COVID-19 Community Resources

 

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NRV Nonprofit Needs List

United Way NRV: Supplies Needed

Currently collecting the following items for distribution to partner agencies:

  • Non-Perishable Food

  • Water

  • Hand Sanitizer

  • Disinfectant Wipes

  • Disinfectant Cleaners

  • Hand Soap

  • Disposable Tissues

  • Paper Towels

  • Toilet Paper

  • Disposable Gloves

  • Face Masks

  • Trash Bags

 

COVID-19 Impact Fund

Funds will be distributed to qualifying NRV 501(c)3 organizations who submit a streamlined grant application. Our intent is to facilitate community efforts for service providers by allowing them to access funds from one collaborative source during this crisis. Monetary donations are needed now more than ever! Please click the button below to donate!

 

 

Blacksburg Interfaith Food Pantry: Food and Monetary Donations Needed

Accepting food donations for distribution and monetary contributions to augment food supply. We are particularly in need of canned fruit (fruit cocktail and pears), canned meats, and canned tuna. You can dop off items during pantry open hours or leave them in our drop-off box by the garage door. You can also donate money online, but make sure to designate that it is for the Interfaith Food Pantry.

http://newrivercommunityaction.org/IFP/donate

  • Food distribution has changed to a drive-thru service. To minimize contact, volunteers will distribute to you when you arrive, after gathering your information.

Hours:

  • Monday-Tuesday: 4-6pm
  • Wednesday-Thursday: 10-11:30am
  • Friday: Closed

If you have any questions about your eligibility to be served by the Blacksburg Interfaith Food Pantry, please call us during our operating hours at 951-8134. We are inviting impacted employees of Blacksburg companies and Virginia Tech to visit the Blacksburg Interfaith Food Pantry during the months of June, July, and August. Please visit us during our normal operating hours and bring documentation from your company regarding the interruption of your employment status. We would also like to invite any employees of Corning, Inc that have been similarly impacted. We are very appreciative of the overwhelming support from our community and we welcome your continued support.

 

Radford-Fairlawn Daily Bread: Food and Supplies Needed

501 Second Street, Lower Level

Radford

(540) 639-0891

 

Fresh foods

  • Meats
  • Cheese
  • Produce (garden surplus is great!)

Non-perishable goods (if possible, large cans and/or low sodium). Please, no badly dented or badly rusted cans.

  • Green beans, peas, greens
  • Beans, canned
  • Dry pinto beans
  • Potatoes
  • Tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste, pasta sauce
  • Fruits, preferably without syrup or added sugar
  • Cream soups- celery, mushroom, chicken
  • Meats and fish (e.g. tuna, salmon)
  • Evaporated milk
  • Pastas
  • Self-rising flour and cornmeal
  • Boxes of Jello
  • Brown sugar
  • Small bottles of water to serve with take-out meals

Other supplies:

  • Antibacterial hand-soap

  • Antibacterial cleaners

  • Small coolers (to place Meals on Wheels food outside the door of our homebound neighbors)

  • Paper towels

  • Toilet paper

Anything you can assist with would be appreciated. We are picking up items from the United Way NRV (111 West Main Street, Christiansburg) office if you deliver there.

 

Feeding America Southwest Virginia: Monetary Donations and Volunteers Needed

Still providing food for hungry children and families. At this time, financial donations are most appreciated to address the need for more food as well as unique ways of distributing it. Every donation will be matched by Kroger, up to $30,000 to support our Children’s Summer Feeding Program! Donate here: https://www.feedingswva.org/donate-now/

 

Remember that every $1 helps to provide 5 meals to hungry individuals in Southwest Virginia.

 

If you can hold a food drive, please contact Joseph Medlin for more information at 540-342-3011 x703

We are actively putting strategies in place to make volunteer workspaces even safer to visit. If you are healthy and willing to share your time and energy, it is greatly appreciated. In particular, we need help with our children’s summer feeding program that began on June 10th and continues until August 14th. We will be distributing food at 5 feeding sites! For more information on how you can help feed children this summer by helping prepare meals at our Café to Grow Kitchen, by serving meals to children from our Café to Grow Food Truck, or by sorting food at our distribution centers, please go to our volunteer website at https://feedingswva.volunteerhub.com/ to register online. 

With unemployment at an all-time high, we are seeing an increase in food insecurity throughout SW Virginia. As a result, we will also be packing 9750 emergency food boxes to distribute.

The packing dates are:
August 11th and 25th from 9a-12p and 1p-4p
September 8th from 9a-12p and 1p-4p

If you are 16 and older and in good health, please sign up for a shift at thelink above. We appreciate it!

If you have any questions or need assistance with online registration, feel free to contact Lanell Otey, Director of Volunteer Services at 540-342-3011 ext. 7016 or lotey@feedingswva.org. Follow our Facebook page for important updates on our events, such as our Food Farmacy and Kids' Farmers Market.

 

Women's Resource Center of the New River Valley

In need of toilet paper, paper towels, cleaning supplies, hand and body soap, size 4T diapers, and non-perishable food for our emergency shelter residents. These items can be dropped off at 1217 Grove location. Staff will collect donated items from the porch on a daily basis. If you are in need of a tax receipt, please call 540-639-9592 to arrange for us to mail one to you. Effective immediately, they will not be able to pick up donations or accept any others than those listed above. We also have an Amazon Wish List. If you are looking for an easy way to donate to us with just a few clicks, then this list is for you! Visit https://a.co/2Lpabjd to check out our wish list. To find more ways to donate to us during this time, visit wrcnrv.org/donate. The Emergency Shelter is still open, as is the 24 hour emergency hotline (540-639-1123) and the chatline has extended hours from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday - Friday (wrcnrv.org/chat).

 

YMCA at VirginiaTech

We started our regular Summer Feeding Program on June 15. As a result, Meals On Main will be operating only on Fridays. We will also distribute meals for under 18’s at 6 additional sites in the Blacksburg/Christiansburg area.

Here are the locations:

  • Mondays: Adams Marke from 2-3pm
  • Tuesdays: Oak Forest from 2-3pm
  • Wednesdays: Meadowbrook from 2-3pm and Blacksburg Boxing and Fitness from 4-5pm
  • Thursdays: Linden Green, Christiansburg from 2-3pm
  • Fridays: Blacksburg Estates from 2-3pm and Meals On Main at the Thrift Shop from 4-6pm

Please only collect meals from the location nearest to your home once a week.

Meals and snacks for 5 days each week will be provided for each child.

Volunteer to help: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090449afa929aafa7-meals. If you are also interested in helping load the food trucks on select Thurdays (at 10:15am at the Thrift Shop), email meals@vtymca.org. This is a great opportunity to do a team workout!

We also need brown paper bags. Please drop them off at the YMCA Thrift Shop. 

The YMCA Thrift Shop is open and following strict guidelines:

  • limiting all in-person shopping to no more than 10 patrons at a time
  • adhering to social distancing recommendations
  • sanitizing common surfaces
  • applying relevant workplace guidance from state and federal authorities.

