Loudoun County Public Schools

LCPS has educated Loudoun's children since 1870. During the 2020-2021 school year we will educate more than 81,500 students in 95 schools.

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Alex Bennett, a social science and global studies teacher at Woodgrove High School, has been named a member of the National Constitution Center’s Teacher Advisory Board for the 2020-21 school year.

The board includes 18 educators from public, charter, parochial and independent high schools and middle schools across the United States. Board members have 250 years of combined teaching experience.

The National Constitution Center’s Teacher Advisory Board supports the Center’s education team in developing and evaluating materials on the “Interactive Constitution: Classroom Edition.” It also presents content created to support the National Constitution Center’s nonpartisan educational resources. Content and lesson plans created by the Teacher Advisory Board are available for free download on the Center’s and its partners’ websites and are distributed via the Center’s national teacher network at conferences and professional development programs.

Bennett has taught for Loudoun County Public School (LCPS) since 2006. He has been at Woodgrove since 2010. Bennett teaches Academic U.S. Government; U.S. History, Post-WWII; Dual Enrollment Government; and Advanced Placement U.S. and Comparative Government. Since 2010, he has been a volunteer firefighter with the Combined System of Loudoun County Fire and Rescue.

LCPS observes Nov. 9-13 as National School Psychology Week.

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The Loudoun County School Board will hold an in-person meeting at 4 p.m. Tuesday, November 10, at the Loudoun County Public Schools Administrative Offices in Ashburn.

The full meeting agenda is available on the LCPS website
( https://bit.ly/32m19sD ).

The board will consider three action items during the meeting: Implementation of Hybrid Model in Stages; Policy 6510, Naming School Facilities; and directing staff to develop a web form while issuing a request for information for a constituent management system to improve constituent communication.

The agenda also contains one information item: Superintendent’s Recommended Fiscal Year 2022-Fiscal Year 2027 Capital Improvement Program and Capital Asset Preservation Program Budgets.

The School Board welcomes comments from Loudoun County residents and believes that strong community engagement and outreach are important components of a successful school system. Live, in-person public comment will be taken during the meeting beginning shortly after 4 p.m. Members of the public who wish to speak to the board on Tuesday should sign up using the Citizen Participation/Public Comment form on the School Board webpage
( https://bit.ly/2SMZQO9 ). Registration will close five minutes prior to the start of the meeting.

The School Board Chair may limit the amount of time allotted to each speaker if there is a large number of speakers.

Written comments also are accepted from the public in advance of School Board meetings. Members of the public who wish to submit written comments are invited to use this form
( https://bit.ly/354Zdqk ) to do so.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and consistent with public-health mitigation recommendations and Gov. Ralph Northam’s Executive Order #53, anyone entering the LCPS Administration Building is required to wear a face covering while in the building, including while making public comments at a School Board meeting. Speakers will be asked to stand in line in the lobby of the building with a minimum of 6 feet of separation from other members of the public or staff who may be present. Speakers will be admitted to the Board Room to make comments one at a time, and will be asked to leave the room immediately after making their comments.
LCPS staff members will be on hand to assist in this process.
There is no seating for the public in the School Board Meeting Room to maintain physical distancing. Speakers can remain in the building to listen to the meeting after commenting; meetings are also live-streamed on LCPS.org ( https://bit.ly/3knktgD ) and televised on Comcast channel 18 and Verizon FIOS channel 43.

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The Loudoun County School Board is considering three options for the 2021-22 school calendar. The options vary slightly:

Option A
The 180-day student school year begins August 26 with the last day of school on June 15. Winter Break is from December 20, 2021, until January 2, 2022. Spring Break is from April 11 to April 15. Holidays include Labor Day (September 3 and 6); Indigenous Peoples’ Day (October 11); Thanksgiving (November 24-26); Martin Luther King Jr. Day (January 17); President’s Day (February 21); and Memorial Day (May 30).

Option B
The 179-day student school year begins August 26 with the last day of school on June 17. Winter Break is from December 20, 2021, until January 2, 2022. Spring Break is from April 11 to April 15. Holidays include Labor Day (September 3 and 6); Yom Kippur (September 16); Indigenous Peoples’ Day (October 11); Diwali (November 4); Thanksgiving (November 24-26); Martin Luther King Jr. Day (January 17); President’s Day (February 21); Eid al-Fitr (May 3); and Memorial Day (May 30).

