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August 5, 2020

Dear Northumberland Students & Families:

The Northumberland County Public Schools’ (NCPS) School Board met for a special called meeting on Monday, August 3, 2020.  The purpose of this meeting was to meet with Dr. Richard Williams from the Three Rivers Health District and to reassess school reopening plans in relation to new guidance provided by the Virginia Department of Health (VDH). 

Dr. Richard Williams presented new guidance from the VDH that features a COVID-19 Community Transmission Dashboard. On the dashboard, Northumberland County is located in the Eastern Region. As of Monday August 3, 2020, the Eastern Region was coded “Moderate” for Community Transmission of COVID-19. As a result, the VDH issued companion guidance for school divisions. When Community Transmission is labeled “Substantial” or “Moderate,” then school divisions should follow Phase I or II reopening guidance as outlined by the Virginia Department of Education.

As a result of the new VDH guidance, the School Board made the following changes to the Fall Reopening Plan:

  1. Teachers return to school on Monday, August 17, 2020. Teacher workdays and professional development will be provided August 17 through Thursday, September 3. During this time teachers will be trained on the Canvas Learning Management System, Virtual Virginia, and virtual teaching best practices including synchronous and asynchronous learning. Teachers will be able to plan virtual instruction which will be used for virtual learning when students return. Teachers and staff will be off  Friday, September 4, through Monday, September 7 (Labor Day).

  2. The First Day of School for Students will be Tuesday, September 8.

  3. Students in grades four through twelve will attend 100% virtual instruction.

  4. Students in grades Pre-K through third and special populations will attend school on a hybrid schedule in accordance with Phase II guidelines. Parents also may opt for 100% virtual instruction.

Please let me know if you have any questions and/or suggestions. Thank you for your continued support and patience as we navigate the changing guidance regarding school reopening.


Holly Wargo, Superintendent

Northumberland County Public Schools