Superintendent's Update

Superintendent's Update
Posted on 07/09/2020
Letter image from the Superintendent

NCPS Superintendent’s Message July 9, 2020


Good afternoon NCPS!

Thank you to everyone who completed the Parent & Family Return to Learn Survey and the Staff Return to Learn Survey. We had a huge response, and your input is greatly appreciated. We will share the survey results with our School Board on Monday, July 13, at 6 PM at the regular July Board meeting. We will meet in person in the NMS & NHS Auditorium while practicing physical distancing of six feet and wearing face coverings.

Select the link below to view the Return to Learn Staff & Parent Survey Data Report (also attached). 

Our Return to Learn Task Force, which included parent, student, teacher, and staff representation, met for the past three weeks and analyzed
  • Hybrid Models for Return to Learn
  • Virtual Learning option extended to all families who are not comfortable sending student(s) to school in person
  • Full in person Return to Learn
  • Parent & Family Survey results
  • Staff Survey results
On Monday, I will present the Task Force’s recommendations to the School Board for consideration. We hope to announce our Return to Learn Fall Reopening Plan as soon as the School Board approves the plan.

I also wanted to provide an update regarding Summer Learning. Thank you to Mrs. Lee, Mrs. Ashton, Ms. Williams, Mrs. Baker, and Dr. Burns for planning these opportunities for students.

NCPS has been approved by the Virginia Department of Health (VDH), the Northumberland Department of Health, and the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) to hold in-person summer learning for elementary and select high school students, starting on July 13, 2020. Students and staff will be required to wear a face covering at times when physical distancing of six feet cannot be maintained. We also will offer virtual summer learning for middle school students beginning July 13, 2020.

NCPS is committed to our core focus of teaching and learning and also to the overall health and wellness of our students and employees. As we reopen for in person summer learning for students in first grade through fifth grade and high school students, we will continue to follow guidance from the VDH, the VDOE, and the Department of Labor and Industry Emergency Regulations in relation to COVID-19. We received approval from the VDOE, our insurance carrier, and the Northumberland Department of Health regarding the required school division Health and Mitigation Plan (also attached).

To prepare for in-person and virtual summer learning, NCPS staff have been diligently working to ensure that the learning areas maintain a clean and safe environment. Our custodial staff will be cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting our schools on a daily basis, including frequently touched areas. Teachers and staff will be prioritizing the health and safety of students. Additionally, several practices will be followed during in-person summer school to prevent the spread of infections:

  • Daily health and temperature checks of students and staff
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Use of sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol  when soap and water are not available
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
  • Staying home when you are sick. If running a fever, stay home until the fever has been gone for at least 24-hours, without taking fever-reducing medicine.
  • Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces
  • Wearing a face covering when a physical distance of six feet cannot be maintained

Additional information regarding COVID-19 can be found on the websites of the Virginia Department of Health ( and Centers for Disease Control (

Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions and/or suggestions.


Holly Wargo, Ed.D., NBCT 

Division Superintendent

Northumberland County Public Schools

2172 Northumberland Highway 

Lottsburg, VA 22511 

Phone: (804) 529-6134 

Fax: (804) 529-6449