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  • Textbook Committees are Forming

    Textbook Committees are being formed in support of the following academic areas: English (K-12), selected IB Mathematics courses, Trade & Industrial, Agriculture, and Health & Medical. These committees will be comprised of teachers, parents, students, administrators, and ITRTs.

    If you are interested in serving on one of these textbook committees, please email Katie Sokoly at

    Public review of all textbooks under consideration for adoption will begin in January 2020.  Parents, students, teachers, and community members may review textbook samples and complete evaluation form at individual schools and at the Howell Library.

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    Virginia Retirement System (VRS) retirees who are licensed to teach in Virginia may teach full-time in a critical shortage position and continue to receive VRS retirement benefits if certain eligibility requirements are met. An individual may be eligible to teach or serve as a principal or assistant principal in a critical shortage position in a Virginia public school. The educator does not have to retire as a teacher or school administrator as long as they become licensed by the Virginia Board of Education for the position held. Positions are full-time and temporary for the current school year; and if a person qualifies, they will continue to receive retirement benefits but they will not earn additional service credit.

     Teacher Eligibility

    • You must receive a monthly VRS retirement benefit;

    • You must teach in a designated critical shortage position as defined by the Code of Virginia and Department of Education;

    • You must have had a bona fide break in service of at least 12 months following the effective date of your VRS retirement and not worked in any capacity for a VRS-participating employer, even on a part-time/substitute basis during that period;

    • You must not have retired under a local school division’s early retirement incentive program (ERIP) unless you are receiving an unreduced VRS retirement benefit. (Any period of work performed by the retiree to satisfy the requirements of an ERIP will extend the number of months required to satisfy the bona fide break in service to comply with this program.);

    • You must not have retired under the Transitional Benefits Program with an enhanced monthly VRS benefit.

    • You must be licensed and endorsed for your assigned position by the Virginia Board of Education; and

    • Prior to your VRS retirement date, you did not have a pre-arranged commitment, either verbal or written, for post-retirement employment as a critical shortage teacher or administrator.

     Principal and Assistant Principal for a K-12 critical shortage position eligibility:

    • Work in a designated critical shortage position.

    • Hold a Virginia Board of Education license for the position.

    • Have a break in service of at least 12 consecutive months between your

    retirement date and the date you wish to work in a critical shortage position.

    This break in service means not working in any full-time, part-time or

    temporary position, including coaching and substitute teaching, with any

    VRS-participating employer, or working for a contractor for any VRS participating employer.

    • Not have retired with a reduced VRS benefit under an early retirement

    incentive program (ERIP) or with an incentive program that enabled you to

    retire with a reduced or unreduced benefit.

    • Not on VRS disability retirement.

    • Retired from a VRS-covered position. If you took a refund of your member

    contributions and interest or deferred retirement, you are not eligible to work in a critical shortage position.

    • Not have a pre-arranged commitment, either verbal or written, with the

    school division before your retirement date.

    Critical Shortage areas:

    Special Education

    Elementary Education

    Middle Education

    Career Technical Education


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    English - Secondary

    Science - Secondary

    Foreign Language

    Health & Physical Education

    For more information, please contact Stafford County Public Schools' Department of Human Resources at (540) 658-6560

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  • Student Transfer Deadline is Friday, July 12, 2019

    The deadline to apply for a student transfer is Friday, July 12, 2019.  If you moved or are planning to move before school starts on August 12, 2019, you must provide the new address to your child’s school. 

    Once school begins, your child must attend the school based on the new address unless you have an approved transfer. Contact your child’s school if you have any questions.

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  • SCPS Nutrition Department is Hiring!

    Come join the fun and fast-paced crew and enjoy the benefit of being home when your kids are home! 

    • Starting pay is $11.42 per hour
    • Benefits available
    • Both hourly and part-time positions available
    • 12-month pay
    • Holidays and summers off
    • Prospect for promotion to full-time management

    Apply online at

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  • Attention all parents of rising 10th – 12th-grade students.

    Registration for summer Behind-The-Wheel is Tuesday, June 18, 2019, at the North Stafford High School in the cafeteria from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

    Cost is $225 and is payable by cash or money order.

