I wanted to take a moment this afternoon to share with you several resources related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. As your Delegate, I want to ensure that you have the necessary information to keep you and your family both safe and healthy.
A state of emergency was declared for Virginia on March 12th. Since then, numerous local and state agencies have been impacted. Below I’ve worked to compile helpful information in one, convenient place.
The Supreme Court of Virginia has ordered all non-essential, non-emergency court proceedings to suspend through April 6th. This includes a suspension in eviction hearings. If you have ongoing matters before the courts, you may wish to reach out to your attorney or the appropriate clerk’s office for specific questions.
The DMV has closed its service centers through April 2nd. Virginians with business before the DMV are encouraged to perform their transactions online. For those who must appear in person for license renewal or other similar business, a 60 day deadline extension will be granted for all expirations occurring before May 15. Click here for more details.
The State Corporation Commission (SCC) has ordered all publicly regulated utility companies to suspend disconnections for a period of 60 days.
The Governor has ordered all public schools in Virginia to close until Friday, March 27th. Some schools will be closed for longer periods of time.
Colonial Heights families can find relevant information from school officials by clicking here. Meal distribution for students is at North Elementary School (3201 Dale Ave) from 9am to 1pm. Federal guidelines require the student to be present to pick up the meals.
Chesterfield families can find relevant information from school officials by clicking here. Please note that Chesterfield schools will be closed through at least April 13th. Numerous meal distribution sites are available to Chesterfield students. You can find a full list current as of 3/16/2020 by clicking here. Federal guidelines require the student to be present to pick up the meals.
Please be aware that local, state, and federal officials are aware that the extended closure of schools will impact standardized testing. Discussions are ongoing regarding the status of SOL testing in Virginia.
Should further action regarding school closure be deemed necessary, that information will be disseminated by local media.
The standard one week waiting period for unemployment benefits has been waived. If you or someone you know has lost their job or had a significant reduction in hours due to Coronavirus, this information from the Virginia Employment Commission (VEC) will help answer questions about unemployment benefits.
Please note that VEC offices are closed to the public. Online and phone services remain open.
The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) has a list of answers to frequently asked questions regarding Coronavirus, including recommendations on social distancing and precautions for high-risk individuals. Click here to access that information.
You can also keep up to date with various health and safety measures being recommended by state officials by clicking here.
My team and I remain easily accessible by email (firstname.lastname@example.org). I’ll continue to share relevant information both by email and on my Facebook page. Please let me know if you have any questions that I can help answer for you.