RESOURCES FOR EXTENDED SCHOOL CLOSURES DUE TO COVID19 CRISIS
We have compiled resources on this page. Scroll down to find information on distance learning, details on meal delivery and volunteering to help deliver meals each day, and important strategies to help deal with stress and anxiety during this time.
A Letter From Superintendent Shealy
March 23, 2020 - I am writing to update you on the District’s approach to serving our students during the COVID-19 crisis. We continue to make decisions about serving students with the health and safety of our students, parents, staff and community as our top priority.
Because of the extended school closures, we have transitioned to online learning. Pre-K through second grade students will be sent a printed packet of work to do at home. Our third through twelfth grade students will be accessing their lessons through GradeResults.com. Their classes should be loaded by Tuesday, March 24 and students may login and begin as soon as their classes are available. Information on how to login is posted at www.vwsd.org. We understand that not everyone has internet access in their homes and we are working on solutions to be sure that we are serving all students.
Currently, we are providing two meals each day, Monday through Friday to all Warren County children ages 18 or younger. We are delivering at bus stops between 11 AM and 1:30 PM. In only three days, we have delivered over 15,000 meals to kids in Warren County. If you need more information on how to receive meals, please visit www.vwsd.org/childnutrition.
I want to acknowledge all of the VWSD staff who have been working diligently to continue to serve our students - There are too many to thank individually, but I want to especially thank those in the child nutrition, transportation, curriculum and technology departments, and our school principals and teachers. They are going above and beyond to feed our students and to make it possible to stay connected and continue learning. I have been in awe of their desire to provide the best for children and the extraordinary lengths that they have gone to to serve our students. I want everyone to know that we have received calls from around the state and beyond about what we are doing and we are serving as a model to many communities.
While we are working hard, we also understand that this is a stressful time so we have posted suggestions on how to manage stress - for both parents and students - on our website, www.vwsd.org.
I want to encourage you to continue social distancing. This means avoiding group gatherings, sleepovers and playdates. Parents, please keep your children at home. Also, if you must go out, keep at least 6 feet between you and others. Remember to thoroughly wash your hands often and cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or use your elbow if a tissue isn’t available.
We will continue to keep you updated through our regular channels - our website, facebook page and via district-wide call outs. Central office phones will be covered on weekdays from 10AM - 2PM if you need to reach us by phone at 601-638-5122. Thank you for your ongoing patience as we work out the details of best serving students under these circumstances. We know that we may have some bumps along the way, but I want you to know that we remain committed to serving students.
Stay safe and God bless,