The Caroline County School Board appointed Ms. Rochelle Brown as Assistant Principal of Caroline Middle School at their meeting on June 18, 2020.
Ms. Brown graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and Management. She also holds a Master’s Degree in Administration and Supervision from Regent University. Ms. Brown is currently a Dean of Students for Chesterfield County Public Schools. Serving in this leadership role for the past two years has enabled her to develop strong communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills. Ms. Brown coordinated professional development activities in Restorative Practices and Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS), initiated a Monday Mentor attendance program and led the School Safety Committee. Ms. Brown taught at Chesterfield County Public Schools before accepting the Dean position. Caroline County is excited to welcome Ms. Brown to the Caroline Middle School team for the 2020-2021 school year
The Caroline County School Board appointed Mrs. Kristi Thomas as Assistant Principal of Bowling Green Elementary School at their meeting on June 18, 2020.
Mrs. Thomas graduated from James Madison University with her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Sociology and received her Masters of Arts in Reading from Grand Canyon University. She is also pursuing her Doctorate of Education in Organizational Leadership K-12, from Grand Canyon University. Mrs. Thomas is currently serving as the Reading Specialist for Bowling Green Elementary School where she has been instrumental in contributing to the school’s success. Prior to accepting that position, she was a teacher at BGE from 2016-2019. Caroline County is excited to welcome Mrs. Thomas to the Bowling Green Elementary School team for the 2020-2021 school year.
Dear CCPS School Community:
With the 2019-20 school year completed, there is much anticipation and discussion about what school will look like for the 2020-21 school year. Caroline County Public Schools, like educational organizations across the Commonwealth, is now wrestling with how to effectively manage the public health risks of COVID-19 while simultaneously resuming the core functions of our school division.
Amidst this, CCPS remains committed to the health and well-being of all school community members and to supporting the academic and social-emotional progress of all students. As such, the school division has been actively preparing for the re-opening of school. A Return-to-Learn task force comprised of department supervisors, principals, and teachers has been planning over the past month for a variety of scenarios for returning to school that include a regular return (social distancing measures), virtual/distance learning, and a variety of alternate models.
To ensure the task force develops a plan reflective of the Caroline school community and the Commonwealth, VDH, and VDOE reopening guidelines outline by Governor Northam on June 9, we’ve developed a parent survey to determine the needs and wants of our families. In addition to parental input, CCPS staff will seeking feedback via an employee Return-to-Learn survey. All survey data will be used in conjunction with governmental agency information to develop a plan that is feasible, meaningful, and safe.
Your input is valuable, so please submit your responses by June 18! The CCPS task force will work diligently to release its Return-to-Learn plan by mid-July. We thank you for your continued support throughout the COVID-19 closure; we’re committed to meeting the continued challenges presented by the pandemic while delivering quality teaching and learning opportunities for the students of Caroline.
Return to Learn Parent Survey
Sarah B. Calveric, Ph.D.
Caroline County Public Schools is excited to announce Mrs. Natalee Tuck will be joining the Special Education team as Compliance Coordinator, filling the position vacated by Mr. James O’Reilly. Mrs. Tuck will begin on 8/1/2020. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from Virginia Commonwealth University and earned her Master’s Degree in Special Education from Grand Canyon University. Mrs. Tuck has worked as a Special Education Teacher for Caroline County Public Schools since 2004. She has also served as the Special Education and Child Study/Eligibility Chairperson from 2006-2014 for Lewis and Clark Elementary School. CCPS welcomes Natalee Tuck as the Special Education Compliance Coordinator.
Caroline County Public Schools is excited to announce Danny Younce will be joining the Transportation team as the Pupil Transportation Coordinator, filling the position vacated by Mr. Erick Childs. He will begin on 6/16/2020. Mr. Younce attended Germanna Community College with a focus on business and career development coursework and is a member of the Virginia Association of Pupil Transportation. He served as a bus driver for Stafford County before attaining the position of Route Manager for Prince William County Schools in 2014. Mr. Younce plans to use his interpersonal and organizational skills to assist the transportation department and build upon the goals.
Caroline County Public Schools Superintendent, Dr. Sarah Calveric has been selected as a participant in the inaugural cohort of the Virginia Superintendents Leadership Academy (VSLA). Dr. Calveric is one of fifteen superintendents chosen to take part in the first-ever VSLA program. The Leadership Academy will provide participants with a unique Professional Learning Community designed to meet the challenges and opportunities of Virginia superintendents.
The VSLA curriculum is organized around the acquisition of leadership competencies identified in the Profile of a Virginia Leader, which was presented to the Virginia Board of Education in July 2020. The cohort of colleagues will engage in sessions that promote leadership strategies that help superintendents adapt to ever changing challenges facing schools and unforeseen problems that undoubtedly will occur in the future. Throughout the year-long program, Dr. Calveric will complete a capstone project focused on a problem of practice specifically focused on Caroline County Public Schools.
