Principals and other school officials with Halifax County Public Schools met Monday to discuss safety, activities for students to complete during their break and other items revolving around classes and events.
“Each school reached out to parents about safety and learning,” said superintendent Dr. Mark Lineburg.
Halifax County High School principal Michael Lewis said Tuesday afternoon they plan to meet again Thursday morning and plan to update parents as soon as they can.
He said the school offices are trying to be “real transparent” about what they know and what direction they’re taking.
First and foremost, they want to promote safety, and are encouraging the public to adhere to President Donald Trump and Governor Ralph Northam’s advising of no gatherings of 10 or more.
Lewis is asking the public to contact school employees by email.
The high school principal said students are being encouraged to check their emails and Google classroom for activities than can be completed during their break.
He also is encouraging parents to check the school system’s social media sites, and he said they will be sending out instant alerts as needed.
Recognizing parents and students have a lot of questions about dual enrollment classes, prom and graduation, he said at this time, they are going to do their best to hold these events.
“There’s still a lot of uncertainty, and nothing says that these two weeks won’t be extended,” said Lewis.
In the meantime, “we’re trying to do our best at putting out activities” and also are encouraging physical activity.
Activities also are being posted to the social media sites.
“Learning is secondary to safety. We’re real reluctant to open our buildings,” said Lineburg.
Meals are continuing to be served at Halifax County Middle School, Scottsburg and Sydnor Jennings elementary schools (see related story).
Parents also had the opportunity to pick up medication and/or medical supplies from his or her child’s school on Tuesday. Contact the school nurse for any questions about picking up a child’s medication.
But, if all possible Lineburg and Lewis are recommending parents keep children at home.
“That’s the most important thing right now,” said Lineburg.
Lewis reiterated his statements saying, “Stay home, stay safe and use technology to communicate when needed.”