September 20, 2020 Edition

Message from the Superintendent

Our fifth week of the school year was another extremely busy week for leadership, teachers, and support staff. Below are some updates and highlights.

Highlights from the Week

  • At the September 14th School Board meeting, staff presented an update on the Return to Learn plan. Based on the board’s discussion and actions, we remain focused in planning for a transition to the hybrid in-person with the continued 100% distance learning option for our students, staff, and families at the beginning of the second quarter (October 12th).

  • During the September 14th board meeting, we experienced technical difficulties and were not able to show our Instructional Highlight Video featuring some of our students and staff during the distance learning process. Please take a moment to view this less than 5 minute video.

  • I am so proud of our student, school, and division recognitions in the area of visual and performing arts. Please take a look at our amazing educators and students - Arts Recognition - September 14th Board Meeting.

  • To view the September 14th School Board Meeting or portions of the meeting, please click here.

  • We are excited to share that the Forbes 2020 Best Employers by State rating has ranked Spotsylvania County Public Schools 37 out of the top 100 employers in Virginia (only 10 school divisions in the state made the list and SCPS ranked 4th among that distinguished group).

Distance Learning Supports

  • We have some positive news to share regarding hotspots. To date, approximately 230 hotspots have arrived. Presently, we are working with the company to put the required filtering system on each device and then we can distribute them to students. Additionally, the remaining 670 hotspots have shipped!

  • To assist parents and students with technical issues, a Distance Learning Tech Support link has been added under the student tab and homepage of each school site.

Hybrid In-person Model Planning

  • As part of conference nights/week for each school, personalized contacts were made to verify student/parent intentions in planning for a transition to more in-person learning. The intention of these contacts was to ensure clarity in terms of student/staff needs moving forward, not to resurvey/re-enroll students/parents.

  • We know there are still questions that parents, students, and teachers have regarding exactly how schedules will be affected and how the hybrid model will be executed. We will be trying to maintain as much continuity in student/teachers schedules as possible. Here is the link to the presentation that was shared with the board on September 14th. As we continue to actively plan with our schools and building leaders, please know that continued details will be shared over the next few weeks. This will include an update to the school board on September 28th.

  • Hybrid Model resources:

  • We appreciate your continued support and partnership as we move forward in our planning of this model along with the simultaneous implementation of distance learning. It is complex and we are trying to ensure that we best match our resources to the needs.

Family Connection Webinar

  • Our first Family Connection Webinar will be on Thursday, September 24, 2020, 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. To access the webinar, please use the Livestream Link: or view it on Comcast Channel 17, Cox Channel 18, and Verizon Channel 36. The focus of the webinar will be announcements related to the Hybrid In-person Model and will feature parent and student resources/support for distance learning.

SCPS COVID-19 Dashboard

  • We are launching an SCPS COVID-19 Dashboard. The purpose of the dashboard is to provide our families and staff with an accurate summary of COVID-19 cases. An active case indicates that a student or staff member participating in on-campus activities has tested positive or is presumed positive for an active COVID-19 infection. Individuals who test positive are excluded from participation in any in-person/on-campus activity until the school nurse or our Director of Health Services verifies that the individual meets the return criteria set by the Virginia Department of Health. This data will be updated weekly.

I am so proud of how hard everyone is working as well as being collaborative in our approach! Thank you for your continued support!

Dr. S. Scott Baker