What is a Code Orange day?

  • Live virtual learning day for students from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    • Students will access class from their device by loging into Canvas and joining their teacher's Zoom meeting.
  • School buildings and office buildings are closed.
  • Business operations that can be conducted remotely will continue.
  • Buses will not operate.
  • The School Age Child Care (SACC) program will not open.
  • All in-person school activities (day and evening) are canceled, including field trips, team practices, club meetings, interscholastic contests, and athletic contests. 
  • All non-school activities (day and evening) are canceled, including Adult Education, evening school classes, and community use, including recreational programs scheduled in school buildings.
  • Remote (virtual) extracurricular activities may occur.



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On a Code Orange day please use your Office 365 credentials to login on the computer or iPad. Kindergarten and first graders have a Clever badge to login. 


Students can access everything they need for a Code Orange Day within Clever. However, in case you are on a personal device here are ways to access a few important platforms:


Clever- where most platforms students use on a daily basis are located. Go to

Canvas- where teachers have Zoom located and where access to a schedule, encore rotation and work for the day are located.

Zoom- where to go to have live instruction with your teacher. Link available in your teacher's homeroom course in Canvas but just in case. Once here you will most likely need the Domain code associated with our division. The domain is pwcs-zm-edu. You will select the SSO method of signing in. Then enter the domain name and your O365 credentials. 


During the 2021 legislative session, the Virginia General Assembly passed a bill (House Bill 1790/Senate Bill 1132) allowing up to 10 unscheduled remote learning days (full or partial) to apply to the 180-day or 990-hour instructional time requirement when the closure is due to severe weather and other emergencies. Per Virginia Department of Education, if school divisions are able to provide instruction and services to each student on these days, the instructional time can be counted toward the length of the school term and core instruction hour requirements for the school year.

According to Regulation 404.04-1, “School Closing Due to Hazardous Conditions,” school and office buildings are closed, and the division operates virtually when the Superintendent or the designee determines a Code Orange. Synchronous virtual instruction and services are delivered remotely according to the schedule aligned to this guidance and posted online by the school.