Danville Public Schools leaders ask public to support tax increase referendum
Danville Public Schools leaders are asking the community to vote yes on a referendum this fall to fix up aging school buildings. A 1% sales tax increase is proposed to cover the cost and would be eliminated when enough revenue is raised in about 20 to 30 years.
Danville Public Schools to continue virtual instruction until January
DANVILLE, Va. – The Danville City School Board approved Superintendent Angela Hairston’s recommendation to continue virtual learning for all students until after winter break on Thursday. According to school officials, this move will allow the school division to develop a plan to reroute school buses and conduct additional COVID-19 training. Starting Jan. 5, students who choose to move to face-to-face instruction will return in a phased approach. Here’s a breakdown of the new schedule for returning in January:Jan. 4: All employees return to workJan. 5: All preschool students and kindergarten through 3rd grade students who choose face-to-face instruction return to the classroomJan. 11 - 4th and 5th-grade students who choose face-to-face instruction return to the classroomJan. 18 - Martin Luther King Jr. Day (school holiday)Jan. 25 - 6th grade through 12th-grade students who choose face-to-face instruction return to the classroomTo watch the full school board meeting where this plan was approved, click here.
Court cases, virtual learning and more: What’s News Today
Danville Public Schools are all virtual starting today after multiple positive coronavirus cases. The Christiansburg man who was wanted for murdering a man in Salem and carjacking someone else in Blacksburg will be in court today. Zane Christian will be arraigned in Salem General District Court at 8:30 for the shooting. The Vinton Library reopens today. Roanoke County Public Library reopened the South County, Hollins, and Glenvar libraries earlier this fall.
Danville Public Schools temporarily moves to virtual learning due to increase in COVID-19 cases
DANVILLE, Va. – Danville Public Schools announced classes will temporarily switch to virtual learning due to an increase in positive coronavirus cases and a potential surge in cases after Thanksgiving. According to interim superintendent Dr. Cathy Magouyrk, all students will return to virtual learning the week after Thanksgiving starting on Monday, Nov. 30 through Friday, Dec. 4. Magouyrk said students will return to face-to-face instruction Monday, Dec. 7, unless otherwise notified. Normal operating hours and procedures for staff and students will continue Monday, Nov. 23, and Tuesday, Nov. 24. This switch comes after DPS had seven positive cases and 14 exposures since last Wednesday.
One person tests positive for COVID-19 at Galileo Magnet High School
DANVILLE, Va. – One person has been diagnosed with coronavirus at Galileo Magnet High School on Wednesday. Danville Public Schools said Billy Chaney, the school district’s pandemic coordinator, began contact tracing immediately and identified any exposures within DPS. Officials said all parents and staff at the school have been notified. The school will continue normal school operating hours as officials said the incident is contained.
School closings for Friday, Nov. 13, 2020
Several area schools are closing on Friday due to potential weather impacts related to the tropical storm warning. Below is a list of all of the school closings and delays across our region. Click here. We have discontinued our phone system and all status changes must be submitted online. Click here if you’re using the WSLS 10 app or having trouble seeing the list.
Danville schools to close Friday as Dan River expected to crest at nearly 30 feet
DANVILLE, Va. – It’s a three-day weekend for students, teachers and school staff in Danville. Danville Public Schools announced Thursday that all schools will be closed and there will be no virtual learning on Friday. Currently, the Dan River is expected to crest at 29.9 feet at 1 a.m. and remain in moderate flood stage until about 7 p.m. When the river crests, many streets will be closed throughout the city and surrounding area, according to city officials. School employees are to follow Code 1, meaning all sites are closed and no employees should report to work.
'This is home’: Former Danville teacher returning from NC to become Danville’s new superintendent
DANVILLE, Va. – Danville Public Schools appointed its next superintendent during Thursday’s school board meeting. She has over 30 years of experience working in public education, but much of her earlier career was spent as a math teacher, assistant principal and principal at Danville Public Schools. “I am honored to be selected as the next superintendent of Danville Public Schools,” said Hairston. Hairston to Danville Public Schools. Her leadership and experience will be an asset to the division and community,” said Crystal Cobbs, chair of the Danville City School Board.
No, Virginia schools are NOT closing again, despite what you may have seen
Rumors have been rampant on social media Tuesday that Virginia’s public schools are closing again; however, schools are NOT closing. We have received phone calls and messages about this rumor, so we wanted to set the record straight. On Tuesday afternoon, a Virginia TV news station an old article on its website from the spring when Northam did close schools. The quote used in the station’s article came from Northam’s statement on March 13, 2020. In looking to counter this false information, Danville Public Schools took to its Facebook page to address it:
LIST: Coronavirus cases in local K-12 schools
Danville:A student at George Washington High School has tested positive for coronavirus. The student has been participating in virtual learning and has not been on school property since Aug. 20. A student at Grove Park Preschool who was last in the building on Nov. 24. A student at Galileo Magnet High School who was last in the building on Nov. 24. There is no exposure within the school district.
Search for new Danville superintendent to include community input
DANVILLE, Va. The search for a new school superintendent in Danville will include input from staff and the community. In a statement to 10 News, the school board chairwoman said the board is committed to gathering that input. As 10 News reported Thursday, Superintendent Dr. Stan Jones has resigned and the school board is giving him one years salary plus benefits, which totals about $200,000. In a statement, Jones did not say specifically why he resigned but did say he was reluctant. The school board chairwoman said Jones always supported and advocated for employees and has been a true champion for doing what is right.