Caroline County Public Schools is proud of Dr. Calveric’s commitment to professional growth and congratulates her on participating in the Virginia Association of School Superintendents’ VSLA Academy.
The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) encourages school divisions to communicate the importance of getting immunizations and physicals required for school enrollment to parents or guardians of school-age children. Although the COVID-19 pandemic initially disrupted or limited services offered by local health departments and providers, the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommend that parents proceed with well-child physicals and immunizations through their local health care providers. Planning ahead to complete these state requirements for school enrollment will ensure a smooth and safe start when schools reopen.
The Code of Virginia requires that children receive a comprehensive physical examination
(§ 22.1-270) within 12 months prior to the start of school and be adequately immunized (§ 22.1-271.2) before entering public kindergarten or elementary school. Other required immunizations include Human Papillomavirus (HPV) for girls entering sixth grade; and a Diphtheria, Tetanus, and Pertussis (Tdap) booster for entry into seventh grade.
Additional resources are available for families of uninsured and underinsured children or those impacted financially by the COVID-19 pandemic.
● The VDH, Vaccines for Children Map indicates participating providers for immunizations by region. Parents may contact local clinics directly for information and hours of service.
● The Virginia Community Healthcare Association works with a statewide network of clinics that bill for public and some private insurance. Many clinics provide a sliding scale for those without insurance and offer free immunizations in partnership with the VDH.
● The Virginia Association of Free Clinics are independent, nonprofit, volunteer-driven and community-based organizations. Each clinic sets its own eligibility requirements and guidelines, and all must be contacted directly for assistance.
School divisions are reminded that children of military families, without documentation of immunizations, should be immediately enrolled and shall have up to 30 days from the date of enrollment to obtain any immunizations required by the receiving state. The Interstate Compact on the Educational Opportunity of Military Children (§ 22.1-360) does not waive the physical examination requirement for these children. If the pupil’s health record indicates that a physical was conducted prior to admission to another school or school division then the receiving school is permitted to use such a report when enrolling the student (§ 22.1-270). School divisions should consider the current challenges that military families may face in scheduling physical examinations as a result of COVID-19 and find ways to support families in securing the required physicals.
Regular requirements for physicals and immunizations do not impact the immediate enrollment mandate in the McKinney-Vento Act for students experiencing homelessness. Students who are eligible for McKinney-Vento rights and services should be immediately enrolled unless additional requirements, specifically implemented to address the pandemic, are being placed on all students. In such cases, the additional requirements would apply as comparable requirements. The student/family should be referred to the Local Homeless Education Liaison who can ensure the family receives assistance with any barriers caused by the requirements, including connecting the family with additional community services.
If you have additional questions, please contact Tracy White, School Health Specialist at VDOE, by email at Tracy.White@doe.virginia.gov, or by telephone at (804) 786-8671 or Joanna Pitts, School Health Specialist at VDH, by email at Joanna.Pitts@vdh.virginia.gov.
Thousands of Virginia educators received a digital thank-you note in the Virginia Lottery’s Thank a Teacher campaign. One lucky Virginia teacher received that and a lot more! Elizabeth Flaherty, fourth grade teacher at Lewis and Clark Elementary School in Caroline County, won a Virginia-themed vacation courtesy of the Lottery and $5,000 in credit to the Supply Room for her school.
Flaherty’s name was drawn from nearly 3,000 entries submitted by teachers who entered a special code from their thank-you notes in the prize drawing. On June 3, Virginia Lottery officials surprised Flaherty with the good news via Zoom. The video chat included an additional surprise with an appearance by First Lady of Virginia Pamela Northam, who thanked Flaherty and surprised her with a special fieldtrip for her class to the Executive Mansion once school resumes in the fall.
The award-winning Thank a Teacher campaign was held in conjunction with National Teacher Appreciation Week (May 8 – 10). During that week, thousands of digital thank-you notes were sent to Virginia K-12 public school teachers by their students, parents or other Virginians. The cards each had one of three pieces of artwork designed by Virginia elementary, middle and high school students in the Thank a Teacher Art Contest.
When teachers received the thank-you notes, they could use a unique web code on the note to enter for a chance to win the grand prize.
The Thank a Teacher campaign is a partnership between the Virginia Lottery, the Supply Room, and the Virginia PTA. It’s an initiative to celebrate those teachers whose hard work and inspiration have made a difference in so many lives.
The Virginia Lottery is good fun for a great cause. The winning ticket was bought in Greene County, which received more than $1.6 million in Lottery funds for K-12 public education last fiscal year. For more information and a complete list of Lottery funds distributed to Virginia school districts, visit the Virginia Lottery’s Giving Back page.
The Virginia Lottery generates more than $1.7 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools. Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Lottery generated a record $650 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2019. An additional $6.5 million in unclaimed prizes was deposited in the Virginia Literary Fund in FY19, which provides low-interest loans to localities for public school construction, renovations and technology upgrades.