Winchester Public Schools expands walk zones

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Winchester Public Schools will join numerous departments across the country with expanded Walk Zones for the upcoming school year in response to the ongoing bus driver shortage.

Households included in the Walk Zones will get to school by either walking, biking, or riding with a family member.

The change will primarily impact students at Virginia Avenue and Quarles and a smaller group at Daniel Morgan and Handley.

The areas chosen have safe walking paths, sidewalks, and crosswalks while avoiding four lane roads and train tracks.

The City of Winchester is also working with the school district to employ additional Crossing Guards and add crosswalks and signage.

If you have questions or concerns, WPS is hosting two Transportation Walk and Talks at 6:30 pm on July 19th at Quarles Elementary and on July 20th at Virginia Avenue.

Students with an IEP requiring transportation will still be able to take the bus.

For more information on the Walk Zones, click here.

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WPS names two new assistant principals

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Winchester Public Schools announced the hiring of two assistant principals.

Dr. Elayna Clokes joins John Kerr Elementary School from Loudoun County Public Schools.

She brings with her over 20 years of classroom and leadership experience.

Dr. Clokes said she looks “to facilitate an inclusive curriculum that is intentionally rigorous and purposefully scaffolded to promote deeper learning for all learners.”

Alexandra Hoxton was named assistant principal at Virginia Avenue Charlotte DeHart.

She has worked in Special Education as a teacher and diagnostician since 2016, starting in Frederick County Public Schools and most recently in Winchester.

Both assistant principals will begin their new roles on July 1st, 2023.

To view the press release from WPS, click here.

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Water main break on Virginia Avenue

The Town of Front Royal’s Water and Sewer Department is responding to a water main break on Virginia Avenue between 9th and 11th Street.

Portion’s of Virginia Avenue will be closed while repairs are being made.

Homes in this area will also experience little to no water pressure during the repairs.

Be aware of road crews and signage when traveling through this area.

Once water is returned, residents are encouraged to run their faucets to clear discoloration and air in the repaired lines.

For questions or concerns, call Public Works or if it’s after hours, utilize the non-emergency police department number.

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