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7 days ago

March 27, 2020

Today is the end of the 3rd QTR.  Teachers are completing the end-of-quarter routines!  

Next week is considered 'spring break' per the adopted school division calendar.

FOOD SERVICE CONTINUATION WILL CONTINUE THROUGH SPRING BREAK

Mathews County Public Schools will be providing breakfast and lunch meals to ALL children (age 18 and younger) during the school closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Breakfast and lunch meals will be available for pick up at Mathews High School. The meals will be ‘grab and go’ and available by drive thru service on the bus loop between the hours of 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

This service is available FREE to all children regardless of where they receive their education, this includes students who receive home instruction or attend private school settings.

If you do not have transportation or need delivery for any reason please contact the Food Service Department at 725-4684 to make this request. They Food Service Department will need the child’s name, delivery address in Mathews County, number of meals needed and telephone number in case there are additional questions. The school division will make the necessary arrangements for delivery.


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March 24, 2020

Good morning.  This is Nancy Welch, Superintendent of Mathews County Schools

VERY IMPORTANT MESSAGE

This morning, I have been in direct contact with the Virginia Health Department’s Three Rivers Health District Office which services Mathews County.  For transparency purposes, I am making you aware that a member of the Mathews County Public Schools team has tested positive for COVID-19.  This employee has served our school division with the transportation department.

We are currently working with the Health Department to compile a list of individuals that may have come in direct contact with this employee.  The list of individuals and their contact information will be given to the Health Department who will then call each individual in the near future.

While I am confident the exposure to this individual is limited, it is prudent that everyone remember to take precautions to avoid future exposure.  Wash your hands, stay home if possible and practice social distancing. PLEASE.


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March 23, 2020 3:40 p.m.

As most of you are aware by now, the Governor of Virginia has extended the mandatory closure of all K-12 schools for the remainder of this academic year.  The pandemic is obviously creating a great disruption in all functions in our daily lives including education. 

Now, more than ever, is a time to take a breath, slow down and be very thoughtful moving forward. 

With this in mind, I would like the Mathews Community, especially our students and parents, to be aware of the following:

1.  Teachers are currently concentrating on closing out the 3rd Quarter which ends this Friday.  

2.  Report cards will be mailed home to the address listed in the Power School.

3.  After spring break, teachers will concentrate on the continuance of education either electronically or with paper documents.  The delivery manner will be at the teachers’ discretion.  The goal is to provide opportunities for our students to continue content so they do not have gaps in their learning moving forward.

4. Food service will continue over spring break and as long as feasible.  

5. The Virginia Department of Education is expected to release guidance in the next 24 hours related to make up days and the waiver process as well as calculating course credits without state assessments. 

Much more information will be forthcoming in the following days!!!

A word to our students:

Whether you are a Lee-Jackson Tiger, a Thomas Hunter Seahawk or a Mathews Blue Devil, we ALL are 'Mathews' through and through.  There is a 'Mathews Way' and I want each of our students, our children, to know that you are safe and in good hands.  In a time of crisis, our Community pulls together to take care of our own.  Please be sure to continue to keep yourselves well and practice physically distancing yourselves from others and be sure to wash your hands!!

To the Class of 2020,  to many adults you are known as our ‘9/11 children’ as you came into this world during a time when the United States was feeling the shock of four coordinated attacks against our Country.  Since you came into this world during such a time, I suppose I really shouldn’t be surprised that you will be graduating  under very unusual circumstances as well…..the COVID-19 pandemic.   

Where I cannot tell you for sure what will happen in the next few weeks with this pandemic, I can tell you that you will be graduating as planned.  You will need to put forth the effort to continue your education during this time.  As devastating as the school closure is, know that your teachers have been preparing for a long term closing.  They WANT to see you succeed and will be working hard to see that this happens.  We expect your best efforts in the coming weeks.  Depending on the path the pandemic takes in the next two months, your high school graduation may be unlike any others before you.  Only time will tell.

Everyone take care, be well and keep yourselves safe.

Nancy Welch, Ed.S.

Division Superintendent


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March 23, 2020       8 a.m.