The Thrift Shop is collecting donations Monday-Saturday from 10 am - 6 pm and Sunday 12 pm - 4 pm following a specific safety procedure:

  • Do not be offended if nobody meets you at the back dock for your donations- we're social distancing. Please leave your donations on or near the tables provided or in the truck if raining.
  • Rest assured that your donations will be gratefully accepted and carefully processed once you leave the area.
  • Our staff are using gloves when handling donations and increasing the frequency of cleaning and sanitizing for all common areas.
  • The donations will be moved to an area to be quarantined for 5 days before processing following VDH regulations and guidelines.
  • We are informing our employees and encouraging them to keep themselves safe by frequently washing their hands and staying home if they are sick.
  • At this time we have suspended pick ups and deliveries. Please call (540) 552-2633 to schedule pick ups for a future date.

The Thrift Shop is also looking for more volunteers. If you are intersted, contact Ron at ron@vtymca.org or 540-552-2633.

The YMCA at Virginia Tech also invites you to empty out those piggy banks and pickle jars and help us launch our first annual Community Change Project! Drop off your LOOSE CHANGE in Ziploc bags at the National Bank of Blacksburg drive-thru windows between August 3- October 3, 2020. The Y transforms your donation into POSITIVE CHANGE for our community, supporting programs such as Meals On Main, Senior Connections, tutoring, youth mentoring services and more.
Your donation may be dropped off at any branch of the National Bank in Blacksburg, at their Market Place branch in Christiansburg, or at the YMCA Thrift Shop.
If you wish to receive a tax credit for your donation, please include a note containing your name and contact information so we can get that to you once processed.
For more information or to become a collection site please contact Laureen Blakemore, Director of Community Engagement (engagement@vtymca.org) or visit www.vtymca.org/change.
Drop Off Locations:
National Bank Hethwood Office
900 Hethwood Boulevard
Blacksburg, VA 24060
National Bank Hubbard Street
101 Hubbard St.
Blacksburg, VA 24060
National Bank Main Office
100 South Main St
Blacksburg, VA 24060
National Bank North Main
901 North Main St
Blacksburg, VA 24060
National Bank South Main
3600 South Main St
Blacksburg, VA 24060
National Bank VT CRC
2280 Kraft Drive, Suite 1000
(VCOM II Building)
Blacksburg, VA 24060
National Bank Market Place
120 Peppers Ferry
Christiansburg, VA 24073
YMCA Thrift Shop
1000 N. Main St
Blacksburg, VA 24060
 
We are also looking for volunteers to help with this year's Y-toss Sale at the beginning of the school semester at VT. We are looking for volunteers to help us set up on Saturday August 15, and during the week of August 17-20 to help manage the sale and the patrons. Some of the duties for volunteering during the set-up include moving items into Cassell Coliseum,setting them up and displaying them for the sale, light cleaning of items that were in storage and pricing the items. Duties for volunteers during the sale will include maintaining the sale orderly, cleaning/sanitizing the public spaces, consolidating the sale as items are purchased, etc.
If you are interested in volunteering, please sign up by using the link below. We are in most need for volunteers on Saturday for the set up.

NRCA Emergency Assistance Food Pantries: 

110 Roanoke St. Christiansburg, VA 24073 - 540.382.6186

120 Epperly Mill Rd, SW, Floyd, VA - 540.745.2102

516 Wenonah Ave., Pearisburg, VA 24134 - 540.921.2146

412 N. Jefferson Ave., Pulaski, VA 24301 - 540.980.5525

1608 W. Main St., Radford, VA 24141 - 540.320.7460

 

Donations List:

  • Boxed Dinners (mac/cheese, Hamburger Helper, Rice-a-Roni, Stove-Top)
  • Canned meats (tuna, Treat, Spam)
  • Canned fruits and vegetables
  • Dried beans
  • Individual packages of powdered milk
  • Spaghetti sauce and noodles
  • Breakfast items (cereals, oatmeal, Pop Tarts, breakfast bars)
  • Food for the homeless (items with pop-top lids, foods requiring no cooking, boxed drinks)
  • Frozen Foods (pot pies, frozen dinners, frozen fruits and vegetables)
  • Personal items (deodorant, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, razors, combs & brushes)
  • Household items (laundry detergent, cleaning supplies, toilet paper and paper towels)
  • Baby items (diapers and wipes)
  • Pet food for the family cat or dog
  • Monetary donations for temporary Emergency Assistance (i.e. utilities and rental assistance).

 


NRV Nonprofit Service Alterations 

 

Radford Fairlawn Daily Bread

Sit-down dining room services will remain closed through August 2020. However, we will provide free take-out at the door:

  • Tuesdays and Thursdays in July
  • Monday-Friday in August

Arrive at the door between 11am and 12:15pm. Please wear a mask and maintain social distancing of at least 6 ft.

Meals on Wheels will continue delivering hot meals to homebound citizens Monday-Friday. Please call 540-641-3883 to request assistance.

Our supplemental food service program is also still available by referral from local service providers or a need based screening of a request. Please call 540-838-2210 or email director@radfordfairlawndailbread.org

 

Feeding America Southwest Virginia

Our Kids Summer Food Program is providing FREE MEALS FOR KIDS! For safety reasons related to the pandemic, only drive-through pickup will be available. 100 meals will be provided each Thursday on a first come, first served basis. Meals are for anyone age 17 or younger, and the children must be present at meal pickup and accompanied by an adult.

Locations and Dates:

  • Every Tuesday from June 16 to August 11, 5-6 p.m: TAP Hurt Park Center at 1633 Salem Ave., Roanoke, VA 24016.
  • Every Thursday from June 11 to August 7, 5-6 p.m: Williamson Road Church of the Brethren at 3110 Pioneer Rd. NW, Roanoke, VA 24012.

For more info, call: 540-579-2776 or visit tapintohope.org/event/kids-summer-food-program-free-meals-for-kids.

Provided through a community partnership of Feeding America Southwest Virginia, Total Action for Progress, Williamson Road Church of The Brethren, and Casa Latina - Roanoke Valley.

If your child utilized free or reduced meals through the schools, text FOOD to 877-877 to locate assistance near you. If you need food, visit https://www.feedingswva.org/find-food/Follow our Facebook page for important updates on their events, such as our Food Farmacy and Kids' Farmers Market.

 

Literacy Volunteers of the NRV

Face-to-face volunteer tutoring is on hold, but we continue to serve adults through distance education. We are still accepting student applications for adults who want to connect with a tutor virtually. Call our Literacy Help Hotline at (540) 382-7262 or text (540) 324-9314 and let us know how we can help you. Our learning center office is closed to the public with minimal staff on site. However, we are offering curbside pick up of books and materials. Students and tutors are welcome to utalize the "grab and go" service to reserve books and pick them up curbside. Below is the link to look at available books.

