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WE ARE CURRENTLY WORKING TO UPDATE OUR WEBSITE TO PROVIDE OUR STUDENTS & FAMILIES WITH THE RESOURCES THEY NEED FOR A SUCCESSFUL SCHOOL YEAR. OVER THE NEXT FEW DAYS YOU WILL SEE CHANGES AND ADDITIONS. THANK YOU FOR YOUR PATIENCE AND YOUR TEAMWORK!

Lancaster County Public Schools COVID-19 Related Updates:

April 28th, 2020 Parent phone call 

This is a reminder to our LCPS families that hotspots and/or devices are being made available for all Lancaster County K - 12 students who do not have access. Devices and hotspots will remain property of the school, but will be loaned, at no charge, to any student who needs one or both while schools are not in session. There are two ways you can place a request for your student. You can complete a request form electronically on our website on the ‘Continuity of Learning’ page or you can complete the request form mailed home last week with learning packets. Those forms can be dropped through the mail slot of the front door at the school board office or mailed back to the school board office at P.O. Box 2000, Kilmarnock VA 22482.

We strongly encourage you to put in a request if your student does not have internet access or does not have a device to use to access online resources.

We wish all of our families well and hope everyone is healthy and safe!

April 24th, 2020 Graduation Annoucement

April 21st, 2020 Request Forms Available for Hotspots/Devices, Medicine & Instrument Pick-Up

This is a reminder to our LCPS families that a form has been made available to request a hotspot and/or device, if there is a need, so that all students can access online resources. The form is available on our website (LPSLMSLHS) and was also mailed out this week with the student learning packets. We are still anticipating distribution to begin the week of May 4th.

A request form to pick-up medicine and/or an instrument was also mailed with learning packets and available on our website. Both of these forms can be submitted electronically through the website, mailed to the school board office or dropped in the mail slot of the front door of the school board office.

We sincerely hope all of you are doing well! Have a great day!

April 15th, 2020 LCPS Academic Update

Hello LCPS Families,

This is an update to ensure that our students and families are familiar with resources that are currently available. As of today, Wednesday, April 15th, our website has been updated with information regarding the LCPS Continuity of Learning Plan. This plan provides opportunities for students to continue to engage in learning over the next few months. It also has new pages that include frequently asked questions for parents & students regarding our current school closings, all updates sent from the school division, meal resources in the community and the available online resource links for students. We will continue to provide updates and keep you informed through phone calls, website posts and Facebook. Please take a few minutes to browse the website if possible.

The school division will be making hotspots and devices available upon request to those in need of access. A request can be made two ways: electronically through a form on the website or by submitting a hard copy. A hard copy will be mailed home with the second round of learning packets. These packets are being mailed home to all students next week. Instructions to submit a hard copy are included with the learning packet and online. Anticipated distribution of devices and hotspots will begin the week of May 4th. Also during the week of May 4th, Google Classrooms will become available to students and virtual office hours with teachers will begin.

For our seniors, high school administration and the counseling department are currently working through each student’s individual record to ensure that all requirements are met or covered by a waiver. LHS administration will personally contact each senior by May 8th.

We want all of our students to know that all of us, miss all of you! Please continue to practice social distancing so that we can all be back together as soon as possible!

Stay well!

Jessica Davis, Director of Instruction

April 7th, 2020 Superintendent Update

Hello LCPS Families!

I just want to take a moment to update you on our progress. By the end of next week, we will be posting the ‘Lancaster County Public Schools Continuity of Learning Plan’ onto our website. As shared last week, we will continue with practice and enrichment of previously taught materials for the remainder of the year.

Our teachers are currently creating and preparing an additional learning packet along with opportunities through virtual classrooms for students in K through 12 to utilize throughout the spring and summer. In the near future, we will make available, upon request, hot spots and/or devices to those in need so that all students may have access to participate in virtual learning activities. The plan will include information regarding Driver’s Ed, Pre-K registration, virtual classes, medicine & instrument pick up and more. Please be sure to check the LCPS website for these updates.

We would like to thank our families and community for their patience and willingness to work together as we develop plans that will positively impact our students. Undoubtedly, our plan will need modifications as we progress. As we move forward and navigate these uncharted waters, we will have more opportunities for all of us to work together for our children. Please continue to practice social distancing and washing hands so that we may all return safely in the fall!

Dan Russell

Superintendent

April 7th, 2020 B&G Club Announcement

March 30th, 2020 Superintendent Update

LCPS Families,

I want to take a moment to provide you some much needed updates about the direction of our schools during this challenging time. All updates will continue to be posted on our websites, Facebook pages, and with our partners in media.

