Caroline County Confirms Its Commitment to Tobacco-Free School Environments

Local Youth Advocates Partner With Caroline County Public Schools to Help Strengthen the Division’s Tobacco-Free Policy

When two seniors from Riverbend High School in Spotsylvania County first approached the Caroline County School Board in November about strengthening its tobacco policy, the board immediately took measures to address their recommendations. “I’m very impressed with the student leadership and the level and depth of their knowledge in the importance of a tobacco-free school,” said Dr. Monroe, Director of School Leadership and School Improvement for Caroline County Public Schools.

Lauren Sauceda (18) and Karen Huezo (17) are two youth leaders of Y Street, the award-winning teen volunteer program of the Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth. Y Street youth from across Virginia work on campaigns like 24/7, a campaign that partners with Virginia school divisions to help them adopt, implement, and enforce 100% comprehensive tobacco-free policies, like the one adopted by the Caroline County School Division on Monday night.

Monday’s vote to adopt this new policy will protect the more than 4,300 youth in their division from the harmful influence of tobacco by adopting a 100% comprehensive tobacco- and e-cigarette-free policy. The new policy, will go into affect January 8, 2018 prohibits the possession of any tobacco product by minors, requires visitors to refrain from tobacco use on all school property and at all school-sponsored event, and removes designated smoking areas from all school properties.

“When we went to Caroline County’s school board meeting we were not sure what to expect. Little did we know that the school board members were already very dedicated to providing a healthy school environment.” Said Lauren Sauceda “Not only were they happy to hear what we had to say about the 24/7 campaign, but they were all willing to make some great changes to their tobacco policy’s with the help of Y Street.”

Comprehensive policies support a school environment that is 100% free from tobacco products – including electronic cigarettes and smokeless tobacco products – by prohibiting any tobacco use by students, staff, or visitors on all school property and at school-sponsored events, including those that are off-site.

In adopting the revised policy, Caroline County School Division is now the 32nd school division in Virginia recognized by the Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth as having a 100% comprehensive tobacco- and e-cigarette-free policy.

“We have students talking on the importance of school division policies and practices. I see passion here on a purposeful and worthy cause that we’re moving forward with,” said Dr. Parker, Caroline County Superintendent. “It meant a lot to the board that they could hear straight from students and hear that message. I really am impressed with the level of understanding of the policies and how we can make our schools 100% comprehensive tobacco free.”

Unfortunately, nearly 20% of Virginia teens use e-cigarettes, according to the Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth and the Virginia Department of Health. Students are also more likely to use tobacco in places they have seen other students or adults using tobacco. 100% tobacco- and e-cigarette-free schools ensure positive role modeling by teachers, coaches, staff, visitors, and peers, and send a powerful message to students about tobacco use. Caroline County’s new 100% comprehensive tobacco-free policy represents a firm commitment by the school board to help its students live tobacco-free.

To help communicate Caroline County’s comprehensive policy to students, staff and visitors, the 24/7 campaign will provide all of the public schools in Caroline County with free signs displaying the new tobacco-free regulations and a comprehensive toolkit to support the division and its schools in implementing and enforcing the new policy.

About the Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth (VFHY)
Established by the Virginia General Assembly in 1999, the Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth empowers Virginia’s youth to make healthy choices by promoting active, nutritious and tobacco-free living. Since the Foundation began its work in 2001, high school smoking in Virginia has been cut by more than 60 percent and the number of middle school smokers has dropped by more than 75 percent! The Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth directly reaches about 50,000 children each year through classroom-based prevention programs in public schools, after-school programs, community centers, daycares and prevention programs across the state. VFHY’s award-winning marketing campaigns deliver prevention messaging to more than 500,000 children annually.

About Y Street and the 24/7 Campaign
Started in 2004, Y Street is the Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth’s teen volunteer group for high school students. Y Street youth work on obesity and tobacco-use prevention to help create a healthier Virginia. Y Street members have been invited to testify before the FDA and have worked on public health issues with top government officials, including the U.S. Surgeon General, the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, Virginia’s Governor, and Virginia’s Attorney General. Since 2004, over 8,000 teens statewide have participated in Y Street. For more information, visit www.YStreet.org.

The 24/7 campaign is an initiative to help all schools in Virginia understand, adopt, implement, and enforce comprehensive tobacco-free policies. It is a program of the Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth and Y Street, Virginia’s largest youth-led movement. For more information, visit http://www.247CampaignVA.com.