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1ZSTztyzXBdd05FoQNfPO0ce7WTrKgIg1tRdAGAb3KT0/edit?fbclid=IwAR1aYjvJNQtKh2RTKF_qaoRuCOVu6Y-PjveNWaWwgtwm9Sib9Oc8nrHy6Hk#gid=2112883430 

 

 

Attention Wizards! CHOOSE YOUR OWN JOURNEY to conquer this year's TriwizardTrimile Race! Wizards (in costume, of course) are granted the choice of 2 quests to be completed anytime between July 31 (Harry's birthday) and Aug. 29 (Hogwarts Move-in Day).

1. The Invisibility Cloak Journey: Follow your own path through the wizarding world and race 3 miles your way -- your pace, your space (wherever and whenever you choose). Beware of invisible dementors and beasts!

2. The Marauder's Map Quest: Venture into the Forbidden Forest of Bisset Park (Radford) and use a map and clues to complete the 3-mile course and find the 7 hidden Horcruxes to defeat He Who Must Not Be Named. Solve Tom Riddle’s riddles to decode the secret message.

READ more about and REGISTER for this fun literacy fundraiser here: http://www.lvnrv.org/potterinthepark

 

Join Wine & Design on August 24 (in person or at home!) from 7-9pm for an enchanted evening to learn to paint "Hogwarts Galaxy"! A portion of all sales help local adults learn to read! Reserve your seat at https://bit.ly/LVHPTrivia

 

PLENTY!

Plenty! is implementing recommendations from the Virginia Department of Health and our partners in the food distribution community.

- Hours of distribution: Mondays 1-4 pm, Tuesdays 10 am-1 pm, and Thursdays 4-6:30 pm

- Hours of donation: Mondays 9-10 am, Tuesdays 2-4 pm, Wednesdays 1-2 pm, Thursdays 11 am-1pm, Fridays 1-3 pm (Please bring egg cartons!!! We quarantine them and then reuse them. You can leave them outside the door.)

- Volunteers, staff, and patrons will maintain social distancing (3-6 feet) at all times to prevent potential exposure to anyone with the virus.

- Patrons will not be admitted to the building to wait for service or shop.

- Patrons will approach the building at a "pass-through" location clearly marked for distribution and will be given instructions at that point to receive their groceries. Food distribution will be a prepackaged selection of produce, meat, bread, canned goods, and eggs as available.

- Anyone - patrons or volunteers - who display signs of illness, especially fever or cough, should NOT come to the pantry. Instead, call the Plenty! office at 540-745-3898 and you will be given instructions on how to receive food.

 

In spite of Covid, we are distributing more food than ever and finding new ways to accomplish our mission of helping people "grow and share food."  In place of our regular, summer children's gardening program, we are partnering with VA Extension to distribute GARDEN TO GO kits.

 

For questions or information, call Plenty! at 540-745-3898 or email plenty@swva.net

 

NRV CARES

The office is closed to the public. Check out our facebook page for updates and tips on how to help your kids during this challenging time: https://www.facebook.com/nrvcares

Join us on Wednesdays via Zoom from 2:00-3:00 for Circle of Parents discussions. There is no commitment to attend every week, so come when you are able.

We are also starting a new Parenting Young Children class in August that will meet once a week over zoom for 8 weeks. For more infotmation, contact Keli Lichty (email keli@nrvcares.org or text 540-994-7729) or Julie Fox (email julie@nrvcares.org or text 540-255-0043).

 

Montgomery County Emergency Assistance (MCEAP)

540-381-2066

110 Roanoke St., Christiansburg, VA

 

Our office is operating but closed to the public. MCEAP is working with other local agencies to combat hunger during the summer months. The following food items are needed to fill the weekly food bags families receive. If you want to help, you can donate these items by dropping them off at the MCEAP Thrift Store & More on West Main Street in Christiansburg. If you are uncomfortable with that option, you can make a monetary donation by sending a check made out to MCEAP (with Summer Feeding Program in the memo line) and mailing the check to MCEAP, 308 West Main Street, Christiansburg, VA 24073.

  • Mac & Cheese
  • Applesauce Cups, Canned Fruit
  • Canned Meat (Spam, Tuna, Chicken etc)
  • Spaghetti-O’s with Meatballs, Ravioli, Ramen Noodles
  • Cereal Boxes, Pop Tarts, Granola Bars
  • Saltine Crackers, Dry Pasta, Spaghetti Sauce, Dry Beans
  • 1 Pound plastic jars of Peanut Butter and Jelly
  • Canned Tomatoes, Green Beans, Corn, Beans (no black beans)
  • Juice Boxes, Snak Pak Pudding Cups

 

Habitat for Humanity of the New River Valley

The ReStore is now open Monday-Saturday 10am-5pm, and you can shop online at habitatnrv.org/restore. We are also collecting gently used furniture, appliances, and building materials at the ReStore. Free pickup in limited areas. Contact us at 540-381-1155 for more details.

We hope to begin accepting volunteers again soon.

 

Closed to the public. Please call or email to schedule an appointment. 

Also, the agency has become aware of scams targeting older citizens during this pandemic. The Federal Trade Commission and the FDA have been actively investigating seven companies selling medicine, essential oils, and teas: Vital Silver, Aromatherapy Ltd., N-ergetics, GuruNanda LLC, Vivify Holistic Clinic, Herbal Amy LLC and the Jim Bakker Show. Please be advised that there is no prescription drug(s), vaccine or home remedy that can protect one from contracting the virus. Scammers are presently placing calls to sell these cures and relying on public fears to achieve sales. Should you receive such a call, please hang up and do not provide any medical, personal or credit card information.

New River Valley Agency on Aging is collecting canned soup, crackers, tuna, peanut butter, fruit cups, juice boxes, instant oatmeal and macaroni and cheese bowls. Make a gift online at www.nrvaoa.org or call at 540.980.7720 to arrange donation drop offs. It also needs dry cat and dog food for Fido’s Pantry program (that delivers meals to the pets of seniors).

They are also offering the Senior Cool Care program to provide an air conditioner or fan to seniors in the community. It is made possible by Dominion Energy, which is now celebrating its 30th year of providing cooling assistance to seniors in Virginia.

 

New River Community Action

Rent and Mortgage Relief Funding Available: NRCA has received Rent and Mortgage Relief Program funds from the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development targeted to individuals and families facing eviction or foreclosure due to the pandemic. The Virginia Rent and Mortgage Relief Program (RMRP) is designed to support and ensure housing stability across the Commonwealth during the coronavirus pandemic. New River Community Action has been designated as the local program administrator for the New River Valley. Depending on the availability of funds and household need, the RMRP may provide financial assistance for rent or mortgage payments for eligible households. Financial assistance is a one-time payment for Rent/Mortgage arrears beginning April 1, 2020. Opportunity for renewal is based on the availability of funding, household need, and continued eligibility.

