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    Food Service Press Release Effective July 1, 2020

    The meal distribution program at PCPS has been granted an extension to continue serving free breakfast and lunch meals to ALL students who attend Powhatan County Schools and to any other child 18 years or younger.

    Effective July 1st through August 19th, the meal distribution day will be Wednesday each week at the following locations and times:

    Distribution Times and Locations for Parent Pick-up:
    Powhatan High School - 8:30am to 10:00am. Bus loop at the rear of the school.
    Powhatan Middle School - 4:30pm to 6:30pm. Door 11 located on the western side of the school.
    Lead-in and exit only signs are visible at each location to help with traffic flow.

    Distribution Procedures:
    Parents/Family Members are asked to drive up to the distribution station and state how many children are in the vehicle. The student(s) and/or children must be present in the vehicle in order to receive meals. A Food Service staff member will verify the number of children in the vehicle, and additional staff/volunteers will place the appropriate number of meals on a cart. The cart will be then rolled to the vehicle and the items will be placed inside by the driver or another adult in the vehicle. Carts are sanitized between each use.

    If you are unable to pick up meals during the scheduled times, please contact Sodexo by email foodservice@powhatan.k12.va.us or phone 804-598-5700, extension 123, for an alternate time or delivery method.

    Number of Meals Provided:
    • Wednesdays, July 1, 2020 to August 12, 2020 - 7 days of breakfast and lunch meals.
    • Wednesday, August 19, 2020 – 5 days of breakfast and lunch meals.

    Powhatan Elementary School – Summer School – June 29, 2020 – July 28, 2020
    Meals will be distributed to all students attending summer school at Powhatan Elementary School.
    • June 29, 2020 – July 23, 2020
       o 7:30 am –– 1-day breakfast meal will be distributed to each child as she/he gets off the bus, Monday-Thursday.
       o 12:15 am – 1-day lunch meal will be distributed to each classroom for students to take home, Monday-Wednesday. On each Thursday, 3 days of breakfast and 4 days of lunch will be distributed to take home.
       o July 23, 2020 – 5 breakfast meals and 6 lunch meals will be distributed for take home.

    At the conclusion of summer school, students may continue to receive breakfast and lunch meals, on Wednesday’s each week through August 19th, by going to the distribution sites at either Powhatan High or Powhatan Middle School.

    In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights
    regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

    Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

    To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) linked here and found online at https://www.ocio.usda.gov/document/ad-3027, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

         (1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
         (2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or
         (3) email: program.intake@usda.gov.

    This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

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    Online Student Enrollment During COVID-19 Closure

    While the front offices of school buildings are open for community members to handle simple business, our enrollment procedures will continue to be handled virtually at this time. Online enrollment is available for Transfer & New Kindergarten students. Please visit our webpage http://www.powhatan.k12.va.us/groups/66663/student_services_and_interventions/student_registration_covid for more information and access to online enrollment forms.

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    School Buildings Reopen June 15

    School buildings are reopening on Monday, June 15 under Phase II guidelines. Our summer visitor hours are 8:00 am - 4:30 pm, Monday through Thursday. In accordance with the Governor’s order, PCPS requests that visitors (over the age of 10) wear a face covering (self-provided) and practice social distancing. If you would prefer to set an appointment for your visit, please contact the main office. 

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    Guidelines for Reopening Schools

    Please see below for links to guidelines that were released from the Virginia Department of Education and the Governor of Virginia regarding the opening of schools. They contain comprehensive information on how schools will be allowed to reopen as well as measures we will put in place to ensure staff and student safety.

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    WiFi Bus Hotspots Updated 5.21.2020

    PCPS has equipped school buses with wireless internet access and located them in the western region of the county for students to be able to access the internet for their school work. These buses will be in place with accessible internet by 3:00 PM Friday, April 24, 2020.

    SSID: Kajeet SmartBus

    Password: smartbus

    Little Zion Baptist Church - 5680 Cartersville Road

    Muddy Creek Baptist Church - 3470 Trenholm Road

    Mount Zion Baptist Church - 2951 Ridge Road (was formerly located at Deep Creek Fire Dept.)

    Providence Presbyterian Church - 1950 Ridge Road

    Powhatan Rescue Squad Sub Station - 5901 Old Buckingham Road

    Co 3 Fire Station "Macon" - 6377 Old Buckingham Road

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    Xfinity & Other Free Wireless Internet Available

    Find information on Free Xfinity WiFi Hotspots as well as Powhatan County Schools & Powhatan County Gov WiFi access at http://www.powhatan.k12.va.us/home_page under "Where & How to Connect to FREE WiFi"

    • Powhatan County Schools Best Wi-Fi Locations: 
      • POCES:
        • Network Name: PCPSNet
        • Location: Staff parking lot
      • POWES:
        • Network Name: PCPSNet
        • Location: Visitor parking lot
      • FRES:
        • Network Name: PCPSNet
        • Location: Visitor parking lot
      • PHS:
        • Network Name: pcps-student
        • Location: Bus loop
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    Chromebooks Pick-Up & Support

    Parents & students:

    In order to facilitate distance learning, PCPS will make Chromebooks available to any K-5 student. If a student has not already received a Chromebook, we will hold a distribution at all three elementary schools next week.

    Monday (3/30) 8-11am
    Tuesday (3/31) 12-3pm
    Friday (4/3) 3-6pm.

    We will also hold help desk hours for students who are experiencing hardware issues with their Chromebooks. Help Desk hours are 10am - 2pm at the following locations:

    PMS - Concession Stand (Monday and Wednesday)
    PHS – L100 (Tuesday and Thursday)
    Elementary Schools (Friday) - beginning after Spring Break

    In addition to wifi availability outside of PCPS buildings, all Xfinity WiFi Public Hotspots are now open to everyone on the “xfinitywifi” SSID. Public hotspots can be found in small/medium businesses and outdoors in commercial areas. Non-Xfinity subscribers need to accept Terms and Conditions to access the network and repeat when requested to continue to receive free unlimited access. Additional information is available through the Xfinity wifi site linked here.

    Chromebook & assignment support may also be obtained by emailing: helpdesk@powhatan.k12.va.us

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    PCPS COVID-19 Information

    For PCPS documents, updates, and archived communications related to COVID-19, please visit http://www.powhatan.k12.va.us/groups/79021/covid19/covid19

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  • Enter the Zoom Meeting: The link to the Zoom meeting is posted on the website. Simply click the link or paste into your browser of choice to open the meeting. You should see a window similar to the one below after clicking the link. Click the button which says OpenURL:Zoom Launcher as indicated below:

 Enter the zoom meeting by clicking Open URL:Zoon Launcher 

  • You will see a window asking you to confirm audio settings. For the purpose of this meeting, we will not enable audio participation. You may close this window, and confirm that you want to continue without audio.

 Enabling Audio won't be used - close out this box and confirm continue without Audio 

  • Instead of audio participation, we’ll be using the Chat feature to send comments to Board members. At the bottom of the Zoom window you will see a series of controls. To send comments to the Board members, you’ll use the Chat feature as indicated below:

 To submit questions or comments to the meeting use the Chat feature      

 

  • Chat Click the Chat button to send a comment. After you type your comment, simply hit Enter to send your comment to the board members.
    Comments will be sent to all members of the Board and will be displayed in the board meeting room. Comments will also be visible to any community members who are also logged into the Zoom meeting.
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