Coronavirus Information
Posted on 03/25/2020
RCPS LogoThe Virginia Department of Health (VDH) has set up a COVID-19 Hotline for residents in the Roanoke Valley.  The number is 1-855-949-8378.

Our Technology Department is providing tech support for students. Please call (540) 853-6070 or email at help@rcps.info

UPDATE 3/26/20:

Regarding instruction, beginning Monday (3/30), elementary students will receive additional printed learning packets.  They will be distributed with food delivery and at all school locations for car riders and walkers.  If parents prefer to pick up the materials at the school, please contact the school office.  Parents can also continue to request that teachers provide instructional packets through email.

Meals will continue to be delivered to students next week.   On Tuesday, March 31, order forms will be included with the meals.  These forms need to be returned to the bus on Wednesday, April 1.  Families who return a form will receive an additional six days of meals on Friday, April 3.  This will provide for families over Spring Break.

We cannot thank our staff enough, as well as SodexoMAGIC and Durham School Services for helping to deliver meals.  Today, we delivered more than 15,000 meals. 

Due to a decrease in calls, the hotline will not be in service after 4:00 p.m. on Friday, March 27.  Unless there is something pressing, we do not anticipate another robo call this week. 



UPDATE 3/25/20:

Cox Communications has agreed to provide free internet for the next 60 days to our students and their families.  After May 15, 2020, families may cancel without penalty or will be charged $9.95 a month thereafter.  This offer is available to new customers.  Click here to sign-up

We are committed to continue providing meals to students during Spring Break, which is scheduled April 6 through April 13.  There will, however, be some changes, and promise to provide details once they are finalized.  We thank our employees, as well as SodexoMAGIC and Durham School Services for helping to deliver meals.  They have delivered more than 42,000 meals this week already. 

With the closure of schools, parents need to pick up their child’s personal belongings, including any medications.  Please call your child’s school to make arrangements before April 3.

Please do not forget the Education Resources for parents and students during this time.  We are also posting videos of lessons daily on our Facebook page


UPDATE 3/24/20:

Regarding instruction, we understand how important it is to provide meaningful and productive instruction during this unprecedented period of school closure.  We are finalizing plans for how to maximize instruction for your children for the rest of the year. 

The state has informed us that all high school and middle school students who are in credit bearing courses must complete and pass the class in order to earn credit.   We are working on preparing course materials for these students.  The course work will be a combination of electronic and printed materials.  Some classes will be partially taught online via teleconferencing platforms while others will be self-guided using only the electronic and hard copy materials.  We are still refining these plans, which will be finalized later this week. 

Students who are in courses that require a SOL assessment will be able to earn a locally verified credit for graduation in lieu of taking the SOL test.  More information regarding ways to earn the locally verified credit will be coming in the near future.

Students in Advanced Placement courses should have received an email from the College Board with information regarding AP testing and the availability of daily online review classes.  If you did not receive this information, please contact your teacher or counselor.

For elementary and middle school students, a plan for new instruction is being developed.  Generally speaking, it will involve new instruction both virtually and through printed materials.  We will have more information on this soon.  Until then, please continue to use the review materials that already have been provided.

Regarding graduation, the District received guidance this afternoon from the Virginia Department of Education.  For our high school seniors, the State Superintendent has assured us that students planning to graduate will be given every opportunity to graduate.  Seniors must successfully pass all classes to meet graduation requirements.  All course work will be available virtually or through printed materials and, again, more information regarding these materials will be sent later this week in additional ROBO calls. Counselors will continue to reach out to answer questions for our seniors.  At this time, we have not canceled graduation ceremonies.  Celebration of your student’s accomplishment is important to us.  We will find an appropriate way to honor them when the time is right.  We appreciate your continued patience as we continue to deal with this new normal. 


UPDATE 3/23/20:

This afternoon, Governor Ralph Northam ordered all public schools closed in Virginia for the remainder of the academic year.  The Governor stressed the importance of continuing instruction and ensuring meals are accessible to students.  We know you have a lot of questions about instruction, grades, graduation, and much more.   The state will provide more information Tuesday (3/23/20).  We will continue to communicate as details become available.  We appreciate your continued support and understanding.  These are certainly unprecedented times, but we will get through this together. 



UPDATE 3/20/20:

Thank you for your patience and understanding during these unprecedented circumstances.

The delivery of meals will resume Monday (3/23/20).  The District has consolidated 15 bus routes to provide faster service.  This includes areas such as our larger apartment complexes.  

