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SOLAR ECLIPSE EVENT August 21, 2017

posted Aug 15, 2017, 9:01 AM by Jude Raffeinner

Dear Parents, Guardians and School Community:

On August 21, 2017, the United States will experience a total solar eclipse. While a solar eclipse is not uncommon, this one is significant because it is not only a total solar eclipse, meaning the moon will completely block the sun from the Earth, but it will also be visible from coast to coast in the continental U.S., calling it the Great American Eclipse. The last time a total eclipse crossed the U.S. was 99 years ago. The total phase of this solar eclipse is not visible in Carroll County, but it will be observed as a partial solar eclipse. Approximately 90% of the sun will be blocked by the moon, the making for a spectacular sight.

An eclipse is a striking phenomenon that we don’t want to miss, but it comes with some safety precautions. No one should look directly at the sun during a solar eclipse because the very bright light can burn the light-sensitive tissue in the back of your eye, called your retina. Without notice, permanent eye damage can happen in just a few seconds of looking at the sun during an eclipse. Since the retina does not have any pain fibers you can’t feel the burn; although, irreversible eye damage has occurred.

The eclipse will begin at 1:11 p.m., with the maximum eclipse reached at 2:39 p.m. and completed at 4:01 p.m. The duration of this event is 2 hours and 50 minutes. Due to this time frame and safety of our staff and children, we will extend the school day until 4:05 p.m. Buses will be released one hour later than their regular scheduled departure time. This schedule will include all students except for special transportation that will depart at 11:45 a.m.

This event will provide an excellent opportunity for our students to learn about a solar eclipse while practicing safety procedures. All students will have an opportunity to view the eclipse. Grades Kindergarten through second grade can view through live streaming such as, http://www.wdbj7.com/eclipse/, while third grade through high school will be able to view outside with protective solar eclipse glasses. Since this is a special event, parents or guardians will have the opportunity to “opt out” their child(ren) from outside viewing of the solar eclipse. Please refer to the included opt out form and return the form back to the school your child(ren) attends, if you wish to exclude your child(ren) from viewing this event on August 21, 2017. For additional information on solar eclipses, please refer to NASA at https://www.nasa.gov/.

Sincerely,

Shirley A. Perry, Ph.D.
Division Superintendent

Opt Out Form: https://goo.gl/1NynVD

Free and Reduced Lunch Reminder

posted Aug 9, 2017, 7:59 AM by Jude Raffeinner

Parents:
If any of the children in your household receive free or reduced lunch and breakfast (you have already received your approval letter), all children in the household should be approved.  You must receive an approval letter for each child.  If you have not received the approval letter for a sibling of the approved child, please contact Sharon Beasley at 276-730-3234 to ensure all children receive services.

Special Education Advisory Committee Meeting-August 22, 2017

posted Aug 3, 2017, 12:14 PM by Mitzi Frazier

The Special Education Advisory Committee of Carroll County Public Schools will meet on Tuesday, August 22, 2017, at 5:30 p.m. in the large conference room on the third floor of the Carroll County Governmental Center. The purpose of this meeting is to welcome new members, plan for the Services Fair and report on the opening of school.

The public is invited to attend this meeting. The public can address concerns related to special education to Laura Goad, Director of Special Education at (276) 730-3200 or 236-8145 or to any member of the Carroll County Public Schools Special Education Advisory Committee. Those members are: Pam Fortner, Dan Combs, Paige Combs, Joan Weaver, Linda Rotella, Vickey Ritchie, Debbie Johnson, Katrina Alexander, Jerry Sowers, Melissa Sowers, Heather Waller (new) and Keli Meredith (new).

Student Handbook

posted Jul 26, 2017, 10:29 AM by Jude Raffeinner   [ updated Jul 26, 2017, 10:30 AM ]

The 2017-2018 Student handbook for Carroll County Public Schools is available for download.  All students will also receive a hard-copy of the handbook at Open House on August 7th or on the first day of school.

Application for Free/Reduced Meals Available

posted Jul 24, 2017, 6:41 AM by Web Admin

Children need healthy meals to learn. Carroll County Public Schools offers healthy meals every school day. Student breakfast costs $1.05 Grades K-8, $1.10 Grades 9-12; and lunch costs $2.05 Grades K-8, $2.10 Grades 9-12. Your children may qualify for free or reduced price breakfast and lunch meals. Reduced price breakfast costs $0.30 and reduced price lunch costs $0.40.

All children in households receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) are eligible for free meals. Foster children who are the legal responsibility of a foster care agency or court are eligible for free meals. Students who are eligible for Medicaid may also be eligible for free or reduced price meals based on the household’s income. Children who are members of households participating in WIC may also be eligible for free or reduced-price meals based on the household’s income. If your total household income is at or below the Federal Income Eligibility Guidelines, shown on the chart below, your child(ren) may get free meals or reduced price meals. Your child(ren)’s application from last school year is only good for the first few days of this school year. YOU MUST SEND IN A NEW HOUSEHOLD APPLICATION FOR EACH SCHOOL YEAR.

