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.
Operating as usual
The Loudoun County School Board will hold a virtual meeting at 5 p.m. Tuesday, February 23, with some School Board members participating in the School Board meeting room at the Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) Administrative Offices in Ashburn, and some participating remotely.
The full meeting agenda (https://tinyurl.com/y9qacwqy) is available on the LCPS website.
The School Board will accept public comment three ways – in-person (https://tinyurl.com/y96dt6ky), live virtually (remote) (https://tinyurl.com/y8wbf5cy) and written (https://tinyurl.com/y279zpet) – at this meeting. The cut-off time to sign up for all comments will be 90 minutes before the meeting. (Sign up for in-person comment will be accepted at the Administrative Offices until 4:55 p.m.)
Note: To more efficiently serve the public, comment registration forms will be limited to the current School Board meeting. Please sign up for only one method of public comment. Speakers will not be allowed to use multiple methods to comment.
Telephone registration for in-person public comment will open at 8 a.m. Monday and close at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday. Telephone registration will be accepted at 571-252-1030.
The board will consider three action items during the meeting:
A proclamation recognizing Equity in Education Month; the creation of a Career and Technical Education Advisory Committee; and the revision of Policy 8410, Immunization Requirements (Former Policy 8-51).
The agenda contains six information items:
• Information Related to the COVID-19 Response.
• A resolution to request that the Governor expand the list of authorized activities to include all public school organizations with outdoor competitions and performances.
• A School Naming Committee for the New Alternative High School.
• A Work Plan for the Joint School Board and Board of Supervisors Committee.
• Adoption of Policy 5045, Selection and Review of Instructional Materials (Previously Policy 5-7)
• Revision to Policy 5010, School Day (Previously Policy 5-2).
The meeting will be live-streamed on LCPS.org and televised on Comcast channel 18 and Verizon FIOS channel 43.
Loudoun County’s schedule of free, drive-through COVID-19 testing events includes a large-scale event February 24 and smaller, twice-weekly testing events through March.
The testing events are open to all. There are no age or residency requirements. No prescriptions or 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. No COVID-19 vaccine will be available at these events.
Mass Testing Event February 24
Loudoun County will host a large-scale testing event on Wednesday, February 24, from 10 a.m. until 1p.m. at Philip A. Bolen Memorial Park, 42405 Claudia Drive in Leesburg. (Those attending the testing must enter Philip A. Bolen Memorial Park from Sycolin Road onto Crosstrail Boulevard.)
Smaller Weekly COVID-19 Testing Events
Loudoun County will continue to hold twice-weekly, free drive-through COVID-19 testing events at multiple locations. These weekly, fixed events are not mass testing sites and are intended to provide regular, predictable testing opportunities for the community. As a result, capacity at these fixed testing sites is limited.
The events will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
February 23 and 25: Dulles South Recreation & Community Center, 24950 Riding Center Drive, South Riding
March 2 and 4: Franklin Park, 17501 Franklin Park Drive, Purcellville
March 9 and 11: Philip A. Bolen Memorial Park, 42405 Claudia Drive, Leesburg (Enter the park on Crosstrail Boulevard from Sycolin Road.)
March 16 and 18: Cascades Library, 21030 Whitfield Place, Potomac Falls (Access the testing location in the back parking lot, near the senior center.)
March 23 and 25: Dulles South Recreation & Community Center, 24950 Riding Center Drive, South Riding
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. The forms are available here: English (https://tinyurl.com/yarwxev2) | Spanish (https://tinyurl.com/y9dw4uuu)
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.
More information, including links to the registration forms, is posted on the County’s website (https://www.loudoun.gov/COVID19testing).
Residents with questions about COVID-19 may call the Loudoun County Health Department’s information line at 703-737-8300 or send an email to [email protected].
The Dominion High School DECA chapter has proudly supported Allyson Caudill during the 2020-21 school year as she has served as the Virginia DECA President.
DECA is an association of marketing students. Caudill is the first Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) student to serve as the Virginia DECA president.
Each year, Virginia DECA elects 10 student leaders to lead and plan a program of work for Virginia’s 13,000-plus DECA members. During this year of COVID, these student leaders have stepped out of the ordinary process to create innovative ways for DECA members to engage in community service, to complete competitive events and to achieve new levels of success. A year-long community service effort, #VADECACares, provided opportunities for members to focus on kindness, anti-bullying, and mental health through a variety of virtual events, social-media challenges and local activities.
To view full article visit, https://tinyurl.com/y8gh6g9c
Virginia LEARNS Workgroup Seeks Public Comment on School Reopening and Recovery
RICHMOND — A work group appointed by Superintendent of Public Instruction James Lane to assess student needs and support Virginia schools this spring and summer as they offer or expand in-person instruction is seeking comment from parents and other members of the public.