 
Eligible Households Must:
  • Meet income guidelines. The applicant must have a gross household income at or below 80% area median income (AMI), based on the current month's income. The determination of income includes any unemployment payment received by a member of the household but does not include one-time payments such as a stimulus check.
  • Be financially impacted due to the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Have a valued lease or mortgage statement in their name, or other documentation of tenant/landlord relationship
  • Rent or mortgage amount at or below 150% fair market rent (FMR)
  • Be at risk for eviction or foreclosure. 
The following documentation is required: 
  • Proof of income (pay stubs, bank statements, letter from employer, social security documents, unemployment documentation, pension)
  • Proof that household has been denied a forbearance or deemed ineligible
  • W-9 form
  • Copy of mortgage statement or lease in the applicant's name

Contact your local NRCA Emergency Assistance/Housing Counseling office to apply:

 

Virginia COPES: New COVID-19 Response Warm Line! This program is designed to support anyone in Virginia struggling with trauma, grief and distress caused by COVID-19. Trained staff provide strength-based support, resilience building strategies and community resources and referrals. Call or text (877) 349-6428. No cost. Anonymous.

9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Monday-Friday
5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
The project is a coordinated effort between the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services, Mental Health America of Virginia and the Virginia Department of Emergency Management. Funding is provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency with technical assistance and oversight from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
 

Head Start: Weekly virtual contacts with families. Grant application and planning for Summer. Planning for 2020-2021 program year. 2020-2021 applications being taken online. 

CHIP: Weekly virtual contacts with families and phone calls; beginning parent groups. Care packages dropped at doors for families. Virtual Parent Groups will begin in May. 

RESTORE/SwiftStart/Whole Family: Weekly virtual contacts with families. All face-to-face training courses suspended, no new intakes. Whole Family clients provided food and technology to remain connected. 

To Our House: Extended season by two weeks and offered day shelter without volunteer support. Placed guests in hotels after season, providing nutrition and cleaning products for the duration of quarantine. 

VA CARES: Weekly virtual contacts, begin group sessions soon. Provide restricted Food Lion gift cards. Supporting clients who are released early due to pandemic.

VITA: Federal tax deadline extended to July 1; Virginia state tax deadline extended to November 1. Using drop boxes to collect client documentation, continue to file as possible. Extended coordinator’s hours through summer with Supplemental CSBG funds. New River Community Action is extending free tax preparation services to qualifying families (households with incomes of $56,000 or less) in a Virtual VITA format to assist them in meeting the July 15th Federal and the November 1st State filing deadlines. The Virtual VITA format offers a safe alternative to traditional tax preparation and requires no face-to-face interaction. The Virtual format requires tax filers to contact the NRCA VITA Coordinator via e-mail at cdeangelis@nrcaa.org and request the required VITA Intake forms. Those without e-mail may call 540-382-6187 and provide a mailing address where forms can be sent. Individuals requesting services then return completed Intake forms and required tax documentation via e-mail or US Postal Service, and IRS-Certified tax preparers will complete the tax returns.

Emergency Assistance: Food, diapers, formula, personal and household supplies, twice per month through contactless methods.  Food Lion gift cards, $25 per person, restricted from purchasing tobacco and alcohol, to be mailed to clients or food boxes are left outside EA offices. Income guidelines have been suspended.  Amended qualification to 200% federal poverty or less for all other EA services, effective 4/28/20. Utility assistance is expanded to up to $500 every 6 months, starting March 15, 2020; if a family has income, must contribute.  Rent/mortgage assistance is expanded to up to $700 every 6 months, starting March 15, 2020; if the family has income, must contribute; mortgage requires full month’s payment.

Homeless and Housing: Provide hotel vouchers to those presenting as homeless, all adult households (individuals and couples) but not able/eligible to access other shelters. Rental/transitional housing application fees/rental & utilities deposits/first & last month’s, with housing counseling (effective 4/28/20) for clients to improve housing who are not traditionally eligible for Rapid Rehousing or Homeless Prevention; opportunity to obtain improved housing. Clients must be 200% federal poverty guidelines or less.

Blacksburg Interfaith Food Pantry: No income requirements. Received a large donation that was shared with NRV partners.

Floyd County Back Packs: Empty Bowls fundraiser postponed; will use Supplemental CSBG funds, if necessary, to continue the program for the 2020-2021 school year. Backpacks are being delivered each Friday when Floyd County Public Schools buses run routes.

Trending/Services Overview, May 2020

Homeless: The number of individuals presenting as homeless has tripled compared to 2019. From March 15 until May 4, 75 individuals from 62 households have presented as homeless, compared to 22 individuals in 15 households during the same period in 2019.

Households with Children: The number of clients served in EA during the past two weeks (April 15-30) that are TANF eligible has increased tremendously. TANF eligibility guidelines are those households 200% of Fed poverty guidelines and under and have at least 1 child under 18 years of age.

 

Radford Public Library

RPL is providing Grab & Go Holds and Prints services! Call to place holds and schedule your pickup time, or place holds and schedule pickups online with the myLibro app! You can find it for free in your device's app store, sign in with your library card number and PIN, and you'll be ready to step into the future. If you would like to pick up Summer Reading logs or crafts, please do call to let us know before your appointment. Call us at (540) 731-3621 if you have any questions or need help getting started.

RPL is also offering one-hour computer use sessions by appointment in the library's community room. Please call (540) 731-3621 if you’re interested in this new service. Library staff are pre-screening patrons with a short list of questions over the phone prior to confirming a scheduled computer use time. Once scheduled, patrons are required to wear masks covering their mouth and nose while in the library. Staff are also required to wear masks within the library. Temperatures will be checked with an infrared thermometer upon entering the building and must be lower than 100.4 for admittance to computer services. Computer keyboards and mice are covered in plastic and changed after each patron for your safety. Chairs and tables are wiped down following each computer use. RPL endeavors to maintain a safe environment for patrons and staff.

We are also beginning to offer same-day appointments for adults to browse our collection on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.

Summer Reading 2020 will look different than in years past due to COVID-19, but we’re still here to provide books, prizes, and activities to keep you active and reading all summer long! Unfortunately, RPL is not able to host a festive Summer Reading gathering. However, we will be providing an all-ages paper reading log as well as a new app, READsquared, to help you track your reading over the summer. We encourage you to come to RPL weekly and pick up an activity pack through our Grab & Go Hold service.

Be sure to keep reading and picking up books and more at the library this summer because we’ll also be giving away weekly prizes to a lucky few just for checking out books from RPL! Turn in your June reading log by July 3 by dropping it in the RPL bookdrop and return to pick up your new July reading log. YOUR RETURNED READING LOGS WILL BE YOUR RAFFLE TICKETS FOR OUR BIG PRIZE AT THE END OF SUMMER READING! Readers who signed up with READsquared only will also be automatically entered into the drawings. RPL Summer Reading readers can participate either or both ways!

Sign up on READsquared at (http://radfordva.readsquared.com/) or by downloading the app in your device's app store!

Between Harry Potter’s birthday (July 31) and Hogwarts Move-In Day (Aug. 29), we'll be running a special Tri-Wizard Academy reading club! In many ways, it's a continuation of Summer Reading with weekly crafts and prizes! You log in online at http://radfordva.readsquared.com or through the READsquared app to get started, and you can pick up crafts and a paper reading log via library Grab & Go appointment!

