Coronavirus 2020

COVID 19
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4-20-2020 4:00 PM

DPS COVID - 19 FAQs

Continuity of Learning Plan



4-17-2020 12:00 PM

Graduation is an important milestone in the lives of our students at George Washington High School and Galileo Magnet High School.  Pending the ever-evolving impact of the Coronavirus Pandemic and the Governor’s Executive Order 53 closing school for the remainder of the year, the tentative plans for graduation ceremonies, as of today, are as follows:

 

 

·        Galileo Magnet High School Commencement Ceremony - Friday, July 10, 2020, 7:00 pm - George Washington High School Auditorium

·        George Washington High School Commencement Ceremony - Saturday, July 11, 2020, 7:00 pm - Averett University North Campus

 

While it is our desire to celebrate our graduating seniors, our challenge is not knowing what the future holds in regard to lifting the “social distancing” requirement and the ban on 10 or more people in public places issued by Governor Northam.  Please be reminded that the dates for graduation are tentative should the Executive Order be lifted.  Please stay tuned for additional information and further guidance.



4-15-2020 3:57 PM

This morning Anne and I had the opportunity to "go live" on WBTM with Josh Lineberry.  This is an effort to leverage the radio as a medium for transparency regarding decision making during this crisis. Please note that the interview addresses many questions including continuity of operations, continuity of learning, graduation, SOL testing, grading, etc.  

Follow this link to listen to the WBTM interview with Josh Lineberry. 


4-3-2020 12:30 PM


Because of the rapidly changing developments regarding the spread of COVID - 19 and Governor Northam's Stay at Home order, DPS cannot distribute Chromebooks to families of third through fifth graders at this time. After consultation with several experts, we believe this is in the best interest of families, staff, and public safety.  We sincerely apologize for any confusion we have caused as we adjust our plans to provide safety first during a very fluid situation. Please continue to monitor the DPS website and stay in contact with your teachers for the most current information.



4-2-2020 10:30 AM


Our plan for continuity of learning is evolving and we will reach out with more information on Friday, April  3.

3-27-2020 4:29 PM

1.  Feeding Plan 3/30/20 - 4/3/20
As we are enduring this unprecedented time, one of our Division’s main goals is to make sure our students are continuing to be offered meals each day.  Having said that, we are fortunate to have passionate Danville Public Schools’ Staff who are working together to get both Breakfast and Lunch to our students during the week of 3/30/2020-4/3/2020.  With their hard work, we will be able to utilize our Transportation Buses and the Child Nutrition Department Food Truck to deliver these meals in the community.  The daily locations of delivery are as follows:

Cardinal Village Apartments-651 Cardinal Place, Danville VA, 24541 (Daily Breakfast 8:00 AM-10:00 AM / Lunch 12:00 PM-2:00 PM) 

Pleasant View Apartments-101 Pleasant View Ave, Danville VA, 24540 (Daily Breakfast 8:00 AM-10:00 AM / Lunch 12:00 PM-2:00 PM) 

Purdum Woods Apartments-1575 Richmond Boulevard, Danville VA, 24541 (Daily Breakfast 8:00 AM-10:00 AM / Lunch 12:00 PM-2:00 PM) 

Woodside Village Apartments-1321 Piney Forest Road, Danville VA 24540 (Daily Breakfast 8:00 AM-10:00 AM / Lunch 12:00 PM-2:00 PM) 

Cedar Terrace Apartments-127 Cedar Place, Danville VA, 24541 (Daily Breakfast 8:00 AM-10:00 AM / Lunch 12:00 PM-2:00 PM)

 

In addition to Breakfast and Lunch, we will also be distributing non-perishable bagged meals at these locations daily during the week of 3/30/2020-4/3/2020: 

Nordan Shopping Center-229 Nor Dan Drive, Danville VA, 24540 (Daily from 11:00 AM-1:00 PM) 

Ballou Park Shopping Center-600 West Main Street, Danville VA, 24541 (Daily from 1:30 PM-3:30 PM) 

While serving these meals, staff will continue to maintain proper safety measures per the Virginia Department of Health and the Center for Disease Control. 

Information in reference to feeding after the week of 3/30/2020-4/3/2020 will follow in a future memo.


2. DPS Expanding Wifi Access Outside of All Schools!  



Our plan for continuity of learning is evolving and we will reach out with more information on Friday, April  3.

DPS is temporarily providing wifi access outside of all schools. Families can access the filtered DPS GUEST wifi network at most locations from any device. Users are encouraged to remain in their vehicles or to use proper social distancing techniques. DPS IT staff will be working to improve coverage and to enable the guest network at all locations for all devices. DPS networks should only be used to access educational resources. Locations, where IT staff have verified coverage, are listed on our website.

