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    ACPS Reopening Plan

    Parents,

    At the August 13 meeting, the ACPS School Board voted to change the start date for the 20-21 school year to the following:

    Tuesday, September 8 - Raider Remote will launch with 4 days of orientation and logistical support

    Monday, September 14 - Hybrid/In-person learning will begin as was originally scheduled for Aug. 24

    We are hopeful this will allow time for our community to implement mitigation strategies to reduce the spread of the virus in our area.

    Below is the link for our informational video for parents to learn more about the ACPS Reopening Plan.

    ACPS 2020-21 Return Information Video


    Appomattox County Public Schools Return and Recovery Planning Guide: https://www.acpsweb.net/cms/lib/VA02205093/Centricity/Domain/8/AppomattoxCountyReturnandRecoveryPlanningGuide.pdf

    Returning Student Registration for ALL ACPS Students:
    https://powerschool.appomattox.k12.va.us/public/

    New Student Registration can be started with a phone call to the school. If your child is new to ACPS for the 20-21 school year and you would like to also register for the Raider Remote program, you must register your student for the school year by calling a school office.


    JLARC’s K-12 Special Education Study and Parent Survey

    Through December 2020, the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission (JLARC), the non-partisan research and oversight agency of the Virginia state legislature, is conducting a study of Virginia’s K-12 special education services. In addition to other topics, the study team is reviewing Virginia’s special education identification and eligibility determination processes, inclusion of students with disabilities in academic and extracurricular experiences, individualized education program (IEP) development and implementation, and the state’s special education dispute resolution services, such as due process hearings and state complaint services.

    As part of this research, the JLARC researchers are seeking input from many different stakeholders, including parents of K-12 students with disabilities, special education teachers, representatives of local special education advisory committees, division-level special education administrators, state-level special education administrators, and special education staff in other states, and national experts.

    To ensure that our researchers are able to obtain input from parents of K-12 students with disabilities across the state—who are key stakeholders for the study—we have developed an online survey. The survey is designed for parents, foster parents, and legal guardians of students who have received K-12 special education services at any time over the past three years.

    The survey will be available through Wednesday, September 9, 2020.

    In English:

    To complete the survey, please use the following link: JLARC Survey - English Version

    If you have questions, please contact JLARC staff at SpecialEdSurvey@jlarc.virginia.gov.

     

    En Español:

    La encuesta de JLARC para los padres de los alumnos en Virginia que reciben los servicios de educación especial está disponible en español. Para acceder a más información y completar la encuesta, visite Encuesta JLARC - Versión española

    Para preguntas acerca de la encuesta, por favor comuníquese con SpecialEdSurvey@jlarc.virginia.gov.

     

    If you would prefer to access the survey from the JLARC’s website, you can follow this link: JLARC Website


    Information About the Start of School

    This will be updated - Check back soon!

    Appomattox County Public Schools Return and Recovery Planning Guide:  https://www.acpsweb.net/cms/lib/VA02205093/Centricity/Domain/8/AppomattoxCountyReturnandRecoveryPlanningGuide.pdf

    Returning Student Registration for ALL ACPS Students: 
    https://powerschool.appomattox.k12.va.us/public/

    New Student Registration can be started with a phone call to the school.  If your child is new to ACPS for the 20-21 school year and you would like to also register for the Raider Remote program, you must register your student for the school year by calling a school office.


    Last Week for Surveys - Please do not fill out either survey if you have completed it already

    Tuesday, July 28th Update:

    Tuesday morning, we called only the students who we do not have information about their 2020-2021 school plans. 

    If you did not receive this call:  Please log in to your Parent Portal (click) and review what we know about your child's plan for the 2020-2021 school year. 

    If you received Tuesday's call: Please continue reading.
    You received this call because our records indicate you have not responded to any survey for the reopening of school.  Please use one of the links below to let us know your child's plans.  Please call your child's school office if your child will be a car rider to let them know.  If we have not heard from you by this Friday, July 31st, we will assume you are providing your own transportation and a school bus will not be scheduled to stop at your residence.  Thank you.

