Code Orange

Code Orange Day Instructions

  1. Sign into your classes
    • Be on time. Look at the Code Orange Day Schedule (see table below) to know what time to sign in to each class.
    • At the start of your class time, go to that course in Canvas to open the class Zoom meeting.
    • Click on the “Zoom – New" link to access the Zoom meeting.
    • Click the "Join" button to join the Zoom meeting. 
    • Wait for the teacher to admit you to the Zoom meeting.
    • Technology problems? Contact the PWCS Help Desk.
  2. You will need turn your cameras on and participate in the class to be counted as present.
    • You may use a virtual background or blur your background on your camera.
    • Remember to "mute" yourself when you are not talking and "unmute" yourself when it is your turn to talk.
    • Be a good listener and take turns when talking.
    • Use the "raise hand" icon if you have a question or would like to talk.
  3. School rules and expectations apply during Zoom classes, so all can learn.
    • Be on time, stay in the Zoom class the entire period, stay on-task and participate in class, complete all work.
    • Be polite and use school appropriate dress, attitude, and conversation.


  • You will have 1 hour for lunch.
  • Time has been built into the schedule for bathroom breaks between classes.
  • Once you sign into class, you should have your camara on and be present in class for the whole class period.

Code Orange Day Bell Schedule




Teacher Planning

8:00 – 9:00 a.m.


1st Block

9:00 – 9:40 a.m.


2nd/3rd Block

10:00 – 11:00 a.m.



11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.


4th/5th Block

12:00 - 12:55 p.m.


6th/7th Block

1:05 – 2:00 p.m.


Counselors via Zoom

9:00 – 2:05pm


Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Will students receive live virtual instruction on Code Orange days during the 2023–24 school year?

A. Yes, all students will receive synchronous, live virtual instruction on Code Orange days during the 2023-24 school year.

Q: Are Code Red days going away?

A: No. PWCS will continue to have Code Red days this school year and beyond when conditions warrant their use in severe weather emergencies that may impact access to remote work or learning, such as potential power outages. Students will not be assigned required work on Code Red days, and teachers will take the missed time into consideration of deadlines or test scheduling. Students may take advantage of a Code Red day to optionally catch-up on or for voluntary work on assignments already assigned. All full-time employees are paid for Code Red days but are not required to work, except for inclement weather personnel.

Q: When will Code Orange be used?

A: Code Orange exists as one tool in the toolbox and may or may not be used. Any emergency closure places a burden on families and are sought to be avoided to the greatest extent practicable. However, emergencies vary in scope and impact, and there may times where an extended series of Code Red would negatively impact learning, or a two-hour delay is insufficient. As such, having the Code Orange option would be an alternative plan that has a clearly developed plan ahead of any emergency.

Q: How will attendance be taken, and students counted as present on Code Orange days?

A: Students will need to turn their cameras on and participate in the class to be counted as present. Blurred or other backgrounds can be utilized by students. Teachers will take attendance in each class and record it in the Hub.

Q: What should families or employees do if they have trouble logging in on Code Orange Day?

A: Families should contact the PWCS Help Desk.

Q: What if a child or employee leaves their school-issued device at school?

A: A student or employee may use another device or phone to access most applications online, including Canvas and

Q: What if a family does not have internet access at home?

Q: How do recent changes to Virginia law affect weather-related and other emergency closures in PWCS?

A: 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.

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