As of right now, GCPS school buildings and offices are closed. However, beginning April 20th, administrators will be handling telephone coverage on each Monday and Wednesday from 10 – 1 at each school and from 9 – 2 at the central office. We are here to answer your questions. We know this is a time of uncertainty and we want to assist in relieving any stress and anxiety that we possibly can.
Seniors, we understand that you and your families are anxious and disappointed about the way the senior year has ended. To alleviate any fears, please know this -- if you were on track to graduate on Friday, March 13, 2020, you will be graduating this spring.
For those seniors who were not on track to graduate by Friday, March 13, you will be contacted by the high school counselors and administration on what work needs to be completed in order to graduate.
As for high school students who are not seniors and are failing a course, you will also be contacted by the high school counselors and administration on what work needs to be completed in order to pass the course.
Governor’s School and Dual Enrollment students will also have specific work that must be completed in order to receive dual enrollment credit. If you haven’t already, you will be hearing more from your teachers.
In regards to all other GCPS students, nongraded virtual learning will continue for the remainder of the school year.
Online instruction will begin Monday, April 20. Please note that while distance learning will not be equivalent to or structured as a typical 6-hour school day, we expect to maintain key aspects of the classroom experience: collaboration with peers, daily lessons and experimentation with individualized and innovative techniques.
Our distance learning model will be inclusive of a blend of approaches to learning activities; independent, self-paced work; virtual office hours to check for understanding and submission of assignments. This is to maintain an academic connection and flexibility for students, teachers, and families.
Teachers conducted a technology access survey through family contacts to identify students in need of devices and/or internet access to complete work from home. This information will be used to determine where hotspots need to be placed throughout the community and how many devices are needed.
Teachers are engaged in professional development to prepare virtual learning opportunities that will be pushed out on April 20th (after Spring Break).
Each week, teachers will post their virtual weekly plan to google classroom and/or email it to parents. Secondary teachers will provide students with 45 minutes of instruction per block (a minimum of 10.5 hours per week). Daily instructional time per block may vary by course at the high school level. Elementary teachers will provide students with 2-3 hours of instruction per day. Lessons should be no longer than 30-45 minutes. Recorded videos will be posted in Google Classroom for students to review independently.
Lessons should be no longer than 30-45 minutes and will occur between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. There will also be an opportunity for virtual office hours for students needing extra assistance; individual teachers will share virtual hours with their students. Additionally, staff will monitor email throughout the day.
For electives, schools will determine a rotating schedule to present virtual lessons (pre-recorded or live). Electives include art, physical education, music, and health (select schools may have additional electives).
Teachers are trying to implement online instruction through Google Classroom and other online venues, but the school division realizes that not everyone has Internet service. In an effort to provide students with internet access, GCPS has installed additional hotspots at the following schools: GES bus parking lot; WMS in front of the main entrance and GHS in the student parking lot. Community sites include Tel-Page main office and Owen Ford in Jarratt (remote learning wifi). Parents/students may park in front of the school and access the wireless internet from their cars. The wireless network can be accessed using GCPS-Guest.GCPS is working on a plan to provide “hot spots” in various locations throughout the county. Paper copies of work will also be provided for those students who do not have Internet. GCPS continues to search for other ways to meet the educational needs of students.Parents will be updated as other learning strategies are being implemented.
We feel it is important for students to continue learning throughout the school closure; there tends to be a loss of skills previously learned when they are not practiced or used. If at any time this becomes too much -- take a break from it or reach out for assistance from teachers and administrators.
Students who were on track to pass as of March 13, 2020, will be promoted to the next grade and/or pass the course. Teachers will communicate with the parents of any students who were at risk of being retained as of March 13, 2020.
Yes, certificates will be mailed home with report cards.
Dates for registration will be determined as soon as it is deemed safe to do so.
Parents can arrange to pick up a child’s medication by calling their child’s school between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. to set up a time for pick-up. After you have scheduled a time, a staff member will meet you at the designated school to return medicines.
Belongings can be picked up when it is deemed safe to do so. Parents and students will be notified.
Yes, refunds will be issued and mailed to parents.
Check the GCPS website for distribution sites.