Danville Schools superintendent resigns with reluctance
DANVILLE, Va. Someone new will be leading Danville Public Schools this fall. Jones has been superintendent since July 1, 2015, after previously serving in that role for King and Queen County schools. It has been my privilege and pleasure to serve as Superintendent, stated Jones. We have excellent staff and great students. Jones last day will be June 30 and an acting superintendent will be named at a later date.
Meals going to students in Danville over the summer
Danville, Va. Danville children will be able to get free breakfast and lunch over the summer starting Monday, June 1 and running through August 7, 2020. As we endure this unprecedented time of COVID-19, one of our Divisions main goals is to make sure our students are continuing to be offered meals each day. We are fortunate to have passionate Danville Public Schools staff who are working together to get meals (both breakfast and lunch) to our students, said a news release from Danville schools. The daily locations are:Cardinal Village Apartments - 651 Cardinal Place (Monday-Friday Breakfast/Lunch 11:00 AM-2:00 PM)Pleasant View Apartments - 101 Pleasant View Ave (Monday-Friday Breakfast/Lunch 11:00 AM-2:00 PM)Purdum Woods Apartments - 1575 Richmond Blvd. (Monday-Friday Breakfast/Lunch 11:00 AM-2:00 PM)Woodside Village Apartments - 1321 Piney Forest Rd.
Teachers can record interactive, virtual lessons for free
Danville Public Schools and the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research teamed up to help with internet using the mobile Inspiration Lab. Teachers may reserve an individual appointment time on the Inspiration Lab to record their next virtual lesson and to teach students from an engaging, new setting. From 3D printers and robots to a chemical fume extractor, the Inspiration Lab is equipped to support most hands-on instructional needs. For questions or additional information, please contact Bruce Waller, IALR Program Coordinator for the Inspiration Lab, at email@example.com or (434) 770-8777. The Institute for Advanced Learning and Research serves Virginia as a regional catalyst for economic transformation with applied research, advanced learning, advanced manufacturing, conference center services and economic development efforts.
Food truck to bring free, healthy meals to certain Danville neighborhoods
DANVILLE, Va. - One local partnership is expanding to make sure that every child has access to free, healthy meals after school. Danville Public Schools and the U.S. Department of Agriculture are expanding food truck services to provide dinner meals in select neighborhoods. Currently, after-school meals are provided at certain schools, but the food truck component removes the transportation barrier and brings food directly to kids' neighborhoods. All kids under 18 get meals, regardless of whether they attend Danville Public Schools. Pleasant View Apartments (101 Pleasant View Ave.): every Tuesday from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.Purdum Woods (575 Richmond Blvd.
Buckets of emergency supplies in classrooms give Danville teachers, students peace of mind
DANVILLE, Va. - Emergency buckets are helping give students and teachers in Danville some peace of mind. All Danville Public Schools teachers have had a bucket for about a week now, thanks to Gods Pit Crew. Galileo High School English teacher Michelle Larking said theyve been especially helpful for students since the active shooter drill there Oct. 11. As soon as the buckets came, they asked us, Whats in the buckets? We opened the buckets and went through and showed them, and they were relieved that we had those things," Larking said. They were getting very creative and thinking, What can we use as a tourniquet if we didnt have one?A grant from the Womack Foundation allowed Gods Pit Crew to provide the buckets.
What's News Today: October 11, 2019
Here's a look at some of the stories we'll be following today as they make headlines across the country and Southwest Virginia. The Virginia Cooperative Extension holds its annual Fall Forestry and Wildlife Field Tours today. The tours promote resource management and focus on wildlife management practices. You have until 5 p.m. today to submit comments about the qualities you want to see in Roanoke's new police chief. We have a link to the survey on wsls.comLynchburg's Growth Through Opportunity Program present level three certificates to participants today.
Danville Superintendent responds to accreditation concerns
Danville Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Stan Jones is responding to criticism after the state Department of Education report noted that two Danville schools lost their full accreditation, leaving only two of 11 schools fully accredited in the system. The division said it was no surprise when the state removed full accreditation for two schools, leaving Forest Hills and Galileo Magnet as the only two fully accredited schools in the system. The superintendent argued the accreditation process overall is flawed and that it's more of a political metric than a scholastic one. And he said the other nine schools accredited with conditions don't mean failure. Jones added that he believes the accreditation process is deeply flawed and he predicts that in a decade the accreditation process as we know it will no longer be used.
Danville Superintendent responds to accreditation concerns
Danville Public Schools superintendent Dr. Stan Jones is responding to criticism after the state department of education report noted that two Danville schools lost their full accreditation, leaving... Copyright 2019 by WSLS 10 - All rights reserved.
Danville superintendent asks for state review of school district
DANVILLE, Va. - Danville Public Schools' superintendent is making a plea to the state for help. He has sent a letter to the state school's superintendent of public instruction asking for a "division-level academic review" of the school district. According a news release from the district, the request was made based on the district's most recent SOL scores and anticipated accreditation ratings. The request will be considered at the state board of education meeting Thursday. Copyright 2019 by WSLS 10 - All rights reserved.
Danville Public Schools' food truck proves successful
DANVILLE, Va. - Danville Public Schools' food truck is proving to be very successful. The school district started using a food truck at the beginning of summer to feed students. Danville Public Schools Nutrition Director Phillip Gardner said he plans to keep using it throughout the school year. "If I'm out in public, if I see a parent or I see a child, they tell me how much they love the food truck. He hopes to expand the food truck service in the future.