COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update

  • UPDATE - Effective Monday, March 23, Governor Northam has closed all schools in Virginia for the remainder of the school year.  All school and extracurricular activities are cancelled during this time. Please see the March 23 Letter to Families for additional details.


    The recent news regarding COVID-19, or what's being called the coronavirus, has understandably caused worry. 
    Please be assured that WPS is working closely with the local Department of Health and city government officials, in conjunction with the Virginia Department of Health (VDH), in monitoring the status of the virus and is following current guidance from the VDH and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

  • What You Can Do

    There are things you and your family can do now to help prevent illness.  According to the VDH, best practices include:

    •  Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
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    Not touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
    •  Covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
    •  Taking flu antivirals if prescribed by your healthcare provider if you have the flu.
    •  Avoiding close contact with people who are sick.
    •  Staying home when you are sick.
    •  Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces.

     

Frequently Asked Questions

  • When is school closed for students?

  • Will students be fed during a prolonged school cancellation?

  • What can I do to help students during this time?

  • What can I do for distance learning activities?

  • Will I be able to get technology support on my WPS issued equipment?

  • What if I do not have Internet access at home?

  • Will my child be able to check out a chromebook to use for distance learning during the closure?

  • What is WPS doing about the sanitization of the building?

  • Will students have to make up missed days at the end of the scheduled calendar?

  • When will we receive 3rd quarter report cards?

  • Will we still hold a graduation ceremony?

  • What should I do regarding overseas travel?

  • What will happen if staff or students have to be quarantined?

  • What about future travel for students and staff?

  • What can schools do at this time to decrease stigma and discrimination?

  • Help prevent the spread of the coronavirus

For More Information

  • The health and well-being of our students and the learning environment is always a primary focus and we are committed to communicating with you throughout this health concern.