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School Board Agenda December 15 The Loudoun County School Board will hold a virtual meeting at 5 p.m. Tuesday, December ...
12/11/2020

School Board Agenda December 15

The Loudoun County School Board will hold a virtual meeting at 5 p.m. Tuesday, December 15.

The full meeting agenda is available on the LCPS website (https://bit.ly/346Qp2p).

The board will consider five action items during the meeting: Adoption of New Policy 1035, School Board Norms, Protocols and Violations; Proposed Changes to Policy 6210, Student Transportation; the Fiscal Year 2022-Fiscal Year 2027 Capital Improvement Program; Capital Asset Preservation Program Budgets; CARES Act Funds Return to Loudoun County; and Dulles Area Elementary School Attendance Zones, Including the Establishment of an Attendance Zone for Hovatter Elementary School.

The agenda also contains 12 information items:
*Implementation of Hybrid Model in Stages
*Student Cameras in Google Meets
*2019-2020 Special Education Advisory Committee Annual Report
*Collective Bargaining Update
*Proposed Policy 1040 Revision Based on Equity Committee Recommendation
*No Name-Calling Proclamation
*Health Care Update for Fiscal Year 2022
*Fiscal Year 2022 Budget Development
*Fiscal Year 2020 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR)
*Stipends and Additional Leave Information per School Board Request
*Policy 6310, Facility Use, Review
*Western Loudoun Aquatic Center

Live public comment will be accepted virtually and aired in real time during the meeting at the direction of the Chair. Citizens who wish to make live public comment may register by visiting this link (https://bit.ly/2WacfgM) on the Citizen Participation section of the School Board webpage. Telephone registration will open at 8 a.m. Monday. Telephone registrations will be taken at 571-252-1030. Registration closes one hour before the start of the meeting on Tuesday.

Written comments also are accepted from the public in advance of School Board meetings. Members of the public who wish to submit written comments are invited to use this form (https://bit.ly/354Zdqk) to do so.

The meeting will be live-streamed on LCPS.org (https://bit.ly/3knktgD)and televised on Comcast channel 18 and Verizon FIOS channel 43.

The School Board may reconvene this meeting at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, December 16, if necessary. Public comment will be accepted only at the December 15 portion of the meeting.

Being among the top 5 percent of academic achievers in Loudoun County Public Schools’ senior class is an accomplishment ...
12/11/2020

Being among the top 5 percent of academic achievers in Loudoun County Public Schools’ senior class is an accomplishment worth celebrating. In lieu of the Loudoun Education Foundation’s annual Excellence in Education Banquet, LCPS is celebrating the members of the Class of 2021 who achieved this distinction here, and through school-based celebrations later in the school year.

The Loudoun Valley High School seniors listed below were to have been honored at the 38th Annual Excellence in Education Banquet on December 6. LCPS and the Loudoun Education Foundation want to make sure the community recognizes these students’ academic accomplishments.

The Loudoun high school seniors honored at the Excellence in Education Banquet are those in the Class of 2021 from the LCPS’ 16 high schools with a graduating class and Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology who have ranked in the top 5 percent of their class academically during the first three years of their high school career. Students also are recognized for their selection as a National Merit Scholarship semifinalist or National Hispanic Recognition Scholar.

The honored students from Loudoun Valley High School include:

Sahana Arumani
Henry Arze**
Gurleen K. Bhathal
Molly C. Donlon
Avery E. Donmoyer
Daniel T. Donofrio
Fiona V. Evans-Wells
Delaney E. Herr
Ever T. Johnson
Amna Louati
Katherine F. McGushin
Brian A. Minnick*
Tara V. Morin
Faith M. Nguyen
Georgia L. Riccobene
Norah L. Rivett
Arya V. Tadepalli
Juliana M. Willis

*National Merit Scholarship semifinalist
** National Hispanic Recognition Scholar

To All LCPS Families and Staff Members:On Thursday, December 10, the Virginia Department of Health published data showin...
12/10/2020

To All LCPS Families and Staff Members:

On Thursday, December 10, the Virginia Department of Health published data showing that both Loudoun County core indicators have exceeded the thresholds established by the School Board for returning to 100% distance learning. In addition, the Virginia Department of Health has retroactively updated metrics for earlier dates in December that indicate both metrics had exceeded their thresholds as of December 6.