If you have questions or need help, call: Sharon Beasley at 276-730-3200 or 276-236-8145

Open House

posted Jul 13, 2017, 2:22 PM by DONNA LINEBERRY

Carroll County Public Schools wish to announce that all schools, with the exception of Carroll County High School and Carroll County Middle School, will hold an Open House on Monday, August 7th, from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. This will give parents and students the opportunity to receive information about the school year, meet teachers, and tour the school the students will be attending.     

Textbooks will be provided for students at no charge.  An instructional consumable fee of $5.00 will be collected from all students in addition to certain curriculum area fees.  School fees are payable for grades K-8 during Open House.   

Please see individual grade level time periods listed below for Carroll County High School and Carroll County Middle School. 

     Carroll County Middle School

Carroll County Middle School Students are requested to attend Open House during the following time periods:

          Monday, August 7th  - 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. – 7th & 8th Grade Students

          Tuesday, August 8th – 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. – 6th Grade Students

    Carroll County High School

On Monday, August 7th, Carroll County High School will hold Freshman Orientation from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. in the auditorium. All freshman and their parents are encouraged to attend this orientation. Freshmen will receive their schedules, visit their classrooms, teachers, and have a pizza lunch. Students in grades 10 – 12 are invited to attend open house from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. School fees will be collected on the first day of school, Wednesday, August 9th, from student’s individual teachers.  

Senior schedules and senior parking permits may be picked up on Wednesday, July 26th beginning at 8:00 a.m. Parking permits will be issued on a first come, first served basis. 

Reception to welcome School Superintendent Dr. Shirley A. Perry

posted Jul 10, 2017, 5:32 AM by Jude Raffeinner

The Carroll County School Board will host a reception to welcome Dr. Shirley A. Perry on Tuesday, July 25, 2017.  Dr. Perry was appointed by the School Board on June 15, 2017, to replace retiring Superintendent Dr. Strader E. Blankenship.  Dr. Perry began her term as Superintendent of Carroll County Public Schools on July 1, 2017.

The reception will be from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the 2nd floor conference room of the Carroll County Governmental Complex.

Carroll County Fills Superintendent Position

posted Jun 22, 2017, 6:27 AM by Web Admin

Brian Spencer, Chairman of the Carroll County School Board, announces that the superintendent vacancy
has been filled by Dr. Shirley A. Perry. Dr. Perry is currently the Director of Human Resources for Pulaski
County Public Schools. Dr. Perry served as Assistant Principal at Carroll County Middle School in 2008-2009
prior to returning to Pulaski County. Dr. Perry has over twenty-four years of service in public education.

The Carroll County School Board received twelve applications, which included three current/former
Superintendents, five central office administrators, two principals, and two educators. The Board conducted over
twenty hours of interviews with five candidates over the three week interview period and has unanimously selected Dr. Shirley Perry to lead the school division.

“We are very pleased that Dr. Shirley Perry has accepted this position.  Her vision towards education and her past experience as a Director of Human Resources will benefit the Carroll County Public School system as we continue to be one the best school divisions in Virginia", said Brian Spencer, Chairman of the Carroll County School Board.

Dr. Perry will start her new position effective July 1, 2017.

A reception to welcome Dr. Perry has been scheduled for Tuesday, July 25, 2017, beginning at 4:00 p.m. in the 2 nd floor conference room of the Carroll County Governmental Complex. 

Interviews for Position of Superintendent

posted May 23, 2017, 10:03 AM by Jude Raffeinner

Candidates for the position of Superintendent of Carroll County Public Schools will be interviewed during the period from May 31, 2017, through June 13, 2017.

Upcoming School Bus Driver Training Classes

posted May 16, 2017, 11:46 AM by Jude Raffeinner

CCPSD is in need of new school bus drivers for the upcoming 2017-2018 school year.

All school bus drivers must eventually obtain a DMV Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) for a minimum Class “B”  vehicle with  Air Brakes as well as endorsements for Passenger Buses “P” and School Buses “S”.

In addition, the Virginia Department of Education requires all school bus drivers to obtain a minimum of 24 hours of certified classroom training specific to school buses and a minimum of 24 hours of behind-the-wheel training for all drivers before driving independently with students.

CCPSD will have certified trainers available for FREE classroom and behind-the-wheel training.  Classroom training will next be available on the following dates:

Either all daytime classes on June 12th through June 15th from 8:30 am until 4:00 pm each day, or all evening classes on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, June 12, 14, 15, 19, 21 and 22 starting at 6:00 or 7:00 pm until 10:00 pm each day.

CCPSD has decided to offer a $250 bonus to those who complete all licensing and training requirements and drive successfully for 6 months for Carroll County schools.  Those completing 12 months of successful driving will receive an additional $250 bonus PLUS reimbursement for the cost of their CDL license for school bus driving.

Please contact David Kinzer, CCPSD Transportation Supervisor, to indicate your interest in taking the FREE classes, or if you have any questions by calling 276-730-3200 and asking for the Transportation Department.

Well trained drivers are necessary for the safety of our students!

For More information, see this Bus Driver Training Document

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