1. When will schools reopen?
Schools will open on August 10, 2020, with students participating in remote learning for the first nine weeks.
2. What will learning look like when schools reopen?
Students will receive remote learning for the first nine weeks of school which will be provided Monday through Friday of each week unless otherwise designated on the division calendar. Each teacher will provide a detailed schedule outlining expectations, assignments, and teacher-contact information. Guidelines for submitting assignments and grading will be provided by individual teachers.
3. What will Open House look like this year?
Each school will host a drive-through Open House. Details will be communicated to families. Cumberland County Elementary School will hold Open House on Tuesday, August 11, 2020 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Cumberland Middle School will hold Open House on Thursday, August 6, 2020, from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. in the bus loop of Cumberland County Elementary School. Cumberland High School will hold Open House on Thursday, August 6, 2020, from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. in the bus loop of the Cumberland Middle/High School Complex.
4. What school supplies will students need?
Each school will post on its webpage a recommended supply list.
5. If students or staff members need to enter the building, how will they be screened for COVID-19?
Students and staff will be provided a COVID-19 health checklist. Parents must screen children daily. Staff will use the checklist. All staff and students will have their temperature taken prior to entering the building. The Cumberland County Public Schools Health Plan can be found at https://core-docs.s3.amazonaws.com/documents/asset/uploaded_file/807528/Cumberland_County_Public_Schools_Health_Plan.pdf.
6. What happens if a student or staff member displays symptoms of COVID-19?
Staff members will go home. Students will go to a designated area where they will remain socially distanced and await parent pick-up.
7. If my child is sent home with a fever, what am I asked to do, as a parent?
If students are sent home with a fever, it is recommended that you contact your family healthcare provider. If it is determined that your child has COVID-19, please inform the school nurse.
8. If my child tests positive for COVID-19, when may he/she return to school?
Employees and students should report any positive results of COVID-19 tests to their immediate supervisor or building principal. If an employee or student tests positive for COVID-19, CuCPS will collaborate with the Department of Health to notify impacted students, families, and staff. Decisions about any potential school closures will also be made in collaboration with the health department.
9. What happens if a student or staff member tests positive for COVID-19?
If a student or staff member tests positive for COVID-19 and had symptoms, he/she may return 10 days after symptoms first appeared. He/she must be fever-free for at least 24 hours without taking fever-reducing medication, and have improved symptoms. Depending on your healthcare provider’s advice and availability of testing, you might get tested to see if you still have COVID-19. If you are tested, you can be around others when you have no fever, respiratory symptoms have improved, and you receive two negative test results in a row, at least 24 hours apart.
If a student or staff member tests positive for COVID-19 but had no symptoms, he/she can be around others after 10 days have passed since being tested. Depending on your healthcare provider’s advice and availability of testing, you might get tested to see if you still have COVID-19. If you are tested, you can be around others when you have no fever, respiratory symptoms have improved, and you receive two negative test results in a row, at least 24 hours apart.
10. Will there be any changes in school cleanings?
The frequency of cleaning and disinfection is substantially increased (beyond the division’s typical protocol prior to the pandemic). Cleaning and disinfecting protocols are consistent with CDC recommendations and include expectations for cleaning frequently-touched surfaces and transport vehicles.
11. Will my high school child be able to take “Behind-the-Wheel” to obtain his/her license?
Yes. The guidelines from the Virginia Department of Education will be followed. Please contact Cumberland High School for additional information.
12. How will breakfast and lunch be served to students?
During remote learning, meals can be picked up on Mondays of each week at the Randolph Fire House, Cumberland Middle School, or at the Cartersville Rescue Squad Building. In addition, meals can be delivered to students’ homes. Please call 804-492-4212 if you would like additional information. Delivery calls should be made by Thursday of each week to ensure delivery on Monday.
13. Will students be required to wear masks?
As of now, students will not be required to wear masks; however, masks will be strongly encouraged.
14. Will staff members be required to wear masks?
Yes, staff members will be required to wear masks when they are within six feet of students.
15. Will field trips be planned for students this year?
Field trips will primarily be virtual this school year.
