Welcome to Appomattox County Public Schools' web page. Appomattox County Public Schools is located in central Virginia. We offer educational services to more than 2,200 students enrolled in preschool through adult classes in one high school, one middle school, one elementary school, and one primary school. Alternative middle and high school programs, gifted programs, and programs for students with special needs are also available. The public school system of Appomattox County is dedicated to excellence in education and strives to ensure that all children of school age receive the highest quality education appropriate to their individual needs and abilities.
Our theme for this year is Achieving Creative Prepared Students. We continue to strengthen our professional learning communities in each of our schools. Our vision is to equip our 2,200 students with the critical thinking skills needed for today and for their future. As we increase student achievement through the Standards of Learning (SOLs), we must also train our children to be inquisitive as they access and analyze information. ACPS aims to provide a high quality of education for every child, filled with a wide range of academic options, as well as many extra-curricular and athletic opportunities.
We have missed 8 full instructional days and 10 additional hours due to delayed openings so far due to inclement weather. This equates to nearly 10 school days of lost instruction. Teachers now face less time to catch up with SOL fast-paced pacing guides and upcoming SOL testing.
We do not have any teacher workdays remaining to turn into instructional days. Using spring break days this year is not feasible, given this is the week of the Sesquicentennial; thousands of people and heavy traffic are expected in the county during that time. Saturday school days are not received well by parents and are not well attended. Adding days to the end of the school year after SOL testing is completed is not academically sound nor useful to students.
At Friday night's School Board meeting, the Board approved a plan to add 30 minutes to the end of each school day from March 9 through April 17 (5 weeks). This will make up a portion of the 58 missed instructional hours. This plan is being implemented for the instructional benefit of our students.
We had to devise a plan to recoup lost instruction quickly in response to repeating snow storms which continued through last week.
We also need to move the end of the 3rd 9 weeks from March 13 to March 20 due to lost days. Report Cards will go home March 26, rather than March 19. March 13 and 20 will be full school days.
This addition of 30 minutes per day for 25 days is being done for the instructional and academic benefit of our students, your children. Each school has a somewhat different plan for where and how to use the 30 minutes since each level has different schedules and needs. In every school it is our goal to design this extended time to be as productive, targeted, and meaningful as possible.
Thank you for your support of ACPS as we work to provide academic instruction for your child.
Dorinda G. Grasty, Ed.D.Superintendent
Appomattox County Public Schools
316 Court Street
Appomattox, VA 24522
Achieving Creative Prepared Students
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