Please check out RPL’s website (https://www.radfordva.gov/library) or find us on social media at Radford Public Library Facebook or Instagram to stay up to date on everything going on at the library this summer.


Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance

If you are quarantining or self-isolating in a dangerous home situation and you feel unsafe, please reach out to the 24/7 Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance hotline

- CALL 1 800 838 8238
- TEXT 804 793 9999
- ONLINE
https://vadata.org//chat/

You are not alone in this!

See our facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/VActionAlliance) for extra resources, including the I-CAN! Accessibility Project's e-learning modules. These modules are designed to help domestic violence and sexual assault service providers enhance their services for people with disabilities. The modules are free and CEU credits are available for those who complete all 5 modules. They can be accessed here: https://bit.ly/SurvivorsWithDisabilities

Our new resource, New 2020 Virginia Law: A Legal Guide for Sexual & Domestic Violence Advocates & Survivors in Virginia, details the various policy changes we've seen in 2020. It also serves as an important reminder of the ways policy shapes our lives, and how voting can be an essential part of building thriving families and communities.

For more information and a link to download the resource, see our blog entry: https://allianceinaction.org/2020/06/30/resource-release-new-2020-virginia-law/

We will be releasing a new, free training every week until September 9. Sign up here: https://bit.ly/AASummerTrainingSeries

 

Little Free Libraries

Owners can choose whether to keep their library open. Those that keep the library open are encouraged to thoroughly clean and sanitize the library and its books. If you are sick, don’t share books until you are symptom free. Please practice social distancing when visiting a library.

Little Free Libraries has also created a sharing box map: https://littlefreelibrary.org/sharing-box-map/. It provides locations where stewards are offering food, household items, or crafts.

We're thrilled to announce our partnership with PBS KIDS on a summer story-time project with some VERY special guest readers!

Through the collaboration, each guest will read a children’s book and designate a location in the U.S. where a Little Free Library will be installed, complete with a supply of diverse books to make reading together more accessible for families across the U.S.

Learn more...and stay tuned! http://ed.gr/ck60l

Reading fosters empathy, makes us smarter, and helps us relax. Through the Impact Library Program, we provide no-cost book boxes to communities where book access is limited. Donate today to help us make the benefits of reading accessible to everyone: http://ed.gr/b737y

We are also developing an app. Help us by siging up for our App Advisory Team here: http://ed.gr/cn162

 

Women's Resource Center

  • Our 24/7/365 hotline (540-639-1123) remains available. Our chatline (wrcnrv.org/chat) hours have been extended to 8a-8p Monday – Friday. 
  • Our Emergency Shelter remains open for people fleeing domestic or sexual violence in the New River Valley. If you have questions or would like more information, please call our hotline.
  • We have resumed our in-person ER accompaniment services for victims of sexual and domestic violence at Carilion New River Valley Medical Center.
  • Our legal advocates remain available during business hours. Please call our hotline for connection and information.
  • Our public office (1217 Grove) is now open to clients and donors by appointment only. If clients prefer, counselors are also continuing to offer tele-counseling sessions.
  • All in-person outreach and educational efforts are suspended for the time being. Our Prevention Team is working on some exciting web-based educational content.

 

Good Morning Radford

Radford has launched a program to help limit seniors' exposure to the coronavirus. Radford Sherrif's Deputy Robert Thacker and his fellow deputies will pick up food, medicine, or prescriptions that elderly residents or people with medical issues have ordered and deliver them. “The ultimate goal of this is to keep people sheltered in place if you will. Our goal is to not have them out in the community where they’re susceptible to the virus," said Thacker. If you need help, you can call the Sheriff’s Office at 540-731-5501, e-mail robert.thacker@radfordva.gov, or reach out to the Sheriff’s Office on Facebook or Instagram.

 

Boys and Girls Club of Southwest Virginia

 

How your local B&GC is helping kids during COVID-19:

1.) We are reaching out to all of our currently registered students and families via phone each week to check in.

2.) We are delivering online programming – checkout our Youtube channel!

3.) We are serving snacks and dinner to ANYONE under the age of 18 in Roanoke City, Montgomery County, and Franklin County. Boys and Girls Club of Southwest Virginia is partnering with Feeding Southwest Virginia to provide snacks and dinner to kids. Monday, Wednesday and Friday, you can pick up dinner from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at 1714 9th Street South East in Roanoke. The other pickup location is at the same time at Shawsville Middle School. Times are subject to change. Please check the website for more information. Kids have to be present for pick-ups.

4.) We are providing online academic outreach to our most vulnerable students, and preparing for intense academic remediation once schools are back in session.

5.) We are connecting all of our families with available community resources: free internet, free food, temporary relief from late payment penalties, mental health support, and more.

Summer Program Applications are AVAILABLE NOW! We will be open from July 6th-31st, 2020 from 8am-5pm Monday-Friday. Our Clubs will be open in Roanoke City, and 1 site each in Montgomery County and Franklin County.

Applications are available on our website. Apply TODAY! www.bgcswva.org

Amazon is teaming up with us to launch Camp Prime! ALL families can participate, even if they’re not a Prime member, and can access the FREE Camp Prime Handbook. The digital handbook features easy and fun activities using items from around the house! Learn more at: bit.ly/30ajSpa

We are also partnering with Roanoke County Public Schools, the YMCA, The United Way of Roanoke Valley, Prevention Council of Roanoke County and area churches to establish new day programs for parents impacted by alternative school schedules created by the current COVID-19 pandemic. RCPS is working to use some of the CARES Act funding to offset the costs of this additional child-care, especially for low-income families. As new day programs are established, they will be added to the current United Way Smart2Start program, which provides a single-source online option for parents to apply for day programs at www.smart2start.org. We are looking for both part time and full time positions to fill these new programming needs.

 

 

Giles County

Senior Welfare Check is designed to provide a means to communicate with our citizens who are the most vulnerable to potential impacts from COVID-19, and we need your help. The group we intend to reach includes elderly and disabled citizens. Some have caretakers, but many do not. Of those that do have caretakers, many of these caretakers may be unable to travel due to COVID -19. You do not need to be a family member, neighbor, or act in any official caretaking capacity to submit names.  We understand that there are many seniors that do not have access to the internet and will not be able to fill out these forms. That is why we are asking for your help. By providing the information requested below, Senior Welfare Check will be able to regularly contact these individuals as well as conduct welfare checks and facilitate needed service delivery, as appropriate. Information collected will remain confidential and will only be utilized for this purpose. Note: No one will ever be asked for their social security number or financial information. If you have questions or need additional information, please contact us at seniorcheck@gilescounty.org or call 540-921-0035.

 

Valley Interfaith Childcare Center

Vally Interfaith Childcare Center opened on June 15!

 

 


Non-Agency Food Resources

 

The Dawg House - Pulaski

Will be providing lunches between 11am and 1pm for any family that needs a hot lunch for their children. No Questions asked.

