The mission of the Chesapeake Public Schools is to ensure that students attain the knowledge,
skills, and attitudes to become lifelong learners and productive citizens by combining the
efforts of the students, parents, community and staff to provide a quality education in a
safe, orderly environment in which human dignity is valued.
New residents, new students, and those transferring within
the school system should register students as soon as possible
at the school which serves your community. To enter kindergarten
a child must be 5 years old on or before September 30. Further
information is available at each public school.
Documentary proof shall be provided of adequate age appropriate
immunization with the prescribed number of doses of vaccine.
All students prior to enrollment must meet immunization requirements.
*Certificate of Religious Exemption from Immunization
*Click here to view Immunization Requirements.
Because each teacher from kindergarten to high school will
have particular preferences for crayons, notebooks, binders,
pens, etc., parents are encouraged to wait until school starts
before purchasing their children's supplies. Teachers will
give out lists on the first day of school describing exactly
what particular supplies are needed.
Click here to view the school supplies lists for individual
High school sophomores about to take driver's education must
pay $300 for behind-the-wheel instruction. There may be additional
fees for those participating in band or other special activity
Students must wear appropriate dress to school. Extremely
brief dress such as bare midriffs, see-through blouses, and
short shorts will not be permitted. Hats may not be worn inside
school buildings, and shoes must be worn at all times. If
you are in doubt as to what is appropriate dress, contact
your school principal.
From CPS Student Conduct
Policy Guidelines (XIV):
1. Students will not be allowed to wear inappropriate clothes,
jewelry, or other apparel or personal belongings that advocate
violence, alcohol, and other drug use and/or distribution;
that represent gang activity and/or membership; that use obscenities;
or that reflect adversely on persons due to race, gender,
creed, or intellectual abilities, or that contain inappropriate
2. Students who wear revealing attire (such as see-through
shirts) may be removed from school.
3. Hats may not be worn in school buildings.
4. For reasons of health and safety, all students are required
to wear appropriate shoes when on school property.
5. Students whose dress is considered contrary to good hygiene,
distracting to other students, or in any way disruptive to
the learning process will be required to meet the school standards.
6. Prior to the end of the first month of each school year,
each local school will make available to parents and students
school dress code standards.
Absences and Tardiness
When it is necessary for a student to be absent, a parent
should call the school the morning of that absence. The only
legitimate excuses for absences or tardiness are: the personal
illness of a student, severe illness or a death in the immediate
family, exposure to contagious disease, and religious holidays.
Absences for any other reason require prior permission of
the principal. In all cases, a parent must provide a written
excuse stating the reason for the absence or tardiness.
Illness at School
Clinic services are provided for student illness or injury.
Medication will not be administered by the school staff without
written parental permission and a doctor's order. If a student
needs regular medication, the parent must contact the school
so appropriate arrangements can be made. A registered nurse
is assigned to each Chesapeake school.
Students will not be required to walk more than one-tenth
of a mile in any zone designated as a transportation zone.
(This restriction may not apply when dead-end streets with
inadequate turnaround areas extend beyond the above-stated
Elementary and middle school report cards, which are issued
every nine weeks, are given to the students a few days after
the end of each grading period to take home. They should be
signed and returned the following school day. Parents also
may receive notice between report cards when students are
not progressing satisfactorily. The high schools follow a
4x4 block schedule and report cards are issued every 4½ weeks. They
are sent home by students to parents a few days after the
conclusion of the grading period. Parents should sign and
have their child return the report card to the school the
following day. Parents will also receive sufficient notice
prior to the conclusion of the grading period if their child
is in danger of failing a course.
View Report Card Schedule (click
Schools may be delayed or closed due to hurricanes, snow, ice, or extreme
heat. School superintendent Dr. Jim Roberts will make
the decision and have it announced first on WFOS FM 88.7,
the Chesapeake Public Schools radio station, WCPS COX-46 and
Verizon Channel-48. Announcements also will be made on other
local media stations. Parents will also be notified via phone
and/or text through our Parent Alert System.
There are times when, due to unforeseen circumstances, schools
may close early. When this happens, students should have a
plan of action. They should know what to do and where to go
when they arrive at home. Parents should have an understanding
with their children beforehand exactly what action they should
take in case of early closings.
View Emergency Information (click
Discipline is an integral part of the educational process
as it relates to development of personal integrity, maturity,
and good citizenship. Appropriate conduct and good order in
the schools are essential and will be maintained so that all
students have the opportunity to learn without disruptions.
Violation of discipline policies may result in expulsion,
suspension, or other disciplinary actions deemed appropriate
by the principal.
Breakfast is available at our schools at the cost of $1.15.
Lunch is available for $2.20 at all elementary, intermediate schools, middle and high
schools. The secondary schools also offer several a la carte
items such as ice cream. Meal tickets can be purchased with
either cash or a check in the school cafeteria from the cafeteria
manager or parents can utilize MyPaymentsPlus to manage their child's meal account. Free and reduced price meal benefits are provided
to households who complete a Lunch Application and are determined
eligible. The Lunch Applications are given to every student
at the beginning of the school year. Applications are available
at each school and may be submitted to your school office
at any time throughout the school year.
Free & Reduced School Meals
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Please view the
Scholarship information may be obtained in the Guidance section
of the district web site.
All members of the Chesapeake Public School community are
reminded that the Chesapeake City School Board and all Chesapeake
Public Schools is committed to avoiding discrimination at
As School Board Policy 3-6 indicates:
The school board is committed to the principle of equal opportunity
for all and shall not permit unfair discrimination on the
basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability.
This principle shall apply to students, employees, patrons,
vendors and all others who serve or are served by the school
system . . .
This requirement extends to all aspects of the school program,
including the educational and extracurricular programs.
Procedures for seeking resolution of grievances resulting
from alleged discrimination are available from the Title IX
312 Cedar Road
P.O. Box 16496
Chesapeake, VA 23322
Should you have any questions concerning the application of
Section 504, please direct them to the school division's Section
504 Coordinator at:
312 Cedar Road
P.O. Box 16496
Chesapeake, VA 23322
Each school has its own Parent Teacher Association. Parents
interested in joining should call the main office at their
children's school to find out who leads the PTA. The cost
of membership varies.
Adults interested in earning the GED or getting information
about other adult education classes or programs may call the
Adult Education Center at 482-5680.
Or visit the Adult Education website at:
For additional information, please contact Kellie Goral
Public Information Officer, at 547-1033, or e-mail
her at firstname.lastname@example.org.