January School Board Meeting highlights:
Board Reorganization: Mr. Shawn Kelley, 2023 Board Chair and Mr. John Copeland, 2023 Vice Chair. Congratulations!
Recognitions: 2023 Student School Board Rep., VA Schools Principal Week, VASCD Team Impact Award, Above and Beyond the Call of Duty Winners, and Mentor Program Awareness Month
Approval of Policy IIA and IIAB, as well as Budget Amendment #2
Information from School Division on Chronic Absenteeism, CHS Turf Field Design
New Business - First Reading of 23-24 Draft Instructional Calendar and CHS eSports Club Stipend
FY24 Budget Public Hearing (6:30PM) - Presentation of FY24 Budget Priorities
For more information on these topics, you can access the Boarddocs link or view the meeting at our CCPS YouTube Channel.
Partner in Education Spotlight- Pitts and Manns Realty
Over the holiday season, Pitts and Manns Realty in Bowling Green conducted a coat, scarves, and hats drive, which resulted in two large boxes of coats, scarves, and hats being delivered to CCPS. These items were distributed to the schools and shared with students and families in need! We are so very grateful for our Partners in Education. They truly demonstrate the meaning of #OneCaroline.
If you are interested in being a Partner in Education, click HERE.
COMMUNITY RESOURCE CORNER
Free Online Food Delivery Service
If you are in need of groceries, you can order free groceries from the Fredericksburg Food Bank and they will be delivered to the Caroline Parent Teacher Resource Center for you to pick up. Order online at orderahead.org, use zip code 22427, and schedule your pick up date. The service is private and free to anyone. Groceries must be ordered each month as needed and they will be delivered to the PTRC on the following dates:
- February 23
- March 30
- April 27
- May 18
Weekend Food Packs
Packs will be distributed to the schools on Thursday or Friday each week. Please contact the Parent Teacher Resource Center to arrange food pick up. Call 804-633-5088, Extension 1702.
Thank you TYL for being an invaluable Partner in Education!
African American History Month
Career and Technical Education Month
School Board Appreciation Month
February 1: Global School Day of Play
February 7: Family BINGO Night
February 9: Parent Conferences (CMS/CHS)
February 6-10: National School Counseling Week
February 17: Student Holiday/ Division PD
February 13-17: National FCCLA Week
February 20: No School/ Holiday (Make Up Day)
February 22: Love the Bus/ School Bus Driver's Appreciation Day
February 23: Digital Learning Day