February 21, 2021 Edition
Message from the Superintendent
MESSAGE FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT
I hope that all of our students and families have remained safe and healthy during these recent winter weather events. We are monitoring another potential weather event and hoping Monday is able to start and end as currently scheduled (Hybrid). Thank you for your continued patience and understanding.
Below are some announcements and reminders as we look to the week ahead, including reminders of messages sent out earlier in the week:
Announcements & Reminders
Monday, February 22nd will be our transition back to full Hybrid In-person Learning Pre-k-12. We have been working with the schools requesting them to spend the first few days re-acclimating staff and students to the five mitigation protocols to include proper mask wearing, social distancing and movement around the building.
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.
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. As a reminder, previous Family Connection webinars are available for viewing any time using the same link.
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.
Important Budget Dates for Information & Engagement:
On February 8th, at the school board’s general monthly meeting, the school board unanimously approved the FY2022 budget. This meeting was held virtually and is linked here.
As a reminder, the below are upcoming important budget dates:
The next step in the budget process is for the School Board to present their approved budget to the Board of Supervisors. The meeting can be watched here on February 23rd at 6:00pm.
Please see the detailed calendar 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.
Spotsylvania County Public Schools has been recognized as one of Forbes 2021 America’s Best Midsize Employers. This news follows our recent award as one of Forbes 2020 Best In-State Employers for Virginia. On Monday, we will share additional information regarding this recent achievement.
Have a great week!
Dr. S. Scott Baker