Superintendent and Reopening Updates

February 18, 2021



Good evening NCPS,

The Northumberland School Board met in-person for a special meeting Wednesday, February 17, 2021.  The meeting was open to the public through Zoom audio conference calling as a result of COVID-19 guidelines. 

The results of the Expanded Reopening of Schools Survey were shared with the board members. Out of a total of 115 staff responses, 58.2% were in favor of a four day instruction schedule, 24.3% were neutral, and 17% were not in favor. Out of a total of 266 family and community responses, 72.2% were in favor of a to four day instruction schedule, 9% were neutral, and 18% were not in favor.  The School Board also reviewed the Expanded Reopening of Schools Survey written comments and feedback from students, teachers, staff, families and community as well as received input from Dr Richard Williams from the Three Rivers Health District.  


The Board approved a change in the hybrid schedule to allow green and gold groups, who currently attend, to increase instructional time to four days (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday) beginning March 15, 2021.  Wednesday will remain asynchronous (100% virtual) for all students.


Students who currently are 100% virtual will continue to have that option. NCPS will create a waiting list for 100% virtual students who may wish to change to the four-day in-person learning schedule. NCPS will monitor the health and safety of students and staff during the expanded return to learning schedule before deciding when the next cohort of students may attend. 


The following mitigation protocols will continue to be required and mandatory:


● Consistent and correct use of masks

● 6’ Physical/social distancing to the extent possible with no less than 3’

● Hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette

● Cleaning and disinfection

● Contact tracing in collaboration with the local health department.


The School Board will continue to monitor the CDC and VDH guidelines as well as COVID-19 statistics. Please feel free to reach out to your building principal and/or me with any questions and suggestions. 


Holly Wargo, Superintendent

Northumberland County Public Schools

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