As of now, Lancaster County Public Schools will continue to provide learning opportunities through packets and online resources. These will be provided as a continuity of learning. Officially, the school year has come to an end. We are working diligently with our teachers and staff to boost our online resources and availability of technology to our staff and students. Please utilize the resources on our website and the packets to enrich and reinforce skills previously taught.

For high school students, the Virginia Department of Education has provided waivers to credit earning courses for underclassman students and seniors for graduation. We continue to use VDOE guidance to create our plan for moving forward as far as grades, making up missed content in the fall (or earlier if the situation allows), and providing equitable opportunities for all students. Seniors will be receiving more detailed information from Mrs. Booth.

We will honor spring break for a majority of our staff during the week of April 6th through April 10th; however, over the next few weeks, you will be hearing from your school administrators about additional online resources and tools for providing a continuity of learning. If you have questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to email your school administration. You can find their email on the school website.

Thank you for your patience during this chaotic and unprecedented time. Our top priority continues to remain ensuring the safety and health of our students, staff, and community. We realize this event will create gaps in the learning of each child; however, we are confident that our students and staff will rise to the challenge once we can return to a more formal setting and in a manner that is safe for all. Please stay healthy and safe.

Sincerely,

Dan Russell

Superintendent

March 27, 2020 Updates to Meal Plan

Good Afternoon LCPS family,

This is to announce two changes to our current meal program for children. Beginning the week of Monday, March 30th meal pick-up and deliveries will be on Mondays and Wednesdays only. We will continue to provide breakfast and lunch for all 5 days of the week. Meals for Friday will now be provided with Wednesday pick-up or delivery. Additionally, we will provide the same meal service during our spring break which is the week of April 6th through April 10th. According to new information provided by the federal meal program guidelines children are no longer required to be present during pick up of meals. This is a change. We will need a minimum of 48 hours notice if you are making a change from delivery to pick-up or vice versa to ensure duplicate meals are not served to the same children.

If you are in need of meals for any child under the age of 18 in Lancaster County you can text or email to make a request: scarter@lcs.k12.va.us or 804.436.7176

March 23, 2020 School Closings Update

Good afternoon LCPS Family,

As you are aware by the order of our Governor, Virginia schools are now closed for the remainder of the school year. The Virginia Department of Education will provide additional guidance over the next twenty-four hours in regards to graduation requirements, high school credits and continuity of learning. We mailed home packets today for your children to utilize for enrichment and practice. Additionally, we will be providing some online resources on our website for enrichment and practice as well. I realize you will have many questions. This is an unprecedented event. We will continue to develop our plan in conjunction with guidance from the U.S. Department of Education and the Virginia Department of Education to enable continuity of learning in an equitable way for all students. We will keep you posted on the plan as we move forward. Again, the safety of our children, staff, and community remains our top priority. We will continue serving meals and we will provide updates as we receive new information. Please adhere to the suggested practice of social distancing.

Stay Safe and Healthy!

Sincerely,

Dan Russell

Superintendent

March 19th, 2020 Article - Talking to Children About COVID-19

Follow the link  here to access a parent resource that assists in talking to children about COVID-19.

March 19th, 2020 Updates to Meal Plan

Lancaster County Public Schools will begin meal pick-up and delivery services on Monday, March 23rd. The hours for delivery and pick up will be 9:00am - 11:00am on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. (Mondays will include meals for Tuesday, Wednesdays will include meals for Thursday.) Pick-up locations will be LPS and LMS. Breakfast and lunch will be available to all Lancaster County children under the age of 18 regardless of whether or not they are a student of Lancaster County Public Schools. In order to ensure that all kids who need meals receive them, we ask that you send a text or email to request meals. Please share this information with folks in our community who may not be aware or have access.

  • Monday, March 23rd: pick-up and delivery will be begin
  • Pick-up and Delivery Requirements: Children must be present. This is mandated by the USDA and the VDOE.
  • Email or text to request meals: scarter@lcs.k12.va.us or 804.436.7176
    • Provide number of children needing meals
    • Request pick up OR delivery
    • Provide address for delivery OR determine pick up location (LPS & LMS)
    • Notify of any special dietary needs
    • Provide phone number

**If you have a need for food prior to Monday, March 23rd please text 804.436.7176 or email scarter@lcs.k12.va.us. We will have food bags available and will work with families on a case by case basis to get these to you through Friday, March 20th. Also, we are working with other community resources to assist in sharing information and ensuring that all kids have food if needed. Please use the link below for additional resources for meals from Healthy Harvest Food Bank.

https://www.hhfb.org/pantries/

**As we monitor this program over the next couple of weeks, changes to the plan may take place in order to best serve our children and community.

