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    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