Blog Update May 1, 2020

Posted by Staunton City Schools on 5/1/2020


We hope everyone continues to be healthy and safe during this extraordinary time.  We continue to look for resources and supports to assist you and your loved ones.  We care very much for our Staunton community, and hope these resources are helpful to you.  

Staying Healthy, Staying Engaged

“As difficult as the changes are for adults, kids are dealing with their own feelings coupled with the emotions they pick up from their parents. As kids process what’s going on their lives, it’s normal for the sadness they’re feeling to come out in ways that may look very different.”  VCU offers some insights into understanding how sadness may look in children and how you can respond in ways that are healthy and helpful.

Tips for Supporting Student Wellness at Home During COVID-19

It can be difficult to feel connected to others while practicing social distancing and staying at home.  The American Psychological Association has created a guide  to help us cope while keeping our families and ourselves safe.

Supports for Veterans

Housing/Homelessness | Virginia Department of Veterans Services

National Call Center for Homeless Veterans  1-877-4AID-VET 1-877-424-383

Community Supports (health care, food and housing)

Virginia CommonHelp

March 2020 Virginia Community Crisis Assistance Contact Localities (City/County) Greater Richmond CoC Homeless Crisis Line 804-9

Virginia  Homeless Solutions Program (VHSP)  click here if you are looking for support for special needs housing

Eviction Help Hotline  1-833-NoEvict or 1-833-663-8428  provides phone-based legal services for tenants facing eviction or lease termination.

If you and/or a loved one is experiencing a crisis, please reach out.  You are not alone.  If you or someone you know is experiencing a medical emergency, STOP and call 911 immediately or report to your nearest emergency room. 

Abuse & Neglect (for concerns related to child abuse and neglect)

Staunton/Augusta DSS 245-5800           

Commonwealth of Virginia hotline  1-800-522-7096

Adult Protective Services  (for concerns related to elder and/or disabled adult abuse and neglect)  

Staunton/Augusta DSS  245-5800

Commonwealth of Virginia 1-888-83-ADULT (3858)

Home - National Runaway Safeline | National Runaway Safeline    1-800-RUNAWAY Text 66008

National Human Trafficking Hotline   1-888-373-7888 (TTY: 711) Text 

MyValleyCSB Home Page  

Valley Community Services Board Emergency Services  540-885-0866 or toll free 

DATE: April 27, 2020 TO: Division Superintendents FROM: James F. Lane, Ed.D., Superintendent of Public Instruction SUPT’S EMAIL: Pandemic-EBT Benefits for Families and LEA Responsibilities This email provides information about the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) benefits for certain households under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act of 2020 (FFCRA), and notifies local educational agencies (LEAs) of the required data the School Food Authority (SFA) must provide in order for the Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS) to issue the benefits to eligible households. Virginia will provide P-EBT benefits to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and non-SNAP households with children who have temporarily lost access to free or reduced-price school meals due to pandemic-related school closures. Students previously determined eligible for free or reduced-price meals and all students enrolled in a Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) participating school are eligible to receive PEBT. The LEA must provide the required data to VDSS for households to receive the benefit. Local school nutrition directors will receive information via a School Nutrition Program Director’s memo on April 27, 2020, with instructions and a required Excel template for the data requirements for all eligible students. The data source should be the LEA’s student information system (SIS) or point of sale system (POS). Data elements include the following: school division and school; eligible student name and address; student date of birth; and, parent/guardian name and address. The SFA will send the completed data file directly to VDSS via the confidential SSWS dropbox. It is requested that this data be submitted as quickly as possible. VDSS will mail P-EBT cards directly to households using the address provided by the SFA in the spreadsheet. Undeliverable cards will be returned by the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) to VDSS. Incorrect addresses could result in the family not receiving the benefit. The P-EBT cards are an additional benefit and not a replacement for the school meal programs. The P-EBT cards will only provide for the days schools were closed, and not weekends, and only for enrolled students, and not any other household children. The PEBT cards will take several weeks to arrive to eligible households and will occur in phases. If there are questions, please contact the assigned SNP Regional Specialist, or Sandy Curwood, Director of School Nutrition Programs, at (804) 371-2339 or by email at


VDOE Partnership with Spanish-Language Radio Station Supports Learning for Students and Families

La Asociación de VDOE con una Estación de Radio en Español Apoya el Aprendizaje a los Estudiantes y sus Familias

RICHMOND — Superintendent of Public Instruction James Lane announced today that the Virginia Department of Education is partnering with Radio Poder WBTK 1380 AM — a Richmond Spanish-language station — to launch “Virginia: Educación en Radio,” the commonwealth’s first bilingual radio learning program. 