Given this new information, and the expectation that metrics will stay above the thresholds for the foreseeable future, LCPS will revert to 100% distance learning for all students beginning Tuesday, December 15.

The Loudoun County School Board had determined that LCPS would return to 100% distance learning if both indicators exceed the established thresholds. In-person instruction would pause if Loudoun County stays above those thresholds for five consecutive business days.

The metrics, referred to as Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) Core Indicators, are:

1. Total number of new cases per 100,000 persons within the last 14 days reaches more than 200; AND

2. Percentage of RT-PCR tests that are positive during the last 14 days reaches more than 10%.

The metrics are reported by the Virginia Department of Health (https://tinyurl.com/y2k3vt8r), and the VDH reporting is posted to the LCPS COVID Case Data webpage (https://tinyurl.com/yxbnj3am) each business day.

If one of these metrics drops below its action threshold on Friday, December 11, or Monday, December 14, the five-day counter would reset to zero and restart when both metrics again exceeded their thresholds. LCPS does not anticipate that happening before December 15.

We understand that this process is disruptive for families of students who have been participating in hybrid in-person learning this fall. The safety and well-being of all students, staff members, their families and the community continues to be our highest priority, and this decision is being made consistent with our commitment to achieving that objective.

LCPS will further discuss plans for using these metrics to determine when hybrid in-person learning could resume at the December 15, 2020, School Board meeting.

Thank you for your continued support as we adapt to the changing conditions created by the COVID-19 pandemic in Loudoun County.

Sincerely,

Eric Williams, Ed.D.
Superintendent

Being among the top 5 percent of academic achievers in Loudoun County Public Schools’ senior class is an accomplishment ...
12/10/2020

Being among the top 5 percent of academic achievers in Loudoun County Public Schools’ senior class is an accomplishment worth celebrating. In lieu of the Loudoun Education Foundation’s annual Excellence in Education Banquet, LCPS is celebrating the members of the Class of 2021 who achieved this distinction here, and through school-based celebrations later in the school year.

The Loudoun County High School seniors listed below were to have been honored at the 38th Annual Excellence in Education Banquet on December 6. LCPS and the Loudoun Education Foundation want to make sure the community recognizes these students’ academic accomplishments.

The Loudoun high school seniors honored at the Excellence in Education Banquet are those in the Class of 2021 from the LCPS’ 16 high schools with a graduating class and Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology who have ranked in the top 5 percent of their class academically during the first three years of their high school career. Students also are recognized for their selection as a National Merit Scholarship semifinalist or National Hispanic Recognition Scholar.

The honored students from Loudoun County High School include:

Andrew W. Abbott
Zara A. Ashford
Jackson W. Chinn
Aidan K. Cranfield
Caroline E. Curtin
Joshua G. Daniel
D.Adin J. Freese
Christian W. Giannos
Erick E. Gonzalez, Jr.
Sejal Gupta
Cole Howard
Sarah E. Jimenez
Anita R. Kau
Madeline D. Reece
Elizabeth S. Sellers
Maseel A. Shah
Cameron F. Suttie
David R. Taliaferro
Samantha K. Welstead

Some Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) students soared to new heights over Thanksgiving break as cadets in the Civil ...
12/10/2020

Some Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) students soared to new heights over Thanksgiving break as cadets in the Civil Air Patrol Virginia Wing Leesburg Composite Squadron.

The students, ranging in age from 13 to 16, piloted a Cessna 182 for an hour-long flight between the Leesburg Executive Airport and the West Virginia Air National Guard Wing, headquartered at the Eastern West Virginia Airport near Martinsburg, WV.

The students flew the plane observing mask and sanitation protocols and under the guidance of an experienced Civil Air Patrol pilot. During the flight, students learned about the science behind flight, navigation, aircraft instruments and flight maneuvers.