    100% Virtual (Raider Remote) Survey:  https://forms.gle/1gpbLrkeYJ2UPWK27

    OR

    Bus Transportation Survey:  https://forms.gle/KEmEBBGpehoK4Tpa6

     


    ACPS Return to School Plan - Links added below

    At the Special Called School Board Meeting on Monday July 13, 2020, the ACPS School Board voted in favor of School Re-Opening Model 3 and for the first day of school for students to be Monday, August 24, 2020.

    ACPS Superintendent, Dr. Annette Bennett, would like to share with you our ACPS Return to School Plans in which responses are required based on what families decide for their child(ren).  Please click this link to view the entire letter.  Responses are required if your child(ren) needs bus transportation or will be participating in our 100% Virtual, Raider Remote learning program.

    The details of east and west for middle and high will be finalized once all of the survey data has been collected and examined.  Communication about east and west will be sent out later in July.

    Dr. Bennett's Letter to Families:  https://www.acpsweb.net/cms/lib/VA02205093/Centricity/Domain/8/Letter%20to%20Families-Reopening%20Our%20Schools.pdf

    Appomattox County Public Schools Return and Recovery Planning Guide:  https://www.acpsweb.net/cms/lib/VA02205093/Centricity/Domain/8/AppomattoxCountyReturnandRecoveryPlanningGuide.pdf

    Returning Student Registration for ALL ACPS Students: 
    https://powerschool.appomattox.k12.va.us/public/

    New Student Registration can be started with a phone call to the school.  If your child is new to ACPS for the 20-21 school year and you would like to also register for the Raider Remote program, you must register your student for the school year by calling a school office.


    ACPS 2020-2021 School Models Survey

    Our ACPS Return and Recovery Task Force has worked to develop four models of instruction to meet the needs of our students and follow CDC guidelines. These models were presented by Dr. Bennett to the School Board for consideration at the June 25th meeting. Our School Board will reconvene for a special meeting on Monday, July 13th to make a final decision on the ACPS reopening plan for the 2020-2021 school year.

    We invite your input on these models to be shared with our School Board at their Monday meeting. Please respond to this survey by Sunday, July 12th.

    Click the following link to access the survey:  

    https://forms.gle/uF2ZuFquViJxgizj8


    Reopening Our Schools

    ACPS Parents,
    For several weeks, the ACPS administration has been focusing most of our efforts on developing a framework to support a safe return to school for our students and staff. I want to thank each of you who completed the parent surveys we have sent.  These preliminary surveys have been extremely beneficial to us as we developed the scheduling models I was able to share with the board at the June 25th meeting. (The link for this document is at the bottom of this posting.)
     
    These Schedule Models are developed to cover a range of scenarios  we could possibly use to reopen schools in the fall. They are organized from most restrictive to least.  There are pros and cons to each and much work is still needed to make the less restrictive models even possible.
     
    As you are reviewing these models, please keep in mind:
    1.  ACPS will provide an alternative ACPS Supported Virtual Learning Program for those unable or unwilling to return to a school building during this health crisis.
    2.  All models will include consideration of additional time and/or support for certain students with disabilities, English Learners, and medically fragile students.
    3. A Hybrid Model is an approach to course delivery that combines in person instruction with computer supported instruction.
    4. The East and West Groups referenced in Models 3 and 4 are created by dividing the county into 2 groups (residents east of town and residents west of town). More information about those designations will be forthcoming.
    5. Social distancing on buses and in buildings is the most impactful variable for in person instruction.
     
    In addition, there are consultations to be held with local officials, VDH, VDOE. The health and safety of our community will drive the decisions until COVID-19 is abated.   In the next few weeks, the School Board will be carefully considering all of the scheduling models and choosing the one that best serves our students and community.  Clearly, we all share the common goal of returning to school 5 days a week with all of our students and staff. The School Board  and ACPS staff are committed to working non-stop until that goal can be achieved.
     
    I want to thank you for the overwhelming support we have received from the parents and community during this crisis. Your continued patience and support is inspiring as we navigate these reopening challenges together. 


    Appomattox County School Board to Hold Mid-July Meeting

    Appomattox County School Board

    Special Called Meeting

    Monday, July 13, 2020; 5:00 p.m.

    School Administration Building

    316 Court Street; Appomattox, VA

    Members of the public wishing to address the School Board must submit a request in writing to the Superintendent one (1) day prior to the School Board Meeting.  Requests may be submitted to the School Board Clerk at cwpritchard@acpsweb.com.

