Guidance – FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What time is the Guidance Department open?

A: We are open Monday-Friday 8:10 am – 3:40 pm; our cut-off time for any enrollment is 2:30 pm. This allows time for the parent to go to the Office of Student Enrollment, the doctor, or to get any other documentation needed and for us to contact the prior school for records.

 

Q: How do I enroll my child?

A: Please visit the Office of Student Enrollment for instructions.  Should forms not upload correctly, plan to bring documentation to the school guidance department when contacted for an appointment.

You will need to visit the Office of Student Enrollment if:

  • You have a settlement statement or lease

OR

  • You are residing with a Chesapeake resident.

The Office of Student Enrollment is located at the School Administration Building, 312 Cedar Road, Chesapeake, Virginia 23322; 757-547-0545.

 

Q: How can I contact teachers or see my child’s grades?

A: ParentVue is a wonderful program that allows parents to view their child’s schedule and access teacher email addresses and grades. If you do not have an account set up or you are having difficulty with an active account, please contact your child’s counselor by email or phone.  ParentVue may be accessed from the Parent tab on our DCMS homepage menu.

 

Q: How much does school breakfast and lunch cost?

A: Breakfast cost $1.35 and lunch cost $2.70. Parents can put money on their child’s lunch account through the My Payments Plus icon on our homepage. Please note that if you do not designate monetary amounts (i.e. $10.00 lunch, $10.00 snack), the entire amount will go toward your child’s lunch and they will not be allowed to purchase snacks.

 

Q: How do I apply for free and reduced lunch?

A: Information on the application process can be found on the CPS School Nutrition Services webpage.

 

Q: Will my child need to purchase a gym uniform for PE?

A: Yes! Gym uniforms are available for purchase through the PE department during homeroom. The uniform costs $11.00.  Uniforms can be purchased during homeroom with cash or check payable to DCMS or online with a credit card through the Online School Payments icon on our homepage.

 

Q: How can I set up a conference with my child’s teacher?

A: Contact the teacher directly via email or phone. Teachers usually meet with parents together as a team. Guidance does not set up parent/teacher conferences.  Teacher emails are available on the Faculty & Staff page under the About Us tab on our DCMS homepage menu and on ParentVue.

 

Q: What is the grading policy for Chesapeake Public Schools?

A: The citywide grading policy is as follows:

93-100 = A       77-79= C+

90-92= A-        73-76= C

87-89= B+        70-72= C-

83-86= B          67-69= D+

80-82= B-        64-66= D

Below 64= E

 

Q: How is honor roll determined?

A: Honor Roll is determined at the end of each nine weeks. Students in grades six through eight with a 3.0 or greater GPA in all courses with no grade lower than a C receive honor roll status (no C-).

Superintendent’s Honor Roll Award Principal’s Honor Roll Award Honor Roll Award
3.85 – 4.00 GPA

(with no grade lower than an A- and no rounding or

weighting)

 

3.50 – 3.84 GPA

(with no grade lower than a B-)

 

3.00– 3.49 GPA

(With no grade lower than a C)

 

Q: What SOL test will my child have to take at the end of the year?

A: Students must take all applicable end-of-course Standards of Learning (SOL) tests following course instruction. Students who successfully complete a credit bearing course and who achieve a passing score on an end-of-course SOL test or a substitute test for that course shall be awarded a verified credit. End-of-course tests that are available are listed in the following chart. A score of 400 is considered passing/proficient.

 

Grade 6 Grade 7 Grade 8
English Reading

Mathematics

Civics & Economics

English Reading

Mathematics

 

English Reading

English Writing

Mathematics

Science

 

Q: How can I get updates and reminders of events going on at school?

A: DCMS uses the Remind app – sign up by texting “@dcm1955” to 81010

 

Q: Is there an after-school study hall available for my child?

A: Yes, Hornet Hive is held on Tuesdays and Wednesdays after school from 3:30-4:30. Parents may pick up at the end of study hall or bus transportation is provided. A signed permission slip is required for students to be able to stay after school. More information may be found on the Hornet Hive page.

Last Revision 8/1/2019