February 28, 2021 Edition
Message from the Superintendent
With March upon us, we are just two weeks from completing the 3rd academic quarter prior to Spring Break. We experienced a good transition back to our pre-k-12 hybrid learning mode. The past few weeks have been impacted by frequent and abundant wintry weather conditions. Hopefully, the next week will be free from additional disruptions!
On Tuesday afternoon, we shared a media release detailing our school division’s being designated as one of the Top Employers in America by Forbes Magazine. If you have not had an opportunity to read the release, it is linked here.
Below are some announcements and reminders as we look to the week ahead.
Announcements & Reminders
We are back in full hybrid in-person learning again. Our entire staff has been so glad to see our students and families back in our schools and buildings this week!
We apologize for any confusion on Tuesday related to the decision to move from an in-person delay to a delayed virtual learning day (synchronous). The road conditions that morning were very unexpected and did not improve quickly enough for us to move forward with safe in-person learning. We are continuing to review our inclement weather codes that are used to communicate the status of school and 12 month employees; specifically, to better align them to our new ability to support both synchronous and asynchronous instruction.
Our COVID-19 Dashboard is updated daily and can be viewed in the Return to Learn section on each school’s website or by clicking this link: SCPS COVID-19 Dashboard. Also, on our webpage is a link to the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) Dashboard. This site provides data and statistics regarding COVID-19 positivity rates and cases per 100,000 by locality, region, and state.
FY2022 Budget Information & upcoming critical dates:
This past Tuesday, the School Board Chair Ms. Dawn Shelley and Vice Chair Dr. Lorita Daniels presented the approved school board budget request to the county Board of Supervisors. To access the presentation, you can click on this link.
Please see the detailed calendar of additional dates critical to the process here: FY 2022 Approved Critical Budget Dates.
School Board meetings can be viewed online at https://www.regionalwebtv.com/spotsysb. Meetings are live-streamed. Recordings of each meeting may be accessed at the same link. Additionally, meetings may be viewed on cable channels: Comcast Channel 17, Cox Channel 18, and Verizon Channel 36.
Currently, our school counselors are scheduling our middle and high school students for the 2021-2020 school year. Please contact your child’s school if you have any questions or need support with scheduling. The latest Family Connection webinar is available for viewing and focuses on Academic and Career Planning for middle and high school students. Be sure to check it out at https://amsva.wistia.com/projects/7ofldfzadl.
Expanded Summer School draft plans are underway. This year’s plans include a focus on skill development and social emotional learning through a project based approach. Additionally, we have expanded our support to students with disabilities as well. We hope to have the plan completed within the next couple of weeks.
This year’s Race for Education will be virtual. This family-friendly 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk raises funds to enhance the quality and impact of student learning experiences in Spotsylvania County Public Schools (SCPS) through the Spotsylvania Education Foundation (SEF). Participants will complete their 5K or 1 Mile during April 16-18. All participants will be eligible for prizes and one elementary, one middle, and one high school will each receive $300 for the most school participation. For complete details or to register for the race go to: https://runsignup.com/Race/VA/Fredericksburg/SpotsyRaceForEducation.
Looking for a way to support our families in need? We’re excited to announce our new partnership with @purposity! To support our mission, just download the Purposity app and follow Spotsylvania County Public Schools. Your donations will help fill the shelves of our Treasure House, which directly supports our students in need. To get started, download the Purposity app in the App Store or Google Play and be sure to follow us.
Have a great week!
Dr. S. Scott Baker