Tag: Schools

By Connie Morrison — Households with students in Accomack County Public Schools, as well as teachers, will have to shift gears quickly because beginning tomorrow, Monday, Jan. 11, all students will be moved to virtual or remote learning. Parents began reporting the calls and emails announcing the change beginning around 7:30...
By Stefanie Jackson – Accomack Coordinator of Student Health Services Tonya Martin updated the school board Tuesday night on the data that drives school closures. Schools remain open or are closed based on the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) School Metrics, guidance from the local health department, and...
By Stefanie Jackson – Accomack and Northampton County Public Schools both will observe a two-week winter break this year, from Dec. 19 to Jan. 3, 2021. Northampton parents received a letter earlier this month from Superintendent Eddie Lawrence sharing guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and...
By Stefanie Jackson – The Northampton school board voted unanimously Dec. 10 to spend nearly $150,000 for bonuses for all employees who have been working through the COVID-19 pandemic. “The last nine months have been very tiring to the staff. They have been trying times,” Superintendent Eddie Lawrence said. Northampton school...
By Stefanie Jackson – Accomack school sports enthusiasts asked the school board Tuesday night to reinstate winter sports that were canceled due to COVID-19, but school officials were not big fans of the idea. It was the first meeting to allow public comments since the school sports “ban” was...
Staff Report — Accomack County Public Schools Superintendent W.C. "Chris" Holland notified parents in a  Dec. 14 letter that a student or staff member at Metompkin Elementary School has been diagnosed with COVID-19. "This person was on school premises on December 9, 2020 and did not have direct exposure with several...
By Stefanie Jackson – Accomack County Public Schools amended its COVID-19 mitigation plan Tuesday night due to COVID-19 policy changes at the federal and state levels. Tonya Martin, coordinator of school health services, said the CDC has changed its definition of “close contact” to being within six feet of another...
By Stefanie Jackson –  Since Northampton schools Superintendent Eddie Lawrence announced last month that he expects all K-12 students to be back in the classroom four days a week by Christmas – despite the COVID-19 pandemic – he’s been getting questions about how he makes his decisions. The short answer...
By Stefanie Jackson – A little creative thinking and a lot of cooperation between Accomack’s school district, county officials, and the local broadband authority allowed them to get internet connectivity for underserved children learning from home during the COVID-19 pandemic. Beth Onley, finance director for Accomack County Public Schools, said...
By Connie Morrison — Add Chincoteague Elementary to the list of local schools where coronavirus cases have been recorded. Accomack County Schools Superintendent W.C. "Chris" Holland alerted parents Nov. 10 via letter that a Chincoteague Elementary student or staff member has been diagnosed with  coronavirus, the virus that causes COVID-19 disease. "This...