El Superintendente de Instrucción Pública James Lane anunció hoy que el Departamento de Educación de Virginia se está asociando con Radio Poder WBTK 1380 AM, una estación en español de Richmond, para lanzar "Virginia: Educación en Radio", el primer programa de aprendizaje de radio bilingüe de la Mancomunidad.

“Virginia: Educación en Radio” will feature prerecorded lessons in multiple subject areas to support continuity of learning for Spanish-speaking students in grades K-12 while schools are closed to slow the spread of COVID-19.

"Virginia: Educación en Radio" presentará lecciones pregrabadas de múltiples materias para apoyar la continuidad del aprendizaje de los estudiantes de habla hispana en los grados K-12, mientras que las escuelas están cerradas para frenar la propagación de COVID-19.

The program will air Monday through Friday from 10:30-11 a.m., beginning on Friday, May 1, and run through the end of the month, with a possible extension into June. Programming on Fridays will focus on resources, activities and educational tips for families. A replay of each week’s lessons will be available on Saturdays from 4-6:30 p.m. 

El programa se emitirá de lunes a viernes de 10:30-11am. a partir del viernes 1 de mayo y se extenderá hasta fin de mes, con una posible extensión hasta junio. La programación de los viernes se centrará en recursos, actividades y consejos educativos para las familias. La repetición de las lecciones de cada semana estará disponible los sábados de 4 a 6:30 p.m.

“I would like to thank Radio Poder for the generous donation of airtime and making ‘Virginia: Educación en Radio’ possible,” Lane said. “I also want to thank all of the teachers who have created and contributed content for ‘Virginia: Educación en Radio.’ The broadcasts and online content will help school divisions broaden their efforts to keep all children and families connected with learning.”

"Me gustaría agradecer a Radio Poder por la generosa donación de tiempo al aire y por hacer posible ‘Virginia: Educación en Radio’, dijo el Superintendente de Instrucción Pública James Lane. También quiero agradecer a todos los maestros que han creado y contribuido con contenido para 'Virginia: Educación en Radio'. Las transmisiones y el contenido en línea ayudarán a las divisiones escolares a ampliar sus esfuerzos para mantener a todos los niños y familias conectados con el aprendizaje".

“For more than 13 years, WBTK Radio has worked hard to become the place in the community where Spanish-speaking listeners come for community information and entertainment. We are thankful to the Virginia Department of Education in working with us to make it possible so that all students in Virginia receive a variety of educational opportunities,” WBTK Station Manager Glen Motto said.

“Durante más de 13 años, WBTK Radio ha trabajado duro para convertirse en el lugar de la comunidad donde los oyentes hispanohablantes acuden en busca de información y entretenimiento comunitario. Estamos agradecidos con el Departamento de Educación de Virginia por trabajar con nosotros para hacer posible que todos los estudiantes en Virginia reciban una variedad de oportunidades educativas ". dijo El gerente de la estación WBTK, Glen Motto.

Students and parents can access “Virginia: Educación en Radio” by one of the following means:

  • Listening live at 1380 AM in the Richmond area from 10:30-11 a.m., Monday-Friday
  • Listening live at from 10:30-11 a.m., Monday-Friday
  • Listening to lessons on demand at 
  • Listening live by phone at (206) 629-0249 or (641) 715-8936 

Los estudiantes y los padres pueden acceder a "Virginia: Educación en Radio" por uno de los siguientes medios:

  • Escuchando en vivo en 10:30-11:00 a.m.
  • Escuchando lecciones anteriores  al momento en
  • Escuchar en vivo por teléfono marcando el (206) 629-0249 o el (641) 715-8936
  • Escuchando en la radio en 1380AM en el centro de Virginia

Lessons and topics will be announced on Fridays and posted online at Students and families will be encouraged to text in image files of completed work or activity to (804) 571-1380 for a chance to have it featured on the “Virginia: Educación en Radio” website.

Las lecciones y los temas se anunciarán los viernes y se publicarán en línea en Se alentará a los estudiantes y las familias que envien una imagen por texto al 804-571-1380 con cualquier trabajo o actividad completada para tener la oportunidad de que aparezca en la pagina de "Virginia: Educación en Radio"

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