1060 E Main St., Pulaski VA 24301


Hokie House - Montgomery

Is offering free meals to any children affected by the closing of schools in Montgomery County. We understand these are trying times and we are here to help in any way we can.

322 North Main St., Blacksburg VA 24060

 

Bread of Life of Floyd Co.VA - Floyd

We just closed until the holiday season. Follow our facebook page for more announcements: https://www.facebook.com/Bread-of-Life-of-Floyd-Co-VA-102202474748836

Please contact us at 540-745-2418 or email us at goodiesbymichele@gmail.com with any questions or concerns.

509 E Main Street, Floyd VA 24091

 

Gillie's - Blacksburg

Offering FREE bagged lunches for children. All served with an apple!

Please call ahead 2 hours if ordering bulk lunches.

  • Peanut Butter & Jelly- served on Bollo's fresh honey wheat bread with all-natural peanut butter and grape jelly
  • Fat Grilled Cheese- grilled to perfection with a slice of tomato on Bollo's fresh honey wheat bread
  • Kids Quesadilla- our famous flour quesadilla with white cheese and your choice of two fillings

​Fillings: Tomatoes, onions, peppers, spinach, black olives, feta cheese, broccoli, spinach, mushrooms

 

 


Public Works Information

Christiansburg

  • The town is waiving the $10 fee for any town bill payments made over the phone. The town would like to encourage residents to make payments online, over the phone, via mail or at the dropbox outside the town hall.
  • The Town of Christiansburg understands that the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has been immediate and severe for many of our residents. The Town wants to help lessen the burden on our residents during these challenging times, and Christiansburg Town Council enacted the following temporary measures:

    • There will be no penalties applied to March/April water, sewer and stormwater fees, if received within 90 days of due date.
    • There will be 0% interest on payments made for March/April stormwater utility fee for 90 days from the due date.

    We still encourage residents to make payments on time, if possible, to avoid accumulating a larger balance. However, we want to ensure customers have reliable and clean water, and we will continue to revisit this policy in the coming weeks.

  • Restaurants and lodging facilities provide an essential service for our residents and our larger region, and we know the COVID-19 pandemic has severely impacted their operations. Christiansburg Town Council enacted the following temporary tax measures for hospitality businesses:

    • An increase to the discount of timely payment (regular due date) from 3% to 10% for March, April and May for meals and lodging taxes.
    • Set all penalties at 0% on payments made for March, April and May meals and lodging taxes if received within 90 days of the due date. (Monthly reporting of taxes owed will still be required even in cases where payment is delayed). 
    • Set all interest at 0% on payments made for March, April and May meals and lodging taxes for 90 days from due date.
  • The Town of Christiansburg reopened facilities to the public on Monday, June 15, after several months of government facilities being closed due to COVID-19 (coronavirus) precautions.

    Christiansburg Town Hall reopened with social distancing in place and face coverings required for entry, per Commonwealth of Virginia Executive Order 63. While the public is welcome in Town Hall, citizens are strongly encouraged to continue using online services when possible. Please see the information at the link below on how to conduct business virtually with Town departments. 

    The Christiansburg Recreation Center and the Christiansburg Aquatic Center also reopened on June 15, with adjusted hours and operations and by appointment only. See additional detailes here: www.christiansburg.org/covidoperations

  • On Monday, June 8, all playgrounds, outside basketball courts and shelters reopened. Please be advised that Christiansburg Parks and Recreation staff will be sanitizing playground equipment at all Town parks every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. However, we still recommend that if you use playground equipment, you bring hand sanitizer or wipes. Trails remain open. Please continue to practice appropriate social distancing.
  • The New River Resource Authority is holding a Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event on September 12. This event will also offer document shredding. The event is by appointment only. Schedule your appointment on or after August 4 by calling 540-674-1677.

Blacksburg

  • Blacksburg is offering Summer Camps that run Monday-Friday until August. Check out the selection and register at Blacksburg.gov/recreation
  • Starting August 4, Planning Commission meetings will begin at 6:30pm.
  • Town Offices reopened to the public on June 15.  While we are pleased to have guests in our facilities at any time, we would ask that you continue to use alternative ways of conducting business with the Town, unless you absolutely have to visit in person. Maintaining social distancing and inhibiting the spread of the COVID-19 virus remains our primary concern.

    Blacksburg Aquatic and Blacksburg Community Centers:

    • Facility hours remain the same
    • Face Coverings are still required when entering and exiting facilities or program spaces
    • Locker rooms remain closed through phase 3
    • Due to spacing requirements, reservations may still be required for Lap swim and Fitness Center usage and fitness programs due to spacing requirements
    • We’ll begin accepting cash payments, but cannot make change for drink or snack vending machines

    Blacksburg Aquatics Center:

    • Saunas and Hot Tubs remain closed
    • Free swim: Maximum of 50 swimmers per first come, first serve session.
      • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 12:00-2 pm and 3:00-5 pm
      • Wednesday: 2:00-5pm. 
    • Lap swim, with reservation, 2:00-3:00 pm 
    • Water Walking is Wednesdays, 1:00pm-2:00
    • Groups are limited to no more than 10
    • Private pool rentals may resume
    • No Lobby Rentals during open hours 
    • Current cleaning schedules remain in place

    Blacksburg Community Center:

    • Open gym hours:
      • Monday-Friday: 5:00 pm- 7:00
      • Saturday: 8:00 am- Noon
      • Sunday: 1:00pm- 5:00 with reservation only. Reservations are limited to 50 minutes and begin at 10 minutes after each hour. Reservations can be made by contacting the Blacksburg Community Center at 540-443-1140.
    • Basketball courts: Open with a maximum of 10 participants per court. Open only for individual free shooting. No pick-up games or competitive play. Players must bring their own basketball equipment. Open gym for pickleball/badminton on Saturday mornings from 8:00 am-noon with reservation only. Participants must bring their own equipment. Space is limited to 10 participants. Personal training will resume with reservation during non-peak hours.
    • Multipurpose room – No more than 50 people in the space
    • Art Room – No more than 10 people in the space
    • Community Room – No More than 30 people in the space
    • Program Room – No more than 20 people in the space
    • Social Room – No more than 10 people in the space
    • Game Room – No more than 10 people in the space
    • Private rentals may resume with the following size restrictions per room: Use of the kitchens or their equipment will not be available during rentals. Game room will not be available for public use. Current cleaning schedule will remain in place.

    Blacksburg Transit

    Blacksburg Transit is operating on reduced service; service will end at 9:45 pm on weekdays and at 7:15 pm on weekends. Face coverings are required at all times while on a bus. Rear door boarding, fare free service and passenger limits remain in effect.

    • BT Access is running at full capacity.
    • BT commuter and Explorer routes are suspended; passengers should call 540-443-7111 to schedule trips on the Go Anywhere service.

