Coronavirus Information
Posted on 06/25/2020
Mill Mountain Star lit up in blue and white.Roanoke City Public Schools will hold online registration for kindergarten children for the 2020-2021 School Year.  All children who will be five years old on or before September, 30 are eligible for kindergarten. 

Click here to register in English

Click here to register in Spanish

Click here to apply for pre-school

Click here to provide your feedback for the re-opening of schools.

Here are some helpful links:

Centers for Disease Control

Virginia Department of Health

Virginia Department of Education's Return to School Plan

2020-2021 School Year Calendar

Roanoke City Public Schools is providing grab and go food service throughout the summer. You can pick-up food from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.  Here are the locations for food pick-up:

Fallon Park Elementary

Garden City Elementary

Round Hill Elementary

Monterey Elementary

Patrick Henry High School

William Fleming High School

Additionally, a van and refrigerated food truck will visit the following locations.  See below for the schedule:

Route 1

Stop

Address

Time

 

 

 

Forest Park Church

812 29th St., NW

9:40 AM-10:10 AM

Hurt Park Elementary

1525 Salem Ave., SW

11:15 AM-11:45 AM

RAMs

1616 Ninetenth St.

12:45 PM-1:15 PM




Route 2

Stop

Address

Time

Park Town Apartments

1716 Empress Dr., NW

9:15 AM -9:30 AM

Monterey Elementary

4501 Oliver Rd., NE

11:30 AM-12:30 AM

Preston Park Elem

3142 Preston Ave., NW

12:45 PM-1:15 PM

Valley View Village Apts

4847 Rutgers St. NW

1:30 PM -1:45 PM




Route 3

Stop

Address

Time

Garden City Elementary

3718 Garden City Blvd, SE

11:30 AM-12:30 PM

 

Roanoke City Parks and Recreation is offering meals at additional sites:

Villages at Lincoln, 1901 Dunbar St. - June 22-Aug. 7, 2020, 12-1 p.m.

Indian Rock Village, 2034 Indian Village Lane - June 22-Aug. 7, 2020 12-1 p.m.

Jamestown Place, 1533 Pike Lane - June 22-Aug. 7, 2020, 12-1 p.m.

Bluestone Park, 2617 Bluestone Ave. June 22-Aug. 7, 2020. 12-1 p.m.

Landsdowne Park, 2624 Salem Turnpike June 22-Aug.7, 2020, 12-1 p.m.

Hunt Manor, 802 Hunt Ave., NW - June 22-Aug. 7, 2020, 12 -1 p.m.

Eureka Recreation Center, 1529 Carroll Ave. - June 22-Aug. 7. 2020, 12-12:30 p.m.

Preston Park Recreation, Center, 3137 Preston Ave. - June 22-Aug. 7, 2020, 12:45-1:15 p.m.


Beginning Tuesday (6/23), you will receive a weekly robo call providing updates from the Transition and Restoration Task Force about the re-opening of schools.  The Task Force welcomes feedback from students, staff, parents, and community members. Click here to provide input

Our incoming superintendent, Verletta White, is excited to meet and work with you.  She has planned meet and greets at a number of schools.  These events will be held outside.

Here is the schedule:

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.- Hurt Park Elementary School

1:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.- Roanoke Academy for Mathematics and Science Elementary School

5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.- Lincoln Terrace Elementary School

Thursday, July 2, 2020

11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.- John P. Fishwick Middle

1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.- James Breckinridge Middle

5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.- Virginia Heights Elementary

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.- Crystal Spring Elementary

5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.- Garden City Elementary

We are asking visitors to practice social distance, and face coverings are strongly encouraged.  As we move into the school year, additional opportunities will be scheduled for you to meet Superintendent White. 



6/14/20 UPDATE:


REMINDER:   Roanoke City Public Schools offers grab & go service Monday thru Friday.  You can pick-up food from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the following locations: 

Fallon Park Elementary

Garden City Elementary

Round Hill Elementary

Monterey Elementary

Patrick Henry High School

William Fleming High School

Additionally, a van and refrigerated food truck will visit the following locations.  See below for the schedule:

 

Stop

Address

Time

Lansdowne Park Apartments

2624 Salem Turnpike, NW

9:00 AM-9:30 AM

Forest Park Church

812 29th St., NW

9:40 AM-10:10 AM

Fairview Elementary (WestWind)