Option C
The 178-day student school year begins August 26 with the last day of school on June 17. Winter Break is from December 20, 2021, until January 2, 2022. Spring Break is from April 11 to April 15. Holidays include Labor Day (September 3 and 6); Rosh Hashanah (September 7); Yom Kippur (September 16); Indigenous Peoples’ Day (October 11); Diwali (November 4); Thanksgiving (November 24-26); Martin Luther King Jr. Day (January 17); President’s Day (February 21); Eid al-Fitr (May 3); and Memorial Day (May 30).

A form (https://bit.ly/3l9uXA4) has been created for the public to offer comments on the calendar options. This is not a survey that will determine which option will be selected. It is designed to give the public an opportunity to provide feedback on the calendar options to board members.

The School Board is scheduled to adopt the 2021-2022 school calendar at its December 1, 2020, meeting.

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Loudoun County will host two free drive-through testing events for COVID-19 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, November 10.
Testing will take place at Brambleton Community Park-West, 22377 Belmont Ridge Road in Ashburn and Philip A. Bolen Memorial Park, 42405 Claudia Drive in Leesburg (enter the park from Sycolin Road onto Crosstrail Boulevard).
To help reduce wait times, people who plan to attend the testing event are strongly encouraged to complete a registration form for each person who will be receiving a test prior to arriving at the testing site. Forms will also be available at the testing site. The registration form is required and asks for general demographics and contact information, including name, date of birth, address, phone number and current symptoms, if any.
The testing events are open to all. There are no age or residency requirements. No appointments are necessary. A person does not have to exhibit symptoms of COVID-19 in order to be tested. A PCR test (nasal swab) will be administered, which tests for the novel coronavirus. Results will be available within a week. No antibody testing will be offered.
Residents with questions about COVID-19 may call the Loudoun County Health Department’s information line, 703-737-8300, or send an email to [email protected].

School Board members, Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) Superintendent Dr. Eric Williams and members of the Superintendent’s Cabinet participated in a virtual School Board meeting on Wednesday, November 4, 2020.

This meeting was a continuation of the regularly scheduled October 27 4th Tuesday School Board meeting, which recessed at 11:34 p.m. on the 27th.
The full agenda (https://tinyurl.com/y22ka7kb) for the meeting can be found on the LCPS website. The video replay of the meeting, indexed to specific agenda items, also is available on that webpage.

The School Board heard eight information items during this meeting:

• Assistant Superintendent for Business and Financial Services Sharon Willoughby outlined the Appropriation of Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act Funding Allocation from the State of Virginia and Appropriation of CARES ACT Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) and Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) State set-aside finds.

• Director of Equity Lottie Spurlock provided details about Action Plan to Combat Systemic Racism - Action Step #15.

• School Board Vice Chair Atoosa Reaser (Algonkian District) spoke about the 2021VSBA Legislative Positions.

• Ms. Reaser also described the Revision of Policy 2450, Minutes.

• School Board member Ian Serotkin presented the Adoption of Policy 2320, School Health Advisory Board (Former Policy 2-18).

• School Board Chair Brenda Sheridan (Sterling District) introduced the Revision of Policy 6510, Naming School Facilities.

• School Board member Leslee King (Broad Run District) and Assistant Superintendent for Support Services Kevin Lewis presented the Protocol for LCPS Staff Attendance at Meetings (Countywide).

• Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources and Talent Development Dr. Scott Ziegler presented options for the Proposed Calendar for the 2021-2022 school year.

The next meeting of the Loudoun County School Board will be held on Tuesday, November 10, at 4 p.m.

Washington media personalities Kelly Collis and Tommy McFly of "The Tommy Show!" came to Round Hill Elementary School on Wednesday, October 26, to honor a teacher who literally went the extra mile.

Fourth grade teacher Jennifer Jewell drove around to meet all of her students and parents before the school year began. Fellow fourth grade teacher Christy Hollar nominated Jewell to be part of “The Tommy Show’s” Teacher Tour.

“I’ve worked with Jennifer for years, and she gives her all to her students,” said Hollar. “This year, she spent hours driving around to meet each student and their family before school started, even bringing goodie bags. Nothing beats teaching a whole class in person, but Jenn has made distance learning fun and educational for all of her students. She has gone above and beyond to help out her team as well. It’s a pleasure to have her on our fourth grade team at Round Hill.”

Assistant Principal Daneesha Davis distracted Jewell in the main office while teachers gathered – observing physical distancing – at the school’s main entrance to watch Collis and McFly set up for an award ceremony.