March 18th, 2020 Superintendent Update

This is an Academic Update from LCPS:

As you are aware by order of the Governor, schools are closed for at least two weeks. During this time, we cannot require work or grade it. We can only provide opportunities for practice and enrichment. We have some unique challenges in providing equitable opportunities to all of our students to include opportunities for our students with disabilities. It is important to us to be sensitive to our counties needs. Approximately 45 percent of our families do not have internet access let alone the high speed required for online learning, making an online learning platform impossible at this point. Some of our families who do have access may only have one device at home not allowing multiple kids to access online resources. Additionally, many of our children are now providing childcare as their parents are at work and they have multiple siblings or younger relatives at home. Our teachers prepared review packets last week that we plan to have available at the end of next week, as we anticipate this will be a longer event. We will be posting online resources for practice. We are currently working on a long – term solution and following guidance from the state. Please remember that we are in a state of emergency and safety continues to be our top priority. In the meantime, please take the opportunity to read with your children, engage them in creative ways and utilize online resources that are available. If you are a student at the Technical Center, we will have your work from there included in their packets. Finally, we are addressing this crisis differently than our surrounding counties because we have the highest age population in the state in our county. We are trying to minimize the possibilities of spreading this virus to our most vulnerable citizens by allowing people to socially distance themselves. Please be patient and know that we are working to address the educational needs of your children while we maintain appropriate social distancing. Again, safety of our children, staff, and community remains our top priority. More information will be coming later this week on work distribution. We will also be posting all messages on our website and school social media.

Stay Healthy!

March 17th, 2020 State Superintendent Media Release

Follow the link here for information from State Superintendent James Lane regarding COVID-19 and its effect on Virginia public schools.

March 17th, 2020 Atlantic Broadband Update

Atlantic Broadband has made its WiFi network available for public use during our time of emergency. There are multiple locations available through out Lancaster county. This service is also being done throughout their service area. Use this link https://atlanticbb.com/my-services/my-account/wifi-hotspots to see all WiFi access.

March 16th, 2020 Updates to Meal Plan

Lancaster County Public Schools will begin meal pick-up and delivery services on Monday, March 23rd. The hours for delivery and pick up will be 9:00am - 11:00am on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. (Mondays will include meals for Tuesday, Wednesdays will include meals for Thursday.) Pick-up locations will be LPS and LMS. Breakfast and lunch will be available to all Lancaster County children under the age of 18 regardless of whether or not they are a student of Lancaster County Public Schools. In order to ensure that all kids who need meals receive them, we ask that you send a text or email to request meals. Please share this information with folks in our community who may not be aware or have access. 

● Monday, March 23rd: pick-up and delivery will be begin 

● Pick-up and Delivery Requirements: Students must be present. This is mandated by the USDA and the VDOE. 

● Email or text to request meals: scarter@lcs.k12.va.us or 804.436.7176

○ Provide number of children needing meals 

○ Request pick up OR delivery 

○ Provide address for delivery OR determine pick up location (LPS & LMS) 

○ Notify of any special dietary needs 

○ Provide phone number **If you have a need for food prior to Monday, March 23rd please text 804.436.7176 or email scarter@lcs.k12.va.us. We will have food bags available and will work with families on a case by case basis to get these to you through Friday, March 20th. Also, we are working with other community resources to assist in sharing information and ensuring that all kids have food if needed. 

Please use the link below for additional resources for meals from Healthy Harvest Food Bank. https://www.hhfb.org/pantries/ **As we monitor this program over the next couple of weeks, changes to the plan may take place in order to best serve our children and community. **

Continuity of Learning 

You may be wondering how your student/s will continue to learn during this time. At this point, we have been given a waiver by the state for these two weeks and this absence of time in the classrooms will in no way affect student's grades. Our top priority continues to be to provide meals to our students and to keep students, staff and our community healthy. We want to allow our families to focus on their family, find solutions to childcare needs and to be able to socially distance if possible. When needed, we will certainly provide instructional resources to continue learning for our students in a way that is equitable for our rural community. Any work that will be provided will not be required or graded and will be considered independent practice. We will continue to follow directives from the VDOE to determine how to best engage our students in continued learning if the time schools are closed should be extended. Again, as the situation is changing quickly, please allow for flexibility.

