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April 10: Learning Plans & Curbside Meals

Dear Caregivers, Students, and Staff:

I want to ask you for a favor, or two. So many people in our community are taking big steps to protect all of us. Our healthcare workers, fire, police and first responders are leaving their homes and families day in and out to care for those who have fallen ill to this virus or those who are experiencing other healthcare concerns. We should lift them up with encouraging messages of support. They, like all of us, love our community...let us show them.

"We're all in this together", and here is how we can show them.



Favor #1: Create a sign, letter, or poster of appreciation and support, take a picture and email it to info@berkeleycountyschools.org by Friday, April 17th. We will create a video (or two) to share with our community using these submissions. Shhhh, this is going to be surprise so if you have a healthcare person in your home, don't tell them so we can keep this a secret.



Favor #2: We need to continue to take this pandemic seriously by protecting ourselves and each other through physical distancing, proper and regular hand and face hygiene, and staying at home. Reports indicate we are moving in the right direction in flattening the curve. We must not loosen the hold we have in knocking down this virus.

Now, I want to say thank you. Thank you for the part you are playing in supporting each other and your student as we continue learn remotely. As we are settling into our new normal, our staff are working to prepare lessons that take into account pacing with continuity of learning.


While I continue to be very optimistic about returning to school this year, I am also thinking about alternate plans. I have heard from some of you, and I appreciate the feedback about how learning is occurring and your thoughts on returning to school. I will be meeting with class officers of the senior class next week to discuss their ideas for celebrating awards ceremonies and graduations. If you have a thought or idea to share, please reach out to me.


I thank you in advance for helping us honor and celebrate the health care professionals in our community. We are all in this together. Let us show them.

Be well, stay safe

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Patrick K. Murphy, Superintendent of Schools

LEARNING PLANS START NEXT WEEK

Beginning next week, Learning Plans will be introduced to our students that have been developed with engaging educational activities focused on reading, writing and mathematics. These Plans use a variety of instructional deliveries allowing for flexibility and structure for our students including online classroom instruction through various online teaching and learning platforms, and/or activities that are posted for students to complete.


These Learning Plans have been designed to support our students with continued learning and to provide an ongoing communication tool between the teacher and the student. Special care and attention is being taken to reduce the learning gap that could occur from remote learning and non-traditional instruction before the start of the 2020-2021 school year.


I want you to know this is our plan at this time and will continue to evaluate and adjust as we move toward the end of April and the targeted return to school date. Should our closure continue past April 30th, we will continue developing learning plans with an ongoing emphasis on flexibility and frequent communication between school and home. It is my goal, and that of all BCS staff, to make instruction meaningful and successful, with appropriate pacing in mind for all households.

Curbside Meal Service returns on Monday, April 13th at South Middle School

Curbside meal service will be available at one location, Monday, April 13th from 11 am to 1 pm from Martinsburg South Middle School using 2 lanes of Bulldog Boulevard. 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 can not be consumed on-site.

School playgrounds, fields and tracks are closed

We want to remind our community that while we love having children and families active outdoors and enjoying the wonderful playgrounds, fields, and tracks on school properties, we have closed these areas to the public while this virus is present in our community. Watch for the posted signs and security tape since not all facilities are fully fences or gated. For everyone's safety, we thank you in advance for adhering to these school property closures.
This communication contains the most current information available at this time: April 10, 2020 at 3 pm.

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