Return to Learn FAQs updated to include answers on live instruction and bandwidth

Please continue to visit the PWCS FAQ webpage for updates on second quarter operations under the 50/50 model. 

Recently added:

Does live “streaming” for virtual students (in-person not in school and all virtual) in the 50 percent model mean that students will be asked to passively watch videos of teacher(s) instructing in-person students?

No, our use of the term live “streaming” is only to indicate that the Division will be able to have concurrent instruction with virtual and in-person students by utilizing the recently funded increase in bandwidth to transmit video and audio from every classroom for virtual students at home as appropriate. Our instructional model looks to maintain the use of Zoom for virtual students at home and the ability for students to receive live virtual instruction and have live interaction daily with their teacher(s), to be able to ask questions, and have dialogue about their learning in real time during each class.

Will PWCS have the bandwidth and technology necessary for live streaming from classrooms?

PWCS is in the process of upgrading the Division-wide network to 100G, this will be in place at all schools by November 10. This bandwidth is sufficient for all students and teachers to be live streaming and using cloud-based applications simultaneously. All classrooms have wireless N access points, and wireless 6 access point are also in place at some high schools, and additional wireless 6 access points will continue to be added throughout the upcoming school year. PWCS is providing centrally a pan/tilt camera and wireless headset for every teacher by November 10. All classrooms including trailers have access to an interactive white board or large screen high resolution monitor/television. Any student without access to a device at home will be provided a device. All schools will have a laptop for every student in PWCS by January. Students needing help to get internet at home may receive support through Comcast Cares, mobile hotspot, or WiFi parking lot, Contact your student’s school if you need additional information.

PWCS will continue to prepare and serve to-go meals throughout the first quarter at 56 feeding sites (see below). Meals will continue to be distributed using appropriate social distancing and minimal personal contact. All meals are free of charge to students age 18 and younger.

Meals may be picked up by walking up to the sites, or by driving up, which is preferred. Parents/guardians may pick-up meals without students present. Staff will request parents or guardians produce proof of student enrollment in the form of student ID, report card, or other official school documentation with the child’s name printed on the document and provide names of non-school age or children not enrolled in school, who are 18 years old and under.

Service Times: Mondays and Thursdays from 12-6 p.m.
(If school is closed on a Monday, service will be on Tuesday. For example: Schools are closed on Monday, September 7, for the Labor Day holiday = service will be offered Tuesday, September 8. .)

Service Style: Curbside pickup at school main entrance.

Meal Types: Kits are FREE to all children 18 years old and under, and include a variety of whole grains, protein, fruits, vegetables and milk designed as a weekly grocery supplement.

Benefits are the equivalent of breakfast, lunch, supper, and snack for 5 days, plus supper and snack for 2 days. *Indicates schools where benefits are the equivalent of breakfast and lunch for 5 days.

Service Sites  

Western PWC    Eastern PWC
  • *Battlefield
  • Bennett
  • Loch Lomond
  • Mullen
  • *The Nokesville School
  • Osbourn Park
  • Pace West
  • Parkside
  • *Piney Branch
  • Signal Hill
  • Sinclair
  • Sudley
  • Unity Braxton
  • Unity Reed
  • Victory
  • West Gate
  • Yorkshire
  • Yung
  • Bel Air
  • Belmont
  • Beville
  • *Coles
  • Covington-Harper
  • Dale City
  • Dumfries
  • Enterprise
  • Featherstone
  • Fitzgerald
  • Fred Lynn
  • Freedom
  • Gar-Field
  • Graham Park
  • Hampton
  • Independence Non-Traditional School
  • Jenkins
  • Kerrydale
  • Kilby
  • King
  • *Lake Ridge MS
  • Leesylvania
  • Marumsco Hills
  • McAuliffe
  • Minnieville
  • Neabsco
  • Occoquan
  • Pattie
  • Penn
  • Potomac MS
  • Potomac View
  • Rippon
  • River Oaks
  • Rockledge
  • Swans Creek
  • Triangle
  • Westridge
  • Woodbridge MS

 

 

Jessie Castles received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Sociology from Radford University and her Master of Educational degree in  Counseling and Family Studies from Liberty University. This is her first year at Kerrydale Elementary. Her counseling office is in Room 237. You may email her at Castlejm@pwcs.edu