    Due to the state of Virginia government mandates in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, this meeting may be accessed electronically.

    Access the School Board Meeting (with no participatory options) via the link below:

    https://meet.google.com/wjc-ofub-myr

    If you are unable to access the meeting with the link above, you may join by dialing the following phone number:

    +1 503-994-4058
    PIN: ‪548 846 187#

    Access to School Board Agendas:

    https://go.boarddocs.com/vsba/appomattox/Board.nsf/Public

    ACPS Policy on Special School Board Meetings can be found by clicking the link below:
    http://go.boarddocs.com/vsba/appomattox/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=BGLP7G632B13


    Parent Survey Open Through July 3

    Parents and guardians:

    If you did not have the chance to take our parent survey in June, we've opened it back up for your input.  If you have already responded to the survey, thank you for doing so and no action is necessary.  If you have not  responded, please respond by the end of the day on Friday, July 3.

    Click the link below to get started:

    https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdWsoLxNrR0elFumb1Y4loI8iUIl2BpnJiau1og62q4fsCz6Q/viewform


    Appomattox County School Board Close-Out Meeting

    Thursday, June 25, 2020
    School Administration Building;
    316 Court Street; Appomattox, Virginia 24522 - 5:00 p.m.

    Due to the state of Virginia government mandates in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, this meeting may be accessed electronically.

    Access the School Board Meeting (with no participatory options) via the link below:
    https://meet.google.com/wjb-hreh-ovs

    If you are unable to access the meeting with the link above, you may join by dialing the following phone number:
    ‪(US) +1 304-606-4077‬
    PIN: ‪538 359 288‬#

    Members of the public wishing to address the School Board must submit a request in writing to the superintendent one (1) day prior to the School Board Meeting.

    ACPS Instructional Survey - Please complete by Wednesday, June 24

    Attention all ACPS parents and guardians, we need your feedback to help us make the best decisions possible as we prepare to open schools safely this fall. Please take a moment to complete the ACPS INSTRUCTIONAL survey by Wednesday, June 24. 

    Click this link - https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdWsoLxNrR0elFumb1Y4loI8iUIl2BpnJiau1og62q4fsCz6Q/viewform


    Drive Through Meal Distribution Program

    The ACPS Drive Through Meal Distribution Program is resuming on June 8 and will run through June 26 on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10am to 1pm at Appomattox Elementary School.

    Please Note: USDA regulations require that students must be in the vehicle at the time of pickup to receive these meals. We are not allowed to give these meals to parents or other adults to bring back to their children. Children may not pick up meals for other children.


    An update from our ACPS Superintendent Dr. Annette Bennett

    Throughout this pandemic, we have all been looking forward to the time we might begin the conversation about reopening schools in Virginia.  The Governor's announcement today allows us to actively develop a plan to do that in the safest way possible.  
     
    The documents released by the Va Department of Education, in coordination with the Governor's announcement, are the result of multiple stakeholder groups that have been working since March.  These guidance documents provide information, recommendations, and guidelines.  Each division will be required to develop both health and instructional plans as our state moves through the phases of reopening and our students move back into our classrooms.
     
    As you know, ACPS began in-person learning this week with our Community-Based Summer School Program.   We have also begun to organize our own Reopen and Recovery Taskforce for Phase III.  We will be using the VDOE guidance documents in each step of this planning. 

    As you heard from Governor Northam and Dr. Lane, reopening our school buildings will happen slowly to ensure that health guidelines are observed.  Our Reopen and Recovery Taskforce will work with stakeholders through committees and subcommittees to address all areas of the work related to reopening. There are many factors to consider, many questions to answer, and many tasks to be completed in the coming weeks as we develop our plan.  As our plans are solidified, I will update ACPS employees and the community. Your patience and continued support is greatly appreciated.

    Participation in Pandemic-EBT for Eligible Households

    Appomattox County Public Schools today announced it is participating in the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program as part of a food assistance plan approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) that is being implemented statewide by the Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS) and the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE).

    The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (P.L. 116-127) (FFCRA) authorized a temporary food assistance program for households with children affected by school closures during the nationwide public health emergency. The Food and Nutrition Service accepted state plans for the P-EBT program and, pursuant to the authority granted under the FFCRA, FNS approved Virginia’s P-EBT operational plan in late April.

