Prince George County School District FAQs related to COVID-19 school closures

The Prince George County School District has published a list of FAQs to keep parents and students informed about its COVID-19 response and possible impacts on future activities such as standards of learning and college entrance exams.

Please note that this information can, and has, changed on a day-to-day basis. Updates are being posted as quickly as possible to the school’s website. Parents should continue watching/reading current news reports to stay fully informed. Administrative teams at all school districts have posted phone numbers and email addresses that parents can use to get clarification on any education-related issues.

Will school closures be further extended by the Governor?

Yes. On Monday, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam ordered public and private schools to close for the remainder of the school year. The district is anticipating additional guidance and will share need-to-know information with parents as soon as we receive it.

Will my student have to take SOL exams?

The state superintendent will ask for a waiver. Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has stated that waivers will be granted to schools that closed due to COVID-19. Since state assessments are required by the Code of Virginia, action will have to be taken by the General Assembly to finalize any waivers regarding testing, accreditation and graduation. However, we do anticipate that these waivers will be granted. We will provide details as soon as they are available.

Will advanced placement exams be available so my student can earn college credit?

The College Board has announced that AP tests will be administered online on two dates, to be announced by April 3. To be fair to students nationwide, exams will only include topics and skills that most AP teachers and students have covered in class as of early March. The College Board will provide free AP review sessions on their website to help prepare students for the exams. For more information, visit collegeboard.org.

What about the May 2 SAT exam date?

In response to COVID-19, the College Board has cancelled the May 2 SAT and all other scheduled March makeup exams. Students/parents who already paid registration fees will receive refunds. The College Board will provide additional SAT testing opportunities as soon as possible in place of cancelled administrations. More details can be found at http://spr.ly/60181subj.

What is the impact on ACT testing?

The national ACT test date has been rescheduled to June 13. ACT will communicate directly with all students currently registered for testing. For additional information, visit www.ACT.org.

Will my high school senior get his/her diploma?  

The State Superintendent has stated there will be waivers available to ensure students who are on track for graduation will receive their high school diploma regardless of how long schools are closed. Since graduation requirements are in Virginia Code, the General Assembly must approve legislation to allow graduation requirements to be waived. We will provide senior families with details as soon as they are available.

Will there be a graduation ceremony?

We sincerely hope things are back to normal by June. We know this is an important milestone for our students and families, and have not ruled out the possibility of conducting some sort of recognition ceremony for graduates.

I am not a teacher and am a little uncertain about how to help my child with their schoolwork – what should I do?

It is important to support your child’s learning, but we do not expect every parent to be a replacement for his/her classroom teacher. We will keep giving families support through online resources and paper packets, and by maintaining teacher office hours for specific questions or concerns. We will be here to support you through this.

Remember that the daily activities of your home also can be learning opportunities – cooking using recipes (math, reading); taking a walk and identifying plants and animals (physical education, science); telling family stories and taking notes (history, writing); and even playing board games (reading, math, history, science).

(Editor’s note: A list of suggested educational activities recommended by the Fort Lee School Liaison Officer and further supplemented by PA staff research will be included in this week’s issue of the Fort Lee Traveller.)