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May 15: Summer School, Property Return & Distribution Info.

Dear Parents/Caregiver, Students and Staff,

Today we recognize the last day of virtual learning, and while we continue working on instruction through May 29th, I want to thank you for giving your all during a time when teaching and learning environments were unique and different. Parents and staff have provided powerful examples of leadership and patience, and students have demonstrated their great ability to adapt and thrive.


What's happening with summer school? High school summer school information can be found by clicking this link. For students K-5, tutoring for literacy and small group math instruction will be offered. Stay tuned for more details and registration.


I want to let you know that we are working closely with our health care partners to establish safe guidelines for the return and distribution of student personal belongings between now and the end of the month. The schedule and procedure will be communicated by your school. I thank you in advance for your patience as we work through these procedures to ensure the health and safety of everyone involved.


Here's what you will find below:

NEW: Hot Spot vs Safer at Home

REMINDER: School Calendar Snapshot

REMINDER: Virtual Learning Survey

REMINDER: Curbside Meals

REMINDER: Prek & K Registration Info.


Be well, stay safe.

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Dr. Patrick K. Murphy, Superintendent of Schools

Hot Spot VS. Safer at Home

Like many of you and your friends, I am looking forward to Berkeley County reopening following the impact of Covid-19 on our community. While we may hear that the rest of the state is settling in to Safer-at-Home guidelines, I remind you that Berkeley County continues to be labeled a Covid-19 Hot Spot and Berkeley County Schools will remain compliant to Hot Spot governance while we monitor daily updates and conversations with our local health partners.


The Hot Spot criteria considered by our state and local health officers on a weekly basis are:

· how many people in our county are infected with Covid-19;

· is the number of people dying from Covid-19 increasing?

· how many infected with Covid –19 are coming off isolation?


As a Hot Spot, Berkeley County is declared to follow the emergency 64CSR114 rule placed by Governor Justice of West Virginia. This rule governs social distancing, the number of people permitted in a building based upon the rate of 2 persons per 1000 square feet, and the rule limiting outside gatherings of up to 5 people at a time.


LOOKING & PLANNING FORWARD:

What will Berkeley County look like when we move from Hot Spot to Safer at Home guidelines?

· We will continue to practice social distancing inside and outside.

· We will follow guidelines on the number of people allowed in a building at any given time based on square footage.

· We will follow the number of people permitted at out-side gathering at any time up to 25 people.


I wanted to provide you with this information so you could be aware of the difference between the labels of Hot Spot and Safer at Home. I also want you to know that Berkeley County Schools, working closely with our local and state health partners, continues to monitor Covid-19, and the status of health of our community. As we plan for our upcoming school year, safety, health and well-being will continue to be our priorities. You should know that our decisions will continue to be based upon these priorities for our students, families, staff and community.

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Looking for Your Feedback on Virtual Learning-Please respond if you have not already done so.

As we begin to prepare for summer and the beginning of next school year, we'd appreciate your feedback about your family's online educational experiences. We are looking at ways we may provide increased access and support to families for distance and virtual learning. Your responses will help us in our future planning to serve our children and families in continuing their educational pursuits.


We know your time is valuable, so we appreciate your support. Please respond by Friday, May 22, 2020.

Curbside Meals Served Monday, May 18th. Curbside Service next week on Tuesday, May 26th

Curbside meal service will be available at one location, Monday, May 18th from 11 am to 1 pm from Martinsburg South Middle School using 2 lanes of Bulldog Boulevard.


MEDICAL DIETS: If your student has a special medical diet on file, please contact Office of Nutrition by noon on Friday and leave a voicemail at: 304-267-3510 ext 76004.


Please be patient and follow safety and health procedures in place for the welfare of both the recipients and the providers.


Important Details:

· Curbside Meal Pickup is for 1 day only and will include 5 days worth of breakfast and lunches per child.

· When ordering the number of meals needed, please lower the window of your vehicle to protect both you and our volunteers.

· At the curb, a volunteer will signal to you when a family member must step out of the vehicle to personally load food into car.

· Vehicle must be in line by 1 pm.

· Meal kits are available while supplies last and cannot be consumed on-site.

Pre-K Enrollment Instructions for 2020-2021 School Year

Enrollment and Preference forms are located online through the BCS website. These easy to fill forms can be completed and emailed to the contacts provided below. Physical and dental forms must still be completed by your health professionals but may be sent to the Pre-K office at a later date. Immunization records will be required prior to the start of school. Visit Pre-K Enrollment by CLICKING HERE.


Online Kindergarten Registration

Families with students reaching five (5) years of age on or before June 30, 2020 should complete online Kindergarten registration by accessing the Berkeley County Schools website. At this time, basic information will be gathered and once social distancing restrictions have expired, you will be contacted for a follow up appointment. Questions should be directed by email to Beverly Hoffmaster, bhoffmas@k12.wv.us. Paper registration forms can also be completed by stopping by the South entrance of the Berkeley County School Administrative Office at 1453 Winchester Ave. Martinsburg.


Visit Kindergarten Registration by CLICKING HERE.

This communication contains the most current information available at this time, May 15, 2020 at 9am.

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.