Superintendent’s Message: Welcome to a New School Year

September 8th, 2021
 
Dr. Pennycuff ImageDear 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
Superintendent
 
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