Coronavirus (COVID-19) Communications and Information
August 3, 2020 Update
This message will cover two announcements.
First announcement: Due to the anticipated inclement weather forecast, Surry County Public Schools will be closed tomorrow, Tuesday, August 4th. Meals will not be delivered tomorrow. Meal delivery will resume on Thursday, August 6th if weather permits.
Second announcement: At tonight’s School Board meeting, the School Board elected for a Virtual Start to the 2020-2021 School Year for the first quarter of school. This decision was guided by a concern for the health and safety of our students and staff as COVID-19 rates increase both nationally and locally. Additional information will be provided as soon as it becomes available.
July 21, 2020 UpdateAs you are aware, we are preparing for the reopening of schools in September. We are asking for your input as we take steps to do so. We are asking you, as the community, to attend the date your district will meet for community conversations centered around the reopening of Surry County Public Schools in the fall. The following is a list of dates and districts:July 23rd Surry DistrictJuly 27th Dendron DistrictJuly 28th Claremont DistrictJuly 29th Carsley DistrictJuly 30th Bacons Castle DistrictAll meetings will be held at Luther Porter Jackson Middle School at 6:00 p.m.Attendance is limited to 75 people and face masks are mandatory.
June 30, 2020We are working on plans for re-opening schools and exploring various options based on available guidance from the Virginia Department of Education, the Governor’s Office, and health experts.Since we cannot predict what September will look like, we need to prepare for a range of possibilities. We cannot do this without your input. We have created a survey to help us understand what is most important to you when we return to school.All employees are invited to take the survey which will be available beginning tonight at 7:00 p.m. until Monday, July 6th at 7:00 p.m.
June 22, 2020 - Family Survey
We are working on plans for re-opening schools and exploring various options based on available guidance from the Virginia Department of Education, the Governor’s Office, and health experts.
Since we cannot predict what September will look like, we need to prepare for a range of possibilities. We cannot do this without your input. We have created a survey to help us understand what is most important to you when we return to school.
All parents and guardians are invited to take the survey linked here: https://forms.gle/VVj4rFf5yToAVYXq6
Hard copies will also be available at the schools.
Thank you and please be safe.
June 17, 2020
Surry County Public Schools has been approved to continue providing breakfasts and lunches throughout the summer. Meals will NOT be delivered tomorrow, Thursday, June 18th, but will resume on Tuesday, June 23, 2020. Meals will continue to be delivered on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. through August 13, 2020. Meals will also be available for pick up at the cafeteria of L. P. Jackson Middle School. Parents/Guardians may pick up meals for their children at their bus stops OR the cafeteria. Students will receive 2 or 3 meals on Tuesdays and Thursdays for a total of 5 meals per week. It is our honor and privilege to continue serving the students of Surry County Public Schools
Families with children who were eligible for free or reduced-price school meals prior to school closing will be issued a Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer card. The P-EBT Card will have food assistance benefits on it that can be used for food items anywhere SNAP benefits are accepted. If there are households with children already receiving SNAP benefits, the P-EBT benefits will be loaded onto their current card. Households who are eligible and have not yet received a P-EBT card in the mail or P-EBT benefits on their current card, please look for the card or additional benefits in the next 30 to 45 days. Frequently Asked Questions and instructions on how to activate the card and manage your benefits account can be found through the links below.
May 14, 2020
Surry County Public Schools has updated the Frequently Asked Questions section of our COVID 19 tab on our website. Included in this new update is information about PreK registration, Chromebook turn in, and SCHS senior graduation. Graduation procedures were also sent via postal mail in a letter from Principal Giron Wooden. Graduating seniors and their families are encouraged to thoroughly review the information in the Frequently Asked Questions document. Please stay safe.
Update April 24, 2020
On behalf of the administration and teachers of Surry County Public Schools, we hope that each of you are safe and healthy. We miss having our students in school, but we will continue to do our best to support their needs. We recently delayed having students and parents pick up personal items from our schools. We are now ready to proceed with this process.
