Archives for March 2020

ACPS Lays Out Plans For Rest Of School Year

Alleghany County Public Schools has laid out a game plan for the rest of the school year. There is documentation in a Frequently Asked Question format for parents and students both on the ACPS website and on its Faceboo page. It addresses a large number of scenarios and the district’s plan stemming from COVID-19 concerns. If you have further questions, please call the school board office at 540-863-1800.

Covington Goodwill Store Now Closed During Outbreak

The Goodwill store in Covington closed up shop this week during the coronavirus outbreak. It’s part of an action that is shutting the doors on many Goodwill facilities. Donation centers will remain open to continue to accept donations so Goodwill can continue to offer virtual services to the public. Store Donation Centers will accept donations Monday-Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Attended Donation Centers not located at stores will accept donations Monday-Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday closed.

ACPS Superintendent Plans Sunday Broadcast

The Superintendent of Alleghany County Public Schools will be doing a broadcast Sunday evening on the district website o discuss .the Virginia Department of Education decision regarding the closing of schools for the remainder of this school year and for the planning of the 2020 – 2021 school year. The plan moving forward will address seniors and graduation, the continuity of instruction for students to be promoted to the next grade level, end of year grades, students with special needs, students with 504 plans and more. The broadcast will happen at 6:00 pm. Sunday.

Budget Meeting Postponed

Due to limits on gatherings and other public health concerns, the City’s previously scheduled FY21 Budget Presentation Meeting for March 31st, is postponed. As soon as it is rescheduled, an updated notice will be advertised.

900 Gift Cards Donated By Kroger, Food Lion, To Be Handed Out Thursday Morning

On March 26 at 9am in front of Covington High School, Feeding Southwest Virginia will present Alleghany Highlands and Covington School Systems each with 900 gift cards generously donated by Kroger and Food Lion. The gift cards are designed to supplement the school systems feeding program during the COVID 19 school closings and help the families not just the children. Eligible families will receive 1 gift card per child to assist with food or other grocery needs. Feeding Southwest Virginia is working with the two school systems to determine eligibility of families.

Kroger and Food Lion each donated 900 gift cards that total $40,000. Pamela Irvine, President and CEO of Feeding Southwest Virginia and representatives from both Kroger and Food Lion will present this donation to Violet Paxton and Brenda Perkins who are Nutrition Supervisors for the school systems

County Entities Set Up Coronavirus Website

The Alleghany Highlands Chamber of Commerce & Tourism has
collaborated with the Alleghany Highlands Economic Development Corporation to offer a local
informational website with resources regarding the impact of the COVID-19 Virus. The website created
by COV Designs, is accessible by visiting the Chamber or EDC websites – www.ahchamber.com or
www.ahedc.com or directly with the link: ahchamber.com/covid-19-resources/.
The website includes a substantial amount of helpful information and links such as local
business resources, how to contact organizations that are collecting supplies for local residents in need,
tips & things to do during this time, spreadsheets and more.

School Board To Hold Meeting, Work Session

Thursday night at 6pm, the Covington City School Board will hold a called meeting/work session at the offices located at 340 E. Walnut Street. Among the items on the agenda are discussion/Approval: 2020-2021 fiscal year budget and a Superintendent’s Report:on COVID-19. Due to coronavirus concerns, board room occupancy will be limited to 10 people.

Covington Spring Clean Up Postponed

The annual Covington Spring Clean Up scheduled to happen between April 27th and May 8th has been postponed indefinitely due to concerns about coronavirus.

Covington Postponing Annual Easter Egg Parade and Egg Hunt

Covington Parks and Recreation announces they will be postponing the Annual Easter Egg Parade and Egg Hunt scheduled for April 11, 2020. It is with a heavy heart we have to do this but given current situation we have no options. We hope when things are back to normal to schedule some sort of event that will provide a fun day for our children and yes the bunny will be making a special appearance there to celebrate with us. Also, it has been announced the Bike Rodeo to be held on May 2, 2020 has been postponed.

ACPS Statement On School Closures

The Allelghany County Public Schools has issued a statement in the wake of Governor Ralph Northam’s decision to shut down school for the rest of the year. It reads, in part, ” Additional communication will be forthcoming from the Governor’s office and the Virginia Department of Education with specific information related to grading, graduation, continuity of instruction, and other applicable topics. Alleghany County Public Schools plans to provide additional communication on Wednesday, March 25, with more specific information once such is availed to us by the state. Meal deliveries to students will continue in the same format as has been in place over the previous week. Informational updates will continue to be provided via school messenger, the school division’s website, Facebook, and local news media as new information becomes available.”