    Click here to read the full press release.


    Drive Through Meals: Update

    Drive through meals will conclude on Wednesday, May 20th for the month of May.  Check back often for updates.


    Packet and School Items Dropoff Friday, May 15

    Students will be able to drop off partially or fully completed Learning Packet #3 at their school on Friday, May 15th from 10-6. Students should also bring back any items belonging to the school at this time.  This includes, Chromebooks with cases and chargers, library books, calculators, loaner band instruments, etc. 

    Student owned items left in lockers and desks have been collected, bagged, and labeled for each student to pick up on Friday as well.

    We are looking forward to seeing each of you on Friday between 10 and 6.

    Finish strong, Raiders!


    3rd Instructional Packet Pickup - April 20

    Food distribution and teacher "office hours" will resume Wednesday, April 15.  The 3rd and final packet pickup is scheduled for Monday, April 20th.  Pickup times will be from 10am to 6pm at each school in the same drive through fashion as before.


    ACPS Holiday Schedule Change

    In observance of the upcoming holiday, the meal distribution and teacher “on-call” schedules will change slightly.  These services will not be available from Friday, April 10 through Tuesday, April 14.  Both resume on Wednesday, April 15.


    Packet Pickup and Return Will Continue as Scheduled

    Packet pickup and return will continue as scheduled on Wed, April 1 from 10-6.

    The Virginia Department of Education has shared that the pickup of student learning packets tomorrow and the continuation of our meals distribution is in accordance with language in the Governor’s Executive Order 55.

    Within #1 from Executive Order #55:  Individuals may leave their residences for the purpose of: 

    a. Obtaining food, beverages, goods, or services as permitted in Executive Order 53;

    b. Seeking medical attention, essential social services, governmental services, assistance from law enforcement, or emergency services;

    d. Traveling required by court order or to facilitate child custody, visitation, or child care; &

    g. Traveling to and from an educational institution


    ACPS Remedial, Special Education, Title I, and Title III Advisory Committee

    Due to Governor Northam's closure of all schools as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, there will be no April meeting of the ACPS Remedial, Special Education, Title I, and Title III Advisory Committee.  The meeting will not be rescheduled.


    ACPS Learning Packet 2 Pickup and Return of Packet 1

    In order to provide continuation of instruction, a second packet of instructional materials is ready to be picked up for each student. They will be available at each school on April 1 between 10:00am - 6:00pm. Please plan to return the first packet of completed work at this time as well.


    COVID-19 Response Update on March 27, 2020 from ACPS Superintendent Dr. Annette A. Bennett

    ACPS Parents,

    Since the Governor's announcement about the closure of our schools for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year, ACPS staff has been working diligently to adjust our response. First, I need to be very clear, the 2019-20 school year is NOT over. The Governor's announcement restricts us from opening our schools, but there is work to do before we can complete this year, finish the grade level and course curriculum, and promote your students to the next level.  Our division is still working to provide students on-site food service and remote instructional services.

    Our goals for the remainder of the year are:

    1. to remain connected with our students and their families to assess needs related to this crisis and provide instructional support for the learning modules, and
    2. to design and distribute instructional modules that will provide opportunities for our students to maintain and improve the academic skills necessary to progress to the next grade level or course.

    This will be accomplished through 3 Phases of learning packets.

    Phase 1 packets were distributed on March 17th. Thank you for your extremely cooperative response in picking up those packets.

    Phase 2 packets will be available on April 1. We will use the same distribution process at each school from 10 to 1 in a drive-through format.  At this time, we ask you to drop off your students' completed Phase 1 packet.  These packets will be reviewed by your students' teacher(s).

    Phase 3 (edited mid April) FINAL packets will be ready for pick up on April 20 (10am-6pm) at all schools, drive through style and the Phase 2 packets will be collected.

    Our teachers will continue to be in communication with students to assist with all of the packet materials.

    You will be contacted by the school nurse on Monday regarding any medication that needs to be picked up on April 1.  Band instruments may also be picked up at that time.

    As soon as it is safe for students to re-enter the buildings, we will notify you about the retrieval of other personal items in the school and our plans for end of year tasks and celebrations.  As usual, we will update this page and notify you using our phone, text, email, and app communication system. 