16. Can my child transition from remote instruction to hybrid instruction, and vice-versa, throughout the school year?
Yes, we will be flexible in order to meet the needs of families; however, please be reminded that during the first nine weeks, all instruction is remote.
17. What instructional accommodations are being made if my child does not have access to the Internet?
We realize that some students are not able to access the Internet at home. We have Internet access points located at the following areas:
Sharon Baptist Church: 1130 Plank Rd., Farmville
Shiloh New Covenant Church: 1665 Anderson Highway, Cumberland
Ramans Midway Market: 3156 Cumberland Road, Cumberland
Mama D’s Country Store: 1368 Columbia Road, Columbia
Jones Chapel Baptist Church: 947 Trents Mill Road, Cumberland
Cartersville Rescue Squad: 1667 Cartersville Road, Cartersville
SSID: Kajeet SmartBus PW: smartbus
This is a highly filtered system. Access to educational needs are open, including email, downloads, and uploads. Devices will be active at all locations from 7:00 a.m. until 8:30 p.m. No one is allowed in any area after dark. Maintain all social distancing rules. Do not park in any area that is not designated as a parking space.
Other Open Access:
New Life Farmville (9 Mahan Road, Farmville): Guest network only; filtering rules apply. Use the upper parking lot. Playground is off limits at all times. Maintain all social distancing rules. Do not park in any area that is not designated as a parking space. No one is allowed in any area after dark.
Front of Cumberland Middle School: Student emails are used for logging in; normal school filtering rules apply. Maintain all social distancing rules. Do not park in any area that is not designated as a parking space. No one is allowed in any area after dark.
Where needed, flash drives will be used to download content, and paper copies of instructional materials will be provided. We continue to research funding options to increase Internet accessibility.
18. Will there be SOL testing this year?
The Virginia Department of Education will provide guidance on this.
19. Will student work be assessed/graded?
Yes, student work will be graded. School personnel will communicate the grading process to families.
20. Will there be sports and other extracurricular activities this school year?
Yes. The Virginia High School League has provided the following guidelines:
Season 1 (Winter) December 14 – February 20 (First Contest Date – December 28)
basketball, gymnastics, indoor track, swim/dive, wrestling
Season 2 (Fall) February 15 – May 1 (First Contest Date – March 1)
cheer, cross country, field hockey, football, golf, volleyball
Season 3 (Spring) April 12 – June 26 (First Contest Date – April 26)
baseball, lacrosse, soccer, softball, tennis, track and field
21. Will attendance be taken for students during Remote Learning Instruction?
Yes. Attendance will be monitored using guidelines provided by the Governor’s Office and the Virginia Department of Education. Remote attendance will be taken for students based on time spent with teachers (such as participation in virtual lessons, phone calls, or emails) and task-completion (such as submission of assignments). Remote check-ins will be conducted by phone for students who are unable to go online. PreK-5 students will have daily meaningful interactions with their teacher or appropriate school staff. Secondary students (6-12), will have meaningful interactions with each of their teachers or another staff member on a weekly basis, with attendance checks occurring on other days. (A “meaningful interaction” is a two-way engagement between a student and staff member that allows for feedback or input from the student on successes and challenges.) All students will be expected to participate in learning.
22. What could cause instructional plans to change throughout the school year?
Decisions related to increasing or decreasing the size of in-person classes will be made in collaboration with the local health department. Factors that may impact this decision include, but are not limited to, confirmed cases in the school division, a progression or regression of phases designated by the governor, recommendation of the local health department, and local and state-wide health data.
23. Can parents and students come to the school to talk with teachers, administration, or guidance?
During the first nine weeks, CuCPS staff may be contacted by phone or email.
24. What is the plan for students enrolled in CODE RVA?
We are waiting on guidance from CODE RVA.
25. What is the plan for students enrolled in Governor’s School at Southside Virginia Community College (SVCC)?
Primary instruction for students enrolled in SVCC Governor’s School will be remote; however, there will be scheduled labs that require students to go on campus. Transportation will be provided by CuCPS.
26. What is the plan for students taking classes at Southside Virginia Community College (SVCC)?
Primary instruction for students taking classes at SVCC will primarily be remote; however, there will be scheduled labs that require students to go to the campus. Transportation will be provided by CuCPS. Additional information is forthcoming.