Dinwiddie County Public Schools, Deep Roots, Great Heights

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We at Dinwiddie County Public Schools care about our students and the many families that make our division a great place to learn, grow, and belong.  We encourage you to check back often for updates as they become available. We are dedicated to keeping our DCPS families and friends informed during  the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and the effects on our school system. Together we can get through this while helping each student continue to grow to great heights!
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Updates:

Update March 24, 2020 –

Virginia Department of Education: COVID-19: A PARENT GUIDE FOR SCHOOL-AGED CHILDREN

Update March 23, 2020 –


Update March 23, 2020 –

Good evening Dinwiddie families,

Per Governor Northam’s announcement this afternoon, Dinwiddie County Public Schools will be closed for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year due to the COVID-19 public health crisis.

While this is not the direction I had hoped to take I agree that this action is necessary to keep our families, county and neighbors safe.

To that end, all school buildings will remain closed to the public until further notice. We will, however, have limited staff available at the School Board Office to maintain our essential operations and provide you with support.

I am certain you have a lot of questions about what this decision will mean; especially as it pertains to finishing this school year and figuring out your new normal.  I feel exactly the same way! But right now I ask that you remain patient as my team and I work to figure everything out. We do expect to receive guidance from the Virginia Department of Education in coming days which will be critical to informing immediate next steps and overall planning.

In the meantime, if you have a question you would like to share please email it to info@dcpsnet.org . Also, we do plan to continue making phone calls to each family until we have had the opportunity to reach everyone personally.

I believe that there is no better place to learn, work or live than Dinwiddie County and it is in times like these that I am reminded why.

Please take care of yourself and if there is anything the Dinwiddie County Public Schools’ team can do to support you, please let me know.

Thank you!
Dr. Kari Weston

Dr. Kari Weston
Superintendent

 


Update March 23, 2020 –

Meal distribution continues Monday through Friday for Dinwiddie students throughout the duration of the school closure.  We will provide lunch for that day and breakfast for the next morning. Meals will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis.  Parents should check the meals to ensure it is appropriate for the child’s health and dietary needs.

Pickup of meals are available from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. daily at the following locations:

Sunnyside Elementary
Dinwiddie Elementary
Sutherland Elementary (this is a change)

See you there!


Update March 16, 2020 –

Good afternoon,

We wanted to provide our Dinwiddie families with the most up-to-date information we have at this time.

Dinwiddie County Public Schools is closed for at least the next 2 weeks. After today, only the School Board Office will be open daily from 8 am – 4 pm. The school buildings will remain closed during this time so a deep clean can take place. If you have any questions, please call the School Board Office at 804-469-4190.

We will begin meal distribution tomorrow, Tuesday, March 17. Meals are for our Dinwiddie students ages 18 and younger. We will run this program Monday – Friday throughout the duration of the school closure. At this distribution, we will provide lunch for that day and breakfast for the next morning. Meals will be provided on a first-come, first-serve basis. We will be following the current lunch menu schedule that was published for March. Parents should check the meals to ensure it is appropriate for the child’s health and dietary needs.

We will have meals available from 10 am – 1 pm daily at the following locations:

Sunnyside Elementary
Dinwiddie Elementary
Eastside Enhancement Center

Students can get meals at any of these 3 locations regardless of their home school. This will be a curb side pick up service, so no one will need to get out of the vehicle. Please look for signs when you arrive to the location.

We are also working on an instructional plan for our students that will be ready by the end of the day. Please visit our school division website at www.dinwiddie.k12.va.us. Look for a link called “Distance Learning Opportunities” on the main webpage. Our instructional staff has provided activities that are accessible through the internet on a computer or smart phone. High School parents can expect an additional robo call from Mr. Garnes with more information about individual course plans.

Additionally, we have received many questions regarding Spring Break. Spring Break is still scheduled for April 6-13 and there are no plans of this changing.

We appreciate your support and understanding during this uncertain time. We encourage you to continue to follow the health recommendations from the CDC and our health department. As we have more information available, we will share it with you. We will also be putting the contents of this message on our website.


Update March 13, 2020 –

Governor Ralph Northam ordered all K-12 schools to close for a minimum of two weeks in response to the continued spread of novel coronavirus, or COVID-19. Dinwiddie County Public Schools will be closed from Monday, March 16, through Friday, March 27, 2020, at a minimum.

We will be updating and providing you with more information in the days and weeks to come of how we can support our students and families during this time.

All 12 month employees should report to work on Monday, March 16, at regular time.


Update March 12, 2020 –

In a continued effort to prevent the coronavirus from entering our schools and workplaces, we have expanded our measures to include the following:

Field Trips
We are suspending all scheduled field trips through April 30.  As we move forward, we will re-evaluate the decision after Spring Break to see if we need to extend the time period beyond that date.

Staff Travel
Many upcoming conferences and events have already been cancelled/postponed.   We are suspending all staff conference travel outside of the school division at this time until further notice.

Athletics
At this time, VHSL athletic activities will continue as scheduled.  We are working with our district and regional partners in this decision-making process.


March 10, 2020

Dear Dinwiddie Families,

As you may be aware, the first cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Virginia have been identified. While the current risk of COVID-19 to the American public is still considered low, Dinwiddie County Public Schools (DCPS) places the health, safety, and wellness of our students and staff as our highest priority and is monitoring this situation closely.

We are working with our local health department and following the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to take proactive measures to stop the spread of illness.  Our leadership teams have reviewed and are following the procedures we have in place for “Pandemics” in our Crisis Management Plan.  Our school nurses and staff continue to promote good hygiene in order to keep everyone healthy and safe.  We have also met with our custodial providers to ensure their cleaning practices are aligned with CDC guidelines.

Below are some preventative measures we can all follow to minimize the spread of illness:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.  If soap and water are not available, please use alcohol-based hand sanitizer until hands can be washed.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces.
  • Cover mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands.
  • If you have traveled or feel you may have been exposed or having symptoms of the virus, please contact your physician or the Dinwiddie Health Department at 804-469-3771.
  • Most importantly, stay away from others if you are exhibiting any of these symptoms –  elevated temperature/fever, cough, shortness of breath.

The best resources for the most up-to-date information regarding COVID-19 can be found at:

Centers for Disease Control (CDC):  www.cdc.gov
Virginia Department of Health:  www.vdh.virginia.gov
Dinwiddie County Public Schools:  www.dinwiddie.k12.va.us

As always, we appreciate your assistance as we work together to keep our school community healthy and safe.

Sincerely,
Dr. Kari Weston
Dr. Kari Weston
Superintendent