    In preparation for the start of the fall semester, BT will implement adjusted passenger limits effective Sunday, August 9. These new limits will be set at approximately 2/3 capacity for large buses and 1/3 capacity for smaller buses. These measures have been reviewed by the New River Health Department and are subject to change based on the rate of COVID-19 cases locally, Governor’s Executive Orders, or decisions by Virginia Tech that affect the demand for public transportation. Full information is available at ridebt.org/fall2020. For questions or additional information, please visit the  Blacksburg Transit website , email us at btransit@blacksburg.gov, or call (540) 443 – 1500. 

  • Financial Services

    For information about utility services, real estate taxes, business licenses, dog licenses, parking permits, and general inquiries please visit us online or in person, or call one of the following numbers and our staff will be happy to assist you.

    • General questions - (540) 443 – 1050
    • Utilities - (540) 443 – 1060
    • Real estate taxes - (540) 443 – 1055 or (540) 961 - 1005

    To make a payment, please use one of the following options:

    • A drop box is available on the Washington Street side of the Municipal Building (300 S. Main St.)
    • Mail checks to P.O. Box 90003, Blacksburg, VA 24060
    • Call 540-443-1060 to make utility payments over the phone
    • Call 540-443-1050 for other payments over the phone
    • Pay utility bills, real estate taxes, motor vehicle fees or parking tickets online at www.blacksburg.gov/payments

    Public Works

    Refuse and recycling services continue as always.  For refuse and recycling questions and trash/recycling cart request please call our staff at (540) 443 – 1212 or email us at recycle@blacksburg.gov
    Additional information about the refuse and recycling schedule can be found online.

Roanoke County

  • Most buildings are now open, but county officials strongly encourage residents to use online information and contact methods instead of visiting in person. Departments will make every attempt to provide services over the phone or via email. Visit https://www.roanokecountyva.gov/2620/Modified-County-Services for more information.
  • Tax and other payments, as well as forms and applications, can be left in the brown drop box in front of the county administration building on Bernard Drive.
  • Roanoke County appreciates your patience with the implementation of temporary changes to County operations and services. We strongly encourage the public to utilize the contact information listed at the link above and make an appoitnment prior to visiting. 
  • Beginning July 13, the Roanoke County Department of Social Services will offer short term financial assistance made possible through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). Residents of Roanoke County, Town of Vinton and City of Salem may apply to aid in paying expenses directly related to a loss of income from the COVID-19 pandemic.

    See more info at https://www.roanokecountyva.gov/2706/CARES-Act-Funding-Application

  • Roanoke County Economic Development Department announced a newly created $1,000,000 grant program aimed at helping small businesses in the County and Town of Vinton recover from the negative impacts of COVID-19 closures. With funding from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the grants will help businesses cover such things as operating expenses (e.g., payroll, rent, supplies, etc); pivoting to respond to new market conditions (e.g., developing online sales, etc); and ensuring worker and customer safety (e.g., deep cleaning services, personal protective equipment, etc).

    These one-time grants will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis with applications accepted beginning July 6, 2020. Individual grant amounts will be based on the number of employees of a business pre-COVID-19, with the maximum amount capped at $10,000. The deadline has been extended indefinitely, and sole proprietors are now eligible.
  • Because of the present state of emergency, and until further notice, members of the public are urged not to attend Board of Supervisor meetings in person. All are encouraged to view and participate in meetings through electronic means. Meetings may be viewed live on RVTV, Channel 3, or on the County’s website https://roanokecountyva.gov (accessed by clicking on the “Watch Board Meetings Online” button).

    Prior to and during meetings, citizens may share comments for the public hearing by email to djacks@roanokecountyva.gov or by phone at (540) 776-7278. When submitting comments, please include your name and address. Comments submitted by email and by phone will be read aloud during meetings, subject to reasonable time limitations.
    For those individuals who desire to attend meetings in person, please be advised that seating modifications and limits have been established in order to facilitate social distancing; attendees who are not of the same household must sit six feet apart; and attendance at meetings will be limited to 25 individuals.

 


School Systems

Montgomery Couty

 

The last day of meal delivery for Montgomery County Schools was on May 22. Starting May 26, meals will be delivered to each area one day each week. Families in Auburn and Eastern Montgomery will receive their meals on Tuesday, families in Blacksburg will receive meals on Wednesday, and families in Christiansburg will receive meals on Thursday. Students will receive 5 lunches on their meal delivery day.

 

Visit www.mcps.org/bus to check the pick up time and location nearest to your home. 

 

Montgomery County’s school board approved a plan to bring students to schools four days a week when they reopen on September 8. The schedules were devised to reduce population within schools to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. All schools will be closed Wednesdays for deep cleaning, teacher workdays, and other activities, and students will be split between morning and afternoon sessions. Their goal is for siblings in the same family to attend school at the same times, but that may require middle and high school students to take some online classes. School schedules and answers to FAQs are available at http://www.mcps.org/reopening_2020. Other Covid updates can be found at http://www.mcps.org/reopening_2020/covid19.

 

The approved MCPS Reopening Plan for 2020-2021 is now available: Reopening Plan (Google Doc) or Reopening Plan (.pdf)The 2020-2021 School Calendar will be finalized after the August 4 School Board meeting. The first day of school is set for Tuesday, September 8, 2020. You can expect additional information and communication about how the reopening plan will be implemented in our schools.

 

Please let us know which education model you would like your student enrolled in by Monday, August 17. If you completed the Google Form that was sent out in June, your student is good to go. If you want to modify that selection, you can contact the school directly on Monday. 


Notification by August 17 will help us ensure that your child is in the correct place (in person, remote, virtual school) on the first day of school. This helps with class lists, lunch counts, and special services that students receive. We are working to make all of our learning options as robust as possible. Having accurate counts of where students will be will help that process. If you need to make a change after August 17, your school will notify you when that change will be finalized. 

If you plan for your child to not be at school on their first day of school, you should notify your school that your child will be remote. Students who are remote may return earlier than when schools fully re-open. Students who are remote and wish to move to in person after the first day of school will have to follow their school’s re-entry plan. Class schedules and transportation will need to be evaluated before the child can return to school in person. MCPS is working with schools to craft the re-entry plan and timeline. 

Please note that some class lists or teacher assignments may need to change as students move around. Your school will notify you if there is a change in your child’s class assignment. 

 

School supply lists are available online: https://buff.ly/2JteNBs

 

MCPS is also needs more staff, including substitutes, teachers, and custodians. Visit https://montgomerycounty.tedk12.com/hire/index.aspx to browse their openings. 

 


Floyd County

Meals will be available for drive-thru pickup between the hours of 11 am and 1 pm on Monday and Wednesday at four locations: Check Elementary, Floyd County High School, Willis Elementary, and Indian Valley Elementary schools. You can pick up two sets of meals on Monday and three sets of meals on Wednesday each week. You do not have to get out of your car or have your child with you to get the meals. If your child is not with you, you will need to provide us the name of the child you are picking up meals for that day. We will notify you if pick up hours should change over the course of summer feeding.

