As we have entered Phase 1 of reopening Virginia, many businesses are opening at a reduced capacity. Phase One guidelines for specific sectors are available here or at virginia.gov/coronavirus/forwardvirginia.
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Comedian and ventriloquist Jeff Dunham’s March 22 show at Berglund Center has been postponed until November 21, 2020.
The Kazim Shrine Circus at the Salem Civic Center (postponed until the end of October).
Veterans Fair at the Christiansburg Recreation Center (postponed until Nov. 7).
The Color Me Cameron 5K in the Town of Pulaski has been postponed.
FLOYDFEST 2020 has been cancelled.
MERLEFEST 2020 has been cancelled.
Motor Mile Speedway & Dragway has cancelled its season.
All schools will remain closed through the end of this academic year. The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) will issue guidance to help divisions execute plans to continue instruction, while ensuring students are served equitably, regardless of income level, access to technology, English learner status, or special needs. This includes options for additional instruction through summer programming, integrating instruction into coursework next year, and allowing students to make up content. VDOE will submit a waiver to the federal government to lift end-of-year testing requirements and is exploring options to waive state mandated tests.
Area schools are providing breakfast and lunches for students. Please see below for additional information.
Per New River Community Action, Inc:
During this time when all schools are closed, meals are available to children 18yrs old and younger through the school systems. Please see below for your local school’s meal plan. CHILDREN MUST BE PRESENT TO RECEIVE THE MEALS. Parents can not pick up meals for children without the children being present, this is a USDA requirement. Please continue to follow your local school’s Facebook page for further information to keep updated. Remember to wash your hands and be well.
Giles County Public Schools: Giles County Public Schools will be providing free meals (breakfast & lunch) to all children through age 18 (or through 21 if enrolled in GCPS) beginning Monday, March 16. Available sites are: Narrows High School, Giles High School, and Eastern Elementary/Middle School. Drive-thru will be open on Monday and Wednesday from 9 am to 11 am. Children MUST be present to receive the meals. Monday’s bag will include breakfast & lunch for 2 days; Wednesday’s bag will include breakfast & lunch for 3 days. Some items must be heated, most are shelf stable items. We will be adding limited bus routes, starting Wednesday, to deliver meals, which will assist in reaching more children. Please email email@example.com if you know that you would like to have meals delivered. If there are questions, please contact 921-1421 x 17 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Again, email is the best/quickest option. Thank you for your support in feeding children! https://www.facebook.com/gilescounty/
Pulaski County Public Schools: Pulaski County Public Schools will provide meals for anyone 18 years of age or younger on Mondays, Wednesday, and Fridays during the school closure. Meal deliveries will begin on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. Information for families to sign up for these meals will be made available on Monday, March 16, 2020. https://www.facebook.com/pulaskicountyschools/
Montgomery County Public Schools: Details about our Meal Delivery Program are available here. – Students should arrive at their bus stop 4 hours later than their usual pick up time. – Students can go to either the elementary or secondary stop location and stop time. We will run both routes because the routes are not identical. – Staff members will be wearing gloves and may be wearing masks. Please help us prepare students as the masks may be scary for younger children. – Buses will have music playing to announce their arrival. – Buses will need to move quickly from stop to stop to stay on schedule. Please help us keep the stops efficient. Find your bus stop location and normal pick up time at www.mcps.org/bus. Remember, meal delivery will be about 4 hours later than the normal pickup time. https://www.facebook.com/mcpsinfo/
Floyd County Public Schools: FCPS will offer breakfast and lunch beginning Monday, March 16th, to all students between 10am and 1pm at each school. No need to get out of your car but your student must be with you. We will have a drive up system in place to receive the food. In addition to the above, we will begin delivering food on Tuesday. Food will be delivered by bus to each morning bus stop four hours after the normal bus stop time. Students must be present and will be handed their meal from the front door of the bus. * Please be patient with the times as we try to provide food to students at all bus stops. * Please contact your child’s school if you have any questions. https://www.facebook.com/FloydSchoolsVA/
Radford City Public Schools: The RCPS food distribution program during the mandatory school closure timeframe will begin Monday, March 16, 2020. Food delivery will occur Monday through Friday and will include both breakfast and lunch meals for students. All meals will be grab-n-go and offered free of charge to ALL students who will pick up breakfast and lunch at the same time. There are no income or eligibility requirements for students to pick up these meals. Please visit the Radford City Public Schools Facebook page to find the bus stop closest to your home address. Pick up times are 3 hours after the normal morning bus stop time. For students who are unable to pick up meals at bus stop locations, they can got to McHarg Elementary for pick up Monday-Friday from 10:20-12:20.
If you need further clarification or assistance with food deliver, reach out to RCPS at 540-731-3647 or through these contacts: Rob Graham at email@example.com
Taking It To The Streets Ministry in Pulaski has been called by God to serve citizens in Pulaski County who need food during this particularly difficult time due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Charlie Barbettini, Pastor of Taking It To The Streets said this week, “We feel that this is what God would have us do, to help those in need.”
Beginning Wednesday, March 18, Taking It To The Streets will be distributing free food to anyone in Pulaski County who may need extra food to feed their children and family.
On Wednesday, anyone representing a family whose last name begins with I, J, K or L may come to the church located at 223 N. Washington Avenue in downtown Pulaski.
Food will be distributed to families each day according to the first letter of your last name on the following schedule:
Monday – A, B, C, D
Tuesday – E, F, G, H
Wednesday – I, J, K, L
Thursday – M, N, O, P
Friday – Q, R, S, T
Saturday – U, V, W,
Sunday – X, Y, Z
Each family will be given a bag of food (one bag per family) each week until further notice.
Residents are asked to bring one form of identification each time food is distributed.
Family representatives are asked to come to the front door on the Washington Ave. side of the building and a bag of food will be given to you through the front door.
Distributions will be made every day, Monday – Sunday from 5 – 7 p.m. Food bags will contain canned food and other non-perishable food items, water, paper products and cleaning supplies.
Taking It To The Streets will also provide free delivery to the elderly and shut-ins. Contact Pastor Charlie Barbettini at 276-620-4293 to make arrangements.
Anyone wishing to make donations to this effort may do so by donating non-perishable items and canned goods such as beans, soup, fruits – anything a family can use to make a meal. Monetary donations are also accepted. Make checks payable to: Taking It To The Streets, P.O. Box 30, Pulaski, VA 24301.
Also, during an earlier scheduled event this weekend, a free bagged lunch including hotdog, fries, dessert and drink will be given to everyone on Saturday, March 21, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Bagged lunches will be served at the front door.
However, the clothing distribution originally set for Saturday, March 21, has been canceled.
Barbettini added, “We’re asking for your help to make this program successful for Jesus said in Matthew 25:40, “Verily I say unto you, inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” (KJV) Thank you and God bless you all.”
The NRV Public Health Hotline is extending hours
Monday – Friday 8a – 8p
Saturday – 8a – Noon
Sunday – Noon – 4p
Operated by the Health Department, this is where you can get COVID 19 questions answered and find out what you need to do if you suspect you might have symptoms or have been exposed.