Coronavirus (COVID-19) Awareness

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Awareness
Posted on 03/12/2020
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Awareness Information

Updated: April 2, 2020
Putnam County Schools Meal Distribution for Friday, April 3, 2020

Tomorrow, Friday, April 3, 2020, Putnam County Schools will be distributing FREE curbside box meals for students from 10 am–11:30 am. The box will include 5 lunches and 5 breakfasts. Once you arrive at each site, please follow the traffic flow pattern for pick-up of the meal boxes. Remain in your vehicle.

Distribution will be at the following Putnam school sites:

  • Hurricane High School
  • George Washington Middle School

Additionally, buses will be delivering to the following drop-points between 10 am–11:30 am. Please note, arrival times at the different drop-points will vary. Thank you in advance for your patience on this first delivery.

Buffalo Area:

  • Walker Chapel
  • Shiloh Church 
  • Confidence Elementary

Poca Area:

  • Country Roads 
  • Old Marathon Station
  • Town and Country Feed Store

Winfield Area:

  • Redline Diner
  • Plantation Road (Kanawha River End)
  • Scott Depot Park and Ride

Hurricane Area:

  • Sam’s Fork (Rt. 60)
  • Sable Point
  • Sycamore Rd (End of Rt. 34)
  • Marina Park (Final Stop)


Updated: April 2, 2020
Putnam County Schools Central Office Closed

Due to Governor Jim Justice's Executive Order NO. 9-20, Putnam County Schools Board of Education Central Office location is closed to the public effective, Tuesday, March 24, 2020, until further notice and guidance from state officials. However, Putnam County Schools Board of Education Meetings will continue to be held at this location following appropriate social distancing protocol.

Many central office staff will be reporting from remote locations during office hours (8:00 am to 4:00 pm) and will be able to continue to take calls during this time. Please see the following list of central office extensions and areas of guidance.

Remember to first dial 304.586.0500, then the extension of the contact you wish to reach.

Thank you for your understanding and continued support.

Central Office Extensions

Updated: March 30, 2020
Putnam County Schools Meal Distribution Update for Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday (March 31-April 2, 2020)

Putnam County Schools will provide FREE hot lunch meals along with a bagged breakfast meal for students Tuesday, March 31, Wednesday, April 1, and Thursday, April 2, 2020. Curbside pickup of meals will be available at the following school sites, from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm:

- Hurricane Middle School
- Buffalo High School
- Poca Middle School

A reminder to please remain in your vehicle during meal distribution.


Updated: March 29, 2020
Putnam County Schools School Messenger from Superintendent

This message is specifically for families of PCS students and PCS employees.

First of all, I would like to thank the many employees of PCS for continuing to serve the students of PC through various methods during this unprecedented school closure.   Your dedication is greatly appreciated! 

Next, I would like to thank the parents and students of PCS for their dedication to learning.  Learning has taken many different forms and includes both emotional and intellectual learning during this time period.  Teachers were recently presented with various engagement opportunities for learning and will be sharing those over the next few days and using a delivery system more appropriate for off-site learning. 

We understand that our employees, along with parents and students, are understandably under much stress.  It is now, more than ever, to focus on care and compassion for all involved.

The meal distribution for March 30-April 3 will change this week.  We are preparing for a weekly meal distribution beginning this Friday, where students will receive a box containing 5 lunches and 5 breakfasts.  Tomorrow, Monday, March 30, will serve as a planning day to organize meal distribution for Tuesday-Thursday of this week.  Parents will receive a message tomorrow evening, March 30, regarding meal distribution for Tuesday-Thursday of this week.  Again, on Friday, April 3, students will be able to pick up a box containing 5 lunches and 5 breakfasts.  Your patience is greatly appreciated.  Our employees look forward to serving you in the coming days.

I would ask school-based employees that are interested in assisting with meal distribution to contact your school principal tomorrow as a schedule is being developed for a once per week Friday distribution.


Updated: March 26, 2020
Putnam County Schools Meal Distribution Information for Friday, March 27, 2020, ONLY

Putnam County Schools will continue to provide, FREE hot lunch meals along with a bagged breakfast meal for students tomorrow, Friday, March 27, 2020. Meals will be one hot lunch and one breakfast bag for each student. Curbside pickup of meals will be available at the following school sites tomorrow, from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm:

  • Eastbrook Elementary
  • Winfield Elementary
  • Hurricane Middle
  • Poca Middle
  • George Washington Middle
  • Buffalo High

To make sure there are enough meals for students, there will be a limit of two per vehicle if students are not present in the vehicle.