All main offices in the school division are now closed.  11 & 12 month office employees may work from home.  Custodial, maintenance and transportation continue on site at this time.  All school sites are limited to essential personnel only.  

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March 22, 2020

NEW NUMBER TO ARRANGE DELIVERY!!!!!!

FOOD SERVICE CONTINUATION 
Mathews County Public Schools will be providing breakfast and lunch meals to ALL children (age 18 and younger) during the school closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Breakfast and lunch meals will be available for pick up at Mathews High School. The meals will be ‘grab and go’ and available by drive thru service on the bus loop between the hours of 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

This service is available FREE to all children regardless of where they receive their education, this includes students who receive home instruction or attend private school settings.

If you do not have transportation or need delivery for any reason please contact the Food Service Department at 725-4684 to make this request. They Food Service Department will need the child’s name, delivery address in Mathews County, number of meals needed and telephone number in case there are additional questions. The school division will make the necessary arrangements for delivery.



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March 20, 2020

Beginning Monday, March 23, 2020 11-month employees may work from home during this short-term closure.  Building code access for all employees is being restricted to essential personnel only.  Employees that need access to the school buildings should contact the building administrator to schedule entry.

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FREE WIFI ACCESS

Smart Bus Deployment:

'Parks & Rec' parking lot---Network:  MCPSSB2  Password:  freewifi      Limited capacity


Building Connections:

Thomas Hunter Middle School and Mathews High School front parking lots---Network:  mcpsguest    Password:  freewifi

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Local business offers free temporary WiFi access:

Two Locations:  Food Lion parking lot and most of Mathews Memorial Library parking lot (in the back);  The parking area near the County Treasure's Office.

The SSID or WiFi Network Identity broadcasting is:  MPGC FREE and it has no password.

.....MORE TO COME!!

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Community Notification:  PLEASE SHARE!!

CONTINUATION OF FOOD SERVICES        March 16, 2020

Mathews County Public Schools will be providing breakfast and lunch meals to ALL children (age 18 and younger) during the school closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Breakfast and lunch meals will be available for pick up beginning tomorrow, March 17th at Mathews High School.  The meals will be ‘grab and go’ and available by drive thru service on the bus loop between the hours of 10:30 a.m.  and 12:30 p.m.     This service is available FREE to all children regardless of where they receive their education, this includes students who receive home instruction or attend private school settings.

If you do not have transportation or need delivery for any reason please contact your child’s school office to make this request.  The school office will need the child’s name, delivery address in Mathews County, number of meals needed and telephone number in case there are additional questions.  The school division will make the necessary arrangements for delivery.

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Email to all MCPS employees 4:40 pm

March 14, 2020

To All MCPS Employees,

This is an update to the current status of school functions.  As you are aware the COVID-19 pandemic has created an instructional shut down for a two week period Monday, March 16 – March 27 as directed by the Governor of Virginia.  The following will give you the context of this rapidly evolving issue:

On Friday, March 13, the division leadership convened to map out a social distancing plan based on Center for Disease Control guidelines that each school was to implement on Monday, March 16.  The team included our principals, directors and coordinators (food service, transportation, maintenance, etc). Social distancing included no more than 40 persons in any given area at any given time.  As you can imagine, the team was thoughtful about ingress/egress (bus drop off and pick-up), lunch, recess, class changes and other group activities that are standard practice throughout the day in our individual schools.  Field trips and special events were also cancelled as well as limiting volunteers and visitors.  The plan was completed at 2 p.m. Friday afternoon.  While finalizing the School Board Office document for distribution, the Governor called a two week school closure for students at 2:22 pm.  There was no prior notice to the Governor’s announcement and shocked most school division superintendents as we were notified Thursday that the Governor would not take this type of action.  Local notifications went out to reflect the closure via social media, call out system, website, email and text as an emergency notification.  Emergency notifications reach all employees, parents and emergency contacts in our student information system. 

 The past two evenings I have been active with state level conference calls that have included leaders from the Va. Department of Health and the Va. Department of Education.  In addition, our local Three Rivers Health District Office has been a part of our preparedness strategy.  On Monday, a multi-organizational crisis team meeting will convene that includes the school division, Department of Social Services, Department of Health, Sheriff's Office and Emergency Management.  This meeting was planned early this past week for status updates.   As of this morning, I have worked through additional Center for Disease Control and Virginia Department of Education materials.  The division leadership team has received these updates via email. 