Follow this link for a list of verified DPS wifi access points

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3-23-20 3:21 PM

Given Executive Order 53 by Governor Northam, all schools are closed for the remainder of the academic year, please be advised that we are working with community leaders, state officials and staff to determine how this decision will impact Danville Public Schools, specifically with regard to the educational programs, closing out the current school year, and school operations.

It is important to remember that this decision is unprecedented and therefore the implications on day to day operations and decisions are not fully realized.  For now, we will continue with immediate plans for meal delivery, and leveraging the talent of our staff to ensure and determine how to continue the delivery of instructional programs and other services.

School divisions will continue to rely on guidance from the Virginia Department of Education for specific guidance on issues related to closing out this school year, grading, and other educational outcomes.  For now, the health and safety of our community is the highest priority, so saving lives is paramount.  We will provide updates and guidance on an ongoing basis via robocalls, social media, and our website.  Ultimately, We know we can and will figure this out as a community by relying on the best information available to guide our decisions and ensure our health and safety. _____________________________________________________________________________



3-19-20 1:47 PM

DPS is closed from Thursday, March 19th to Friday, March 27th. NO staff member is required to report to work.

You will be able to access electronic copies of the learning plans and materials after 1:00 pm Wednesday, March 18th, on the DPS website and on each school website.


For those students in need of internet access, you may access free wifi at these locations: 
https://bit.ly/2xJGAdf



FEEDING ACTION PLAN FOR SPRING BREAK!

The uncertainties we face daily by the onset of the COVID-19 virus offer us challenges both personally and professionally. Even so, we remain committed to the Division's goal to offer meals daily to our students. We are fortunate to be able to partner with community organizations that share our goals. Both God's Storehouse and God's Pit Crew are donating food items for DPS to vend to students during the week of 3/23/2020-3/27/2020 (Spring Break). These donations make it possible for our Transportation and Child Nutrition Department to deliver these meals in the community. The locations of delivery are as follows:


Cardinal Village Apartments-651 Cardinal Place, Danville VA, 24541 (Monday’s from 11:00 AM-2:00 PM)


Pleasant View Apartments-101 Pleasant View Ave, Danville VA, 24540 (Tuesday’s from 11:00 AM-2:00 PM)


Purdum Woods Apartments-1575 Richmond Boulevard, Danville VA, 24541 (Wednesday’s from 11:00 AM-2:00 PM)


Woodside Village Apartments-1321 Piney Forest Road, Danville VA 24540 (Thursday’s from 11:00 AM-2:00 PM)


Cedar Terrace Apartments-127 Cedar Place, Danville VA, 24541 (Friday’s from 11:00 AM-2:00 PM)


Nordan Shopping Center-229 Nor Dan Drive, Danville VA, 24540 (Daily from 11:00 AM-1:00 PM)


Ballou Park Shopping Center-600 West Main Street, Danville VA, 24541 (Daily from 1:30 PM-3:30 PM)


While serving these meals, staff will continue to maintain proper safety measures per the Virginia Department of Health and the Center for Disease Control.

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3-18-20 5:02 pm

DPS is closed from Thursday, March 19th to Friday, March 27th. NO staff member is required to report to work. You will be able to access electronic copies of the learning plans and materials after 1:00 pm Wednesday, March 18th, on the DPS website and on each school website. For those students in need of internet access, you may access free wifi at these locations: https://bit.ly/2xJGAdf

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3-18-20 11:37 AM

Please be reminded that learning materials are available for pick up today, Wednesday, March 18th, from 1:00 pm - 5:30 pm at your child’s school.

You will be able to access electronic copies of the learning plans and materials after 1:00 pm today, Wednesday, March 18th, on the DPS website and on each school website.

In addition to the distribution of learning materials, DPS will provide one (1) Chromebook per family for middle school and high school students who currently have no device. Existing fees due to loss or damage will be waived for all students. Families may pick up devices at Westwood, Bonner, Galileo, and GW today, Wednesday, March 18th, from 1:00 pm - 5:30 pm. For those students in need of internet access, you may access free wifi at these locations: https://bit.ly/2xJGAdf

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3-17-20 5:35 PM

Please be reminded that learning materials are available for pick up tomorrow, Wednesday, March 18th, from 1:00 pm - 5:30 pm at your child’s school. Principals will communicate directly with families this evening via School Messenger.

You will be able to access electronic copies of the learning plans and materials after 1:00 pm tomorrow, Wednesday, March 18th, on the DPS website and on each school website.

In addition to the distribution of learning materials, DPS will provide one (1) Chromebook per family for middle school and high school students who currently have no device. Existing fees due to loss or damage will be waived for all students. Families may pick up devices at Westwood, Bonner, Galileo, and GW tomorrow, Wednesday, March 18th, from 1:00 pm - 5:30 pm. For those students in need of internet access, you may access free wifi at these locations: https://bit.ly/2xJGAdf

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3-16-20 5:04 PM


Tuesday, March 17th and Wednesday, March 18th are teacher and nurse workdays. Teachers and nurses will report to school OR work remotely to prepare learning opportunities for the continuity of education. Work hours will be 8:00 am - 3:00 pm. Please check your email for further expectations and details from your building-level administrator.