During the week of April 27th, students are scheduled to come in to pick up their belongings at SES and LPJ and to clean our their lockers at SCHS. The buildings will be open for students Monday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
-SES will provide curbside pick-up. Each elementary school student's items will be bagged and labeled according to grade level.
-LPJ will provide curbside pick-up at the bus loop. Each middle school student's items will be bagged and labeled according to grade level.
-SCHS students will need to enter the school to clean out their lockers. Small groups of students will be allowed to enter the building, report to lockers to retrieve items, and exit the building in a timely manner. Please follow the pickup schedule below:
Dates: April 27-30, 2020
Monday, April 27, Students with last names A-D
Tuesday, April 28, Students with last names E-J
Wednesday, April 29, Students with last names K-R
Thursday, April 30, Students with last names S-Z
April 1, 2020 UpdateYesterday, the Virginia Department of Education issued a waiver to allow parents, guardians and students to pick up meals that will be delivered on Tuesdays and Thursdays along bus routes. Meals are free to all students and will be delivered between 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Meals will also be available for pick up at L.P. Jackson Middle school during the same timeframe. Meals will not be delivered during Spring Break, April 13-17.In addition to the above change, Surry County Public Schools will not allow or require students or families to pick up personal items from the schools. The governor recently stated that citizens should remain in their homes; therefore, only Surry County Employees will have access to the school buildings until a time that it is deemed safe.It is our honor to continue to serve the students and families of Surry County Public Schools.
March 27, 2020 UpdateDue to the mandatory school closure being extended through the end of the school year, there will bean adjustment to the meal delivery schedule. Beginning Tuesday, March 31, 2020 meals will bedelivered only on Tuesdays and Thursdays along bus routes. Meals will also be available for pickup at L.P. Jackson Middle School at the cafeteria. The meal deliveries will continue through June 11, 2020, thescheduled last day of school. Meals will not be delivered during the week of April 13-17. Students willreceive 2 or 3 meals on Tuesdays and Thursdays for a total of 5 meals per week. Meals will now bedelivered between 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. ONLY students are allowed to pick up meals at their busstop or at the middle school. Parents/Guardians are NOT ALLOWED to pick up meals per governmentregulations.In addition to changes to the meal delivery schedule, we have generated a Frequently Asked Questiondocument that is available through the link below, Facebook and Twitter. Please review this document as itcovers various topics to include a schedule for returning school property and retrieval of personal itemsfrom the schools. The document also provides updated information on graduation and other topics ofinterest. This document will be updated as new information is received.It is our honor and privilege to continue serving the students of Surry County Public Schools.
Update March 23, 2020 2:59 p.m.
As cases of Coronavirus increases around the state of Virginia, Governor Ralph Northam has closed all public and private schools for the remainder of the school year. As soon as possible, we will communicate additional information on the impact of this decision on students, employees, and the community. Please continue to follow us for additional information on our Website at www.surryschools.net, Facebook and Twitter. At this unprecedented time, we seek your patience and support. Be safe.
Meals for Students
Due to the Governor’s mandatory school closure, Surry County Public Schools will begin delivering breakfast and lunch meals daily along regular bus routes beginning Wednesday, March 18, 2020 to Friday, March 27, 2020. No meals will be delivered on weekends. Meals will be delivered between 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. ONLY students are allowed to pick up meals at their bus stop. Parents/Guardians are NOT ALLOWED to pick up meals for students per government regulations. It is our honor and privilege to ensure our children receive balanced meals and we will continue to serve our most valuable resource, the students of Surry County Public Schools.
Learn At-Home Activities
Dear Surry County Public Schools Families and Staff,
In response to the closing of schools by Governor Ralph Northam, please be assured that we are working to support our students’ academic needs. To ensure continuity of services, we have developed a plan to provide at-home learning activities. These at-home activities will include ones that depend on internet access and others that will be paper-based packets. We will update you as the paper-based packets become available.
As we work through this unprecedented health event we will be using multiple methods to keep everyone informed. Please be safe.
Serbrenia J. Sims, Ed.D.