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The staff of Rosa Lee Carter held a physically distanced Story Book Character parade Thursday, Nov. 4. Staff members dressed up and lined Loudoun Reserve Drive. Parents drove students past their waving teachers. Students also were encouraged to dress up and decorate their family’s car for the occasion. Children’s literature figures on display included Madeline, the Cat in the Hat, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, pirates, the Wimpy Kid, Little Miss Bossy, fairies, Mr. Popper and his penguins, an evil queen and even the Rosa Lee Carter Coyote mascot.

Kent and Linda Staneart have contrasting teaching styles and a shared love for learning.

Linda is the extrovert. You can hear her booming laugh as you walk through the halls of Harmony Middle School, where she teaches Math 8.

Kent is the storyteller, who prefers to move around as he teaches AP psychology and U.S. history at Woodgrove High School.

Recently, they spoke about how they’ve adjusted their teaching styles, and taught one another, to make distance learning effective for their students.

“We did a lot of trying stuff out on each other over the summer; especially in August,” said Kent. “I would figure something out and she’d go ‘Oh, how did that work?’”

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Hybrid First Day

K-2 students whose families chose the Hybrid model returned to school for in-person learning two days per week on Oct. 27-28.

Their parents brought them by car.

They walked.

They came riding bikes and dribbling soccer balls.

One student rolled up on a skateboard.

A recent Friday evening found students coming to Seneca Ridge Middle School in a variety of ways to receive materials for the Level Up program from Level Up Coordinator Lee MacMillan.

Level Up is a Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) after-school Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) program designed to provide academic support for high-achieving, underrepresented students. It gives students extra time to develop the critical skills needed to close opportunity gaps. It is supported through a Jack Kent Cooke Foundation grant to the Loudoun Education Foundation.

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The Loudoun County School Board will reconvene it’s October 27 meeting at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, November 4. (The meeting was recessed at 11:34 p.m. October 27.) All School Board members and staff representatives will participate electronically from remote locations.
There will be no opportunities for public comment at this meeting. Public Comment was heard when this meeting began on October 27.

The full meeting agenda (https://tinyurl.com/y22ka7kb) is available on the LCPS website.

The agenda contains eight information items. The information items include:

• Appropriation of Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act Funding Allocation from the State of Virginia and Appropriation of CARES ACT Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) and Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) State set-aside finds.

• Action Plan to Combat Systemic Racism - Action Step #15.

• 2021VSBA Legislative Positions.

• Revision of Policy 2450, Minutes.

• Adoption of Policy 2320, School Health Advisory Board (Former Policy 2-18).

• Revision of Policy 6510, Naming School Facilities.

• Protocol for LCPS Staff Attendance at Meetings (Countywide).

• Proposed Calendar for 2021-2022.

This meeting will be live-streamed on LCPS.org (https://www.lcps.org/Page/140009) and televised on Comcast channel 18 and Verizon FIOS channel 43.

The Loudoun County School Board held a virtual presentation of its Legislative Program for members of Loudoun’s General Assembly Delegation on Thursday, October 22.

Vice Chair Atoosa Reaser (Algonkian District) started the presentation by asking the delegation to sponsor legislation allowing members of the Loudoun County School Board to be elected in staggered terms. Reaser is the chair of the Legislative and Policy Committee, which oversees the preparation of the Legislative Program.

Reaser said the proposed legislation was needed “so there could be some continuity of experience when School Boards are elected.” She said that such legislation also would help Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) staff in dealing with large membership turnovers on the School Board under the current election rules. “The effort it takes for the school division to support that level of turnover would be better directed at supporting education.”

Reaser noted more than 50 school boards in Virginia have staggered terms and that the proposed legislation would not mean the Board of Supervisors would have to move to staggered terms.

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With the first quarter of the school year coming to close, families may want to learn more about how they can maximize their usage of Schoology and ParentVUE to review their student’s grades and assignments and how both learning management systems work together to provide families the opportunity to stay engaged in their student’s learning.

Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) invites families to join us for a virtual Session Four of “The Family Room: Grading - How Schoology and ParentVUE Work Together” on Wednesday, November 4, at 6 p.m.

Experts from the Department of Digital Innovation and Educational Technology will guide families through deeper learning on both ParentVUE and Schoology and answer your questions about the platforms.

There will be Spanish and Arabic live interpretation to accommodate potential language needs/preferences. This session will be recorded and the translated slide deck and session recordings will be posted in The Family Room Schoology Group (internal).

To join the English/Spanish Family Room, visit http://bit.ly/familyroom-1104-es.

To join the English/Arabic Family Room, visit http://bit.ly/familyroom-1104-ea.

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