The Virginia LEARNS (Leading, Engaging, Assessing, Recovering, Nurturing and Succeeding) workgroup — which includes educators, school administrators, mental health professionals, parents and leaders of community organizations — conducted its first virtual meeting on Wednesday.
“Ultimately, our goal is to provide a guidance document — or documents — to guide schools on how to recover and make sure our students are where they need to be,” Lane told the workgroup. “We have an aggressive timeline, but I believe the Virginia LEARNS workgroup has the right expertise to help our schools — regardless of where they are today — address learning losses and set priorities for the spring and summer, and prepare for 2021-2022.”
In announcing the public comment opportunity, Lane said the workgroup and Virginia Department of Education staff are seeking comment on the following topics:
• Suggestions or recommendations of practices that have worked well over the last year;
• Concerns about practices that have not worked well over the last year, and suggestions for addressing them;
• Types of resources and supports school divisions, parents and communities most need; and
• Best practices in remediating students and creative schedules to support these efforts.
Members of the public may submit comments via a Google form (https://tinyurl.com/y7dc79t7) through March 1.
The Virginia LEARNS workgroup will complete its work and issue a report by the end of April on its findings regarding the reopening of schools and mitigating the impact of the pandemic on learning and student mental health.
All Loudoun County Public Schools and Administrative Offices are closed tomorrow, Friday, February 19, 2021. All distance-learning and hybrid classes are cancelled. Instructional staff should not report to work. There will be no food pick-up at LCPS schools. All activities on school campuses are cancelled.
The LCPS vaccination POD at Brambleton Middle School will be open at 9 a.m. Friday. Employees who have a scheduled appointment for Friday will be receiving a message about the status of their appointments in a few minutes.
Walk-up first or second doses will not be available.
Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) has entered into a Resolution Agreement (https://tinyurl.com/y7fjw8dm) with the Attorney General of Virginia (https://tinyurl.com/ycbdsldz) to resolve an investigation into allegations that certain past practices of LCPS had disparate impact on Black/African-American and Latinx/Hispanic students.
On November 18, 2020, the Attorney General’s Department of Human Rights, now called the Office for Civil Rights (Virginia OCR), issued a letter identifying issues and findings resulting from its investigation. While LCPS did not agree with a number of issues and findings identified, rather than challenging the issues and findings, LCPS chose to enter negotiations with the Virginia OCR on an agreement that would include reforms and strategies that LCPS already was implementing or planning to implement to promote equity with the goal of resolving concerns raised by the Virginia OCR. The negotiations were successful, and as a result, LCPS and the Attorney General have entered into an agreement to resolve the issues and concerns raised by the Attorney General.
To view full article visit, https://tinyurl.com/y7bz2g8m
lcps.org Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) has entered into a Resolution Agreement with the Attorney General of Virginia to resolve an investigation into allegations that certain past practices of LCPS had ...
Loudoun Occupational Therapist Dr. Debbie Schwind was a recipient of The National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) first Innovation and Impact Award.
This national award is given to publicly recognize the exceptional work occupational therapists do in their daily practice. Recipients of this award demonstrate the delivery of an evidence-based, effective and innovative program or intervention that enhances the quality of life for a person or persons.
Schwind was recognized for her work with the Jobs Program at Cedar Lane Elementary School that prepares students for transition by developing work behaviors, career interests, social skills and self-determination skills.
All Loudoun County Public Schools and Administrative Offices are closed tomorrow, February 18, 2021. All distance-learning and hybrid classes are cancelled. Instructional staff should not report to work. There will be no food pick-up at LCPS schools. All activities on school campuses are cancelled.
The LCPS vaccination POD at Brambleton Middle School will be closed tomorrow, Thursday, February 18, 2021. If you have a scheduled appointment for your second dose, and the vaccination POD is closed, your appointment will be honored at a later date. Additional information will be forthcoming as to when those appointments have been rescheduled. Currently there are available appointments on March 4, 2021, and March 5, 2021, if you would like to reschedule your appointment yourself.
Riverside High School Athletic Director Matt Oblas has been named the 3A/4A Athletic Administrator of the Year by the Virginia Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (VIAAA).
The honor was bestowed by the VIAAA’s Past Presidents’ Council. Oblas was nominated for the award by Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) Supervisor of Athletics Derek Farrey.
Oblas has been Riveside’s athletic director for five years, following two years as Freedom High School’s athletic director and two years as Freedom’s assistant athletic director. He also has served as the head cross country coach at Heritage High School, an assistant baseball coach at Stone Bridge High School and as the health and physical education chair at Harper Park Middle School.
