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PCPS Committed to Providing Safe and Secure Environment

Powhatan County Public Schools is committed to providing a safe and secure learning environment for our students and your children.  With recent events in the forefront of our community’s thoughts, below is some information about security and safety in our schools.
Safety procedures – Each school, and the division, has a crisis management plan that is a based on best practices from Department of Criminal Juvenile Services, the Virginia Department of Education and local law enforcement.  Our staff is trained on procedures within the plans.  Students and staff participate in drills throughout the year. 
In addition, each school has a safety committee that meets quarterly; the division has a safety committee that meets quarterly with local fire, police and state police; and the school board has a school health advisory committee that meets quarterly.  Each of these committees provides information to maintain the safety of our staff and students.
We have recently implemented additional safety measures at the schools, including buzzer systems, camera upgrades, and the Identakid sign-in system.  We are appreciative of the support of our WatchDOGS at the elementary schools, and more recently at PMS. 
Local law enforcement – The school division greatly appreciates the cooperation of the Powhatan County Sheriff’s Department to provide for the safety of our students.  We have three full-time School Resource Officers as well as the support of our on-duty officers throughout the school day and during extra-curricular events. 
Communication – Communication between schools and the community is vital to the safety and security of our students.  We encourage all stakeholders to share safety concerns with school-based administration and central office staff.  We also have an online anonymous reporting system, Silence Hurts, that is monitored during the school day at PMS and PHS for our students to report school-based concerns.  Finally, in the event of an emergency, we will use the usual notification tools (school messenger, social media, news outlets, and division website) to provide communication with families.
Support – Many of you may have questions about how to address concerns about safety with your children. Our school counselors are available for your student during the school day, but here is some additional information for parents and guardians:
 Try and keep routines as normal as possible. Children gain security from the predictability of routine, including attending school.
 Limit exposure to television and the news.
 Be honest and share with them as much information as they are developmentally able to handle.
  Let your child know with whom they can talk if they have any questions or concerns. This could be any adult such as parents, teachers, counselors, administrators, etc.
  Reassure children that the world is a good place to be, but that there are people who do bad things.
Talking to Children About Tragedies (American Academy of Pediatrics)
Explaining the News to Our Kids (Common Sense Media)
Finally, the administrators, teachers, and staff are committed to keeping our students safe.  We know that the entire Powhatan community shares that commitment.  Please let us know if you have any additional questions or concerns. 

Elementary Realignment Committee Recommendation to School Board

The Elementary Realignment Committee completed their final planned meeting on January 25th.  The Committee reviewed public feedback, transportation recommendations, new policy changes, and student data during the meeting.  At the conclusion of the meeting the Committee chose to recommend that the School Board adopt Option II as new elementary attendance zones beginning in 2018-2019.
Representatives for K&C Associates, our consultant,  will present this recommendation to the School Board on Feb. 13th during the public meeting at 7 pm.  There will be opportunities for public comment at that time.  The School Board will hear this recommendation and take action at a future meeting in late February or early March.

Option II maps and overview

PCPS Request for Proposals for Landscape Maintenance Services – Groups I, II, & III

Sealed proposals due by February 27, 2018 @ 2:00 p.m. A pre-proposal conference will be conducted on February 13, 2018 @ 2:00 p.m. Email for full RFP packet or questions.

Powhatan County School Board Approves School Attendance Area Variance Guidelines

The School Board approved at its January 9th meeting a revision to its policy on school attendance areas.  School Board members requested this revision to the policy so that parents may request a variance for their children to attend a school other than their assigned school.  The variance must meet the following specific circumstances:
  • In-home before or after school care provided in the requested school zone; daycare that does not service the home school; or a documented hardship (i.e. financial, work schedule for which reasonable child care is difficult to obtain)
  • Residents planning to move to a new school zone, with a legally binding contract signed by all parties which is free of contingencies and to be completed within 90 days
Parents requesting this variance must provide transportation to and from school.  Any parent that wishes their child to attend a school other than their assigned school must complete the variance request form and submitted it to their child’s principal for approval. JC-School Attendance Areas Policy linked here in PDF format. JC-F1 School Attendance Variance Request Form linked here in PDF format.