    At this time, you can contact the schools and school board offices by phone and email. Please do so if you have any questions, or concerns we can address. 

    Even though this is such an uncertain time for us all, I am so proud of the stories our teachers are sharing about how hard your students are working to continue learning. 

    Thank you for your continued support and stay well.


    Student Meals During COVID-19 Closure (Updated March 27, 2020)

    Appomattox County Public Schools will utilize the USDA Seamless Summer Option Food Program to provide bagged meals during the COVID-19 school closure. Breakfast and lunch will be available to all Appomattox children up to age 18 regardless of income level. Beginning on March 30, 2020, meals may be picked up each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10 am to 1 pm at Appomattox Elementary School for the duration of the mandatory school closure period through May 21, 2020 with the exception of April 10 and April 13. There will be no meals provided on those dates.  One breakfast and one lunch for both Monday and Tuesday will be provided on Mondays, one breakfast and one lunch for both Wednesday and Thursday will be provided on Wednesdays, with one breakfast and one lunch for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday being provided on Fridays.

    Please Note: USDA regulations require that students must be in the vehicle at the time of pickup to receive these meals. We are not allowed to give these meals to parents or other adults to bring back to their children. Children may not pick up meals for other children.

    Meals will be served "drive through" style in the normal car rider lane at AES - watch for signs and follow directions of staff on the meal pick-up days.

    Click here to view the full press release.


    Continued School Closure Announced by Governor Northam on March 23

    From ACPS Superintendent, Dr. Annette A. Bennett:

    Raider Nation,

    We regret to inform you that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Northam has decided to close all public and private schools until the end of the school year. 

    We are promised that the Virginia Department of Education will provide guidance to all divisions in our efforts to provide continuity of instruction and food services during this time.  Other areas on which we are to be given prompt guidance include:

    • Graduation Requirements
    • Awarding Standard Credit and Verified Credit (in the absence of SOL testing)
    • Closing the instructional gaps created by the loss of instruction.

    As these and many more questions are answered in the next few days, weeks, and months to come, I will make every effort to maintain communication with you. Please frequent this website for updates and new information as it is released. 

    I understand these are uncertain times for us all.  The decisions being made are unprecedented and there is no script to follow. However, I have no doubt we will weather this storm together, and we will come through this on the other side stronger, and more prepared to take on future challenges.

    I thank everyone in our community for all you are doing to support our children at this time.


    Information from Appomattox County Public Schools on Thursday, March 19

    Report card grades have been posted in your PowerSchool Parent Portal.

    All learning packets have either been picked up or delivered.

    Meal distribution will continue at Appomattox Elementary School from 10am-1pm until further notice.  The student must be in the car to receive the meal.

    Appomattox County Public Schools does not communicate with students or parents through Facebook or any other social media system. Please be aware that pages and posts on social media claiming to be from us are not ours and are, in fact, disseminating misinformation.  All communication from ACPS will be provided by phone, app, email, and text.  You may contact us directly by phone and email.


    Student Meals During COVID-19 Closure

    Appomattox County Public Schools will utilize the USDA Seamless Summer Option Food Program to provide bagged meals during the COVID-19 school closure. Breakfast and lunch will be available to all Appomattox children up to age 18 regardless of income level.  We will begin on Wednesday, March 18th, 2020.  One breakfast and one lunch per student may be picked up each weekday from 10 am to 1 pm at Appomattox Elementary School for the duration of the mandatory school closure period.

    Please Note: USDA regulations require that students must be in the vehicle at the time of pickup to receive these meals.  We are not allowed to give these meals to parents or other adults to bring back to their children.  Children may not pick up meals for other children. 

    Meals will be served "drive through” style in the normal car rider lane at AES – watch for signs and follow directions of staff on the meal pick-up days.  We will do this same thing on Thursday (3/19) and Friday (3/20) and next week too.

    Click here to access the full Public Notification on Student Meals During COVID-19 Closure.


    ACPS Learning Packet Pickup #1

    In an effort to maintain continuity of instruction during this state wide closure, our staff has prepared learning packets for all students. These packets will be available for drive-through pick-up on Tuesday, March 17th from 1 to 6 PM. APS and AES will use car rider areas while AMS and ACHS use the bus loops as the drive through area. You will need to know your student’s homeroom teacher name. 

