Stafford County Public Schools knows that school delays or closures greatly impact our students, families and staff. The decision to delay or close schools is not taken lightly. A delay or closure is based on a variety of factors including reports from the National Weather Service, Stafford County Public Schools (SCPS)’ transportation supervisors, and the director of Safety and Security who survey and report on current road and weather conditions at various locations throughout the county.
Our decisions are collaborative efforts involving SCPS staff and Stafford County agencies, as well as neighboring school divisions. Our number one concern in closing or delaying schools is safety. We look at road safety for buses and parent or student drivers. We also look at safety for our students who walk to school.
It is the intent and long-standing practice to remain open as long as roads are safe, open and passable, and are predicted to remain so. In the event of inclement weather, the decision to open or close schools is made prior to 5:30 a.m. on the day in question and communicated as soon as possible to the media, parents and staff.
We encourage our parents, students, and staff to check www.staffordschools.net or the local media outlets, Facebook and Twitter for the latest updates regarding school delays or closures. They will also receive alerts via email, text or mobile app notification or call 540-658-6000 and press 1 to hear the latest school operating status on the SCPS bulletin board.
Commonwealth Governor’s School ApplicationThe Commonwealth Governor’s School (CGS) program serves students in grades 9 – 12 from Caroline, King George, Spotsylvania, and Stafford County. Potential Stafford CGS students should submit their applications to the Focus teacher at their middle schools or high schools. If you are not currently enrolled in Stafford Public Schools, please submit your application to Stephenie Fellinger, Ed.D Facilitator of K-12 Gifted and Secondary Programs. Applications will not be accepted after Feb. 14, 2018.Potential CGS students are selected for the program based on achievement test scores, teacher recommendations, a timed writing assessment, service activities, a portfolio, and an interview. The Focus teachers and/or the gifted facilitator will contact applicants on specific testing days, timed writing assessments times, and the interview times. Students who qualify for the program will be contacted by the end of May 2018.
Location ChangeThe Parent Resource Center, Office Of Child Find, and Coordinator of Early Childhood Special Education will change locations effective Tuesday, November 21, 2017. The offices will reopen for business on Monday, December 4 2017.
The new address is:Gari Melchers CenterWashington BuildingFredericksburg, VA 22405New Phone: 540-899-6000
School Board Meeting Live StreamSCPS has resumed live streaming via the web. The division has updated the system to include closed captioning. The closed captioning works on the division's television station and for live streams on the website. We will have closed captioning for the web and future School Board meetings.You can view the live stream at this link: UStream SCPS Live Stream
Transportation on Twitter
The Stafford County Public Schools Transportation Department has joined Twitter. Please follow the Transportation Department @SCPSTransport for the latest bus information. TheTransportation Department will have details on late buses and other important information. It’s another tool to keep the community, parents and stakeholders informed about SCPS.
Water Testing Results
Stafford County Public Schools is sampling water from schools throughout the division under requirements of a new Virginia law that took effect July 1, 2017 for all public K-12 schools. This sampling is part of a larger program underway statewide to test for the presence of lead in drinking water. SCPS is working with county government, the Virginia Department of Health as well as our industrial hygiene consultant to ensure a team effort in keeping students and staff safe.
For more information, please visit our Water Testing Results Webpage.