January 24, 2021 Edition

Message from the Superintendent

"Leadership is the capacity to transform vision into reality."

–Warren G. Bennis

Thank you to our students and families for your cooperation and patience during this shortened week, in which we adjusted schedules to prioritize vaccination opportunities for our staff.

Below are some announcements and reminders as we look to the week ahead:

Announcements & Reminders

  • Tuesday, January 26th will be an asynchronous day of learning for high school students ONLY. This is to accommodate those students who are taking the PSAT.

  • Important Budget Dates for Information & Engagement: As you know, it’s budget season. We welcome you to join our school community and kinly engage. Everyone’s voice is what makes the process valuable. Please make note and share with your school community the following important dates:

    • Jan 26 -- Dr. Baker will present his budget proposal to the School Board.

    • Jan 28 -- The School Board will review and engage in a public work session.

    • Feb 01 -- The Budget Public Hearing. In this step, all members of our community are invited to share their thoughts regarding the proposed budget.

    • Feb 23 -- The School Board will present the budget to the County BOS.

    • Mar 30 --BOS public hearing on the budget.

    • The finance team is grateful to serve the School Board and community this year! Please see the detailed calendar here: FY 2022 Approved Critical Budget Dates

  • As was indicated in the email shared with staff and community on January 12st, our School Board will be meeting on January 26th (5:30 p.m.) to review our current COVID-19 case data. Our goal is to resume the blend of hybrid in-person and optional virtual learning on February 1st. We do understand that advance notice of any changes in scheduling is very important to our students, families, and staff.

  • Also on January 26th (6:30 pm), following the status report of our Return To Learn plan, the school board will receive a presentation on the FY22 Superintendent’s Recommended Budget. Linked here is the agenda for the meeting.

  • A follow up School Board Budget Work session will take place on Thursday, January 28th (6:30 pm). As a reminder, critical budget dates were approved and adopted by the school board for the FY22 budget season. They are also linked here.

  • We engaged our Parent Advisory Team this week and received feedback regarding student academic progress and social emotional learning. The insight of parents representing all levels was extremely helpful as we gauge our planning for addressing the academic and social emotional learning impact of this pandemic.

  • As a reminder, our COVID-19 Dashboard is updated weekly 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.

  • We know and understand that the virtual setting for school can be a challenge. If you are in need of a hot spot, please contact your child’s school. We have some remaining. Additionally, if you need support for your child, do not hesitate to contact your child’s school. We are here to assist!

  • The mobile hotspots have been placed in the following location parking lots throughout the county:

  • 7XPRESS (2976 Partlow Rd, Partlow, VA 22534)

  • Dollar General (5720 Courthouse Rd. Spotsylvania, VA 22551)

  • Belmont Community Center (7124 Belmont Rd, Mineral, VA 23117)

  • Super Value Inn (5321 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Fredericksburg, VA 22408)

  • Stay 4 Less (5308 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Fredericksburg, VA 22408)

  • Garden Inn (5308 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Fredericksburg, VA 22408)

  • Todd's Tavern (10719 Catharpin Rd. Spotsylvania, VA 22553)

  • Dollar General (1500 New Bridge Rd, Mineral, VA 23117)

The week of January 24th is School Principal Appreciation Week. As a large and complex organization, our strong, dedicated building administrators are essential and pivotal in transforming “vision into reality.” I know from the feedback I receive how much they are valued for their steady and consistent leadership during this unprecedented crisis. Thank you for joining me in expressing appreciation for their efforts.

Have a great week!

Dr. S. Scott Baker