    A similar distribution system will be used to provide meals to our students who need them.  Breakfast and lunch will be available for drive through pick up at AES beginning Wednesday, March 18 from 10 AM to 1PM.  This service will continue each weekday through March 27th for any Appomattox County students.  Students MUST be in the vehicle to receive meals.  Federal law prohibits us from distributing meals to adults.

    Medication pick up
    Please call your child’s school if there is a need to make an appointment to pick up medication during this closure.

    Band Instruments
    If your student needs to pick up a band instrument at AMS or ACHS, please let the staff in the pick up line know.

    Packet Completion
    Instructions will be included in the packets for students.  Teachers are also available to assist students by phone. Phone numbers and email contacts are included in your packets.


    Student Meals During COVID-19 Closure

    Appomattox County Public Schools will utilize the USDA Seamless Summer Option Food Program to provide bagged meals during the COVID-19 school closure. Breakfast and lunch will be available to all Appomattox children up to age 18 regardless of income level.  We will begin on Wednesday, March 18th, 2020.  One breakfast and one lunch per student may be picked up each weekday from 10 am to 1 pm at Appomattox Elementary School for the duration of the mandatory school closure period.

    Please Note: USDA regulations require that students must be in the vehicle at the time of pickup to receive these meals.  We are not allowed to give these meals to parents or other adults to bring back to their children.  Children may not pick up meals for other children. 

    Meals will be served "drive through” style in the normal car rider lane at AES – watch for signs and follow directions of staff on the meal pick-up days.  We will do this same thing on Thursday (3/19) and Friday (3/20) and next week too.

    Click here to access the full Public Notification on Student Meals During COVID-19 Closure.


    ACPS Schools Closed

    Students and their families:  As Governor Northam has announced Appomattox County Public Schools will be closed for a minimum of two weeks - Monday, March 16 through March 27.

    Employees:  On Monday, March 16, we will use Employee Code 1.  Please report at 8:30am.

    PARENTS/GUARDIANS:  If you are NOT receiving the all calls that are going out (the last division wide call was Friday afternoon about the school closure), please login in here and for each of your children, perform the following steps:

    1. Select their name in the tab at the top
    2. Select the Year-Round Update option in the lower left hand side of the screen
    3. Wait as the information from PowerSchool populates on your screen
    4. Edit contact phone numbers as necessary
    5. Select Submit on the last page to submit your changes

    We will be regularly monitoring your submissions to update PowerSchool.

    We will continue to provide updates to you through our division website as well as our phone, text, app, and email communication system as information is available.


    Governor Northam Orders All Virginia K-12 Schools Closed for Minimum of Two Weeks

    Statewide closure intended to reduce the spread of novel coronavirus

    From his press release:

    RICHMOND—Governor Ralph Northam today ordered all K-12 schools in Virginia to close for a minimum of two weeks in response to the continued spread of novel coronavirus, or COVID-19.

    Schools will close from Monday, March 16, through Friday, March 27, at a minimum. Localities will maintain authority over specific staffing decisions to ensure students maintain continuity of services or learning, while protecting the public health of teachers and staff.

    Click here to read the full press release from the Governor.
    ACPS will update this page a little later with our plan to continue student education during this closure.

     


    COVID-19 vs. Schools Update 3/13/2020

    ACPS Parents,

    As you know the situation with COVID-19 is literally changing hour to hour.  As of this update, we have not been advised of any COVID-19 cases in Appomattox.  We are in constant communication with CDC @ https://www.cdc.gov/, local health officials, and the Virginia Department of Education to determine what criteria we need to consider before any decisions are made related to school-sponsored events or changes to our school calendar.  We have no plans at this time to close schools.  Closing schools is not a decision we take lightly as it impacts so many other issues for parents and students far beyond instruction. 

