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Prince George County Public Schools
Return to Learn: Resuming Instruction Safely
Updated: October 19, 2021 (Updated Weekly)
Total Cases Total Recovered Completing Isolation Percentage
Since First Day of School (9/7/2021) Since First Day of School (9/7/2021) Due to Testing Positive for
COVID-19 as required by VDH, PGCPS' Health Mitigation Plan
of PGCPS population
(Includes students & employees)
179 29 2.9%
Students: 6,250   Employees: 1,000
 Population Data Reflects Enrollment as of September 14, 2021
This dashboard will continue to evolve in an effort to provide the clearest information regarding the health of our school community.
Isolation: Isolation is used to separate people infected with COVID-19 from people who are not infected. People who have symptoms of COVID-19 are able to recover at home and those who have no symptoms (are asymptomatic) but have tested positive for infection should isolate themselves, monitor their symptoms, and wear a face covering when around others, if possible. (CDC)
Quarantine: Quarantine is used to separate someone who might have been exposed to COVID-19 and may develop illness away from other people. Quarantine helps prevent spread of disease that can occur before a person knows they have the virus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends a quarantine period of 14 days, but options exist to shorten a quarantine for those who are not exhibiting symptoms during daily monitoring. These include:
  • Ending an individual's quarantine after ten days without testing if no symptoms have been reported during daily monitoring, or
  • After seven days following a negative PCR or antigen test result (test must occur on Day 5 or later)
The CDC's guidance is being utilized by the Virginia Department of Health as part of its quarantine procedures. (VDH)
Close Contact: Someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period* starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days prior to test specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated (CDC)
How PGCPS Communicates a Positive Test:
Prince George County Public Schools is committed to protecting the health of our school community during the COVID-19 pandemic. Part of this is providing communications when someone may have been potentially exposed to an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19. In accordance with Virginia Department of Health guidelines, individuals who have been deemed to have been in close contact with a positive case of COVID-19 will be notified and asked to quarantine and monitor their health during this time. Close contact is defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Virginia Department of Health (VDH) as being within six feet of less of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 for more than 15 minutes cumulatively over a 24-hour period.
Prince George County Public Schools is committed to protecting the privacy of our students and employees by continuing to closely adhere to guidelines put forth in the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). As such, we will not disclose any potentially identifiable information regarding individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 or have been asked to quarantine.

A Message from Dr. Lisa Pennycuff, Division Superintendent

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September 8th, 2021
Dear Prince George Families,
Prince George County Public Schools’ faculty and staff are excited to welcome the children of Prince George County back to school for the 2021-2022 School Year.
After completing one of the most challenging school years in the history of public education, our school division looks toward the upcoming year with hope and optimism for a return to a new sense of normalcy for our students in their educational journey. The 2020-2021 School Year looked different for us as we adapted to the changing world presented to us due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our students retained their desire for learning, navigating in-person and virtual instruction thanks to our dedicated faculty and staff who kept children engaged throughout the year.
For some of our students, September 7th marked the first time they have been inside their school’s classroom since the governor’s March 2020 closure of the Commonwealth’s school campuses in response to COVID-19, followed by a year of virtual instruction. As we welcome our students back to school, we want our families and community to be assured that great efforts to protect the health and safety of our school community are being taken. The district continues to have a strong working relationship with the Virginia Department of Health and the Crater Health District. Through this relationship, the health district has served as an advisor to PGCPS as we developed and implemented our health mitigation plan last year and for the upcoming year.
Alongside our regular communication with our local and state public health agencies, the district continues to monitor guidance from the Virginia Department of Education, the Virginia Department of Health, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as we seek to provide safe learning environments for our students and staff.
Entering this year, Prince George County Public Schools is well-prepared to help our students get back on track with their learning. The SOL results from the previous year will inform the plans for instructional opportunities for learning during the 2021-2022 School Year.
We sincerely appreciate all of the Prince George County Public Schools’ faculty, administrators, instructional and support staff, and all those who help to make the start of the 2021-2022 School Year possible for our community.

We thank you, our families and community, for entrusting us with the responsibility of serving the educational needs of the children of Prince George County and wish everyone a happy, healthy, safe, and successful 2021-2022 School Year.
Thank you,
Lisa Pennycuff, Ed.D
“Have courage and be kind. Where there is kindness, there is goodness.” - Cinderella
2021-2022 School Year 'Return to Learn' Health Plan
[Archive] 2020-2021 School Year 'Return to Learn' Instruction, Health Plan
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'Return to Learn'

PGCPS Resources for 2021-22 School Year


PGCPS 2021-22 Health Mitigation Plan - 9.8.21 (LINK)


State-Level Resources

Virginia Department of Education (LINK)


School Reopening FAQ (LINK)
Virginia Department of Education 


Interim Guidance to K-12 School Reopening (LINK, PDF)
Virginia Department of Education 


Virginia Department of Health - K-12 Resources (LINK)
Virginia Department of Education


COVID-19: A Parent Guide for School-Aged Children (LINK)
Virginia Department of Education


Health-Related Resources


VDH Crater Health District (LINK)


Virginia Department of Health (LINK)


Vaccinate Virginia (LINK)


Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (LINK)




American Academy of Pediatrics (LINK)

This page will be updated regularly with new information. Please check back often for additional content, updates, and other resources.
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