Black superintendents in southwest Virginia make strides in and out of the classroom
ROANOKE, Va – During Black History Month, 10 News continues to recognize the contributions and accomplishments of African-American leaders across southwest Virginia. As time went on and she continued her path in educational leadership, Edwards became the first Black female superintendent at Lynchburg City schools. “I grew up in poverty with, with two parents, neither who finished school,” Martinsville City Schools Superintendent Zeb Talley said. Verletta White will soon wrap up her first year as superintendent with Roanoke City Schools. “Representation matters because perspective matters,” Roanoke City School Superintendent Verletta White said.
How local schools are approaching returning more students to the classroom
Teachers across Virginia are getting COVID-19 vaccines in the hopes of getting more students back in the classroom. One person sick is too many people sick for me.”AdMeanwhile, others like Salem City Schools have a hybrid approach. “I think it makes sense that local health departments have some discretion so they can tailor their recommendations to their area but it does add to the difficulty when one health district’s doing one thing and one health district’s doing another thing,” said Seibert. In fact, we were basically where we were last year.”Talley says Martinsville City Schools is planning to bring pre-k, kindergarten, English learners and special needs students back by March 8. We have a list of what local schools are doing with the new guidance to get kids back in the classroom here.
Martinsville schools to install gunshot detection devices in all buildings
MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Martinsville City Schools is making a historic expansion to a system designed to keep kids safe. The district will install gunshot detection devices in all of its buildings. The purchase and installation of these devices was funded by an approved $200,000 request to the Virginia Department of Education. “It’s a tool that’s out of sight, out of mind,” said Martinsville City Schools director of security T.J. “It’s peace of mind, it’s there when you need it.”Several school buildings in Martinsville already have gunshot detection devices at their front entrances; however, Martinsville City Schools will likely become the first school system in Virginia to implement widespread use of the technology.
Martinsville school staff members visit students at home
MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Martinsville City Schools is among the school districts committed to all-virtual learning during the COVID-19 outbreak, but it found a way to reunite its children with school staff members. A dozen Martinsville City Schools employees visited an apartment complex in the city Thursday in order to see students face-to-face. Jones of the Martinsville Police Department, who serves as a school resource officer at Martinsville Middle School. Martinsville City Schools will likely continue this outreach program until the end of virtual learning. Both Cooper and Jones are optimistic about how this program will help kids going forward.
Only one option: Martinsville City Schools to begin school year remotely
MARTINSVILLE, Va. All remote, all the time. Were following the data, Martinsville City Schools Superintendent Dr. Zeb Talley said. Remote learning will be the only option, at least at the beginning of the year, for Martinsville City Schools students. While most, if not all, districts have this option in their plan, as of Monday Martinsville was the only district in the 10 News viewing area using it. Talley said the announcement was made Friday to revert to the all-remote option after seeing cases continue to increase in the city and surrounding area.