648 Westwood Blvd, NW

10:20 AM-10:50 AM

Hurt Park Elementary

1525 Salem Ave., SW

11:15 AM-11:45 AM

Eureka Park Center

1529 Carroll Ave, NW

12:00-12:30 PM

RAMs

1616 Ninetenth St.

12:45 PM-1:15 PM




 

Stop

Address

Time

Park Town Apartments

1716 Empress Dr., NW

9:15 AM -9:30 AM

Hunt Manor Apt

802 Hunt Ave

9:45 AM- 10 AM

The Villages at Lincoln

1801 Dunbar Street, NW

10:15 AM-10:30 AM

Bluestone Park

2617 Bluestone Ave, NE

10:45 AM- 11:15 AM

Monterey Elementary

4501 Oliver Rd., NE

11:30 AM-12:30 AM

Preston Park Elem

3142 Preston Ave., NW

12:45 PM-1:15 PM

Valley View Village Apts

4847 Rutgers St. NW

1:30 PM -1:45 PM







 

Stop

Address

Time

Woodrow Wilson MS (YMCA)

1813 Carter Rd.

9:30 AM

Indian Rock Village

2031 Indian Rock Village Lane

10:00 AM-10:15 AM

Jamestown Place

1533 Pike Lane, SE

10:45 AM- 11:15 AM

Garden City Elementary

3718 Garden City Blvd, SE

11:30 AM-12:30 PM



6/11/20 UPDATE:

Dear Parents and RCPS Community,

On Tuesday of this week, Governor Northam issued guidance for opening schools in Virginia. Full information on this guidance is available at the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) website (http://www.doe.virginia.gov/support/health_medical/covid-19/recover-redesign-restart.shtml). In this plan, the Governor outlined the minimum guidance and expectations for the opening and operation of school divisions across the Commonwealth. The guidance provides us a framework within which we may develop plans and seek feedback through our Transition and Restoration (T&R) Task Force, which was created to meet the needs of Roanoke City students and their families

At this point, we know two things for certain. First, the School Academic Year will begin on Tuesday, August 18, 2020, as originally scheduled. Second, your student’s experience will vary by grade level and the phase of the Pandemic. We are in Phase I presently and hope to enter Phase 2 shortly. For an explanation of requirements in each Phase, please refer to the VDOE website above.

Here is what you can expect going forward. Communication related to school reopening will come from the T&R Task Force in collaboration with the Superintendent. We will announce a schedule of planned communications by the end of next week so you will know when and how you will hear information related to Roanoke’s plan to open schools. Part of this plan will include a Transition & Restoration Task Force webpage that will be updated regularly. Your feedback is important to us.  Click here to provide feedback about re-opening schools

We know you are eager to have answers, and we are eager to provide them. The truth of this situation is that it will be challenging to simultaneously optimize the health and safety of all our students and staff, meet the educational needs of all our students, and satisfy the recently released requirements from the state. Our coming school year will not look like anything that any of us has ever experienced before. We realize the stress and impact these decisions will have on you and your family.  Please know we will remain mindful of your concerns throughout our decision process. 

Thank you for your support of Roanoke City Schools and for trusting us with your children.

Sincerely,

Superintendent Bishop and T&R Task Force Members

 

6/5/20 UPDATE: 

Beginning Monday, June 8, the District will transition into grab and go food service from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday thru Friday at the following locations:

Fallon Park Elementary

Garden City Elementary

Round Hill Elementary

Monterey Elementary

Patrick Henry High School

William Fleming High School

Additionally, a van and refrigerated food truck will visit the following locations.  See below for the schedule:

 

Stop

Address

Time

Lansdowne Park Apartments

2624 Salem Turnpike, NW

9:00 AM-9:30 AM

Forest Park Church

812 29th St., NW

9:40 AM-10:10 AM

Fairview Elementary (WestWind)

648 Westwood Blvd, NW

10:20 AM-10:50 AM

Hurt Park Elementary

1525 Salem Ave., SW

11:15 AM-11:45 AM

Eureka Park Center

1529 Carroll Ave, NW

12:00-12:30 PM

RAMs

1616 Ninetenth St.

12:45 PM-1:15 PM




 

