Dear Prince George Families,
In March 2020 as the first cases of COVID-19 began to be recorded in the state, Prince George County Public Schools joined 132 other districts in the commonwealth in closing their doors and transitioning to serving students beyond the school house. As instruction changed during the final months of the 2019-2020 school year, it was clear this pandemic would have a profound effect on education. It was also important that every effort was made to support the needs of the children of Prince George County despite the challenges presented by COVID-19.
In the months leading up to the start of the 2020-2021 school year, PGCPS focused on developing instructional and safety plans that supported our entire school community. The school division’s health mitigation plan was created using guidance from local, state, and federal health officials to foster safe learning and working environments, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Virginia Department of Health, and the Virginia Department of Education, among others.
Alongside the district’s health plan, the district unveiled an instructional plan that offered our families the choice of in-person instruction for as many days as safely possible based on the health of our community, or virtual instruction during the school year.
The safe reopening of school on September 8, 2021, was an important moment in our efforts to support the educational, nutritional, and socioemotional needs of our students during the pandemic. Throughout the year, the district’s Department of Health Services worked collaboratively with the Crater Health District, aiding in contact tracing, addressing questions as guidance was revised over the last nine months, and most recently, offering our students the opportunity to be vaccinated against COVID-19 through on-site vaccination clinics.
As we look forward to a more traditional return to learning in the 2021-2022 school year, I want to thank our Department of Health Services and nurses for their work over the last year. These individuals led school-level COVID-19 mitigation efforts, carried out vital interventions following positive tests or potential exposures, and aided our Custodial Services teams in tracking locations in need of targeted cleaning.
I also thank our partners at the Prince George Health Department and the Crater Health District for their support of our school division during the last year, and as we begin developing plans for the upcoming school year. Their commitment to our community and support of our Department of Health Services played an essential role in allowing our schools to safely offer in-person instruction to our students through the entire school year.
Entering the summer months, Prince George County Public Schools continues to work closely with our local, state, and federal health and educational partners as we develop health and instructional plans for the upcoming school year. The relationships we have fostered with these organizations remain invaluable to us as we look to welcome the great majority of our students back to class this September.
Please continue to follow this page for more information regarding our Return to Learn efforts. We will post resources and information over the next few months in the lead-up to the 2021-2022 school year.
We wish our families a safe and healthy summer break, and we look forward to welcoming your children back to campus this September.
Lisa Pennycuff, Ed.D