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Covid-19 Advisory Committee

We have convened a committee to guide our response to Covid-19, primarily to help us plan a safe return to in-person learning.

We will post documents and updates related to this committee’s work on this page.

As part of this process, a draft plan was presented to the committee as a starting point for conversation. You can find these and other slides here, but please know that these are not firm plans.

Returning to in-person instruction will take time, information, and multiple revisions to a plan. Once our advisory committee — which is comprised of staff, parents, students, medical professionals, and more — has a more concrete plan to share, we will let you know. Keep in mind that we will continue to offer families the choice for all-online learning — and to the greatest degree possible, we will allow staff this choice, also.

Even as we begin this planning process, we are committed to making online learning successful.

BMS Messages

Buford Return to Learn graphicThis page contains the most recent messages from Buford Middle School.

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Good Evening Buford Families:

The second week of school is almost complete, and both teachers and students are settling into a good routine. We really appreciate your support in making this happen for the students! Please continue to contact us if you have any questions or concerns, as we are here to help.

Tomorrow is Asynchronous Friday. It is important that students remember to engage with each of their classes before 1pm tomorrow to be considered present for classes. Logging in to the class, or submitting a class assignment, or communicating with a teacher are the ways a student can engage with their class in order to be marked present for attendance. Asynchronous assignments should be completed by the start of the next school week.

If your student is interested in participating in the Charlottesville Debate League this year, please look for information on their Language Arts teacher’s Canvas home page. If you have any questions about the CDL, please contact Mr. Herron for more information and a permission form.

As always, thank you for all of your support!


Friday, September 11, 2020

Good Afternoon Buford Families:

Attendance will be taken on Fridays for asynchronous learning.  In order for students to be marked present, students must do one of the following for each class:

  1. Log into Canvas to get the assignment for the class;
  2. Complete and submit an assignment;
  3. Meet or communicate with a teacher regarding assignments.

Students must engage with each course by 1:00pm each Friday during virtual learning.  Your student’s Friday schedule in PowerSchool will now show each class.

We apologize for any confusion and appreciate your patience and support.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Good Evening Buford Families:

Just a friendly reminder that all students will be completing work for their classes asynchronously tomorrow, meaning students will complete class assignments independently on Friday.  These assignments can be found in each of their class’ Canvas pages.  Teachers will be looking for students to submit work through Canvas each period.  This will be the expectation for each Friday.

Thank you, again, for your patience and support!

Have a good evening.


Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Good Evening Buford Families:

Today was a busy day, but overall it was a good start to the school year!  Students and teachers were excited to get back to the work of instruction and learning.  As we progressed through the day, we wanted to be sure to share some important bits of information.

Zoom and Chromebooks:  We noticed that many students had difficulties using Zoom today.  This app has been updated on student chromebooks.  Please allow Zoom to update, if prompted, when students try to log into Zoom for class meetings.

Internet Access:  If you do not have access to the internet, please contact the main office at 434-245-2411.  

Library Services:  Please visit the Library Canvas page for information on how to access books during this time of virtual learning.  Guidelines for the library are:

  1. Students will not have physical access to the library. 
  2. By the end of next week, a virtual library space will be located directly outside of the main office.
  3. Students, parents, and teachers will have direct access to the catalog.  Please see the Canvas page for instructions on checking out, picking up, and returning books.
  4. Parents/guardians/responsible adults may enter the building to pick up/drop off books – MASKS are MANDATORY at all times.
  5. Pick up hours and days are MONDAYS AND THURSDAYS from 9:00 – 3:00. Please email Mrs. Curry if additional times are needed.  

Early Morning/Afternoon Health and Physical Education:  All students who were registered for early morning or afternoon HPE have been scheduled into Virtual HPE.  On the student’s schedule, it will look like the student will be enrolled in two classes during one class period.  If one of the periods says“VIR”, it means that the course is totally virtual.  Please visit the course Canvas page for more information.

Again, thank you for all of your support!  Together, we will make this year a success!


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Technology Help Desk

Illustration of chromebook

This page is designed to answer some of the frequently asked questions about chromebooks, internet access, and the programs our students will be using. We’ll continue to build it out to answer your questions.

Student Logins

  • Call your school or get in touch with your teacher to get your child’s username/password or badge
    • For older students, the username is usually first initial + last name + 2 numbers (example: bsmith11). There’s a separate password.
    • For elementary students, they’ll have a badge they can use to log in.


  • If your student doesn’t have a functioning chromebook, call or contact your school. Or see the emails, below, for your school’s tech team.
  • Your student will log into the chromebook using their login information or badge.

Internet Access

  • Call your school.

Canvas for Students

Canvas for Observers (Parents/Providers)

Remind School Communication App

  • Learn more about this text-like school communication tool here. We haven’t officially launched it yet, but many teachers/families are already using it.


  • Students can log in to check their grades with their username and password
  • Parents/guardians should have their own account linked to all their students.

Re-Registering Your Students

  • Each year, we ask families to check their contact information and renew their permissions for each student in our schools
  • Find these forms by logging into the PowerSchool web site (not the app) as a parent/guardian (not a student)

Other Questions?

Have another question? Please contact your school or teacher. Or you can log a ticket with your tech team at:

Lugo-McGinness Academy:

Have a suggestions for this page? Please email

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Learning at Buford

Buford Return to Learn graphicWe’re eager to see you — virtually — on Tuesday, September 8. Log in by 8:30 for your first meeting of the day. This page gives you login-instructions, tells you how to get help, and describes the tools we’ll use. Find a printable version of this guide here.