Stop

Address

Time

Park Town Apartments

1716 Empress Dr., NW

9:15 AM -9:30 AM

Hunt Manor Apt

802 Hunt Ave

9:45 AM- 10 AM

The Villages at Lincoln

1801 Dunbar Street, NW

10:15 AM-10:30 AM

Bluestone Park

2617 Bluestone Ave, NE

10:45 AM- 11:15 AM

Monterey Elementary

4501 Oliver Rd., NE

11:30 AM-12:30 AM

Preston Park Elem

3142 Preston Ave., NW

12:45 PM-1:15 PM

Valley View Village Apts

4847 Rutgers St. NW

1:30 PM -1:45 PM







 

Stop

Address

Time

Woodrow Wilson MS (YMCA)

1813 Carter Rd.

9:30 AM

Indian Rock Village

2031 Indian Rock Village Lane

10:00 AM-10:15 AM

Jamestown Place

1533 Pike Lane, SE

10:45 AM- 11:15 AM

Garden City Elementary

3718 Garden City Blvd, SE

11:30 AM-12:30 PM



VIRTUAL GRADUATION INFORMATION: 

The virtual ceremonies can be viewed on the District's Facebook page on the following dates and times:

Forest Park Academy’s ceremony will take place on Tuesday, June 2, at 6 p.m.

Patrick Henry’s Graduation will take place Thursday, June 4, at 10 a.m., and William Fleming’s will take place on June 4 at 2 p.m.


5/31/20 UPDATE:

The last day of food delivery is this Wednesday, June 3, on what would have been the last day of school.  Beginning Monday, June 8, the District will transition into grab and go service from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday thru Friday at the following locations:

Fallon Park Elementary

Garden City Elementary

Round Hill Elementary

Monterey Elementary

Patrick Henry High School

William Fleming High School

This week will be a major milestone for our graduating seniors.  Virtual graduation ceremonies will be streamed on the District's Facebook page as well as YouTube.  Once the videos are uploaded to YouTube, we will put a link in the Class of 2020 webpage on our main website. 

Forest Park Academy’s ceremony will air this Tuesday, June 2 at 6 p.m.

Patrick Henry High School’s ceremony will take place Thursday June 4 at 10 a.m., followed by William Fleming High School’s ceremony at 2 p.m.

Both Patrick Henry and William Fleming have communicated an opportunity for graduating seniors to walk across the stage to receive their diploma during separate ceremonies this week.  Because of COVID-19, everyone must practice social distancing and wear a mask or face covering. 

We know many of you have questions and concerns about the next school year.  We are in regular contact with the Governor’s Office and Virginia’s Department of Education.  The District has also set up a task force to discuss strategies and implement any safety measures to keep students and staff safe.  There will be opportunities for parents and staff to provide input during this process. 

Finally, we want to thank everyone.  This year’s theme was Mission Accepted.  Because of COVID-19, you certainly answered the call.  Thank you to our teachers for moving lessons online.  Thank you to everyone who helped with food delivery the last three months, and, certainly, we appreciate our parents for helping with their child’s school work during the closure of schools.  We know it hasn’t been easy.   Have a great summer and we promise to communicate frequently. 



5/20/20 UPDATE:

There will be no food delivery on Memorial Day, Monday, May 25.    Meal delivery will resume on Wednesday, May 27 and continue in its current format until Wednesday, June 3rd, on what would have been the last day of school.  There will be no meal delivery on Friday, June 5. 

Beginning Monday, June 8, we will transition into grab and go service from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday thru Friday at the following locations:

Fallon Park Elementary

Garden City Elementary

Round Hill Elementary

Monterey Elementary

Patrick Henry High School

William Fleming High School

Roanoke City Public Schools is excited to honor the Class of 2020 during a hybrid of virtual and in-person graduation ceremonies.  The virtual graduation ceremonies will be streamed on the District's Facebook page on the following dates:

Forest Park Academy will air Tuesday, June 2 at 6 p.m.

Patrick Henry High School’s will take place Thursday, June 4 at 10 a.m., followed by William Fleming High School at 2 p.m.

Graduating seniors will receive letters in the mail this week with the information about their virtual graduation ceremony, along with details regarding an opportunity for them to walk across the stage to receive their diploma in a separate ceremony.  If you don’t receive the letter by this Friday (5/22), please call your student’s high school. 


5/10/20 UPDATE:

While the Governor has started to lift some of the stay-at-home restrictions, we do not anticipate conducting our summer enrichment program this year.  We realize RCPS+ is a valuable resource for our elementary and middle school students.  The District is developing online opportunities for students.

