MARCH 30: Meals, Census Day & other resources

Dear Caregivers, Students, and Staff:

It's hard to believe that is the last week of March and on Wednesday, we will welcome the month of April. So much traditionally occurs during the month of April, such as testing, field trips, athletic and arts events, and proms. One thing we can all agree on is that there is nothing traditional about these days of April we will share as part of the Covid-19 school closure, EXCEPT, Spring Break, which is next week.

I want to provide a little bit of information to you about curbside meal service this week. Because we are serving a large number of students multiple meals (while practicing social distancing and appropriate hygiene practices) this requires larger than normal shipments of shelf stable food. The decision on which days and places to offer curbside meals is often based upon when we can get such deliveries and how we can get it distributed and packed for curbside service. I assure you that our staff is working hard to do all that we can to provide meals for our students. I ask for your patience as we work through the logistics to make this happen for your child.

Each week we will communicate when and where the meals will be offered. This week, as described below, we will be offering curbside meal service on Wednesday, April 1st at three locations. As a reminder, students of Berkeley County Schools will receive 5 days of meals. Each student will receive a breakfast and lunch based upon the inventory that has been made available to use that week. When arriving at the curb location, an adult will be asked to step from the car and take the bags from a table and place them in their car. This is the best practice to allow us to continue serving your student in the safest manner possible.

Also included in this message today are information about how to secure internet resources if your family has a need, and a website where you can request three free books for your child. West Virginia Birth to Three has provided information for your review as well.

The last item in this message is Census Day on Wednesday, April 1st. I really need your help. By completing this easy online survey, our community, and more specifically our school district can benefit from programs and services that are driven from census data. So, you count...those in your household count. EVERY ONE OF US COUNTS! Please be counted so our community can receive greater resources for our students and our residents.

Finally, I am hearing from you, and am listening to what you have to say about grades and graduation. I want you to know these are important topics of discussion among our administration and leadership teams. We want to give our students the best and most rewarding experiences possible under the current situation. We will communicate with you about these important items later this week.

Please read on, and thank you for your time.

Be well, stay safe

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Patrick K. Murphy, Superintendent of Schools

BCS Curbside Meal Pickup Sites and Information

Wednesday, April 1st from 11 am until noon

THREE Meal Service Locations - For Berkeley County Schools Children 18 and under

  • *Mill Creek Intermediate, 8785 Winchester Ave Bunker Hill, WV 25413
  • *South Middle School, 150 Bulldog Blvd Martinsburg, WV 25401
  • *Spring Mills Primary, 401 Campus Drive Martinsburg, WV 25404

Important Details

  • Curbside Meal Pickup is for 1 day only and will include 5 days worth of breakfast and lunches per child
  • Meal kits are available while supplies last.
  • Vehicle must be in line by 12 noon
  • At the curb, a family member must step out of the vehicle to personally load food into car
  • Meals will not be consumed on-site


Curbside Meal Service will return the week of April 13th

Date, time and locations will be announced. Visit Curbside Meal Service on the BCS website for the most up to date information.

Free Books for Students

West Virginia Department of Education partner Alice’s Kids is now offering an extended program called Alice's Library to help families in need have books at home to support distance learning. All kids must be in K-12 and there is a 3 book, 3 child maximum.

To order, simply email books@aliceskids.org. You will be sent a form within 24 hours where you'll be able to pick titles and those books will be shipped directly to their home/your office via Amazon. The entire process is free.

Census Day is Wed., Apr. 1st -- No Foolin'!

Make sure you count! Census Day is observed nationwide on April 1. By this date, every home will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. Once the invitation arrives, you should respond for your home in one of three ways: online, by phone, or by mail. When you respond to the census, you'll tell the Census Bureau where you live as of April 1, 2020.


Connecting with your teacher, students and school community in a creative way? Have a fun virtual activity? Be sure to use the hashtag #BCSconnectED to highlight all the unique ways we continue learning while we are outside the traditional classroom.

This communication contains the most current information available at this time: March 30, 2020 at 4 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.