On March 18th, families can pick up learning materials at their child’s school. Pick up times will be from 1:00 pm - 5:30 pm. Principals will communicate pickup procedures directly with families.


DPS is closed from Thursday, March 19th to Friday, March 27th. NO staff member is required to report to work.

During the closure, instruction continues using learning opportunities. Our goal is to ensure that all students have equitable learning resources that allow them to continue to engage in the content they have been learning while at school.


Each principal will communicate with school families about times and procedures for accessing learning materials.


Also, our Maintenance Department will be cleaning all schools during this time. This includes shampooing all carpets, repainting all halls and corridors, and sanitizing all bathrooms, cabinets, doorknobs, and all flat surfaces.


As always, thank you for your patience and understanding during this unprecedented time. Please be advised that information is changing rapidly; therefore, we will communicate with you on an ongoing basis. __ The Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) (Spanish)
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) (Chinese)
 
Virginia Department of Health (VDH)
Virginia Department of Education (VDOE)
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3-13-20 6:11 PM



Good Evening Parents and Staff - this is Danville Public Schools', Superintendent Stanley Jones.  By now, I am sure you have heard about Governor Ralph Northam's order to close schools for a minimum of two weeks, effective Monday, March 16, 2020, through Friday, March 27, 2020, due to the Coronavirus.  This situation is fluid and is constantly evolving so please pay careful attention to the following:

- As of today, schools will be closed from Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 27.  The second week of that two - week duration was already planned for Spring Break.

- All School-Based and Central Office 12-month employees should report to work on Monday, March 16, 2020.  Staff is encouraged to use "social distancing"  as much as possible.

- For the duration of the Governor's order, Monday, March 16 - Friday, March 27, DPS intends to pay employees as they would have been paid without the Governor's order.

- The DPS Food Truck will be in operation on Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 20 for breakfast and lunch.  The food truck will serve breakfast at George Washington High Schools' athletic parking lot from 8 am to 10 am.  Lunch will be served at Woodrow Wilson's parking lot from 12 pm-2 pm.  Please refer to our social media sites for daily menus.

- We are evaluating and developing a mechanism of continuity of instructional services as we speak.  Please stay tuned for more information.

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Coronavirus FAQs




What is coronavirus?

Coronavirus disease (COVID - 19) is a new virus that has only spread in people since December 2019. The first case was identified in WUHAN, China, and other cases have been detected around the world including the United States. Public Officials worldwide are working to slow the spread of coronavirus disease.

How will DPS educate students while schools are closed?

During the closure, instruction continues using learning opportunities. Our goal is to ensure that all students have equitable learning resources that allow them to continue to engage in the content they have been learning while at school.

Learning materials are available for pick up, Wednesday, March 18th, from 1:00 pm - 5:30 pm at your child’s school. Principals will communicate directly with families via School Messenger.

You will be able to access electronic copies of the learning plans and materials after 1:00 pm, Wednesday, March 18th, on the DPS website and on each school website.

In addition to the distribution of learning materials, DPS will provide one (1) Chromebook per family for middle school and high school students who currently have no device. Existing fees due to loss or damage will be waived for all students. Families may pick up devices at Westwood, Bonner, Galileo, and GW tomorrow, Wednesday, March 18th, from 1:00 pm - 5:30 pm. For those students in need of internet access, you may access free wifi at these locations: https://bit.ly/2xJGAdf

Please be advised that information is changing rapidly; therefore, we will communicate with you on an ongoing basis. Thank you for your patience during this unprecedented time! For additional information, you may also access our website and social media pages.



What is DPS doing to address the coronavirus?

DANVILLE, VA - Danville Public Schools (DPS) has been closely monitoring COVID-19 (Coronavirus) for the past few weeks and stands ready to implement any specific guidance received by local or national health officials. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) have not yet released guidance specifically for K-12 schools.

While we do not have any information regarding a specific risk to our schools, DPS has a collaborative working team that is updating detailed plans for operations and instructional support should this virus impact DPS.

What cleaning is taking place in schools and offices?


During the two week closure, the  DPS Maintenance department will be doing a deep cleaning of all our schools.

The Transportation Department is sanitizing buses at the end of every route, paying particular attention to areas that are constantly touched by students such as seats and windows.

Whom do I contact if I have questions?

If you have questions about your child's attendance at school, please contact the school directly. If parents or guardians have questions about an illness or symptoms, we encourage them to speak with a family physician or school nurse.

Where can I get updates?

Check our district site daily for updates regarding Danville Public Schools COVID 19 response. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Virginia Department of Health (VDH), and Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) are updating their information regularly.