    We are, however, taking several proactive steps in an effort to follow recommendations for slowing this virus in our area, keeping our school environments healthy, and preparing our division should we have to implement a short-term or an extended closure. Here is a list of the actions we are taking:

    • Students have been taught and reminded regularly about the healthy habits of through hand–washing, covering coughs and sneezes with tissues, etc. Here is a resource you can use at home to continue the practices your students have been taught             https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/protect/index.html  
    • Schools and buses are being cleaned daily with COVID-19 approved products.  We have provided additional training to our custodial staff to ensure proper cleaning routines and schedules are used.
    • Field trips and staff travel outside our immediate area have been cancelled or postponed until further notice. Student trips to hospitals, nursing homes, colleges, or hands-on museums are on hold.
    • School sports teams are still practicing and will as long as we are not closed.  The Virginia High School League (VHSL) has, however, postponed the start of the spring sports by two weeks. For more information about VHSL sponsored sports, follow this link       https://www.vhsl.org/
    • The teacher workday on March 13th gave our teachers an opportunity to create distance learning packets that we can use IF it becomes necessary to close school for an extended time.  Part of this plan includes students having phone access to their teachers for assistance as they work independently.
    • Additional services, such as food distribution is also being considered for any families with food insecurities.  
    • Our phone, text, app, and email notification system will be used to communicate with you about school related events.  We are also offering this system to other agencies should it be needed to provide information to the public.

    All of our efforts are focused on keeping all our students and staff healthy through this health crisis.  I cannot say enough about the support that is being offered to our school division by parents, businesses, and the faith community, proving once again how strong we are as a community.  This is uncharted territory and I appreciate your support and patience as we navigate this constantly evolving situation.  Please frequent this webpage to receive updates as we are able to provide them.

    Annette A. Bennett, Ed.D
    Division Superintendent
    Appomattox County Public Schools

     


    ACPS Shares Information About Our Division's Response to COVID19

    Parents,

    As many news reports are circulating about the coronavirus or COVID-19, we recognize the growing concern about its possible spread in the U.S.  This message is posted to make you aware of our division's response to this health concern.

    ACPS is monitoring all communication from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and following all recommendations with regard to the prevention of and response to any possible outbreak.  Although Virginia has joined the list of states with confirmed cases, we are fortunate that no one in Appomattox has been affected.  We are working closely with local and regional health officials in the event that status was to change.  

    In the meantime, we are certainly not ignoring the potential for COVID-19 being identified here and certainly want to be prepared for whatever comes our way.  For now, we are focusing on three areas a) keeping our school environments healthy, b) collaborating with local health officials and c) planning ways to mitigate interruption to instructional and food services for our students if we had to close school.  

    1) Healthy School Environment: ACPS routinely uses a proactive approach to deep clean the schools and buses during influenza season.  We have confirmed we are using cleaning supplies that are on the recommended list to address COVID-19.  Our staff is trained in the proper use of these supplies and the most effective cleaning routines. We are also encouraging students and staff to stay at home if they are sick.  Should any new information become available or recommendations change from health officials, we will immediately adjust our practices. We are also taking seriously our responsibility to educate our students and staff about preventative measures to slow or stop the spread of germs. 

    2) Collaborating with Local Health Officials:  In addition to continually monitoring the CDC resources and advice on this topic, we are in contact with our local health department and the regional epidemiology specialist to determine if there are any immediate or anticipated risks to our community.  Any decisions made about the safety and well-being of our staff and students are made in collaboration with these experts in the health and medical field.

    3) Planning for a school closure:   We are not considering any school closures at this time.   However, should circumstances change and that must be considered, we will do so in collaboration with the local health department and local emergency management officials.  As with any school closure, you will be notified using our mass communication system that includes phone calls, emails, text, app alert, as well as announcements made on radio and television stations.  

    On the proactive side of this topic, we are evaluating our crisis plans for extended closures and our staff is brainstorming ways we might be able to mitigate the negative effects of closing schools for an extended period of time.  One task is determining how we can provide instruction to students through Google Classroom, take-home packets, or other creative measures.  We are also developing plans to serve students who may need food when schools are closed.

    As we know more, we will keep you informed.  I encourage you to keep abreast of what is going on and I am including several resources with this message you can use to educate yourself on COVID-19.  It is important that we do everything we can to keep ourselves and our families healthy, remain calm, and react to facts not fear.  I am confident that if this were to become a crisis in our community or for our schools, Appomattox will rally together to take care of one another.  We have had to do that in the past and I have no doubt that same spirit and resilience will rise out of crisis again if necessary.

    COVID-19 Resources:

    CDC Interim Guidance for COVID-19
    https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/guidance-for-schools.html

    When and How to wash your Hands
    https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/when-how-handwashing.html

Last Modified on September 17, 2020