Schools Closed Statewide, Now What?

Since Governor Northam ordered the closure of Commonwealth schools for the rest of the year its meant a lot of changes for local families. What do to for your child’s education and entertainment is near the top of the list for most parents. Remember that Northam has also requested all Commonwealth citizens to refrain from travel at this time in an effort to reduce the transmission of the Coronavirus.
Keep in mind that while public gatherings of more than ten people is banned throughout the state; this ban does not apply to health care or medical services, food banks, media, law enforcement etc. In an emergency you will still be able to access vital services should you need them.
For education the rest of this year, the Virginia Department of Education is providing guidance to help ensure students are served equally, regardless of access to technology, learning status, or special needs. Some of this will be provided thru summer programming, integrating instruction into coursework next year, and allowing students to make up content. VDOE intends to submit a waiver to temporarily lift the end of year testing cycle, and will also look into options for waiving state mandated testing.
Lonesome Pine Regional Library is continuing to offer services while buildings are closed to the public. All library branches will now offer porch or foyer pick up services during normal operating hours. Adults and children can check out reading materials via email to their local library or through the regional library website at No fines will be charged during this time.
The popular Books By Mail service has now been extended to everyone in the community. For details or to receive books please phone 276-328-4806 or 276-328-8325. Anyone will a valid library card may access audiobooks, children’s programs, ebooks, magazines, movies, and videos and more online at There is also an option to register for a library card online in case you need one.

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