March 12th Update

March 12th Update
Posted on 03/12/2020
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Dear HCPS Families, Faculty, and Staff:

The public health concerns about COVID-19 continue to evolve rapidly. We are continuing to work hard to make the best decisions possible based upon the latest and most reliable information available.

Over the past 24 hours, we have seen significant changes. The World Health Organization declared COVID-19 an international pandemic; the Governor of Virginia has declared a state of emergency; travel to the U.S. from other parts of the world have been restricted or forbidden; state colleges and universities have altered student learning; national sporting events have been suspended or significantly restricted; and states across the nation are limiting or canceling large events.

As a proactive measure, we are planning for any school closings and lost instructional time that may occur. In order to provide our school leaders, teachers, and staff with the necessary time to prepare for this possibility, we are announcing the following decision:

Hanover County Public Schools will be closed for students on Monday, March 16 and Tuesday, March 17.

Employees use Code 5 (All employees report to work on regular schedule except bus drivers and food service employees).

This temporary closure will also allow our staff to conduct further and more extensive cleaning of our buildings and buses to help prevent the spread of illnesses.

As with any decisions we make, the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff remains our first priority. We understand this is disruptive, and we sincerely appreciate your patience as we work through this unprecedented time in our nation.

In the meantime, we will continue to assess this ever-changing situation and communicate any additional decisions that may be necessary as quickly as possible to ensure you are fully informed. Thank you again for your continued support of our efforts to help keep our students and staff healthy and safe.

Sincerely,

Dr. Michael Gill
Superintendent of Schools

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