Media Contacts:
24/7 Campaign / Y Street
Holley Tillman
Holley@YStreet.org
(540) 624-2716

Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth
Richard Foster (804) 225-3947

Caroline County School Board Members
24/7 CAMPAIGN VA

2018-2019 Instructional Calendar Feedback

Caroline County Public Schools is pleased to present two draft 18-19 Instructional Calendars for stakeholder review and comment. The CCPS Instructional Calendar Committee worked collaboratively in November with the aim of preserving and enhancing various aspects of the academic calendar. Options A and B reflect committee input as well as local and state mandates that provide parameters for calendar development.  For more information regarding the committee’s work and regulatory requirements, please see the Frequently Asked Questions document on the CCPS website.

Please take a moment to review Options A and B (CCPS website) and provide us with feedback. The survey will close on Thursday, December 21.  We look forward to presenting a final draft calendar to the School Board at the February School Board Meeting.

Calendar Highlights:

Calendars A and B are similar with the exceptions of March and April. See below for the outlined differences:

  • Calendar A provides a consistent spring break (1st week of April – would not change in future years) that aligns with calendar proposals for neighboring divisions to our immediate South (Hanover, Henrico, Richmond City). With a consistent spring break, Option A provides a half student day on 4/19/19 and a holiday on 4/22/19.
  • Calendar B provides a traditional spring break, which falls prior to the holiday on 4/21/19.
  • Options A and B reflect different dates in March for the End of the 3rd Quarter and time allocated for professional work days.

Downloads

2018-2019 Calendar Option A (Printable PDF – English Version)

2018-2019 Calendar Option B (Printable PDF – English Version)

Frequently Asked Questions (Printable PDF – English Version)

Feedback

2018-2019 Instructional Calendar Feedback

Thank you for your time and input!

Navigating Dangerous Waters

Empowering Parents
Increase Your Parent Tool Box
Healthy Coping Strategies

Information presentation by:
Rappahannock Community Services Board
Caroline County Sheriff’s Office – CCPS-CMS School Counselors
-Identifying healthy/unhealthy relationships
-What is self-harming behavior?
-Learn the dangerous APPS

Saturday, January 13, 2018
Caroline Middle School Auditorium
13325 Devil’s Three Jump Road
Milford, Virginis 22514
Sponsored by: CCPS – Parent Resource Center
804-633-7083
Child supervision provided

Caroline County Public Schools received a Green Certification award

Caroline County Public Schools received a Green Certification award in the 2017 Virginia School Boards Association’s (VSBA) Green Schools Challenge. It is a friendly competition designed to encourage implementation of specific environmental policies and practical actions that reduce the carbon emissions generated by both the local school division and the broader community. This is the ninth year the awards were given out.

The Certified Green School Division winners were recognized at the VSBA Annual Convention being held in Williamsburg. The 30 school divisions were recognized as being Certified Green School Divisions by implementing new actions and adopting new policies that earn the divisions “green points”. The VSBA Green Schools Challenge was sponsored by Moseley Architects and ABM Education.

PowerSchool Assessment Review

An exciting new feature has been added to PowerSchool Assessment called student assessment review. With this feature, students can look at items that they missed within a predefined window. In order to activate this feature, a teacher must select this option when scheduling a test. After setting a review window, the teacher generates a code for each student. To access the review feature, students and parents navigate to the PowerSchool Assessment log on screen. Both the students and parents tab include the option to review an assessment. After selecting the review an assessment option, enter in the student number and the unique review password. The link to PowerSchool Assessment is found on the www.ccps.us site under the parent drop down. An additional link is located on the my.ccps.us intranet page under the students tab.

Free Health Clinic Nov 4-5, 2017 Warsaw, VA

The clinic is open to any regardless of residence or income and is first come, first serve. The clinic is November 4 & 5 at Richmond County Elementary School (361 Walnut Street , Warsaw, VA 22572). Services offered can be found on the flyer and include onsite dental care and glasses. All ages are welcome. More information can be found at www.rappahannock.edu/RAM

Free Health Clinic Flyer (Printable PDF – English Version)

Clínica gratuita de salud (Printable PDF – Spanish Version)

Request for proposals for investment grade audit for energy services

The Caroline County School Board (District) is accepting proposals, pursuant to Section 11-34.3 of the Code of Virginia, from interested firms to enter into an energy performance-based contract to install certain equipment in and make modifications to Caroline Middle School which will result in a guaranteed amount of energy savings.

To learn more, please visit http://fm.blogs.ccps.us/2017/10/request-for-proposals-for-investment-grade-audit-for-energy-services/