Bus

Apartment Complexes

Bus Stop Time

21

35th & Melrose - Caru

9:45 AM

75

Landsdown

11:15 AM

79

James Town

10:05 AM

24

Blue Stone

9:05 AM

125

Indian Village

10:20 AM

91

Ferncliff

10:20 AM

75

Hunt Ave

10:10 AM

21

Lincoln Terr

10:45 AM

93

Shenandoah Village

11:00 AM

134

Grandview & Marr

11:05 AM

117

Rescue Mission

10:05 AM

9

Northridge

9:30 AM

124

Westwood Village

11:20 AM

69

Tinker Creek - 20th & Manning

10:20 AM

133

Rutgers & Durham (behind Wendy's on Hershberger)

11:05 AM


If you do not see your bus number listed, then your route is the same as this week. See below for regular bus routes. Don’t forget that meal pick up is available at both high schools between noon and 1 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Again, let us express our deepest appreciation to our staff members who helped deliver meals this week.  We couldn’t have done it without the support of SodexoMAGIC and Durham School Services.  For the week, we delivered almost 50,000 meals.  It is truly inspiring to see everyone who has pitched in.

Here is bus route information:

Fairview Elementary School Bus Routes 2019-2020.docx

Fallon Park Elementary School Bus Routes 2019-2020.docx

Fishburn Park Elementary School Bus Routes 2019-2020.docx

Garden City Elementary School Bus Routes 2019-2020.docx

Grandin Court Elementary School Bus Routes 2019-2020.docx

Highland Park Elementary School Bus Routes 2019-2020.docx

Hurt Park Elementary School Bus Routes 2019-2020.docx

James Breckinridge Middle School Bus Routes 2019-2020.docx

James Madison Middle School Bus Route 2019-2020.docx

John P. Fishwick Middle School Bus Routes 2019-2020.docx

Lincoln Terrace Elementary School Bus Routes 2019-2020.docx

Lucy Addison Middle School Bus Routes 2019-2020.docx

Monterey Elementary School Bus Routes 2019-2020.docx

Morningside Elementary School Bus Routes 2019-2020.docx

Patrick Henry High School Bus Routes 2019 2020.dox.doc

Preston Park Elementary School Bus Routes 2019-2020.docx

Roanoke Academy for Math and Science Bus Routes 2019-2020.docx

Round Hill Elementary School Bus Routes 2019-2020.docx

Virginia Heights Elementary School Bus Routes 2019-2020.docx

Wasena Elementary School Bus Routes 2019-2020.docx

Westside Elementary School Bus Routes 2019-2020.docx

William Fleming Bus Routes 2019 2020.docx

Woodrow Wilson Middle School Bus Routes 2019-2020.docx

UPDATE 3/19/20 at 6 p.m.:

THANK YOU to all the employees of Roanoke City Schools, SodexoMAGIC, and Durham Student Services who have pitched in this week to prepare and deliver food to students.   Today (3/19/20), we delivered approximately 13,726 meals to more than 6,800 students. 

Our plan is to keep delivering meals tomorrow and next week.  Starting Monday (3/23/20), the division will consolidate some of the elementary and secondary bus routes for meal delivery.  A revised schedule will be posted on our website.   You will receive an additional robo call once the schedule has been finalized.  We appreciate your flexibility. 

We have been putting additional additional education resources to assist you and your children. Additionally, we are posting videos on our Facebook page of teachers conducting mini lessons and a guest reader is featured each night.

If you have questions, please continue to call our Hotline at 853-1000.  It is available weekdays between 8 a.m. & 5 p.m.


UPDATE 3/18/20 at 6 p.m.:

Thank you to everyone who has packed and delivered meals to students.  Today, we delivered approximately 12,000 meals to more than 6,000 students.  We appreciate the hard work of our employees, as well as SodexoMAGIC and Durham School Services.

For the delivery of food, you can track your child’s bus by downloading the free Durham Bus Tracker App

If you have not received the instructional materials for your elementary student, they will be on the bus through Friday.  If parents do not pick up these packets this week at the bus stop, we ask that you go to your child’s school on Monday for these materials.  

We know many parents are assisting with their student’s education.  The District has created a website with links to education resources that may be helpful to you and your child.  You can also check our Facebook page for additional resources.  Our teachers are available by phone to assist students.  You can call our Hotline (853-1000)




UPDATE 3/17/20 at 6:00 p.m.

A huge thank you to employees of Roanoke City Schools, SodexoMAGIC, and Durham Student Services for preparing and delivering meals to students Wednesday.  As you might imagine, it was a huge undertaking as we delivered approximately 8,000 meals to more than 4,000 students.  Our families are very grateful.   