March 15, 2020 Superintendent Update

Good evening LCPS Family:

Given that the closure of all public and private schools was intended to provide an opportunity for social distancing as a preventative measure to ensure the safety of students, staff, and the community, Lancaster County Public Schools will use that criteria to determine all decisions moving forward. At this time, all schools will remain closed to staff and students for the entire two weeks. We will only require small groups of staff to assemble at one time to help prepare and deliver meals, prepare educational materials to ensure continuity of learning and to provide additional cleaning and disinfecting in our buildings. We are continuing to develop our plan for distributing food to our students. We will provide an update tomorrow afternoon, March 16th, on the progress of that plan. Central office will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. with limited staff and we will not be taking visitors at this time. If you have questions or concerns, please feel free to call. Again, the safety of our students, staff, and community is our top priority. While we don’t want to overreact to this situation, we do not want to underreact either. We urge you to use this time to practice social distancing in order to help mitigate further spread and to keep your families safe. Please rest assured that we are working diligently to make plans to address the needs of our students and families. This situation has a tendency to change rapidly. We will keep you posted through email, phone calls, the LCPS website and the LCPS Facebook page with the latest developments and changes.

Again, health and safety is our top priority throughout this event.

Have a good evening,

Dan Russell

March 13th, 2020 SAT Update

The SAT that is scheduled for Saturday, March 14th has been cancelled. Our test window has been opened for May 2. Students who were scheduled to take the test on March 14th will receive refunds and will need to register again to take the May test.

March 13th, 2020 School Closings Update

In response to Governor Northam's order to close all K-12 schools in Virginia, LCPS will be closed March 16th-27th. We will continue to keep our parents, staff and community updated.

March 13th, 2020 Superintendent Update

Dear LCPS Families:

As shared in my letter sent home yesterday, we will keep our families updated if and when any changes take place as decisions are made regarding the current health alerts. Information is quickly evolving and therefore changes can happen daily. I do have some updates for you today. We are continually collaborating with the VA Department of Health and the Va Department of Education and continue to follow the recommendations that are provided by both departments along with the Center for Disease Control.

  • Until further notice we are postponing all field trips and non-essential events that include students leaving the buildings and/or visitors coming into the buildings. Athletic practices will continue but there will be no competitive events until at least March 30th. (VHSL)
  • Until further notice, we are limiting visitor access to buildings. The only reason we will allow visitors at the schools is if they are invited by the administration for meetings. Examples of reasons that will not be authorized at this time include dropping off lunches and bookbags, eating lunch with students etc.

*The Boys & Girls Club will continue to use the primary school as an after school location for childcare.

  • If your child is displaying the following symptoms please keep them home - fever, cough, and shortness of breath. We are asking the same of staff.

While we aim to decrease disruption to our student’s learning as much as possible, we are actively continuing to prepare, to take extra steps to disinfect buildings/classrooms and to monitor information that we receive to make decisions that have the health of our students, staff and community as our top priority. We will continue to update you throughout this process. These letters will also be emailed and posted on our website the same day they are sent home with students. As an additional reminder, please be sure that your child’s emergency contact information in Powerschool is updated with current phone numbers and emails addresses.

For more information you may want to visit the CDC Parent Resource page.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/home/index.html

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the clinic at your child’s school.

Sincerely,

Dan Russell, Superintendent

March 12th, 2020 Superintendent Update

Dear LCPS Families:

As you are all aware, the Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) has been at the forefront of our national news and confirmed cases in the United States have been escalating over the past few weeks. I want to assure you that LCPS has been working diligently to ensure that we are monitoring and assessing updated information on a daily basis, taking additional proactive measures to keep buildings disinfected and are updating our plan as needed to address new information and will continue to do so should our area become directly affected. We are collaborating with the VA Department of Health and the VDOE and will continue to follow the recommendations that are provided.

At this time, we are not aware of any known confirmed cases of COVID-19 in our community. We are closely monitoring the situation and will take all necessary steps to minimize the impact within our schools. Should the need arise for our schools to be closed for a prolonged period of time, we are developing a plan for enabling students to continue to learn.

As with other respiratory diseases such as the flu or cold, please keep your child home if he/she exhibits any of the following symptoms/conditions that may indicate the start of a communicable disease:

  • Fever or feeling feverish/chills
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue (tiredness)
  • Shortness of breath
  • Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea

By following these guidelines you will assist the schools in decreasing the spread of any illness. Also, please be sure that your child’s emergency contact information in Powerschool is updated with current phone numbers and emails in the event that school staff needs to reach someone who can pick your child up, or in case of an emergency.

We will keep our families posted on any changes regarding planned field trips as early as possible as we move through the next few weeks.

For more information you may want to visit the CDC Parent Resource page.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/home/index.html

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the clinic at your child’s school.

Sincerely,

Dan Russell, Superintendent