Steps to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 if you are sick
If you are sick with COVID-19 or think you might have COVID-19, follow the steps below to care for yourself and to help protect other people in your home and community.Stay home except to get medical care
Separate yourself from other people
- Stay home. Most people with COVID-19 have mild illness and can recover at home without medical care. Do not leave your home, except to get medical care. Do not visit public areas.
- Take care of yourself. Get rest and stay hydrated. Take over-the-counter medicines, such as acetaminophen, to help you feel better.
- Stay in touch with your doctor. Call before you get medical care. Be sure to get care if you have trouble breathing, or have any other emergency warning signs, or if you think it is an emergency.
- Avoid public transportation, ride-sharing, or taxis.
As much as possible, stay in a specific room and away from other people and pets in your home. If possible, you should use a separate bathroom. If you need to be around other people or animals in or outside of the home, wear a cloth face covering.Monitor your symptoms
When to Seek Emergency Medical Attention
- Symptoms of COVID-19 fever, cough, or other symptoms.
- Follow care instructions from your healthcare provider and local health department. Your local health authorities may give instructions on checking your symptoms and reporting information.
- Trouble breathing
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion
- Inability to wake or stay awake
- Bluish lips or face
*This list is not all possible symptoms. Please call your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.
Call 911 or call ahead to your local emergency facility: Notify the operator that you are seeking care for someone who has or may have COVID-19.Call ahead before visiting your doctor
If you are sick wear a cloth covering over your nose and mouth
- Call ahead. Many medical visits for routine care are being postponed or done by phone or telemedicine.
- If you have a medical appointment that cannot be postponed, call your doctor’s office, and tell them you have or may have COVID-19. This will help the office protect themselves and other patients.
- You should wear a cloth face covering, over your nose and mouth if you must be around other people or animals, including pets (even at home)
- You don’t need to wear the cloth face covering if you are alone. If you can’t put on a cloth face covering (because of trouble breathing, for example), cover your coughs and sneezes in some other way. Try to stay at least 6 feet away from other people. This will help protect the people around you.
- Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2 years, anyone who has trouble breathing, or anyone who is not able to remove the covering without help.
Note: During the COVID-19 pandemic, medical grade facemasks are reserved for healthcare workers and some first responders. You may need to make a cloth face covering using a scarf or bandana.Cover your coughs and sneezes
Clean your hands often
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
- Throw away used tissues in a lined trash can.
- Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
Avoid sharing personal household items
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. This is especially important after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing; going to the bathroom; and before eating or preparing food.
- Use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol, covering all surfaces of your hands and rubbing them together until they feel dry.
- Soap and water are the best option, especially if hands are visibly dirty.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Handwashing Tips
Clean all “high-touch” surfaces everyday
- Do not share dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels, or bedding with other people in your home.
- Wash these items thoroughly after using them with soap and water or put in the dishwasher.
- Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces in your “sick room” and bathroom; wear disposable gloves. Let someone else clean and disinfect surfaces in common areas, but you should clean your bedroom and bathroom, if possible.
- If a caregiver or other person needs to clean and disinfect a sick person’s bedroom or bathroom, they should do so on an as-needed basis. The caregiver/other person should wear a mask and disposable gloves prior to cleaning. They should wait as long as possible after the person who is sick has used the bathroom before coming in to clean and use the bathroom.
High-touch surfaces include phones, remote controls, counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, keyboards, tablets, and bedside tables.
- Clean and disinfect areas that may have blood, stool, or body fluids on them.
- Use household cleaners and disinfectants. Clean the area or item with soap and water or another detergent if it is dirty. Then, use a household disinfectant.
- Be sure to follow the instructions on the label to ensure safe and effective use of the product. Many products recommend keeping the surface wet for several minutes to ensure germs are killed. Many also recommend precautions such as wearing gloves and making sure you have good ventilation during use of the product.
- Most EPA-registered household disinfectants should be effective. A full list of disinfectants can be found hereexternal icon.
- Complete Disinfection Guidance
For any additional questions about your care, contact your healthcare provider or state or local health department.For healthcare professionals
There is no specific antiviral treatment recommended for COVID-19. People with COVID-19 should receive supportive care to help relieve symptoms. For severe cases, treatment should include care to support vital organ functions.