In December, the School Board received information about the draft calendar for the 2018-2019 school year.  Please review the draft calendar linked here.  If you are interested in providing any feedback, this survey link will be open until Friday, January 19.  The survey results will be presented to the School Board as they consider the final calendar at the January 23 workshop.

PCPS Request for Proposals for Food Service Operations & Management Services

Sealed proposals due by February 8, 2018 @ 3:00 p.m. Mandatory pre-proposal due by January 8, 2018 @ 2:00 p.m. Email for full RFP packet or questions.

PCPS Honor Roll - First Nine Weeks

Congratulations to all students that 
achieved honor roll for the first nine 
weeks!  Keep up the great work!

Governor’s Schools, Advanced College Academy and CodeRVA High School Recruitment Meeting

On October 16, Pocahontas Middle School hosted an evening of “High School Options” with representatives from the Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School for Government and International Studies, Appomattox Regional Governor’s School for the Arts and Technology, Code RVA High School, and Reynolds Community College for Advanced College Academy Program for an evening of recruitment.  An overview of these programs is linked here.

National Association of Counties logo

Powhatan County earns national achievement award for Passport to Summer Reading Program.

Full news release linked here.

WASHINGTON – Powhatan County’s Passport to Summer Reading Program has been recognized with an Achievement Award from the National Association of Counties (NACo). The awards honor innovative, effective county government programs that enhance services for residents.

PDF Version Linked Here

2017 Best Communities for Music Education logo
Powhatan County Public Schools has been honored with the Best Communities for Music Education designation from The NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education. Powhatan is one of 4% of districts across the nation receiving the prestigious award in 2017. Full article linked here.

Important information for 2016 employees regarding W-2 Data Breach linked here

Maker Fest Fun on Saturday, February 24

POWHATAN, VA – Powhatan County Public Library and Powhatan Cooperative Extension are pleased to announce Maker Fest 2018, which will take place on Saturday, February 24, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Powhatan County Public Library. Join us for family-friendly S.T.E.A.M. activities that explore science, engineering, arts, technology, and math.

Participants may create unique projects through hands-on opportunities with local teachers and artisans. Local innovators and hobbyists will be on hand to demonstrate and assist participants in creative adventures. Powhatan High School students will be on hand to demonstrate projects from PHS’ Maker Space. This year’s festival also includes demonstrations of 3D printing, robotics, and fiber arts, as well as our ever-popular recycling-based maker room, where attendees are encouraged to unleash their creativity! Thanks to the continued support from the STEM program coaches at Powhatan County Public Schools of this annual event.

Maker Fest 2018 is a free event and all ages are welcome. For more information, please contact Powhatan Extension Office at 598-5640 or visit the Library online at

CodeRVA Regional High School is proud to announce the opening of the online application system for the 2018-2019 school year.  The application system for CodeRVA will remain open until February 23, 2018.  Current 8th graders may apply.


For information about the application process and student eligibility, please visit

For a direct link to the application system, please click here.

VDOT: Paint-a-Plow Program Comes to PCPS

Earlier this fall, the PCPS Facilities Department, the PHS National Art Honor Society and Mrs. Amy McManus’s Art 2 Block 2 students partnered with our local Powhatan VDOT Residency to participate in the VDOT Paint-a-Plow Program. The intent of this project is to bring plows, plow drivers and school students together, along with a little paint, to produce works of art for use during snow removal operations. The two themes for this year’s plows included Powhatan Pride and highlighting our community service organizations throughout Powhatan County. The students at PHS worked on two plows during the month of October and early November to prepare them for the winter season. Thank you VDOT for this great hands-on learning opportunity. We look forward to painting more plows in the future. Photos linked here

Winter, 2018 Adult Education Class Offerings

Powhatan County Public Schools offers Adult Education classes to its citizens. Any member of the community, who is eighteen years of age or older (out of high school), may enroll in a variety of exciting evening classes. 

Individuals who are sixty-two years of age or older may take classes free of charge. This is called the "Gold Card" program. Anyone who is interested in obtaining a "Gold Card" should contact Mrs. Michele Wilson at 598-5700. 

Seniors with a "Gold Card" may register by calling Ms. Sharon Faubert at 598-5710. 

Please remember that refunds will only be granted when a class is filled or cancelled. 

