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Mission Statement
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. Click here for more information.

Health Services

Immunization Requirements for School Entry

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 schools.

Dress Code
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 innuendos.

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 limits.)

Report Cards
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 4 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 here)

School Delays/Closings
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 here).

Student Conduct
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 Application
Click here for more information.

Graduation Requirements
Please view the Graduation Requirements.

Scholarship Information
Scholarship information may be obtained in the Guidance section of the district web site.

Discrimination Policy
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 all times.

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 coordinator at:
312 Cedar Road
P.O. Box 16496
Chesapeake, VA 23322

Section 504
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.

Adult Education
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

Mechatronics Dual Enrollment Program

Tidewater Community College and Chesapeake Public Schools have partnered on a dual enrollment program in mechatronics to help launch high school students into in-demand careers in advanced manufacturing. These systems are typically composed of traditional mechanical and electrical components, but are referred to as "smart" devices or systems because of the incorporation of sensors, actuators, robotics, instrumentation, process control and automation. The program is best suited for students with an interest in electronics who enjoy working with their hands to build electrical, mechanical and robotic systems. Enrolled students will be on a special career pathway that includes taking selected classes in their high schools for the first two years, working toward a standard high school diploma, and a recognized industry credential in electronics. After graduating from high school, students can continue their education at TCC and earn the Associate of Applied Science in Mechatronics in just one year. Click here to view the video.
Calendar of Events
School Board Meeting
March 30
6:00 p.m.
School Administration Building
View the agenda.

Chesapeake R U Ready 4 Kindergarten Parent Workshops
April (Various Dates and Locations)

Western Branch Theatre Department Presents:
A Night of One Acts
April 1
7:00 p.m.
Western Branch High School Auditorium
Tickets are $8.00.

Gifted Education Advisory Committee Meeting
April 2
6:30 p.m.
Greenbrier Middle School Media Classroom
Open to the public.

Make-Up Day
April 3
Full instructional day for all students

Indian River Middle School PTSA
Spring Craft Show
April 25
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Contact Holli Floyd at for more information.
Click here to view the vendor registration form.

5th Annual Patricia D. Gadson Scholarship Fund Golf Tournament
May 4
12:00 p.m.
Greenbrier Country Club
Click here to view the flier.

Chesapeake Public Schools Educational Foundation's 10th Annual Golf Tournament
June 16
Registration 8:00 a.m.
Cahoon Plantation
Click here to view the flier.

Wellness Centers
Extended Hours
The Wellness Centers at Knells Ridge Square and Washington Shoppes now have EXTENDED hours. Click here for more information.

Peachjar eflyers
Peachjar Logo

Chesapeake Public Schools provides the service of electronic flyer (eflyer) dissemination via Peachjar, a free online service for our students and parents to receive announcements from their child's school, nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organizations in the city of Chesapeake, and state supported organizations.

Click on the Peachjar eflyers logo above to learn more about Peachjar or to submit your request.

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Click on the BoardDocs icon to view more information regarding School Board meetings and minutes.
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Broadcasting Media
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program listing

WCPS TV Station [watch]
TV Program Schedule
Keeping the Focus
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