Employee Information during the COVID-19 crisis will be updated here for reference.
In addition, your principal will be sending updates regularly. We hope that you are all staying safe, practicing social distancing, and taking care of yourselves. If you need anything, please do not hesitate to reach out to your DCPS family. We are all in this together!
April 3, 2020: commUNITY & Team CAREy
During this health and economic crisis we all are deemed essential personnel; however, while the majority of us have telework options, there is a small (but mighty) team of warriors who have served from the front lines every day.
Our school nutrition staff, under the leadership of CAREy Athey, have been providing over 5,000 meals a week to our young people. They stepped up without hesitation and remain committed to seeing that these efforts are uninterrupted over Spring Break next week!
There are so many people in our school commUNITY who work quietly and humbly behind the scenes to support our young people and their families. Most of the time, these individuals do so without any recognition…I didn’t want this to be one of those times.
The last thing our families need to think about is whether or not they will be able to feed their child(ren). A big virtual hug to CAREy Athey and his team for making certain that is the case in Dinwiddie County!
Dr. Kari Weston
April 3, 2020: commUNITY
Thank you for another amazing week…our buildings might be closed, but learning and leading are still happening across our County! I remain profoundly grateful for your patience, courage and resourcefulness as we have navigated a lot of uncharted territory over these past three weeks.
Our primary focus continues to be the health and wellness of every staff member and student. These are difficult times for so many coping with the realities and threats associated with the coronavirus disease. Even though there are currently no cases reported in Dinwiddie County, I encourage you to protect yourself and others by following the guidelines provided by the CDC and found on our COVID-19 website:
During this time, it has been important that we remain connected to one another and our families via social media, video gatherings, phone calls and mail service. While this has proven to be somewhat challenging at times, I commend you for your creativity and can-do spirit. We remain committed to interacting with you and our students/families as much as possible. Many of you have already spent countless hours assisting in those efforts and for that I am immensely grateful.
Additionally, I applaud the efforts of the Academic Services’ team and teachers who are working tirelessly to provide learning opportunities for our students:
I believe we have developed a plan that moves our young people forward without overburdening staff and families. We have tried to think of everyone and everything; however, if you feel that there is something that deems additional consideration or attention, please let me know.
Even though you may feel stress and anxiety are at an all-time high right now, I want you to remember that there is a lot of good going on all around us too! In fact, as I was leaving the house this morning, I learned the bird who recently nested in my front door wreath was now the mama of 4! (photo attached) This reminds me warmer temperatures and sunnier days are just around the corner and very soon we will be on the other side of this moment, ever so grateful to see it finally behind us and celebrating “A New and Better Normal”. (I hope you will take time to read this heartwarming post by George Couros.)
I’m so proud to be a part of such caring and compassionate commUNITY…we are definitely better together!
Dr. Kari Weston
March 27, 2020:
March 26, 2020, 6:00 p.m.
I hope that you and your family are doing well. Whatever your position is at Dinwiddie County Public Schools, it’s WHAT you do, it is not WHO you are. First and foremost we must each take time for self-care in order to be the best version of ourselves, regardless of being in-crisis or otherwise. However, it becomes even more important when in crisis. As each day of this new journey unfolds, please stay safe, be healthy (physically, spiritually, mentally and emotionally) and enjoy your family moments and memories. If you are able, please join the VEA Zoom webinar at 6:00 pm today titled “Practicing Self-Care During Crisis: Simple Steps to Take Care of You”, simply click the link below.