PCS will be moving to a one-day distribution beginning next week. Students will receive 5 meals and 5 breakfasts in a box/bundle. The updated meal distribution schedule will be announced later this weekend.


Updated: March 24, 2020
Putnam County Schools Meal Sites for Wednesday, March 25, 2020, ONLY

Putnam County Schools will continue to provide, FREE meals for students. Curbside pickup for meals will be available at the following school sites for tomorrow, Wednesday, March 25, 2020, ONLY:

  • Eastbrook Elementary
  • Winfield Elementary
  • George Washington Middle
  • Hurricane Middle
  • Poca Middle
  • Buffalo High

Meals will be available curbside pickup only from 10:30 am - 12:00 pm on a first-come, first-serve, basis.

Meals will consist of 2 lunches (1 cold and 1 hot) and 2 bagged breakfasts (to cover Wednesday and Thursday).


Updated: March 23, 2020
Putnam County Schools Meal Site Location Update

Putnam County Schools will continue to provide, FREE hot lunch meals along with a bagged breakfast meal for students. Curbside pickup of meals will be available at the following school sites Monday, March 23, from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm.

- Eastbrook Elementary
Winfield Elementary
George Washington Middle
Hurricane Middle
Poca Middle
Buffalo High

The following additional sites will be available for meal drop locations today from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm. 

Hurricane Area Drop-Off:
Sam’s Fork Rt. 60 end
Sable Point
End of Sycamore Road 34 End

Winfield Area Drop-Off:
Redline Diner
End of Plantation Road (Kanawha River End)
Scott Depot Park and Ride

Poca Area Drop-Off:
Country Roads
Old Marathon Station (Nitro)
Town and County Feed Store

Buffalo Area Drop-Off:
Walker Chapel
Shiloh Church
Confidence Elementary


Updated: March 20, 2020
Internet Access Solutions from Local Providers

Off-campus learning is available for students in the form of online learning and packets. Putnam County Schools has been researching what some local providers are offering for internet access as a result of COVID-19.

A few internet-access resources from providers for students at home:

Altice/Suddenlink
Follow this link for more information on resources from Altice (Suddenlink): https://www.alticeusa.com/news/articles/feature/corporate/altice-usa-brings-free-broadband-k-12-and-college-students-during-coronavirus-pandemic

Comcast
Follow this link: https://www.xfinity.com/support/articles/comcast-broadband-opportunity-program to learn more about Internet Essentials, or follow: https://internetessentials.com/. Low income can apply for internet essentials through Comcast. If qualify can receive two free months of service. For further questions about the program, call 1-855-8-INTERNET.

Sprint
Resources for Sprint customers: https://newsroom.sprint.com/covid-19-updates-sprint-responds.htm?INTCID=HPB:ALL:ALL:COVID19:NWS

T-Mobile
Resources for T-Mobile customers: https://www.t-mobile.com/news/t-mobile-update-on-covid-19-response


Updated: March 19, 2020
Putnam County Schools Meal Site Location Update

FREE hot lunch meals along with a bagged breakfast meal will continue to be available for Putnam students at ALL school locations (except for Hurricane High School and Lakeside Elementary) from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm tomorrow.

*HHS & LES parents/students will be able to pick-up meals at the other school locations.

Additional meal site locations have been added! Putnam County Schools Bus Operators and Bus Aids will also be at the following locations for meal drop-offs, tomorrow, March 20, 2020, from 11:00am to 12:00pm.

HURRICANE AREA:
Sam’s Fork
Sable Point

WINFIELD AREA:
Redline Diner
Plantation Road (end of the road)

POCA AREA:
Country Roads
Old Marathon Station

BUFFALO AREA:
Walker Chapel
Siloh Church


Updated: March 18, 2020
COVID-19 Employee Communication Update from Superintendent

SCHOOL MESSENGER ANNOUNCEMENT


During this unprecedented time of the COVID-19 situation, we are relying on the guidance of the Governor's office, health care professionals and the WVDE.

