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2024 - 2025 School Supply List

Attached is our school supply list for next year. Some homeroom teachers (4th, 5th and 6th) may require additional supplies, which will be shared during Open House in August (TBD).

School Enrollment

If you are NEW to Isle of Wight County Schools next school year, begin registration by clicking here. Once you have been redirected to IWCS website, get started by clicking the RED link to begin registration for the 2024-2025 school year.
sun meals

IWCS to Participate in Summer Food Service Program

Meals will be provided to all children without charge on a first come, first served basis.

Hardy Elementary School (Open Site Ages 4-18) July 8,2024- July 25,2024 Monday - Thursday Breakfast 9:15AM-9:45AM
Lunch 11:50AM-12:15PM
sun bucks

IWCS Families May Be Eligible for Summer EBT Program

Students are automatically enrolled in Virginia SUN Bucks if they receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) benefits or participate in an income-eligible Medical Assistance program (such as Medicaid).
Schools out for summer

Summer Work Schedules Begin June 17, 2024

All IWCS Schools and Offices will be open 8:00am to 4:30pm Monday through Thursday. Buildings and offices will be closed on Fridays. IWCS will return to regular hours after Labor Day.
snow day in may

Snow Day in May

The Friday before Memorial Day is now a student and staff holiday.
gifted and talented night

IWCS to Host Gifted and Talented Night

Come out and support students enrolled in Fine Arts classes, Math Plus (elementary) classes, and identified gifted students as they showcase their work on perspectives.
deepest sympathy

IWCS Creates In Memoriam Page

IWCS considers all current and past employees as part of our family. We celebrate them when they are with us, and when they retire. We also know many members of the community would like to join us in celebrating them when they are no longer with us. To that end, IWCS has created a page where anyone can share information on the passing of a former employee. The information will be posted on an In Memoriam page on the IWCS website.

IWCS Accepting Feedback on the 2024-2025 School Calendar

To provide comments on the proposed calendar, complete the Online Survey by clicking on the headline. The calendar survey will remain open until January 31, 2024 at 11:59 pm. A final draft calendar will be shared with the School Board at their February 8, 2024, meeting. The board will vote to approve a calendar at their March 14, 2024, meeting.
James river bridge

Update: School Schedule Changes due to JRB Closure

VDOT plans to conduct a second closure of the James River Bridge beginning in the early morning hours of February 2 until 5:00am on February 6. As a result, IWCS has announced that February 2, which is already a student holiday, will be a staff virtual workday. February 5 will also be a student holiday and a staff virtual workday.

Two (2) Hour Early Dismissal Today for IWCS

With the concern for flooding and strong winds across the county this afternoon, all Isle of Wight County Schools and Offices will be dismissing TWO (2) hours early today. In addition, all after school activities are canceled for today.

We urge everyone to please use caution on the roads and avoid any dangerous situations.
important announcement

All After School Activities Cancelled For January 9, 2024

With the potential for localized flooding and high winds later today, IWCS has made the decision to cancel all after school activities. In addition, students attending the Governor's School for the Arts or Governor's School for Science & Technology will not be sent today. Schools will notify parents regarding the rescheduling of any cancelled events.

Please continue to monitor the division's website, social media, email, and other IWCS communication resources should there be any further announcements regarding changes to today's schedule.
james river bridge

IWCS Proposes Calendar Changes in Response to James River Bridge Closures

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) has announced primary and backup dates for closing the James River Bridge (JRB) related to cable replacement on the structure. During these dates, traffic heading to or from the peninsula will be rerouted to the Monitor Merrimac Bridge Tunnel (MMBT), or the Jamestown-Scotland Ferry. VDOT is anticipating extreme congestion throughout Hampton Roads during the closures. Many of our employees travel over the JRB or MMBT to work in IWCS and we anticipate significant disruption to employee arrival times on these days.

In response to these concerns, IWCS is proposing the following changes to the school calendar for January and February 2024

Westside IA Selected as IWCS RISE Award Recipient

The RISE Award (which stands for Recognizing Inspirational School Employees) was created by Congress in 2019 to honor classified school employees, such as clerical, school nutrition, health, pupil transportation and custodial staff, who provide exemplary service to students and their communities. Virginia invites school divisions to submit a nominee from which two state-level winners will be selected to continue to the national level. This year, Isle of Wight County Schools selected Pam Piccinini as our RISE award nominee. Ms. Piccinini is an Instructional Assistant at Westside Elementary.

IWCS Nurse Supervisor Best in Virginia

IWCS School Nurse Supervisor LaDona Roddy was recognized at the Virginia Association of School Nurses (VASN) Fall Conference as Virginia School Nurse Administrator of the Year.

IWCS Recognizes Bus Drivers

In honor of School Bus Transportation Employees Appreciation Day, IWCS celebrated bus drivers with an appreciation breakfast this week. Breakfast was held at SMS on Wednesday for the Smithfield/Carrollton drivers, and on Thursday for the Windsor/Carrsville drivers.
keeping schools safe

Schools Enhance Security Through Visitor Management System

The RAPTOR system is an advanced visitor management tool designed to enhance the safety of our schools. It reads a visitor's identification (such as a driver's license or state-issued photo ID card), cross-references it against a national database of registered sex offenders from all 50 states, and promptly alerts administrators if a match is found.
important announcement

2 Hour Early Dismissal for All IWCS Schools

With the concern for flooding and strong winds across the county this afternoon, all Isle of Wight County Schools and Offices will be dismissing TWO (2) hours early today. In addition, all after school activities are canceled for today.

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