Students taking the controls included Tristan Sala, Tyler Wenks, Laurel June, Mary Homa and Kathryn Homa. Kathryn attends Loudoun County High School, and Laurel attends Loudoun Valley High School.

The Cessna belongs to the Virginia Wing of the Civil Air Patrol. There are 22 squadrons across the Commonwealth with assets available for search and rescue, disaster relief and homeland security.

Being among the top 5 percent of academic achievers in Loudoun County Public Schools’ senior class is an accomplishment ...
12/09/2020

Being among the top 5 percent of academic achievers in Loudoun County Public Schools’ senior class is an accomplishment worth celebrating. In lieu of the Loudoun Education Foundation’s annual Excellence in Education Banquet, LCPS is celebrating the members of the Class of 2021 who achieved this distinction here, and through school-based celebrations later in the school year.

The Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology seniors listed below were to have been honored at the 38th Annual Excellence in Education Banquet on December 6. LCPS and the Loudoun Education Foundation want to make sure the community recognizes these students’ academic accomplishments.

Note: The Thomas Jefferson seniors honored are those who attained the distinction of National Merit Scholarship semifinalists.

The Loudoun high school seniors honored at the Excellence in Education Banquet are those in the Class of 2021 from the LCPS’ 16 high schools with a graduating class and Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology who have ranked in the top 5 percent of their class academically during the first three years of their high school career. Students also are recognized for their selection as a National Merit Scholarship semifinalist or National Hispanic Recognition Scholar.

The honored students from Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology include:

Alby Alex
Kamal Amirneni
Darika Bisht
Khushmeet Chandi
Jason Cheah
Bharath Dileepkumar
Vyomika Gandhi
Amber Garcha
Richik Haldar
Saahith Janapati
Lauren Keffer
Praneeth Malyala
Udbhav Muthakana
Lauren Nathan
Abhinav Palicherla
Adit Pareek
Shivam Singh

On a rainy day the week after Thanksgiving, LCPS launched the Congestion Must Go/Safe Routes to School Bike Program.   T...
12/09/2020

On a rainy day the week after Thanksgiving, LCPS launched the Congestion Must Go/Safe Routes to School Bike Program.

The program is a partnership with Maverick Bike Shop and Café, located at the Virginia Village Shopping Center in Leesburg. Maverick donated 50 used bikes to the program, including locks and lights. Helmets and sling packs were provided by Doug Landau of the Landau Law Firm in Herndon through a matching grant with the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association.

For over a year, LCPS Safe Routes to Schools Coordinators Mark Pankau and Janice Jennings and Congestion Must Go Coordinator Donna Torraca have worked with Bike Loudoun and Maverick Bike Shop to establish a bike program that will provide bikes to students that are in need, and bike safety instruction and maintenance for all LCPS children.

While the team had planned to have an event with a Bike Rodeo, Traffic Gardens and other bike-based activities, they felt it was important to move forward with a modified program despite the pandemic. Janice and Mark said, “With the high demands for bikes during the pandemic, purchasing a bike is out of reach for some families in need. The Bike Program helps provide access to a healthy, life-long skill for some who might not otherwise have the opportunity.”

To view full story visit, https://tinyurl.com/y697cxvn

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office, the Leesburg Police Department, the Loudoun County Commonwealth Attorney’s Office, ...
12/08/2020

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office, the Leesburg Police Department, the Loudoun County Commonwealth Attorney’s Office, MSAAC, SEAC, Hunt District PTA and the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services will all join the LCPS virtual Community Conversation on Wed., Dec. 9, regarding a proposed Memorandum of Understanding that establishes a mutually beneficial framework that schools, community and law enforcement can work within to achieve shared goals.

The purpose of the School-Law Enforcement partnership is to promote a positive relationship between students, staff and law enforcement; to create awareness of the partnership; and to deepen understanding of how LCPS and local law enforcement endeavor to maintain safe, supportive, and secure school environments.

The virtual meeting will be held Wednesday, December 9, 2020, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and is open to the public. The event will be moderated by Leah Dozier Walker, Director of Equity and Community Engagement with the Virginia Department of Education.

