We value our students’, parents’, and staff’s input and appreciate their role in supporting the JMS mission. This section of the website is dedicated to giving everyone a place for resources covering a wide range of categories. Please use this section to find important forms, community connections, and check the individual pages for other important information and resources.
School Safety Forums
Chesapeake Public Schools is committed to the safety of all students and staff. The safety efforts that are in place at each of our schools are developed in conjunction with the City of Chesapeake, Chesapeake Police Department, Chesapeake Fire Department, and Emergency Management. Together, we want to share with you our proactive approaches to ensuring the safety of students and staff within our school district.
Attend one of four community school safety forums to hear from members of the School Safety Taskforce about our school safety efforts and provide feedback. These forums are open to parents, students, employees, and community members in the City of Chesapeake. For more information, please contact Ed Ewing in the Office of Safety and Security at 757-546-3110.
January 22, 2020, from 5:30 p.m – 7:30 p.m. Deep Creek High School
February 20, 2020, from 5:30 p.m – 7:30 p.m. Western Branch High School
March 11, 2020, from 5:30 p.m – 7:30 p.m. Hickory High School
April 29, 2020, from 5:30 p.m – 7:30 p.m. Indian River High School
2020-2021 Proposed School Calendar Options and Survey
After reviewing the 2020-2021 calendar options below, please indicate your preference by participating in the online Calendar Options Survey.
Survey Results: Should CPS consider a pre-Labor Day school start?
Based on a change to the Code of Virginia in 2019, school boards are now permitted to open schools as early as two weeks before Labor Day. If this change were to occur, the law requires that students have a four-day Labor Day weekend with schools closed the Friday before Labor Day through the actual holiday.
Chesapeake Public Schools sought stakeholder input to determine if a pre-Labor Day school start should be considered for future school calendars. Responses were collected from October 29, 2019, through November 15, 2019.
Facilities Master Plan – Community Dialogue Meetings
The City of Chesapeake, in partnership with Chesapeake Public Schools (CPS), is embarking on a long-term Facilities Master Plan (FMP) to identify and prioritize the current and future needs of our public school facilities. An attendance zone boundary study will immediately follow the FMP to identify opportunities to improve the efficient use of school facilities and transportation resources.
As a part of this effort, the city and school district formed a Steering Committee comprised of teachers and administrators, parents, students, city staff, higher education representatives, business leaders, and other community members. The Committee will be involved in the detailed work of the study. It is charged with representing community voices at key steps in the planning process, taking part in community dialogue meetings, and providing feedback to the district, the city, and the consulting team. The committee’s input will be vital in developing facility plans and attendance zone boundary options for consideration. This committee will regularly meet for the duration of the project (October 2019 through December 2020). Steering Committee meeting agendas will not include public comment. Citizens will have opportunities to offer comments at the community dialogue meetings.
The first of the Community Dialogue meetings were held on Wednesday, November 20, 2019 from 6:00 p.m to 8:00 p.m. at Indian River High School located at 1969 Braves Trail, Chesapeake and Thursday, November 21, 2019 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Western Branch High School located at 1968 Bruins Place, Chesapeake (the same content will be presented at both November meetings).
The second of the Community Dialogue meetings will be held on Wednesday, March 11, 2020, at Deep Creek High School located at 2900 Margaret Booker Drive, Chesapeake and Thursday, March 12, 2020, at Oscar Smith High School located at 1994 Tiger Drive, Chesapeake. The content presented at both March meetings will be the same but different from the November meetings. All meetings will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Learn more about the Facilities Master Plan or, if you have any questions about this project, please contact Schools Chief of Operations, Paige Stutz at 757-547-0153 or Deputy City Manager, Laura Fitzpatrick at 757-382-8747.