 Expectations Moving Forward

 Cleaning and Sanitizing:

 I understand each of you have questions and concerns.  Please be assured that the division is implementing best practices according to the CDC guidance.  Last night each area in the schools was fumigated with an aerosol sanitizer that was recommended by the CDC.  The rooms were then closed to sit over the weekend.  Over the next two weeks, our custodial staff will continue to clean and sanitize all surface areas.  Yes, this is a daunting task.  The transportation and food service departments are also included in this expectation.

 

Make-up Days:

The state has assured school divisions that divisions can receive a waiver if the divisions do not meet the 990 hours of required instruction. 

 

Via VDOE

Make-Up Days

Per the Governor’s order related to the state of emergency, the State Superintendent will work with school divisions to provide flexibility via waivers for the school hours missed during the Governor’s order and for other school closures related to COVID-19.

 

Continuation of Education:

The Governor’s closure indicates “localities will maintain authority over specific staffing decisions to ensure students maintain continuity of services or learning, while protecting the public health of teachers and staff.”  Teachers could plan a continuation of education for a two-week period with paper packets or electronic services, but are NOT required to hold class virtually at this time.  This may change in the future.  Be aware that recent guidance from the state has been that this attempt at a continuation of education will not count as make up days nor is it mandatory for students to complete.  Based on the most recent information, I would recommend that you do not plan to grade any of the content due to equity issues. Students with necessary supports will not have access to them during this time. (This is a change from Friday’s communication to the Leadership team based on information from the VDOE)

Monday and Tuesday are planning days for teachers to prepare for the possibility that the school closure may continue past two-weeks.  Conversations about what this could look like and training on electronic supports are expected.  Be sure the meet with your grade level teams and/or departments members to discuss the possibilities of what instruction may look like if this closure is extended.  Each of you have outstanding colleagues who have great ideas.  We will need to support each other through this insecure time.

Preparation also includes creating materials during this closure with consideration to the information from the VDOE (see below in blue).  Consider working with your grade levels and/or department members to create expectations that involve reading, thinking and learning, but is also supports physical activities and wellness.  Be creative!!!  Parents would love it if you assigned students to clean the house or clean up their yards!! 

Any paper packets should be made available for pick up at the school sites where an employee would walk the materials out to the parent’s vehicle.  Schools may want to schedule a set time for packet pick-ups.

 

Via VDOE:

Continuity of Learning

Should there be extended closures beyond the current order the VDOE encourages school divisions to consider options and ideas to engage students in reading, thinking and learning. Creating such opportunities should be done with careful consideration of providing equitable access and support for a variety of students. Due to the waivers that will be granted for school closures related to COVID-19, schools should not consider strategies for continuity of learning as make-up days.

 Additionally, we recommend that school divisions be mindful of the impacts of increased screen time for students and incorporates suggestions for physical activity and wellness.

 

SOL Testing:

 The VDOE staff is evaluating flexibility options.  More information to come!

 

Social Distancing Expectations:

 ·         All employees are expected to implement social distancing practices while on school grounds based on CDC guidance. 

·         No congregations over 40 individuals in one location at one time.

·         Attempt to keep three feet between you and anyone coughing or sneezing.

·         Any professional develop or meeting shall be in small groups or held in areas where three feet can be maintained between employees at any given time.

·         Continued emphasis by all employees on standard hygiene practices (hand washing; covering mouth when coughing or sneezing; avoid touching eyes, nose, mouth; stay home for 24 hours after you are fever free without fever reducing medication)

·         Schools will limit non-essential visitors to include guest speakers and visitors.

·         Non-essential building use ceases.   This includes weekend events by community members and/or organizations.

·         Strongly suggest faculty and staff cancel any plans to attend conferences or professional development outside of the Mathews Community until March 30.

