2018-02-21 / Announcements

Schools set 2018-19 calendar, new start times


The Chesterfield County School Board has approved the 2018-19 school year calendar. Highlights include:

180 student days.
Classes begin Sept. 4.
Classes end June 14 for students.
Winter break is Dec. 20-Jan. 1.
Spring break is April 1-5.

School operating times also will change during the 2018-19 school year. These changes were approved in February 2016 in order to align high school start times with medically researched best practices. The new schedule will be:

7:35 a.m.-2:05 p.m.: Middle schools (with the exception of Tomahawk Creek because of extremely long bus rides)

7:45 a.m.-2:15 p.m.: Bensley, Bon Air, Crenshaw, Clover Hill, Jacobs Road and Wells elementary schools

8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.: All high schools, Tomahawk Creek Middle, and Alberta Smith, Chalkley, Grange Hall, Matoaca and Salem Church elementary schools

9:25 a.m.-3:55 p.m.: All remaining elementary schools

The calendar and more details about staff and student holidays can be found at For more information about start times, visit ing-times/.


Anthony Tarantino, a resident of Ginter Hall Assisted Living, celebrated his 100th birthday on Feb. 3. A native of Buffalo, New York, Tarantino served in the U.S. Navy in World War II. He was married to his wife, Emelia, from 1947 until her death in 2010. He is a father of three, grandfather of nine and great-grandfather of 15. His son, Carl, of Chesterfield, joined him for the birthday festivities, right. 


The Commissioner of the Revenue, Jenefer Hughes, would like to remind county businesses that March 1 is the deadline for business license renewal and payment, as well as for filing personal property returns. Business owners can use the preprinted business license and personal property forms, which were mailed in January, to assist them. Business license renewals can be filed and paid Monday-Friday, 8.30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Commissioner of the Revenue’s Office at 9901 Lori Road, or they can be mailed to P.O. Box 124, Chesterfield, VA 23832, postmarked March 1 or earlier. Any license renewals received after March 1 will be subject to a late penalty. Business personal property returns, or a request to extend the submission deadline to May 1, must be received in the commissioner’s office postmarked no later than March 1; otherwise the business owner will be subject to a 10 percent late filing penalty. For help and support, visit the office at 9901 Lori Road, call 804-748-1281 or email For more information, go to For citizens starting a new business, visit the Commissioner of the Revenue’s Office and they will walk you through the process of getting a business license.

Chesterfield County has launched a campaign to raise awareness about the importance of properly disposing of prescription medications. The theme, “Don’t Be an Accidental Drug Dealer,” encourages citizens to pick up free medication disposal pouches throughout the county. More than 6,000 Deterra drug disposal pouches are available for distribution. One pouch can safely dispose of up to 45 pill tablets, 6 ounces of liquid or six patches. Once the medications are mixed with a small amount of water in the bag, the chemical compounds in the medications are deactivated. The biodegradable bag can then be safely disposed of in the trash. The free drug-deactivation pouches can be picked up at several county locations including the Chesterfield County Health Department; Chesterfield County Department of Mental Health Support Services; Chesterfield County Police Department; Chesterfield County Administration Building Lobby Desk; Bensley, Mayes-Colbert Ettrick and Stonebridge Recreation Centers; and Chesterfield County Public Libraries. The campaign will culminate with a Medication Take-Back event, hosted by the county police department on Wednesday, March 14, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., at the Chesterfield County Fairgrounds, 10300 Courthouse Road. For more information, visit

Chesterfield County Mental Health Support Services, Prevention Services will host an Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training program at the Lane B. Ramsey Administration Building. ASIST is a two-day intensive, interactive and practice-dominated course designed to help caregivers ages 18 or older recognize risk for suicide, intervene to prevent immediate harm and link persons at risk to the next level of care. Two sessions will be offered in the coming months: Wednesday and Thursday, March 21 and 22, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., or Tuesday and Wednesday, June 12 and 13, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. It is suitable for school counselors, psychologists, social workers, administrators, nurses, caseworkers, police/correctional/juvenile justice staff, soldiers, organizations working with military/veterans, social service staff, foster care staff, clergy, advocates for elderly and all caregivers who work in the field of human service. The cost of the training is $25. For more information, email Millicent Brickle at


Members of the Bon Air Rotary recently filled 200 bags with nonperishable foods for Friends of the Homeless, one of several local charities supported by the Rotary Club, which meets at 7:30 a.m. each Friday at Joe's Inn at Bon Air. Sandra Collins, a retired minister, organized the event. John Sanderson, Cora Huitt, Douglas Bullett, Brooks Zerkel, Polly Elmore and Jeffrey Raihall, right, helped fill bags. 

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