Please register early to secure your course.

Winter, 2018 Adult Education Class Offerings (PDF Format) linked here

Richmond Symphony Matinee Performance at Powhatan High School

The Richmond Symphony Orchestra is coming back to Powhatan High School for a concert benefiting the Powhatan Education Foundation (PEF) on Sunday, January 28, 2018 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM EST. All proceeds from this event will support PEF's mission of supporting innovation and creativity in Powhatan County Public Schools. This includes funding student scholarships, teacher innovation grants, and music education programs. For more information and to purchase tickets, click orange button below for  link to the event page.

  Orange button link to Eventbrite - Richmond Symphony Orchestra Performs at Powhatan High School

PCPS & Powhatan Public Library Present: A Starry Night

Monday, December 4, 2017 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. at the Powhatan County Public Library. Students in grades 4-8 and their families will be able to view planets through telescopes, learn about space, discover constellations, explore library resources about space, and warm up with cookies & hot chocolate. Attendees will also be entered into a drawing to win a telescope! For more information, please see event flier in PDF format linked here

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Youth Day Breakfast

Powhatan High School will be hosting the Seventh Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Youth Day Community Breakfast Celebration. This event will be held on Monday, January 15, 2018 from 8:00 – 11:00 a.m. There are two opportunities for students to participate in this event.  The first is to sing in the Youth Choir.  Students can also volunteer at the breakfast.  The accompanying flyer and letter give additional information on these two ways to get involved in a great community event. Youth Choir flier linked here (PDF Format). Student volunteer letter & application linked here (fillable PDF Format).

Powhatan Schools Receives VTSS Award

Powhatan County Schools has been implementing the Virginia Tiered Systems of Supports for six years. Our work has aligned academic and behavioral offerings into a multi-tiered system that, through instruction, data analysis, and interventions, has provided layers of support for our students. The Virginia Department of Education recognized Powhatan County Public Schools for our work by honoring us with the “Distinction in Implementation of Integrated Systems” award on July 24, 2017. The award was presented by Governor Terry McAuliffe, who praised the VTSS framework as a means to closing academic and behavioral achievement gaps.


Powhatan County School board recognized the administrative staff at their School Board meeting on September 12, 2017 for their efforts in making this award possible.  Mrs. Katie Wojcicki, Director of Student Interventions and Services, spearheaded this program, and with the help of administrative staff and teachers, this program has been a success for our students.

PEF Innovative Classrooms Grant

The Powhatan Education Foundation has released the application for its 2018-2019 Innovative Classrooms Grant.  This is a great way for our teachers to secure funding of up to $1,500 for classroom projects that further Deeper Learning in an innovative way.  Here is a link to the application.  To see the impact these grants can have watch this short video featuring one of last year’s winning grants:

Superintendent Welcomes Back Staff and Students  

Division Superintendent, Dr. Eric Jones, welcomes back staff and students for the 2017-2018 school year in a short video linked here.  The video includes updates on the construction projects in the school division, new instructional initiatives, redistricting the new elementary school boundaries, and updating the strategic plan for the school division.

Virginia Preschool Initiative

Preschool for 4-year-olds in Powhatan County

Powhatan County Public Schools is pleased to offer a pre-kindergarten program for 4 year old children for the 2017-2018 school year. Further information & application found here.

AcelaNet is now offering high speed wireless internet service to Powhatan County. The project will be accomplished in phases, but work has already begun. Please visit AcelaNet's website and add your home address. They will use this data to inform decisions as they build out their network in the county.

Applications for enrollment in the Powhatan Preschool Inclusion Program for the 2017-2018 school year will be available beginning March 1, 2017 in the offices of Pocahontas Elementary School, Powhatan Elementary School, and Flat Rock Elementary School.

Dr. Eric Jones Named 

2017 VASS Superintendent of the Year

POWHATAN, VA - Dr. Eric L. Jones, Powhatan County School Superintendent, was named Region 1 Superintendent of the Year by the Virginia Association of School Superintendents on February 2, 2017. Region 1 consists of 15 school divisions – Charles City, Chesterfield, Colonial Heights, Dinwiddie, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, Hopewell, New Kent, Petersburg, Powhatan, Prince George, Richmond City, Surry and Sussex County.