Return to Learning 2020-2021 Task Force

A Task Force of 45 teachers, staff, parents, community members, and students has been formed with a goal to create an educational model to maximize instruction for students and staff in a safe environment under the current pandemic. Working documents and presentations will be shared here for all to review as the Task Force works towards making a recommendation to the School Board on July 14th.

Documents related to the Taskforce meetings are linked below in PDF format. Adobe Reader is required (free download linked here) to view a PDF document.

Virginia Guidelines for Reopening Schools

Please see below for links to guidelines that were released from the Virginia Department of Education and the Governor of Virginia regarding the opening of schools. They contain comprehensive information on how schools will be allowed to reopen as well as measures we will put in place to ensure staff and student safety.

Message From Dr. Jones

I have struggled with many emotions over this past weekend watching scenes of protest and violence around the country in the wake of George Floyd’s death. First and foremost, I mourn for George Floyd and his family. I am inspired by the millions of peaceful protesters taking advantage of their first amendment right to share their grievances and pain. I am also saddened and angry at those that resort to violence that inflicts more pain and suffering on their community.

As a former teacher and lifelong student of history, I know that persistent racism, prejudice, and discrimination is a stain on our society. It is why I am so proud that PCPS Core Beliefs emphasize a commitment to equity and inclusiveness in our schools. We also believe in Community and it grieves me to know that our students and staff are struggling with emotions like those that I have felt. While we are prevented from having face to face conversations by this pandemic, please know that we are here to help during this crisis. Please contact your school if you need someone to talk to about these events. Our school counselors and mental health professionals are available to assist you in any way we can. We stand by to serve you and our Community.

Where & How to Connect to FREE WiFi

Wireless Bus Hotspots Available (updated 5.21.2020): PCPS has equipped school buses with wireless internet access and located them in the western region of the county for students to be able to access the internet for their school work. These buses will be in place with accessible internet by 3:00 PM Friday, April 24, 2020.

 map of wireless bus hotspots available 

SSID: Kajeet SmartBus
Password: smartbus

Little Zion Baptist Church 5680 Cartersville Road
Muddy Creek Baptist Church 3470 Trenholm Road
Mount Zion Baptist Church - 2951 Ridge Road (was formerly located at Deep Creek Fire Dept.)
Providence Presbyterian Church 1950 Ridge Road
Powhatan Rescue Squad Sub Station 5901 Old Buckingham Road
Co 3 Fire Station "Macon" 6377 Old Buckingham Road

Virginia Wifi Hotspot Locations maps

Xfinity: Until further notice, all Xfinity WiFi Public Hotspots are now open to everyone on the “xfinitywifi” SSID. Public hotspots can be found in small/medium businesses and outdoors in commercial areas. Non-Xfinity subscribers need to accept Terms and Conditions to access the network and repeat when requested to continue to receive free unlimited access. Additional information is available through the Xfinity wifi site linked here.
Where: Blue dots on the map pictured below show Xfinity WiFI Hotspots in Powhatan County and nearby

 Map of Xfinity WiFi hotspots in Powhatan County and surrounding areas 

How: Enable WiFi on your wireless device. Having Trouble? Use these Xfinity guides: Tablet Guide Linked Here    Handheld Device Guide Linked Here    Laptop Guide Linked Here
Select "xfinitywifi" in your list of available networks. Important: If you see "XFINITY" on your list of available networks, we recommend installing a secure profile on your device before connecting. Learn more with Xfinity site linked here.

Powhatan County Schools Wi-Fi: 

POCES:
Network Name: PCPSNet
Location: Staff parking lot

POWES:
Network Name: PCPSNet
Location: Visitor parking lot

FRES:
Network Name: PCPSNet
Location: Visitor parking lot

PHS:
Network Name: pcps-student
Location: Bus loop

Powhatan County Government Wi-Fi: 

If you are in an area without good internet and need access, either to get the latest information on COVID, to work from home or you just need to get out of the house to watch a movie, the County has several free public Wi-Fi spots available. The network "Powhatan_guest" is accessible in the parking lots of the Powhatan County Library (2270 Mann Rd), Administration Building (3834 Old Buckingham Rd) and Village Building (3910 Old Buckingham Rd). It is also available from the Courthouse (3880 Old Buckingham Rd), but parking near the building is limited. Many businesses, particularly restaurants, also have free Wi-Fi inside or outside of their buildings.

Congratulations, Lauren Ayers, PCPS 2020 Teacher of the Year

Mrs. Lauren Ayers, 2020 Division Teacher of the Year

Division Highlights