Because of the COVID-19 crisis, additional benefits have been identified for most families that attend Roanoke City Public Schools.  Under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act of 2020, designated families will soon receive food funds through Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfers.  Students at Crystal Spring and Grandin Court Elementary Schools who are receiving free and reduced meals, are eligible to receive funds.  Students at all other schools are automatically eligible because they attend a CEP School. 

Families at Crystal Spring Elementary and Grandin Court Elementary may still apply for free or reduced price meal eligibility.  Click here to apply

Beginning later this month, the Department of Social Services will be mailing EBT debit cards to families.  The cards will hold $370 per eligible students.  Benefits will be provided for eligible enrolled students only.   If your home address has changed since the beginning of the school year, please call your child’s school this week to update your information. 

To ask questions about your card, manage your account, or request a new card, call 1-866-281-2448.

If you do not receive your P-EBT card by mid-June and you have not been contacted, call (804) 726-7000.


Virginia Department of Social Services has a website with more information.  Click here.

snp-memo-2019-2020-46c-spanish-faq-households-and-recipients.docx


4/28/20 UPDATE:

We want to celebrate your senior’s accomplishments.  But, we need to so safely.  For this reason, Roanoke City Schools will hold virtual ceremonies for the graduates of Patrick Henry High School, William Fleming High School, and Forest Park Academy.  The virtual ceremonies can be viewed on the District’s Facebook page on the following dates and times:

Forest Park Academy’s ceremony will take place on Tuesday, June 2, at 6 p.m.

Patrick Henry’s Graduation will take place Thursday, June 4, at 10 a.m., and William Fleming’s will take place on June 4 at 2 p.m.

As each seniors’ name is read aloud during the ceremony, we will show their picture.  We plan to use the senior picture provided to the yearbook.  If there are students who did not provide a yearbook photo but have senior portraits, please email a photo to seniors@rcps.info.  Please include the student’s name and school.  If you need a senior picture, the school system has hired a photographer to take one. The high schools will be reaching out to students in the coming days to arrange a day and time for students to come to the school.  We will be taking the necessary safety precautions, including limiting the number of people inside the school. 

A student’s senior year should be full of pomp and circumstance, and we know many of you want an in-person celebration to honor their achievement.  However, it is impossible to schedule a graduation right now.  We appreciate all the feedback you have provided about celebrating our graduating seniors.  Thank you and congratulations Class of 2020. 


4/24/20 UPDATE:

Roanoke City Public Schools will hold online registration for kindergarten children for the 2020-2021 School Year.  All children who will be five years old on or before September, 30 are eligible for kindergarten.  Click here to register

Click here to register in Spanish

If you have questions, please call 853-2300 Monday, Wednesday, and Friday between 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.


4/19/20 UPDATE:

Since mid-March, Roanoke City Schools have served nearly 245,000 meals to students.  This would have been impossible without the amazing support of our staff, SodexoMAGIC, and Durham School Services.

From this point forward, we will deliver food by bus Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.  We are now using four bus routes to minimize the amount of staff needed.  Please review each route and find the one closest to your home:

Meal Delivery Route 1.docx

Meal Delivery Route 2.docx

Meal Delivery Route 3.docx

Meal Delivery Route 4.docx

Additionally, on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, we will have grab and go service from 10 to 11 a.m. at Fallon Park and Round Hill Elementary Schools, and from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Patrick Henry and William Fleming High Schools.

Some of you have asked about Kindergarten registration.  We are currently finalizing a way for parents to register online and will announce plans later this week.

Until the Governor lifts the stay at home order, we cannot hold large events like prom.  However, we can still celebrate virtually.  If students were planning to attend the prom for Patrick Henry and William Fleming, please send us photos in prom attire.  No dress or tux?  Get creative.  We just want to recognize their special night.  You can email pictures to prom@rcps.info.   We will post the pictures on the District's Facebook page this Saturday, April 25.  Additionally, plans are currently underway for a virtual graduation.  Details to follow. 

Finally, we continue to post videos on our Facebook page of teachers conducting lessons, reading books, and other activities you can do at home with your children.  To date, the videos have had more than 278,000 views.  Thank you for your support and keep watching! 


4/12/20 UPDATE:

For the week of April 13-17, Roanoke City Schools will deliver meals by bus Tuesday (4/14), Wednesday (4/15), and Friday (4/17).  There are now four meal delivery routes.  If you haven’t done so already, please review each one and find the route closest to your home.

