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Fall 2021 – Virtual Virginia Applications Now Available for Elementary Students

Dr. Cotton presented the instructional plan for the 2021-22 school year at the April 19, 2021 School Board Meeting. While the primary mode of instruction for ALL grade levels will be full-time in-person learning, Chesapeake will continue to offer virtual learning opportunities by application only. Families at the elementary and middle school levels who would like to apply for virtual learning will be required to make a full-year commitment to Virtual Virginia. Applications are now available on our website.

Completed applications should be submitted via email to Southwestern enrollments at  or returned to the school in person. Hard copies of the application are available by request in our main office.

NEW ParentVUE Absence Button

Beginning Wednesday, February 3, 2021, parents and guardians will have the opportunity to report their student(s) as absent or tardy electronically in ParentVUE. Available in both the ParentVUE web access and mobile device app, this new feature will appear as a button on the home screen. parentvue powered by Synergy available beginning February 3, 2021, new feature report absence

The Report Absence feature allows parents and guardians to report absences up to seven days in advance and can accommodate single-day and multi-day absences. For each absence reported, parents and guardians must provide a short note to explain the reason. This note will help school attendance secretaries select the correct attendance code for the absence/tardy. If a doctor’s note or other documentation is available, there is an option to upload that resource when parents report the absence or tardy.

Parents and guardians will receive a confirmation message once an absence or tardy has been submitted successfully. Please be aware that parents and guardians cannot delete or modify reported absences/tardies. Any changes or cancellations must be communicated to the school attendance secretary by an email or phone call. Parents can review student attendance information, including any reported absences/tardies, by selecting the Attendance tab in ParentVUE. Parents and guardians will see the reported absence/tardy coded as “Unexcused” immediately after they submit an absence. Once the school attendance secretary reviews the parent-submitted absences/tardies, the parent will see the reported change to the correct attendance code.

This is the new preferred method for parents to report absences and tardies. This electronic notification would serve as the written notice required for student absences and tardies.

Kiss and Ride Procedures

Safety is our primary goal. As a result of the increase in the number of
parents participating in drop off/pick up, we have had to make some significant
changes to our dismissal procedures.   For students who will be picked up daily, we
will assign each family with a specific number and car tag for identification of your
student.  There will be an identification check during your first end of day pick up and
then you will receive your car tag.  This will occur in the Kiss and Ride lane and NOT
inside the building.  Please be patient, identification checks will take some time.  We are asking parents to register for our parent pick up program in order to have a smooth and efficient dismissal process. 

Please complete the form to register your family.

Click here to complete the Kiss and Ride Form

Student Online Registration 2020-2021

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You can still register your new student(s) for the current school year.  And beginning April 1, 2021, you can register your new student online for the 2021-2022 school year.

Students who are currently enrolled in any Chesapeake Public Schools Pre-K program to include the Chesapeake Preschool Initiative (CPI) or Early Childhood SPED program for the 2020-2021 school year, will not have to register for kindergarten for the 2021-2022 school year.  More information will be given to our current preschool families in the coming weeks about their kindergarten enrollment process.


Using a computer, CLICK to visit Chesapeake Public Schools website to start the registration process online. If you do not have internet access, stop by your child’s elementary school or visit your nearest public library for assistance.  For questions about the registration process, please contact the Office of Student Enrollment and Attendance at 757-547-0545.