The safety and welfare of our students and employees is priority. As result of the changes at the national, state and local level, our plan needs to be adjusted. I am requesting that cooks, transportation staff, and school secretaries report to assist in the food prep and delivery of such to our students as this remains a top priority. Custodians will continue with the very important task of ensuring our buildings are well maintained just as they have on Monday through Wednesday of this week.

I continue to be thankful for the unwavering dedication of our service employees. Teachers, school nurses, counselors and other professional support personnel will also continue to do the amazing work of providing instructional opportunities/services for our students using the same procedures used for Monday through Wednesday of this current week (March 16-18).

If any employee has an existing immediate chronic health condition or immune compromised condition or any other health safety concern, he/she will not be required to report through March 27 unless otherwise directed. However, you will need to notify your supervisor.

As superintendent, I greatly appreciate everything the employees of Putnam County Schools have accomplished this week for our students! So amazing! PCS served over 2500 meals today with the help of many of our dedicated employees. Approximately 9600 students received some form of instruction today as a result of the great efforts of our teachers, support staff and administrators. It would be great if we continue this same service for our students!


UPDATED: March 17, 2020
COMMUNITY OUTREACH FROM THE UNITED WAY OF CENTRAL WV

The United Way of Central West Virginia serves our Putnam community and is here to help as a trusted resource. The United Way’s WV 2-1-1 Call Center is ready to help people facing difficulties.

WV 2-1-1 connects West Virginians to local support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Their resource navigators can help connect individuals and families with food pantries, health care services, tax prep assistance, utility and eviction prevention assistance and more.

Those seeking help should dial 2-1-1 or text your Zip Code to 898-211 today, help is available 24/7. WV 211 is a program of the United Ways of West Virginia. More information can be found on http://www.wv211.org/.


UPDATED: March 16, 2020
PUTNAM COUNTY SCHOOLS MEAL SITE REMINDER & OFF-CAMPUS LEARNING HOTLINE

Meal Site Reminder

This is a reminder that beginning tomorrow, Tuesday, March 17, FREE hot lunch meals along with a bagged breakfast meal will be available for Putnam students at ALL school locations.

Curbside pickup of meals will be available at all sites from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm.

Students should be present when picking up meals. If students cannot be present, meals will be limited to “2” only. Due to a limited number of meals that will be provided at each location and to ensure that we can provide meals for all that choose to pick up at school locations, please contact your local school by 9:00 am to request the number of meals that you plan to pick up each day from that site.

Please note, delivery of meals may start later in the week to select locations. All updates and changes regarding meal information will be shared with our school community.

Off-Campus Learning Hotline

Putnam County Schools will be offering an Off-Campus Learning Hotline available for calls & questions regarding educational materials provided to students during this school closure.

As we continue to educate students remotely, you are or will be receiving online lessons and/or a packet of lessons. If you or your student needs assistance with these lessons, you may call 304.586.0500 ext. 0, and we will direct your call to someone able to assist you.

We realize these are difficult and overwhelming times, but our teachers and employees will be available to help as we continue to navigate our new methods for educating students.

Again, the number to call is 304.586.0500 ext. 0.

We are aware that some students may not have internet access at their homes for off-campus learning options. We are currently working with local providers for internet access information. More information will be shared as it becomes available.



UPDATED: March 15, 2020

PUTNAM COUNTY SCHOOLS MEAL SITE INFORMATION 

Putnam County Schools Child Nutrition will be offering free grab-and-go meals for any Putnam County Schools student in need of a meal solution.

Monday, March 16th ONLY:
Cold lunch meals, along with a bagged breakfast meal, will be provided at George Washington Middle School and Hurricane Middle School from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm.

Curbside pickup of meals will be available at both school locations by entering the back-parking lot of the schools.

Parents/guardians that have students in any Putnam County School may pick up meals for their students from these 2 locations.

Beginning Tuesday, March 17th:
Hot lunch meals along with a bagged breakfast meal, will be provided at ALL school locations while schools are closed.  

Curbside pickup of meals will be available at all sites from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm. Putnam County School parents/guardians may choose any county school location to pick up meals for their students.  

A limited number of meals will be provided each day on a first-come, first-serve basis. To help ensure we can provide meals for all that choose to pick up at our school locations, please contact your local school to request the number of meals that you plan to pick up each day from that school site.