Beginning Wednesday, instructional materials for elementary students can be picked at your student’s assigned bus stop. (bus route information is below). If you already called and indicated that you want to pick the materials up at the school, you can do so starting Wednesday.  Car riders and walkers should pick up packets at their school. 

Middle school students have been assigned lessons using Study Island. Students should access Study Island using their Clever login. These directions have been posted on the middle school websites.  If students do not have internet access, they should contact their school for printed copies of the lessons.

Middle school students enrolled in Algebra I, Geometry, Earth Science, and Spanish classes should check their teachers’ websites for information about instruction delivery.  

All high school students will receive their learning opportunities through online resources. Students should check each of their teachers’ websites for information about instruction delivery. If students do not have internet access, they should contact their schools for printed copies of the lessons.


Kindergarten Registration scheduled for this week has been postponed. 

Members of our Technology Department will provide tech support for students. Please call (540) 853-6070 or email at help@rcps.info

If students have hardware issues, technicians will be available at Patrick Henry & William Fleming High Schools from noon to 1 p.m. each day to look at damaged computers and check out replacement PASS laptops.


UPDATE 3/16/20 at 2 p.m.:

Roanoke City Public Schools wants to ensure that your students receive valuable learning opportunities.

Here are learning opportunities for students at all grade levels. 

Beginning Wednesday (3/18/20), elementary students will receive printed learning packets. These packets will be distributed with food delivery and at all school locations for car riders and walkers.  If parents prefer to pick up the materials at the school, they need to contact the school office. Parents also may request that teachers provide instructional packets via email. Parents should contact their school office to make these arrangements. 

Middle school students will be assigned lessons using the online program, Study Island. Students should access Study Island using their Clever login. These directions will be posted on the middle school websites.  If students do not have internet access, they should contact their school for printed copies of the lessons.

Middle school students enrolled in Algebra I, Geometry, Earth Science, and Spanish classes should check their teachers’ websites for information about instruction delivery.  

All high school students will receive their learning opportunities via online resources. Students should check each of their teachers’ websites for information about instruction delivery. If students do not have internet access, they should contact their schools for printed copies of the lessons.

All materials are to be used for review and enrichment.  The only courses that will be graded are AP and dual enrollment.

If your student has medications at school, please call 853-1000 to arrange pick up.  

UPDATE 3/16/20 at noon:

Beginning Tuesday, the District will deliver lunch and next day breakfast at our regular bus stops.  There is no cost to receive meals.  Delivery will take place weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 2 p.m.   No child will be denied meals at a bus stop.

By the end of today, estimated delivery times will be posted on our website, as well as the District’s Facebook and Twitter pages.  You can find your bus route on our website on the Coronavirus webpage.   If your child walks to school or is typically a car rider, please find the bus route closest to your home.  If you do not have internet access or need help finding the closest bus stop to your home, you can call a hotline starting today at 1 p.m.  The number is 853-1000. 

Each weekday, meals will also be available for pick-up from noon until 1 p.m. at Patrick Henry and William Fleming High Schools.  You just need to drive up to the bus loop and meals will be delivered to your vehicle.  Personnel and signs will direct you to the bus loop for pick-up.   

This is the first robo call.  You will receive a second robo call this afternoon with information about instruction.  Copies of all robo calls will be placed on the District’s website, as well as our social media channels.  Thank you for your patience. 

UPDATE 3/15/20 at 1:00 p.m.: 

We realize many of you have questions and concerns after the Governor closed all K-12 schools in Virginia until Friday, March 27, 2020. For several weeks, Roanoke City Public Schools has been closely monitoring Coronavirus (COVID-19) and preparing for the possibility of a closure.

Around noon Monday (3/16), parents/guardians will receive a robo call with further instructions. Generally speaking, virtual instruction for students will begin Tuesday afternoon. We are planning to have printed materials for students who do not have a personal device or internet at home. Also Tuesday, bus drivers will drive bus routes to deliver food to students. They will receive lunch and breakfast for the next day. Instructional materials will also be distributed by buses this week. 

Additionally, we working with our partners from Congregations in Action (CIA) to provide additional food to students, especially during weekends.

During this two week closure, it is important for your student to have a routine. Make sure they wake up at an appropriate time. Create a learning space in your home for them to work each day. Like you, we are concerned about the mental health of students during this closure. Resources will be made available to help you and your children.

Again, we acknowledge you have questions/concerns. We promise to communicate on a regular basis through robo call, social media, and our website.

UPDATE 3/13/20 at 5:00 p.m.: 

The SATs scheduled for Saturday, March 14, 2020 will move forward at Patrick Henry and William Fleming High Schools.