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How to Log in to Canvas to Start Your Day

Screenshot of the little circle in the left corner of the Chromebook login1. Log into your Chromebook

2. Click on white circle in bottom left corner (or just click on the Canvas logo at the bottom of the screen)

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3. Click on image to see all apps

4. Click on Canvas icon

5.  Click on your class

6.  Click on Virtual Meeting link

Need Support?

Scheduling Question?

Contact counselor (434-245-2411)

  • 7th Grade – Mr. Ullrich
  • 8th Grade – Mr. Epps

Technology Question?

  1. Ask your teacher for support
  2. Still stuck? Your teacher will submit a ZenDesk request for you
  3. Buford Tech Support responds to ZenDesk requests
    • Mrs. Rod
    • Tech Support hours: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

What to Expect with Virtual Learning

Examples of how students may connect and engage in their classes


Illustration of Student working with teacher, Student/Teacher:

  • Google Meet or Zoom:
    • Meet with teachers in real-time (whole group, small group or one-on-one)
    • WeVideo:
  • Watch and review instructional videos from teachers
  • Canvas:
    • Receive announcements from teachers
    • Receive feedback from teachers on assignments


  • Student-Content IllustrationNearpod:
    • Go through a lesson (real-time or self-paced) and interact with the resources
  • Canvas Studio Videos:
    Watch videos that include teacher prompts and interactive questions
  • Canvas Google Cloud:
    Complete an activity from a template that a teacher has provided

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  •  Flipgrid:
    • Create video to share with others
    • Review/respond to other submissions
  • Jamboard:
    • Add responses to a collective board
    • Review/respond to other submissions
  • Canvas Discussion Boards:
    • Contribute to class discussions
    • Review/respond to other submissions
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First Day of School at Walker: Your Guide

We’re eager to see you on Tuesday at 9am! Watch this video to see how to get started. Need help? Call 245-2412 or fill out his form!

Using Your Own Device?

The steps are similar, but start by logging in here with your user name (bsmith11) and password. Don’t have them? Call 245-2412 or fill out his form!

Link to Log into Canvas

Then go to your calendar (on the left-hand menu — see the red circle in the screenshot, below) and then click on the link to your morning meeting!

Your  calendar will have all your class times and links for the day and week. You can also find that schedule here!

Have a great first day!

Screen Shot of Canvas at Walker with Calendar Circled

CHS Fall 2020 Schedule

Find the CHS daily fall schedule for the first 9 weeks of the 2020-21 school year here.

Canvas — Pairing Codes and More

canvasCharlottesville City Schools uses Canvas, a widely used online “learning management system,” an interactive classroom web site. This page has links and information to help you  get started.


Link to Log into Canvas

Link to Canvas Training for Families/Providers


How Students can Generate a Pairing Code


Creating a Parent Account

Reporting a Problem with Your Canvas Account (lost password, etc.)

More Canvas Information:

  • Teachers can post all their class content in one place, including a calendar for due dates, links to class resources like videos, posted homework assignments (and a drop-box for turning it in), etc.
  • Students can see all their assignments, due dates, and class materials  in one spot. They can turn in assignments and see teacher feedback and grades.
  • Parents can create accounts so they can get a glimpse into the classroom, see what assignments are in the works, keep an eye on due dates, etc.

PowerSchool vs. Canvas?

  • PowerSchool contains grades and attendance. It’s the authoritative source for report cards. It also contains links to other tools so you can complete back-to-school paperwork, edit how you receive phone calls/emails/texts, and more.
  • Canvas is a classroom resource. It contains assignments, hand-outs, links to resources, and more. It also shows grades. If the grades in Canvas and PowerSchool don’t match up, please ask your student or teacher. 
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Community Partnerships During the 2020-21 School Year

illustration of buildings or townWe appreciate all the community partners who have worked with us to support families.

Virtual Learning Centers

This fall, several organizations are offering safe learning spaces during the day.
Families will have to provide their own transportation.

Boys & Girls Club of Central Virginia
Hours- 8 am- 5:30pm
Location- Buford
Available spaces as of August 27: 0

Piedmont Family YMCA
Hours 7:30 am- 5:30pm
Location: Walker
Available spaces as of August 27: 147
Link to apply:

  • Applicants can apply for childcare assistance here through the DSS (Department of Social Services) if they currently receive DSS assistance. Interested participants can also seek financial assistance through the YMCA.

Other Partners

  • We have many partners supporting students during this time.  For an overview, please check out the Equity Center Community Resource Page:
Image of "Are you Ready for 7th Grade? Don't forget your T-Dap Shot" with illustration of immunization.

Reminder: 7th-Grade Required Vaccinations

Image of "Are you Ready for 7th Grade? Don't forget your T-Dap Shot" with illustration of immunization.Reminder, students entering 7th grade, the state requires that parents and/or guardians provide documentation of a Tdap vaccine.  This documentation should be sent to the Buford office.  Even though we are starting the school with virtual education, this requirement still applies to all students.

Need an Appointment?

Your family can make an appointment with your health care provider or the Thomas Jefferson Health District (1138 Rose Hill Drive). Their number is 434-972-6269.

In 2019, this requirement shifted from incoming 6th-graders to incoming 7th-graders. For details, you can find the Code of Virginia § 32.1-46.A.4.