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How local K-12 schools are adapting during coronavirus closures

Plans come as Virginia K-12 public schools close for two weeks due to coronavirus concerns

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10 News will update this list with more districts’ responses when they’re available. If you are a school official and would like to send updated information for your district, please email news@wsls.com.

Alleghany County:

The district is prepared for virtual instruction. Some schools will have access to Chromebooks. Others will have learning packets for students.

Amherst County:

Starting Monday, students picked up their lunch at their middle, elementary and high school curbs. On Wednesday, high school students who don’t have internet access picked up a Chromebook and a flash drive pre-loaded with their assignments. Middle and elementary school students will pick up their Chromebook on Thursday and Friday.

Bedford County:

As of Thursday, March 19, school officials say meal distribution is going well.

Botetourt County:

All staff will still report to their designated locations on Monday, March 16. The district will send out more information, which can be found on the What’s New Today section of the COVID-19 website for latest updates.

Danville:

God’s Storehouse and God’s Pit Crew are donating food to Danville Public Schools to get to students during spring break, 3/23-3/27. The Transportation and Child Nutrition Department will deliver the meals. There are numerous locations for pick up.

Floyd County:

A robocall sent to the community on March 13 said the district will provide more information in the coming days. Updates can be found on its website.

Giles County:

The school system is providing free meals (breakfast & lunch) to all children through age 18 (or through 21 if enrolled in GCPS). Nearly 500 kids were fed on Monday, March 16 and numbers more than doubled on Wednesday March 18. GCPS moved to bus delivery of meals only. A list of bus routes can be found here.Monday’s bag will include breakfast and lunch for 2 days; Wednesday’s bag will include breakfast and lunch for 3 days. Some items must be heated and most are shelf-stable items. Email clawson@gilesk12.net if you would like to have meals delivered.

Updates can be found on the school systems website.

Henry County:

On Wednesday, March 18, the district delivered meals to about 1,200 students. More than 500 students have already been added to the district’s delivery list for Friday. On each delivery day, students are receiving multiple meals: a hot lunch for that day, cold breakfast for the following day, cold lunch for the following day, and a cold breakfast for the third day.

On the third day, the district deliver that same rotation of meals to each student again to ensure that they receive as many hot meals as we can provide in a week’s time.

The plan is to deliver every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, as long as schools are closed.

Highland County:

All events at the school will be postponed until school reopens.

Lynchburg:

On March 18, the district served 2,054 children. The district says it has enough staff and volunteers at the moment to deliver the meals.

The meals that are distributed are for every child who comes to a bus stop location, not just those who attend Lynchburg City Schools. Any child who comes to a stop will get a meal. There is breakfast and lunch. The deliveries begin at 11 a.m.

Martinsville:

Students will be served a free lunch and snack while school is closed due to COVID-19. MCPS school busses will be used to get meals to students using routes that can be found here. Students who want a meal should wait at the appropriate bus stop. Parents or guardians cannot pick up meals for students. Meals are available to any student 18 and under. Meals can also be picked up curbside at Patrick Henry Elementary and Albert Harris Elementary from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. daily.

Montgomery County:

On March 18, the district served more than 5,000 students.

Any child is eligible for the meals, whether they attend public school, private school or are homeschooled. Families can look up their closest bus stop at www.mcps.org/bus.

Nelson County:

“We will provide updates during the closure and provide as much notice as possible regarding the date in which students can return to school. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we maneuver through this difficult situation.”

Patrick County:

“Other announcements will be made as we continue to receive guidance from federal, state, and local officials. Announcements to staff and work schedules will be communicated at a later time. Thank you for attention to this matter and your continued patience.”

Pulaski County:

“Student learning packets can be picked up at each school’s office during business hours between 1 p.m. on Monday, March 16 and 12 p.m. on Friday, March 20. Please contact your child’s school if you will not be able to pick up these packets and alternate arrangements will be made.”

“Pulaski County Public Schools will provide meals for anyone 18 years of age or younger on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays during the school closure. Meal deliveries will begin on Wednesday, March 18. Information for families to sign up for these meals will be made available on Monday, March 16.”

“Please call your child’s school or the superintendent’s office at 540-994-2519 if you have questions about the issues outlined in this notice.”

Roanoke County:

Online/distance classes started Monday. The school district delivered more than 2,300 meals to families across Roanoke County using school buses. As of March 19, distribution both for bus delivery of meals and pickup of hot meals is going well.

“Our teachers are reaching out to parents and students to maintain the continuity of education during this closure. For the latest information about our response to this pandemic, please go to our coronavirus page.”

Roanoke City:

For parents or guardians with questions, Roanoke City has set up at hotline weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 540-853-1000.

Roanoke city school officials gave parents details on Monday, March 16. Meals for students will be delivered from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at bus stops, starting Tuesday.

Starting on Wednesday, instructional materials for elementary students can be picked up at your student’s assigned bus stop. For anyone who called the school district and indicated that they wanted to pick the materials up at the school, that can also happen starting on Wednesday.

Rockbridge County:

All after-school activities will be canceled.

“All School Based and Central Office staff should report to work as normal on Monday, March 16. We will continue to monitor the situation and make everyone aware as this evolves.”

Salem:

A school spokesperson told 10 News on Friday, March 13 that a plan is in place but it is subject to change.

“Students in grades 3-12 already have Chromebooks as part of their normal learning. They will use those for online learning and they’re getting other materials in the 1st and 2nd grade.”

Salem will be doing online learning. Staff meetings have already been had at all schools. Staff was briefed earlier this week about how this would work if it came about, and are prepared to do online learning."

“The few people that don’t have internet access will be accommodated. Meal deliveries will made to bus stops for families to pick up that need it.”

Wythe County:

County officials say the district will be participating in the Summer Food Service Program starting now until March 27.

Meals will be provided to all students without charge, and children must be present to receive a meal. Food will be provided on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Students will be provided with two meals per pickup and can be picked up three times a week. To learn more, click here.