Oblas holds a bachelor’s degree in education and a master’s degree in teaching from the University of Virginia.
Five Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) students have been named to the Virginia Music Educators Association (VMEA) Honors Choir. The Honors Choir will be held as a virtual event, under the direction of Dr. Christopher Aapass of Texas Christian University. The concert will be released during “Music in Our Schools” month in March. The students successfully qualified via a rigorous virtual audition that included choral singers throughout the entire Commonwealth of Virginia.
To view full article visit, https://tinyurl.com/ybfhndmf
LCPS is so excited to welcome students back to our classrooms for hybrid learning. Watch this short video to see how our day went.
“I’m so excited to have them back. Schools don’t feel the same without the kids there.”
Dr. Tinell Priddy, the principal of the Academies of Loudoun, summed up the feelings of more than two thousand teachers and staff as she greeted students returning to hybrid learning on Tuesday, February 16. The Academies will have between 225 and 275 students attending class on alternating days.
As she greeted students, Priddy asked them if they’d completed their daily symptom checker and asked them to maintain 6 feet of space between one another. Inside the Academies was a scene repeated at 59 elementary schools -- staff taking temperatures with hand-held thermometers.
Loudoun County Public Schools will welcome back 14,828 students to hybrid learning this week along with 2,109 teachers. Those who will be returning include students whose parents chose hybrid learning for the second semester in preschool through fifth grade; Monroe Advanced Technical Academy students; Academy of Engineering and Technology seniors and Academy of Science seniors who chose hybrid learning; grades K-12 English learners; and students with disabilities who receive instruction through the Aligned Standards of Learning (ASOL) and those receiving instruction through specialized self-contained programs. Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) through returning graduates are eligible to receive up to four days of in-person instruction as determined by their IEP team.
To view full article visit, https://tinyurl.com/ydg79e6j
Loudoun County Public Schools is pleased to announce that online pre-registration will open at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, February 17, 2021. Pre-registration is for students, grades KG-12, who are new to Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) or students who were formerly enrolled and may be returning to LCPS. Students who are currently enrolled do not need to re-register.
To view full article visit, https://tinyurl.com/y7oghwwk
lcps.org Loudoun County Public Schools is pleased to announce that online pre-registration will open at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, February 17, 2021.
All Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) campuses will reopen Sunday, February 14, 2021 at Noon. For the status of a particular event, please confirm the status with the event coordinator.
For the status of Loudoun County Parks and Recreation activities held in LCPS buildings, please visit https://www.loudoun.gov/fieldstatus
loudoun.gov Daily status of sports fields and facilities.
Loudoun County Public Schools and Administrative Offices will be closed Saturday, February 13, 2021.
All activities on school campuses are cancelled.
Erin Timothy, the new principal of Belmont Station Elementary, knew she wanted to be a teacher in seventh grade in Kingwood, Texas.
“I had moved to several different schools at this point, as my father was a United States Marine. I was always the ‘new kid,’ which made me hesitant to raise my hand in class or answer questions. One day, my math teacher asked if there was someone who could explain how to complete a multi-step problem on the overhead projector. I was nervous but volunteered. After I went through my explanation for the class, the teacher complimented me on my ability to explain the process. The pride and joy I felt when the student next to me said he finally understood how to do it was all it took to know that was what I wanted to do.”
Timothy was more reluctant to leave the classroom for an administrative role.
To view full article visit, https://tinyurl.com/b8m08z39
As Loudoun County Public Schools welcomes students back to hybrid learning on Tuesday, February 16, 2021, I would like to remind our students, parents, and staff of the measures the school division is taking to make the return to in-person learning safe.
While I am very proud of the effort that resulted in more than 10,500 LCPS staff receiving the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccination, I want to stress that being vaccinated is not a prerequisite for students and staff taking part in hybrid learning. LCPS has taken numerous mitigation measures to ensure school safety.
To view full article visit, https://tinyurl.com/3dd3e3hq
lcps.org LCPS wants the community to be aware of the measures it’s taking to ensure student and staff safety as in-person learning begins next Tuesday.
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Welcome to Waxpool Elementary School, home of the Piranhas! Visit us at lcps.org/Waxpool and on Twitter, @WaxpoolES.
Sergio Loya is a Hispanic motivational speaker who speaks to today's Latino youth and educators on anti-bully, completing school and preparing for success.
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Parent Teacher Organization supporting Moorefield Station Elementary School (MSES) in Ashburn, Loudoun County, Virginia.
Rosa Lee Carter Elementary School Page is updated by the RLC PTO
This page is created as an online resource for the Trailside Middle School PTA, located in Ashburn, VA.