School Safety

Safety is our Top Priority

We want to assure you that school safety is always our top priority in Chesterfield County Public Schools, and schools remain on alert year-round. We are all partners in safety.

Each Chesterfield County school has a threat assessment team trained through evidence-based practices to evaluate potential disturbances and respond appropriately. Each school also has a team trained to respond to issues affecting students and staff members in connection with the critical incident and emergency response management plan. 

Here are additional ways Chesterfield County Public Schools maintains a safe, supportive and nurturing learning environment:

  • Collaborating with local law enforcement officials, the county’s mental health team and other community partners to support students and families in need.
  • Electronic locking systems are installed at all schools. 
  • Camera surveillance continues to be upgraded across the division.
  • Exceeding state mandates for emergency preparation and safety response drills.
  • Addressing student behavior and mental health needs proactively with the implementation of anti-bullying initiatives and positive behavioral interventions and supports.
  • Supporting students through school counseling and other easy-to-access school services such as conflict resolution and team building.
  • Working with the police department to assign school resource officers to each secondary school and child safety officers to each elementary school, while also assigning school security officers to each high school and career and technical center.
  • Employing caring teachers and staff members who develop meaningful relationships with every student. 

We understand parents entrust their most precious gifts — their children — to our school division daily. We are committed to work and learning environments that support our diverse community and promote academic and social growth. Our students and staff members cannot achieve their best unless they feel secure, comfortable and supported. Please know that school counselors and support services are available for anyone who needs them during this time.

Everyone has a role to play in school safety. We ask that everyone be involved, aware, speak up and join efforts to sustain safe learning environments. If you see something, say something. If you know something, make sure someone at a school knows it too. We are all partners in efforts to protect our children.

Safety resources

If you see something, say something

In Chesterfield County Public Schools, we routinely tell students, “if you see something say something.” Our school community plays an important role in school safety. If at any time students, parents or community members see or hear something concerning, they are asked to share that information.


Problems may arise during the course of a student’s school experience. Teachers, school counselors, assistant principals and principals are the adults most directly involved in a student’s school life. The majority of problems can be solved by meeting with one or more of these professionals who work daily with students in academic as well as social settings. Parents and students are encouraged to seek resolutions to problems or answers to questions from these people whenever there is a need.

Getting help for students

While youth may show spontaneous aggressive behavior or signs of difficulty fitting in, parents should become concerned when alienation or antisocial behavior is shown over a period of time. Parents can seek help from their child’s school by contacting a school counselor, school social worker or school psychologist. Additional help is available from Chesterfield County Mental Health Support Services at 804-748-1227. To anonymously report suspicious behavior or other concerns, parents and students may call Crime Solvers at 804-748-0660.

Secure firearm storage

Secure firearm storage is an essential part of home safety. It is vital for parents and caregivers to know how secure storage protects children. Over the past few years in the United States, there has been a rise in unintentional shootings by children and gunfire on school grounds. And in 2020, gun suicide among children ages 17 and under reached the highest rate in more than 20 years and firearms became the leading cause of death among children in the United States. Storing firearms securely can help prevent these tragedies and keep kids safe. The Be SMART framework is designed to help parents and adults normalize conversations about gun safety and take responsible actions that can prevent child gun deaths and injuries:

  • Secure all guns in your home and vehicles.
  • Model responsible behavior around guns.
  • Ask about the presence of unsecured guns in other homes.
  • Recognize the role of guns in suicide.
  • Tell your peers to be SMART.


The Chesterfield County School Board created a School Safety Task Force to evaluate current protocols and best practices that ensure the school division is providing a safe, supportive and nurturing learning environment for all students, staff and administrators. Prior to the recent tragedy in Florida, two Chesterfield School Board members, Midlothian representative Dr. Javaid Siddiqi, former Virginia Secretary of Education, and Clover Hill representative Dianne Smith, a gubernatorial appointee in 2013 to the governor’s School Safety Task Force, were actively looking into the creation of a task force.

The task force is co-chaired by Virginia Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Brian Moran and former Virginia Secretary of Education Laura Fornash, both residents of Chesterfield County and parents of students at Chesterfield County Public Schools.

This task force will examine critical issues surrounding education and safety, with four main topics established:

  • Partnership between Chesterfield Schools and Chesterfield Police
  • School Safety
  • Student Conduct and Student Discipline
  • Student Support Services

The School Board accepted applications from community members to serve on the School Safety Task Force and Working Groups. Members were appointed from each of the county’s five magisterial districts and include parents, teachers, staff members, students and other community members.

For more information, contact

Safety Task Force Report
Key Recommendations from Working Groups
WG#1 Report to the Task Force
WG#2 Report to the Task Force
WG#3 Report to the Task Force
WG#4 Report to the Task Force

Co-Chair Honorable Brian Moran
Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security, Commonwealth of Virginia

Co-Chair Honorable Laura Fornash
Former Secretary of Education, Commonwealth of Virginia

  • Dr. Javaid Siddiqi
    Chesterfield School Board, Midlothian District
  • Dianne Smith
    Chesterfield School Board, Clover Hill District
  • Jim Holland
    Chesterfield Board of Supervisors, Dale District
  • Chris Winslow
    Chesterfield Board of Supervisors, Clover Hill District
  • Senator Rosalyn Dance
    16th Senate District
  • Delegate Roxann Robinson
    27th House District
  • Sheriff Karl Leonard
    Chesterfield County Sheriff
  • William Davenport
    Chesterfield Commonwealth’s Attorney
  • Donald Fairheart
    Interim Superintendent, Chesterfield Schools
  • Dr. Joe Casey
    County Administrator, Chesterfield County
  • Colonel Jeffrey Katz
    Chief of Police, Chesterfield County
  • Chief Loy Senter
    Chief, Chesterfield Fire & EMS
  • Debbie Burcham
    Executive Director, Community Services Board
  • Kristin Tait
    Assistant Principal, Swift Creek ES (Clover Hill District)
  • John Murray
    Principal, Matoaca HS (Matoaca District)
  • Jennifer Deckert
    Teacher, Harrowgate ES (Bermuda District)
  • Reginald Terry
    Teacher, Meadowbrook HS (Dale District)
  • Sonia Smith
    President, Chesterfield Education Association
  • Morgan Rhudy
    Student, James River HS (Midlothian District)
  • Robert Innes
    Task Force Member, Bermuda District
  • Lisa Mansfield
    Task Force Member, Bermuda District
  • Dr. John Deitrick
    Task Force Member, Clover Hill District
  • Matthew Rock
    Task Force Member, Clover Hill District
  • Mark Bowen
    Task Force Member, Dale District
  • Stacey Haney
    Task Force Member, Matoaca District
  • Pam Welch
    Task Force Member, Matoaca District
  • Danielle Pierce
    Task Force Member, Midlothian District
  • Michelle Warden
    Task Force Member, Midlothian District