 

FCPS released its reopening plans for the fall. Under current Phase III guidelines, students Pre-K-3 go to school every day, grades 4-7 go twice a week, two days in a row at 50 percent, and grades 8-12 start at 25 percent, one day in person. No students will be on school grounds Wednesday, which is reserved exclusively for online learning. There is also a fully remote option, but registration has closed. School is scheduled to begin on August 11. 

 

The full reopening plan is located here: https://www.floyd.k12.va.us/Page/2937


Radford City

Due to low participation rates in recent weeks, we will only be sending breakfast and lunch meals on Mondays and Wednesdays.


If your student is unable to pick up meals at their bus stop, they can pick up meals at McHarg elementary between 10:20 to 12:20. The student must be present with their family to pick up food. If you have further questions, you can call RCPS at 540-731-3647.

 
Radford City Schools are also participating in the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program. Benefits can be given to current SNAP households and non-SNAP households, which include children eligible for free and reduced-price school meals. Households do not have to apply for P-EBT. If a student was eligible for free and reduced-price school meals before school closure, they will be considered eligible for P-EBT.
 
Shentel is offering a special internet discount for homes with students that qualify for free or reduced meals. It includes $20 off the normal package price and free installation (normally $99.95). To sign-up, bring a copy of your Parent Notification of Eligibility 2020-2021 letter to the Shentel retail store located at 1200 Tyler Ave. in Radford. The available packages are listed below:
  • 50Mbps/10Mbps for $45 (normally $65)
  • 150Mbps/10Mbps for $60 (normally $85)
  • 300Mbps/10Mbps for $90 (normally $110)
  • 1Gbps/10Mbps for $180 (normally $200)
 
Radford City Public Schools is posting reopening updates here: https://www.rcps.org/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=1785033&type=d&pREC_ID=1959757. RCPS students will begin school on Thursday, August 13, 2020. They will attend ether Mondays and Thursdays or Tuesdays and Fridays, with Wednesdays reserved for cleaning and virtual meetings. On days students are not in class, they will have online assignments to complete.
 

However, RCPS will also be offering a remote learning program through “Virtual Radford.”  Virtual Radford will use the online platform offered by Virtual Virginia and families wishing to keep their students’ learning as remote as possible can register their child(ren) to participate in Virtual Radford program for the 20-21 school year free of charge. This option is a total online learning experience where students will not attend school in person, but access lessons/assignments through Google Classroom and the learning management system, Canvas, Monday through Friday. This online learning experience for students is being referred to as Virtual Radford (VR). Students enrolled in VR can expect the following.

  • VR students will be enrolled as an RCPS student and assigned to a classroom teacher (PreK-6 teachers) or course content teachers (grades 7-12).
  • VR students in middle/high school will follow the student schedule as outlined in PowerSchool Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.
  • VR students will access online lessons on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday through the assigned teacher’s Google Classroom platform and the Canvas learning management system.
  • VR students will have access to academic support from their assigned teacher(s) through office hours participation, email, and Wednesday synchronous learning opportunities.
  • McHarg/Belle Heth will offer synchronous (live online in real time)/asynchronous (recorded and posted online) lessons on Wednesday. All VR and Hybrid Program students will participate in these learning experiences.
  • Dalton and Radford High School will offer synchronous (live online in real time)/asynchronous (recorded and posted online) lessons on Wednesday. All VR and Hybrid Program students will participate in these learning experiences.
  • Participation in RCPS athletic teams, RCPS extra-curricular activities, virtual field trips and presentations, and all other activities that the Hybrid Program students have access to.
  • Chromebooks will be provided to students enrolled in VR.


If you are interested in having your child participate in the VR program use one of the following methods to apply:

  • Print the VR application, fill it out, and email it to Ellen Denny edenny@rcps.org
  • Print the VR application, fill it out and drop it off at the RCPS School Board Office Monday-Thursday, 8:00am – 4:00pm
  • Print the VR application, fill it out and US mail it to Ellen Denny, 1612 Wadsworth Street, Radford, Virginia, 24141
  • Stop by the RCPS School Board Office at 1612 Wadsworth Street, fill out the application and leave it with Ellen Denny


If you have additional questions about VR program at the school level, feel free to contact Ellen Denny, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction at 540-731-3647.

 

VHSL Sports/Activities Plan

The VHSL Executive Commitee voted to adopt its Model 3-Condensed Interscholastic Plan. It is outlined as followed:

Season 1 (winter) December 14-February 20 (First Contest Dae-December 28)

  • basketball, gymnastics, indoor track, swim/dive, wrestling

Season 2 (fall) February 15-May 1 (First Contest Date-March 1)

  • cheer, cross country, field hockey, football, golf, volleyball

Season 3 (spring) April 12-June 26 (First Contest Date-April 26)

  • baseball, lacrosse, soccer, softball, tennis, track and field

 


Useful Links for Information about COVID-19

Center for Disease Control and Prevention

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

 

Virginia Department of Health

http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/surveillance-and-investigation/novel-coronavirus/

 

Montgomery

https://www.montgomerycountyva.gov/departments/mc-news/2020/03/06/informational-resources-for-covid-19-(coronavirus)

https://www.montgomerycc.org/

https://www.nr.edu/coronavirus/

https://vt.edu/flu/2019Coronavirus.html#updates

https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=1095266074140699

 

Radford

https:www.radfordva.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=437

https://radfordchamber.com/   

https://www.radford.edu/content/radfordcore/home/coronavirus.html

 

Floyd

https://floydcova.org/

https;/floydchamber.org/

 

Giles

http://virginiasmtnplayground.com/

https://gileschamber.net/

http://virginiasmtnplayground.com/senior-welfare-check/?fbclid=IwAR3G3rrsnACGh4eRWoM6xtMjxfrC4r-_nDmAAfOjpR-y9ZcV7z-sCn01nOE

 

Pulaski

http://www.pulaskicounty.org/covid-19.html

 


General COVID-19 Information and Best Practices

https://www.youtube.com/embed/sjDuwc9KBps?fbclid=IwAR3W0ImNudDUFFjX5ONcY80MgxAjbtT7sQS3k2mi8jpHudxhXnGE7Ztd25A

What to do if you get sick:

If you are sick with COVID-19 or think you might have the virus that causes COVID-19, follow the steps below to help prevent the disease from spreading to people in your home and your community. The most common signs of COVID-19 are fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and are having these symptoms, consider calling your doctor or another healthcare provider for medical advice. Your doctor will decide if you need to be tested or seen in person. Keep in mind that there is no treatment for COVID-19. People who are mildly ill may not need to be tested and should isolate (keep away from other people) and care for themselves at home.

  • Stay home (except to get medical care), get rest, and drink plenty of fluids.

  • Separate yourself from other people and animals in your home.

  • Call ahead before visiting a doctor and monitor your symptoms.

  • Wear a facemask when around other people or pets.

  • Cover your coughs and sneezes and clean your hands often. Avoid sharing personal items.

  • Clean all frequently touched surfaces daily.

 

 

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