If you choose not to take the test at this time, please contact the College Board

UPDATE 3/13/20 at 3:00 p.m.:  At 2:30 Friday (3/13/20), Governor Ralph Northam ordered all schools (K-12) in Virginia closed for two weeks because of COVID-19. This is effective from March 16 through Friday, March 27, 2020.  You will receive additional information about instruction, the delivery of food for students, and other services by noon Monday (3/16/20).

Click here to read the Governor's press release

SPANISH: 

A las 2:30 pm de hoy, 13 de marzo del 2020, el gobernador Ralph Northam ha ordenado que todas las escuelas en Virginia se cierren por dos semanas por causa del virus COVID-19. Esta medida aplica del 16 de marzo al viernes 27 de marzo del 2020.  Antes del mediodía del lunes 16 de marzo, les enviaremos información adicional acerca de la enseñanza y la distribución de comida para los estudiantes, al igual que acerca de otros servicios.

For several weeks, District leaders have been closely monitoring Coronavirus (COVID-19).  The school system has been working with local and state leaders to plan and discuss the best options for staff, students, and their families.

Parents/guardians:  If your phone number has changed since the beginning of the school year, please call your child's school and update your information.  This will ensure we can provide you up-to-date information.

UPDATE 3/13/20: 

The VHSL has delayed the start of spring sports for two weeks. 

Patrick Henry High School's production of "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" has been postponed.  If you purchased tickets in advance, please call 853-2877 for a refund.

The Youth Mini-Summit scheduled for Saturday, March 14 at Lucy Addison Middle has been canceled.

The ROTEC Extravaganza scheduled for Thursday, March 19 has been postponed.

The Noteworthy Music Festival scheduled for Saturday, March 21 has been postponed.

UPDATE 3/12/20: 

Superintendent Bishop placed a robo call to parents and staff.  Here is a copy of the robo call:  3.12.2020 Robo Call.docx

Here is the Spanish version:  3.12.2020 Robo Call1785_Spanish.docx

The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) is providing updates on its website.  Click here for the latest

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is also a good source for information.  Click here for the latest from the CDC

Johns Hopkins University has a regularly updated mapping of global COVIC-19 cases which provides some perspective on reported cases.  Click here for the map

Superintendent Bishop sent a letter home with students the first week of March. 2.2020 Coronavirus Ltr.doc

Carilion Clinic has produced a video with Dr. Anthony Baffoe-Bonnie, Medical Director for Infection Control.  Click here to watch the video

We realize you may have questions/concerns.  Here are some commonly asked questions:

1.  What are the symptoms of Coronavirus?

According to the CDC, symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure

Symptoms can include:  Fever, cough, shortness of breath

2.  How can we stop the spread of Coronavirus?

According to the CDC, avoid close contact with people who are sick

Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash

Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth

Clean and disinfect touched objects and surfaces

Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds

SPANISH:

3.12.2020 Robo Call1785_Spanish.docx


¿Cuáles son los síntomas del Coronavirus?

De acuerdo con el Centro para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades (CDC, por sus siglas en inglés), los síntomas pueden presentarse entre 2 – 14 días después de exposición.

Los síntomas pueden incluir: fiebre, tos, falta de aire.

  1. ¿Como podemos detener la propagación del Coronavirus?

De acuerdo con el CDC, evitar contacto cercano con personas enfermas;

Cubrirse la tos o estornudo con un pañuelo desechable, y botarlo después;

Evitar tocarse los ojos, nariz y boca;

Limpiar y desinfectar objetos y superficies que toca;

Quedarse en casa si está enfermo, a no ser que sea para atención médica, y

Lavarse las manos frecuentemente con jabón y agua por lo menos 20 segundos.

 

  1. ¿Cerrarán las escuelas debido al Coronavirus?

Los líderes del Distrito están monitoreando cuidadosamente la situación y reuniéndose varias veces al día. La decisión de cerrar las escuelas la tomarán los líderes del Distrito después de consultar con el Departamento de Salud de Virginia. Mientras nos preparamos como Distrito Escolar, queremos motivar a los padres a comenzar preparaciones en casa, en el caso que las escuelas tengan que cerrar. 

 

  1. ¿Qué pasaría si cierran las escuelas?

El Distrito Escolar tiene un plan para proveer instrucción en casa en el caso que cierren las escuelas por un tiempo indefinido.

Los maestros y personal escolar estarán disponible durante el día escolar para atender cualquieras preguntas que tengan los alumnos.

En el caso de que cierren las escuelas por un periodo indefinido, el Distrito repartirá comidas a los alumnos de acuerdo con su parada de bus asignada.







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