 

Childcare:

 I understand that some teachers have expressed their personal concern about childcare for Monday and Tuesday.  Teachers may bring their children to school on Monday and Tuesday with their building administrator’s permission.  It is the expectation that the children remain in your classroom and not roam about the building or congregate in any one location.  Keep in mind, that cleaning will be taken place throughout the buildings, but work with your school’s custodial staff to delay specific classrooms until later in the week.  It is the parent’s responsibility to supervise their children at all times.

 

Food Service:

We are currently exploring the continuation of food services for our students who are most in need.  It is highly likely that we will provide pickup stations so our students will still have access to breakfast and lunch.  If this happens, then we will not utilize our buses and drivers.  More to come!!!

 

Spring Break:

At this time, spring break will remain scheduled as indicated on the school calendar.


Finally, simply thank you for your patience.  This is a confusing time for all involved.  Please feel free to reach out to your immediate supervisors if you have additional questions and concerns.  I am sure there will be many more! 

 

Be safe and well….. and, don’t forget to wash your hands!

In Your Service,

Nancy B. Welch, M.S., Ed.S.

Division Superintendent

Mathews County Public Schools

 

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March 13, 2020

Dear Mathews County Community:

At 2:22 pm today, Governor Ralph Northam ordered all K-12 schools in Virginia to close for a minimum of two weeks in response to the continued spread of novel coronavirus, or COVID-19.

Schools will close for students from Monday, March 16, through Friday, March 27, at a minimum. Localities will maintain authority over specific staffing decisions to ensure students maintain continuity of services or learning, while protecting the public health of teachers and staff.

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 Next week, faculty and staff will report to school as usual to prepare to deliver educational materials and services to students in a variety of fashions.  This may include paper/pencil packets and possibly virtual learning.   Parents will be notified by their child’s individual schools regarding the continuation of education and services. 

In addition, all schools, buses and vehicles will be deep cleaned during the time when students are not in the buildings.

We are working closely with the food service department to plan for the continuation of food services to our students during this time of separation.  More information will be available in the coming days for the Mathews Community.  Updates will be delivered via our website, social media as well as our call out system.

Finally, I wish everyone good health and well-being during this time of insecurity. Be well and safe and don’t forget to wash your hands.

In Your Service,

Nancy B. Welch, Ed.S.

Division Superintendent


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Prevention is our best defense.  What measures is MCPS taking?

• Nurses are closely monitoring student and staff health and encouraging the importance of good hygiene practices.

• The custodial staff is conducting regular monitoring of school restrooms to ensure each bathroom is outfitted with soap and paper towels. Additional cleaning methods are also being used to address common spaces such as door knobs, tables, and water fountains.

• The custodial department is utilizing supplemental cleaning techniques when schools report an increase of sickness or flu-like symptoms.

• Staff is emphasizing and supporting the implementation of proper hygiene practices with students (hand washing, sneezing into tissue or sleeve, etc.).

• Students and staff presenting symptoms will be/are being sent home with the advice to see a licensed healthcare provider.


What can your family do?

According to health officials, the most effective way to minimize the spread of this illness is to follow normal protocol such as:

• Washing hands frequently or using hand sanitizer;

•  Sneezing/coughing into a tissue or sleeve;

•  Avoid touching eyes, nose, mouth; and

• Staying home for 24 hours after you are fever-free (temperature less than 100 degrees without fever reducing medication).

 Mathews County Public Schools will continue to keep you informed about school division practices as we work with our partners to ensure the safety and health of our students and staff. You can also keep up-to­ date on the following webpages:

 

Virginia Department  of Health: http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus 


Together, we can work to keep our schools as safe and healthy as possible. Sincerely,

Nancy B. Welch, Ed.S. Division  Superintendent

 


WELCOME
WELCOME
Lesley R. Hunley, M.Ed.
Assistant Superintendent

Nancy B. Welch, Ed.S.
Division Superintendent
Vision & Mission
Our Vision:
Our vision for the future is for all students to enter our schools to learn then leave to achieve; exceeding expectations.

Our Mission:
There is a ‘Mathews Way’. It is about a commitment to the students, employees and, ultimately, the community.

Mathews County Public Schools provides various programs and services in a safe and supportive environment where students are empowered to engage in a high quality education.