• News Release: 12/11/2019 Chesterfield County Public Schools to implement emergency response app

    When it comes to the safety and care of Chesterfield County Public Schools students and staff members, every second matters. 

    In 2018, the Chesterfield County Public Schools Safety Task Force was created to evaluate current protocols and best practices that ensure the school division is providing a safe, supportive and nurturing learning environment. 

    This task force’s Work Group No. 2, which focused on school safety, recognized that seconds matter and recommended that the school division purchase an app or a physical alarm system that could alert administrators, law enforcement and first responders to a dangerous threat or emergency situation in a school. 

    In response to this need, the school division announced today the implementation of the Rave Panic Button app, which will be placed on every school-based administrator’s cell phone. Members of the Central Office leadership team and key personnel within the police department will have access as well. 

    Because every second is important, the RAVE panic button was designed to immediately connect and clearly communicate an emergency from a cell phone to the E911 center, on-site school administration teams, central office senior leadership team, and first responders. Whether it’s a medical emergency, fire, or an active threat in the building, notifications are delivered through the app to the county’s emergency communications center with the simple push of a button.

    “We’ve drilled and drilled and drilled with staff and students, hoping to prepare them as best as possible on how to respond to a critical incident situation,” Superintendent Dr. Merv Daugherty said. “However, we also know that seconds matter should an emergency situation arise.

    “We also know that depending on where you are in a school, you could be too far away from a phone, from cell service or from other opportunities to immediately connect with local law enforcement and other first responders. Seconds matter.” 

    The school division recently was awarded a three-year grant to fund the project and help implement this potentially life-saving app.

    “While we all hope that a principal never has to use the Rave Panic Button in response to a threatening situation, the School Board and I are excited to see this recommendation implemented,” said Clover Hill district representative, Dianne Smith. “When it comes to the safety of our students and staff, seconds matter, and every second counts.”

    The RAVE app will be live and ready to use in all Chesterfield County Public Schools in January 2020.


  • “Relaunch Chesterfield” Aims to Reopen Chesterfield Businesses


    Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce, Chesterfield Cabinet and Chesterfield County have united to support a coordinated relaunching of the Chesterfield economy.   Relaunch focuses on issues for businesses and elected officials around the county to consider as reopening plans are made. "Relaunch Chesterfield" is meant to work in conjunction with the Governors’ Covid-19 Business Task Force recommendations as they too begin the work of relaunching Virginia’s economy. 

    "Relaunch Chesterfield" will be developed in partnership with business leaders across a broad array of industry sectors and organizations around the county, including but not limited to the following sections:

    • Health and Safety First/Internal & External Customers
    • Retail
    • Restaurants
    • Hospitality
    • Arts & Entertainment
    • Healthcare Services
    • Personal Care Service Industry
    • K-12 Education & Childcare and Daycare

    "Relaunch Chesterfield" is meant to serve as a start to the conversation for returning more employees and businesses to work, rather than serving as a final, prescriptive set of answers or solutions.

    We are currently seeking participants to work and lead in these individual industry workgroups.  Please submit your information to be considered for an interested industry cluster workgroup by clicking here.    

    Businesses are resilient in creating opportunities to thrive in challenging conditions.  Businesses ability to pivot their business model and allow others to learn from that change is important for the greatest number of businesses to relaunch. By joining efforts and bringing businesses and resources together we have the ability to make adjustments quickly and start commerce sooner. 

    When the Commonwealth is ready to open Virginia, Chesterfield will be ready to open.

    We are looking for 8-10 people for each industry workgroup indicated to develop a framework for success.  Models and examples are already available as a guide from across the Country.  Workgroups using best practices can have the best opportunity for a successful plan.