Update from Dr. Sovine on Governor's Announcement of School's Closing for Remainder of Academic Year

March 23, 2020

I’m writing to provide an update on the continually changing situation regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and its impact on schools. A short time ago, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam announced that all schools across the Commonwealth will be closed for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year.

As was noted by the Governor, this decision was not made lightly and results in many questions for which we do not have answers at this time. The Virginia Department of Education will be providing guidance to local school divisions within the next 24 hours regarding a variety of issues such as graduations, course credits (standard and verified) and grades. In addition, new guidance from the U.S. Department of Education regarding the continuation of learning will be shared in the coming days.

Like you, I’m disappointed the remainder of the school year has been cancelled and I have many questions for which there are no answers at this time. As we receive guidance from both the federal and state levels and make decisions regarding our plans to continue educational services, recognize graduating seniors, etc., I will make you aware.

In the meantime, please focus on taking care of your family, limit your travels to only those trips that are necessary and pay special attention to personal health practices that help prevent the spread of illness. Information on the school division’s response to the pandemic and the services being offered is available at http://bit.ly/FCPSCOVID19.

Dr. David T. Sovine
Superintendent of Schools