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MARCH 20: Together, we have shared history this week.

"Use caution, be prudent and think strategically. Pace yourself – this looks like it is going to be a long race. Reserve your energy and stay healthy. All of us will be needed and called upon at some point, so hold some fuel in reserve as we think strategically toward the long-term."


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Dear Caregivers, Students, and Staff:

As COVID-19 closures continue across our state and our country, we continue to receive new information daily as we evaluate our response plan and adjust where necessary. Please read carefully. We have several updates and new pieces of information to share with you below.


I know this transition has also not been easy for our parents. We are so grateful for the commitment you’ve shown to students as your family adapts to learning at home. We understand that there will be some challenges as we all navigate online learning and work together. With that said please consider the following:


BCS staff are working diligently to make contact with students and families and we ask you allow staff time to respond to you given the high volume of activity at this time.


And finally, pace your self. We’ve asked our teachers to do the same. As parents who are still attending work, managing work from home and your child’s learning from home, you don’t have to do everything at once. You do not have to become a digital learning expert, and we are not expecting that of your child’s teacher either. Give yourselves some grace and flexibility and extend that to your child’s teacher(s), too.


It was and continues to be an extremely difficult decision to close our schools, and the decision to close reflects the seriousness and severity of this health crisis. Please remember this is not an extended spring break. It is imperative that we practice and model key preventative measures.


One of the many strengths of our greater school community is our love for each other. Our entire BCS family sends our love and support to all of our families and students.

Be well, stay safe

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Patrick K. Murphy, Superintendent of Schools

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FEEDING LOCATIONS OPEN MONDAY ONLY-Students receive 5 days of meals

On Monday, March 23, Berkeley County Schools will move to a 1-day a week curbside meal pickup from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m


To better manage available resources and continue provide feeding opportunities to our students, families/caregivers will be be able to pick up meals for 5 days at one time on Monday. Meals for Tuesday - Friday will be included in the bag for families to take home at that time. Meal pickup will only be available on Monday at this time.


Berkeley County Schools will offer curbside service at these locations on Monday.

  • South Middle School
  • Hedgesville Elementary
  • Mill Creek Intermediate
  • Mountain Ridge Intermediate
  • Spring Mills Primary
  • Marlowe Elementary


Food handling instructions will be included in the food bag.


We encourage you to always consult our website for the most current updates on locations.


All persons involved in the packing and delivery of student meals will be screened by a healthcare worker on a daily basis.

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El lunes 23 de Marzo, las escuelas del Condado de Berkeley cambiaran el recojo de comidas en la acera a una vez por semana.


De 11 a.m. a 12 p.m. las familias podran recojer comidas para cinco dias el Lunes. Comidas para los dias Martes a Viernes estaran incluidas en una bolsa que las familias se llevaran en ese momento. El recojer las comidas solo se podra hacer los Lunes en la hora indicada.


South Middle School

Hedgesville Elementary

Mill Creek Intermediate

Mountain Ridge Intermediate

Spring Mills Primary

Marlowe Elementary

Parent Educator Resource Center for Students Receiving Special Education Services

Looking for support and resources during the COVID-19 school closures? Consider connecting with the Parent Educator Resource Center.


The PERC provides information and support for educators and families with students receiving special education services and to promote a working relationship between parents, educators, and our community. The PERC also provides emotional support through parent-to-parent "sharing."


If you are in need of assistance related to educational issues and community services, please contact Jodi Westrope at jwestrope@k12.wv.us.

INSTRUCTION

Many of you may already be hearing from your school, teacher and support staff. We are appreciative of your feedback and are listening to your concerns regarding a few issues involving the delivery of instruction. Thank you for your patience as we all work together to improve the delivery of resources and assignments.


Please remember to check-in regularly for the latest updates from your teachers and don't forget to check the following resources frequently for assignments, lessons and more:

https://www.berkeleycountyschools.org/lessonresources

https://www.berkeleycountyschools.org/schoology

Your School's website:https://www.berkeleycountyschools.org/schools


For our students receiving special education services, we are working to meet accommodations outlined in the student IEP.

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2020 Census Happening Now - Complete Your Response Today!

The 2020 Census is happening now. You can respond online, by phone, or by mail. Many of the programs and services that Berkeley County Schools and our community utilize are driven out of information gathered from your response to the Census.


Health clinics. Fire departments. Schools. Even roads and highways. The census can shape many different aspects of our community as seen by recent national and world-wide events.


So why does your response matter?

  • Census results help determine how billions of dollars in federal funding flow into states and communities each year.
  • The results determine how many seats in Congress each state gets.
  • It's mandated by the U.S. Constitution in Article 1, Section 2: The U.S. has counted its population every 10 years since 1790.


Completing the census is quick and easy. The 2020 Census questionnaire will take about 10 minutes to complete. It's safe, secure, and confidential. Your information and privacy are protected. To begin your response, click the button below.

COMMUNICATION:

Stay connected with us. We will continue to provide updates and timely information through NTouch messages, website and social media.


http://berkeleycountyschools.org/

https://www.facebook.com/berkeleycountyschools/

https://twitter.com/BerkCoSchoolsWV

https://www.instagram.com/berkcoschoolswv/

Caregivers, students and staff, I want to thank you for your ongoing patience and understanding. These decisions are made for the health, safety, and welfare of our whole community. Wash your hands. Get plenty of rest, eat right and be safe.

This communication contains the most current information available at this time: March 20 , 2020 at 3:45 pm.

Berkeley County Schools

Berkeley County Schools, now 19,600 students strong, and growing, boasts a diverse population recognized statewide for great success in academics, the arts and athletics.


This newsletter is a publication of the Berkeley County Schools' Communications Office.