Welcome to Southwestern Elementary School

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Summer School Pick-up and Drop-off Procedures

If your student will not ride a school bus to school, please adhere to this student drop off/pick up plan:

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Bus Arrival:

  1. Students will exit the bus, be greeted by their teachers, and escorted to class.

Parent Drop-Off Procedures (AM)

  1. Drop off begins at 7:55 am each day.
  2. Enter the parking lot in front of the school from Ashton Street.
  3. Drive all the way through the parking lot, past the flag pole, to the end of the lot, where staff will be waiting to greet you and your child.
  4. Please have your child seated behind the DRIVER.
  5. A staff member will open your car door, help your child exit the car safely, and move to the sidewalk, where another staff member will direct your child to the building.
  6. To keep traffic flowing, please give goodbye hugs and kisses before you enter the parking lot.

Parent Pick-Up Procedures (PM)

  1. Parent Pick-Up begins at 12:50 pm each day.
  2. Enter the parking lot in front of the school from Ashton Street.
  3. Drive all the way through the parking lot, past the flag pole, to the end of the lot. Look for the cone.
  4. Parents will display their assigned number on their dashboard and have government-issued identification readily available.
  5. To support safety and social distancing protocol, we ask all parents to remain in their vehicles.
  6. Students will be escorted to your vehicle by a staff member.

Spring 2021 Art Show

Our school year looked different this year, but in true artist form, our students found creative and innovative ways to create art under the guidance of their amazing art teacher. Please enjoy masterpieces from both Option 1 and 2 students in our 2021 Virtual Spring Art Show!

We also invite you to view the citywide 2021 Spring Art Exhibition!

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Kindergarten Readiness Webinar

Be sure to watch the Kindergarten Readiness webinar to learn about Chesapeake Public Schools Kindergarten registration process, curriculum, readiness, resources, and the newly revised web page.

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.

Student Online Registration 2021-2022

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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.