Please note, delivery of meals may start later in the week to select locations. All updates and changes regarding meal information will be shared and posted with our Putnam schools’ community. 


UPDATED: March 13, 2020

UPDATE FROM PUTNAM COUNTY SCHOOLS 

As you may already be aware, earlier today, as a result of COVID-19 West Virginia Governor Jim Justice implemented a mandatory cancelation for all WV schools and school-activities, including extracurricular and co-curricular activities effective Monday, March 16, 2020. This evening, county superintendents received guidance from the West Virginia Department of Education and the State Superintendent of Schools regarding the school closure. Some frequently asked questions are shared below.  

How will this affect student attendance and school calendar?
- At this time, we do not anticipate missed days to be made up or added on to the current calendar.
- The current closure will not impact student attendance records.

What about extracurricular and co-curricular activities?
- At this time, all school extracurricular and co-curricular activities are canceled effective Monday, March 16, 2020.
- Spring sports are canceled until schools are back in session.
- Governor Justice will make a public announcement when schools and school-activities will resume.

What about student meals and school-based health care?
- Monday, March 16, 2020, the Child Nutrition Department will begin planning multiple options for providing meals to students.
- The locations and schedule of where meals will be provided will be communicated on county social media sites, Putnam County Schools website, and school-messenger.
- School-based health care centers should remain in operation at their normal rotation schedule.

What will students do in regard to education programming?
- Instructional materials will be provided through multiple avenues, including packets and electronic learning options.
- More information will be communicated as educational programming continues to be developed.

Again, thank you for your ongoing support. As always, the safety and well-being of our students and staff remain our top priority.

*Information from this messenger can be found on Putnam County Schools’ social media sites and the West Virginia Department of Education website at https://wvde.us/covid19/.


UPDATED: March 13, 2020
MESSAGE FROM PUTNAM COUNTY SCHOOLS SUPERINTENDENT

Earlier today, West Virginia Governor Jim Justice implemented a mandatory cancellation of all WV schools and all school extracurricular activities effective Monday, March 16, 2020.

Superintendent Hudson will be participating in a phone conference at 4:00 pm today, where he will be receiving more specific details and guidance. This information will be shared with our Putnam school staff, students, parents, and communities after 5:00 pm this evening (upon conclusion of the conference).

Again, we appreciate your ongoing support of Putnam County Schools as we all work together to support the safety and well-being of our students and the Putnam community.


UPDATED: March 12, 2020
PUTNAM COUNTY SCHOOLS COVID-19 RESOURCE GUIDE

PCS COVID-19 Resource Guide

UPDATED: March 6, 2020
SUPERINTENDENT'S UPDATE

March 6, 2020 Superintendent Update

Helpful COVID-19 Resources from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

CDC COVID-19: Stop the Spread of Germs
CDC COVID-19: What You Need to Know
CDC COVID-19: About Coronavirus (COVID-19) Disease


March 5, 2020 - SCHOOL MESSENGER NOTIFICATION

SUPERINTENDENT COMMUNICATION


CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) AWARENESS

In Putnam County Schools, the health, safety and well-being of our students and staff are our top priorities.  With the recently elevated discussion regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the national news, we wish to inform you that, as a school district, we are closely monitoring the situation and are regularly communicating with, and taking guidance from, the Putnam County Health Department/Health Officer, the West Virginia Department of Health and the U. S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  Currently, there are no confirmed cases in West Virginia or our region.  We encourage our students, staff and families to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases like COVID-19 by (Source: CDC):

  • Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds

  • Avoiding close contact with people who are sick

  • Covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throwing the tissue in the trash

  • Avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth

  • Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces

  • Staying home when you are sick, except to get medical care

Please refer to the Putnam County Schools website under “What’s Happening” (scroll down from the top of the website to access the link) for a dedicated section about the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) and a link to the CDC.

Additionally, Putnam County Schools will provide regular updates as needed regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) utilizing the district SchoolMessenger Notification System, PCS website, Twitter @PutnamWVSchools, and Facebook page at PutnamCountySchoolsWV. 

As a community, we must work together for the safety and well-being of all of us and we appreciate your ongoing support of Putnam County Schools.