MARCH 14: Important Message from Dr. Murphy

Dear Parents, Caregivers & Staff

As communicated to you on Friday, Berkeley County Schools, as well as all school districts in West Virginia are closed effective Monday, March 16th. At this time it remains unknown how long this closure will last. Governor Justice will make a public announcement when schools will resume. While there are many questions that remain unanswered at this time, I want to take this opportunity to update you with information that has been recently provided to us.

School closures are a proactive measure taken for the health and care of our students. While schools are closed, our faculty and staff will report to work to support the health, care and education of our students through this closure. All Berkeley County Schools’ offices will operate normal business hours. I want to take this opportunity to thank all staff members for the part they are playing in this ever changing community medical concern and for continuing to provide learning opportunities and services to our students.


We have a plan for distributing food and will be providing more information about time schedules and locations early next week. We are also working closely with non-profit agencies in the community who are part of our food distribution plan.


On Friday, our staff took the opportunity to use their curriculum development day to plan and organize instructional activities and lessons to be used in the event of a closure. Teachers and staff, when they report on Monday, will be finalizing these plans. We will then be passing along details on how these educational materials will be made available to your student. In addition, if your child has an electronic device, we will provide direction for how you may pick it up.


At this time, registrations for our kindergarten and pre-kindergarten programs have been postponed. Once registration re-opens, we will post this information on our website and make available to our media partners.


If your child has medication at school, please make plans to pick it up on Monday, March 16, 2020, if possible. If you are unable to pick up the medication, please contact your child's school to make other arrangements.


All school sponsored activities/events at the school or in the community, are cancelled until schools are back in session. This includes practices and community events scheduled in the buildings.


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

For our nation and our community these are unprecedented times. This decision to close schools is about our future--the children in our community. As adults, we all play a pivotal role in shifting how we support, care, and continue to educate our children. I know this community stands ready to play an important role. We are fortunate that Berkeley County Schools is supported by a caring staff, engaged parents and caregivers, a network of businesses and nonprofits, and local and regional government agencies who collectively are working together to meet this challenge.

Please know that in order for us to take care of our children we must take care of ourselves. I want to make sure that you remember to keep your well-being a priority too.


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Patrick K. Murphy, Superintendent of Schools

This communication contains the most current information available at this time: March 14, 2020 at 8:30 am.

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