Update On School Closing 3/30/2020
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.
Update on School Closing 3/23/2020
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. We 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!
School Meals and Continuity of Education Update
Meals for Lancaster Children Under the Age of 18
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: email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
**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.
School Closure Update
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.