We will also have grab and go food service Tuesday (4/14), Wednesday, and Friday from 10 to 11 a.m. at Fallon Park and Round Hill Elementary Schools, as well as from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Patrick Henry and William Fleming High Schools

Cox Communications has streamlined the application process for signing up for free internet.  To make it easier, please use this website.  The website is mobile friendly.  If you are unable to apply online, please call 855-222-3252.  This offer is only available to new customers.

UPDATE 4/10/20:

PBS stations across the Commonwealth will broadcast teacher-led classroom instruction aligned with Virginia's academic standards.  Locally, it begins on Blue Ridge PBS Monday, April 13. 

The “VA TV Classroom” on-air schedule is as follows:

  • K-3 instruction airs from 1-2 p.m. with Standards of Learning-aligned content provided by WHRO Public Media. “Learn to Grow with WHRO” segments will be 15 minutes in length and led by teachers. 
  • Grades 7-10 instruction airs from 2-3 p.m. with SOL-aligned content provided by WHRO Public Media focusing on Earth Science and Algebra 1.
  • During the week of April 27, “VA TV Classroom” will add a special hour from 3-4 p.m. called “AP Prep Week,” with content provided by Virtual Virginia — in collaboration with WHRO — focusing on a different AP subject each day. The hour will include two 30-minute segments.

Blue Ridge PBS can be seen on the following channels:

    • Blue Ridge PBS – SWVAPTV: via antenna 15.2, streaming services Blue Ridge Streaming and Project Southwest on YouTube, Citizens Cable 82, Cox 107, Comcast/Xfinity 264 and Lumos 17 (Shentel, Bedford, Covington, Glade Hill, Radford, Rocky Mount, Rustburg and Wytheville: 157)

UPDATE 4/9/20:

We will deliver food by bus this Friday (4/10).  We have consolidated bus routes to minimize the staff needed to deliver food.  Here are the new routes:

Meal Delivery Route 1.docx

Meal Delivery Route 2.docx

Meal Delivery Route 3.docx

Meal Delivery Route 4.docx

Please review each route and use the one closest to your home. 

Additionally, we will have grab and go service Friday (4/10) at the following locations:

10:00 to 11:00 a.m.- Fallon Park and Round Hill Elementary Schools

11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.- Patrick Henry and William Fleming High Schools

If you have any questions, call our Hotline Friday at 853-1000 between 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.  Thank you for your cooperation as we help feed our students as well as maintain the safety of staff. 

UPDATE 4/2/20:

In preparation for Spring Break, we will have grab and go service Friday (4/3) at the following sites from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.:  Fallon Park Elementary, Round Hill Elementary, Roanoke Academy for Math and Science, Patrick Henry High School, and William Fleming High School.

The District plans to resume the delivery of food using consolidated bus routes Wednesday, April 8.  You will receive a robo call Sunday evening with additional details. 

Many of you have asked about refunds for canceled field trips.  Our Finance Department is issuing checks for payments already received from students.   To minimize face-to-face interaction, checks will be mailed.  The Finance Office has already received hundreds of refund requests and they are being processed as quickly as possible. 

UPDATE 3/31/20:

We apologize for any inconvenience and hardship the suspension of food delivery caused you and your children.  The District plans to continue feeding students while maintaining the safety of our staff.  In preparation for Spring Break, we will have grab and go service Friday (4/3) at the following sites from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.:  Fallon Park Elementary, Round Hill Elementary, Roanoke Academy for Math and Science, Patrick Henry High School, and William Fleming High School.

The District is developing a new model to resume the delivery of food using consolidated bus routes.   You will receive a robo call Sunday evening and the plan will be posted on our website and social media channels

UPDATE 3/30/20:

Until further notice, we have to suspend food delivery by bus.

However, the School District will provide grab and go service tomorrow (3/31), Tuesday, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Fallon Park Elementary, Round Hill Elementary, Patrick Henry High School, and William Fleming High School.

The School Board is meeting tomorrow afternoon to discuss the Governor’s stay-at-home directive, and we will provide an update on food service after the meeting. 

If you cannot visit any of these sites and need food, the Governor asks that you call 2-1-1.

Grab and Go Tech Support at both high schools has also been suspended. 

Additionally, all school buildings are now closed and employees are not to report to work until further notice.

We appreciate everyone’s hard-work in delivering food to our students.  We are seeking solutions and will keep you advised. 


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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