    English and Spanish registration forms are available on the SCPS website.

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  • There is an early release of all Head Start, Elementary, Middle and High Schools students Wednesday, June 12, Thursday, June 13 and Friday, June 14, 2019. Students who ride the bus will arrive home early before their regular scheduled drop off times.  

    Dismissal time for Elementary students is 1:10 p.m.

    Park Ridge Elementary will dismiss at 1:20 p.m. due to an altered start time this year.

    Winding Creek Elementary will dismiss at 12:45 p.m. due to altered start time as well.

    Middle School dismissal time is 12:20 p.m.

    High School dismissal time is 11:45 a.m.

    Early Release Times for Early Childhood Students:

    For full-day children normally departing at 2:00 p.m. at Melchers, they will leave at 11:30 a.m. 

    There is no change for AM only preschool students at Melchers. 

    AM Preschool students who attend classes at Anthony Burns Elementary, Conway Elementary, Falmouth Elementary, Garrisonville Elementary, Grafton Village Elementary, Park Ridge Elementary, Rockhill Elementary, and Winding Creek Elementary Schools leave at 11 a.m. 

    There is no school for PM only preschool students at any of the locations.

    The last day for Stafford County Public Schools is Friday, June 14.  Graduation takes place on Saturday, June 15. Enjoy your time off. The new school year will resume on Monday, August 12, 2019.



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  • Attention: All after school activities are cancelled due to weather conditions. Please be careful until the storm passes. The safety of staff and students is our utmost priority.
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  • Kindergarten Registration

    If your child turns five by September 30, 2019, it is time to register for kindergarten! Kindergarten Enrollment Day for Stafford County Public Schools is April 25, 2019 and elementary schools will be open until from 9 am - 5 pm to accept kindergarten registrations.

    The online registration portal will open on April 25, 2019.  We encourage families to register via our online registration portal, OLR and contact the school when completed to bring in the required following documents:   

    Please bring the following documents with you to register your student:

    Driver’s License or Photo ID for Parent/Guardian
    Official Birth Certificate for Child
    Physical and Immunization Records (prior to the opening of school)
    Proof of residence:
    Must provide one of these: Deed, Lease, Tax Bill
    Must provide two of the following options that are current for the last 2 months with the parent/guardian name:
    Utility Bills (tied to the home)
    Employment Verification (payroll stubs, current employer verification on company letterhead)
    Tax Documents
    Other Official Correspondence with Government Agencies
    Medical Bills
    Consecutive Bank Statements (for 2 months)
    Vehicle Registration, Driver’s License, Insurance Policy

    For more information, please contact your local elementary school or visit us at



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  • UPDATED Elementary School Redistricting Information

    The Stafford County School Board continues to hear information concerning elementary redistricting. The consultants with ARC Bridge have developed several additional plans for review. The board will meet to narrow down the various redistricting choices and present to citizens at the upcoming public hearings. Here are the upcoming dates and times for meetings concerning elementary redistricting:

    Work Session
    February 28, 2019 6:00 p.m.
    Professional Development Center
    Room 15
    31 Stafford Avenue
    Stafford, Virginia 22554

    Work Session
    March 7, 2019 6:00 p.m.
    Professional Development Center
    Room 14
    31 Stafford Avenue
    Stafford, Virginia 22554

    Work Session
    March 21, 2019 6:00 p.m.
    Professional Development Center
    Room 14
    31 Stafford Avenue
    Stafford, Virginia 22554

    Public Hearing
    March 13, 2019 6:30 p.m.
    North Stafford High School Auditorium
    839 Garrisonville Road
    Stafford, Virginia 22554

    Public Hearing
    March 14, 2019 6:30 p.m.
    Stafford High School Auditorium
    63 Stafford Indian Lane
    Fredericksburg, Virginia 22405

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  • Elementary School Redistricting Public Hearings

    The Stafford School Board will not hold public hearings on the Elementary School Redistricting recommendation on February 12 and 26.

    The event has been postponed as the School Board reviews other redistricting plans. The School Board meeting will take place as planned; however, the public hearing on redistricting will take place at a later date.

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