April 26, 2021
Dear Prince George Families,
Prince George County Public Schools is excited to share our instructional plans for the 2021-2022 school year. It is our intent to offer in-person instruction for five days each week and to operate on a traditional 180-day school calendar.
On March 30, 2021, the Virginia General Assembly passed Senate Bill 1303 requiring each School Board to offer in-person instruction to every student enrolled in each local school division for at least the minimum number of instructional hours. Additionally, this requires each school division to offer in-person instruction in a manner in which adheres, to the maximum extent practicable, any current applicable mitigation strategies to reduce the transmission of COVID-19 that have been provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
As students and staff return to school in the fall of 2021, PGCPS will continue to implement and monitor mitigation measures based on the recommendations of the CDC, Virginia Department of Health, and the Virginia Department of Education. Our mitigation measures include, but are not limited to, the following actions:
- Masks will be worn by all staff and students
- 3 feet of physical distancing will be maintained to the greatest extent possible inside school settings
- Bus transportation will have students seated two-per-seat with masks and assigned seating to accommodate contact tracing
- Access to the campus will remain restricted for visitors and volunteers
- Capacity of large spaces may be limited (gyms, libraries, cafeterias)
Every student will be automatically enrolled as an in-person student for the 2021-2022 school year. PGCPS will offer limited options for virtual instruction. Any parent wishing to request virtual learning for their child(ren) must inform the building principal in writing of their request for virtual learning. Eligibility for virtual instruction will be determined by a committee at each building. Committees will consider each request and determine eligibility for virtual instruction based on a student’s documented medical condition, prior academic success, and school attendance.
All requests for virtual instruction must be submitted in writing to the building principal by May 14, 2021. Parents will be notified if the request for virtual instruction has been approved by June 30, 2021. If approved, students and parents will be required to sign a virtual learning agreement to participate in the virtual placement.
As always, please contact your child’s school if you have any questions or concerns. Prince George County Public Schools’ faculty and staff are excited to welcome all Prince George students back to our schools for the 2021-2022 school year.
Lisa Pennycuff, Ed.D