To view full article visit, https://tinyurl.com/y37ekkf9

Being among the top 5 percent of academic achievers in Loudoun County Public Schools’ senior class is an accomplishment ...
12/08/2020

Being among the top 5 percent of academic achievers in Loudoun County Public Schools’ senior class is an accomplishment worth celebrating. In lieu of the Loudoun Education Foundation’s annual Excellence in Education Banquet, LCPS is celebrating the members of the Class of 2021 who achieved this distinction here, and through school-based celebrations later in the school year.

The Independence High School seniors listed below were to have been honored at the 38th Annual Excellence in Education Banquet on December 6. LCPS and the Loudoun Education Foundation want to make sure the community recognizes these students’ academic accomplishments.

The Loudoun high school seniors honored at the Excellence in Education Banquet are those in the Class of 2021 from the LCPS’ 16 high schools with a graduating class and Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology who have ranked in the top 5 percent of their class academically during the first three years of their high school career. Students also are recognized for their selection as a National Merit Scholarship semifinalist or National Hispanic Recognition Scholar.

The honored students from Independence High School include:

Evan E. Black
William J. Chan
Jackson Collier*
Rashmi Francis
Nikhita Guntu
Jonah S. Han*
Malik Issa-Adamou
Kaitlyn L. Kraabel
Moira Magoon
Aryan Medam
Vaishnavi Ravikanti
Hamsini L. Sivalenka
Shishir S. Sriramoju
Elise R. Tsao

*National Merit Scholarship semifinalist

12/08/2020
Being among the top 5 percent of academic achievers in Loudoun County Public Schools’ senior class is an accomplishment ...
12/07/2020

Being among the top 5 percent of academic achievers in Loudoun County Public Schools’ senior class is an accomplishment worth celebrating. In lieu of the Loudoun Education Foundation’s annual Excellence in Education Banquet, LCPS is celebrating the members of the Class of 2021 who achieved this distinction here, and through school-based celebrations later in the school year.

The Heritage High School seniors listed below were to have been honored at the 38th Annual Excellence in Education Banquet on December 6. LCPS and the Loudoun Education Foundation want to make sure the community recognizes these students’ academic accomplishments.

The Loudoun high school seniors honored at the Excellence in Education Banquet are those in the Class of 2021 from the LCPS’ 16 high schools with a graduating class and Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology who have ranked in the top 5 percent of their class academically during the first three years of their high school career. Students also are recognized for their selection as a National Merit Scholarship semifinalist or National Hispanic Recognition Scholar.

The honored students from Heritage High School include:

Arad R. Badiee
Kiara K. Barrientos
Lindsay B. Bowman
Nina A. Brkic
Collin T. Bridge
Sahar S. Choudhury
Nicholas M. Danilowicz
Lauren R. Espinoza
Joshua C. Frye
Inaya R. Hasan
Paula J. Hung
Nicolas K. Iman
Ilyas A. Jaghoori
Isabelle H. Nikkhoo
Tammaly R. Niyomtes
Jennifer H. Schilling
Alisa Spahic
Audrey L. Westlund
Emily P. Whitehouse

“The joy of life is constantly learning.” That’s the philosophy Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) Supervisor of Leade...
12/07/2020

“The joy of life is constantly learning.”

That’s the philosophy Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) Supervisor of Leadership Development Matthew Dickersheid used in developing the new Leadership Development Academy 101. The self-paced, online course gives LCPS employees an opportunity to learn leadership concepts such as being authentic, calm and consistent, and how to display courage, gratitude and trust. This knowledge is imparted through a collection of videos, interviews and resources that Dickersheid has collected through the years.

“We need leaders now more than ever, which was what drew me into this position,” said Dickersheid, the former principal of Legacy Elementary. He added the intent of Leadership Development Academy 101 is – not only to develop future leaders – but to give those currently in leadership roles support to keep them healthy and excelling.

“It’s about being excellent where you are more than anything else. People always ask me ‘What do you need to do to get to the next step?’ My number one thing is, be excellent where you are. You’ll be recognized.”

To view full article visit, https://tinyurl.com/y6e7bnbg

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