In a precedent setting move, Virginia’s Governor Ralph Northam announced that all Virginia schools would be closed for a two-week period beginning March 16th and ending March 27th, 2020. With that news, Westmoreland County Public Schools was plunged with hundreds of other schools into unchartered waters. Among the immediate concerns to be addressed was the instructional delivery and care of students, especially meal delivery to over 1,500 students.
Working through the weekend, Superintendent Dr. Michael Perry, and his senior staff discussed the many factors that would be affecting the students, teachers, and staff of the district. First, all schools and school offices would be closed, per the Governor’s directive, until March 27, 2020. Essential employees will monitor the system as they work throughout this period. Some positions will be able to tele-commute. Every effort is being made to utilize bus drivers and other staff who are part-time. On Tuesday, March 17, educational packets can be picked up at student’s schools between noon and 3 p.m. These packets are designed to reinforce the educational process and keep students from falling behind.
Beginning Wednesday, March 18, buses will be delivering a breakfast, lunch, and snack to every child. Everyone who is under the age of 18 is eligible for a free meal. Parents will be asked to identify each child in their household so the appropriate number of meals can be delivered to each bus stop.
During this time, Westmoreland County Public Schools will use email and phone alerts to keep everyone current on essential information. They appreciate your assistance and patience in this unusual situation.