PWCS cares deeply about students’ emotional well-being during their time away from school. If a student is in need of emotional support during this time, please feel free to send an e-mail to studentsupportservices@pwcs.edu. A school mental health or health professional will answer and offer virtual support to students to the best of their ability. This e-mail is not to be used for emergency situations as it will not be monitored 24 hours a day. If a student is ever in an emergency situation he/she is encouraged to call 911 or utilize one of the resources listed below:

Apoyo emocional para los alumnos
Si algún estudiante necesita apoyo emocional durante este momento estresante, él o ella puede enviar un correo electrónico a studentsupportservices@pwcs.edu para recibir apoyo virtual. Las Escuelas Públicas del Condado de Prince William (PWCS) tendrán consejeros y personal de salud mental escolar para responder a cualquier alumno que necesite ayuda. En PWCS, nos preocupamos mucho por el bienestar emocional de nuestros estudiantes durante este tiempo fuera de la escuela y queremos que sepa que estamos muy cerca, a solo un correo electrónico de distancia.
A modo de aviso, le informamos que este correo electrónico no se revisará las 24 horas del día, pero sí se revisará con frecuencia durante el día, todos los días. Si alguna vez tuviera una situación de emergencia, por favor, comuníquese con un familiar de confianza que pueda brindarle ayuda inmediata.


Emergency Resources:

ACTS Helpline- 703.368.4141 

1.800.SUICIDE (24-hour hotline)- 1.800.784.2433 

Crisis Text Hotline (24-hour hotline)- 741741 

PWC Child Protective Services Hotline- 703.792.4200

PWC Community Services Board-703.792.7800



The GPMS Counseling staff will be sending out Smore Newsletters once a week with videos, updates, and information as it becomes available.  Please look out for this newsletter which will be emailed out to every GPMS family.   Please know that we are missing you and thinking about each and every one of you!



  Important Instructional Updates from the County

Dear PWCS Parents and Guardians, and Students,

We are keenly aware that staff, students, and families are under unprecedented pressure and stress. Our instructional resources and guidance take into consideration that students may have other responsibilities like providing daycare, caring for sick family members, going to work, or dealing with their own health challenges. We do not want parents and students to think that they are required to have a full day of instruction or replicate the school day.

Given the high-level of stress everyone faces, we also want staff, students, and families to consider balancing time with schoolwork, screens, and the need for physical activity. Teachers of all levels, including those of advanced courses, should evaluate the educational value of any assignment.

Additionally, under the Governor’s school-closing order, it is important for us to ensure we adhere to Free and Appropriate Education (FAPE) rules and do not create circumstances that create equitable-access concerns.

All PWCS staff have been directed to adhere strictly to the following:

  1. Minimize student stress - do not assign new work to students at this difficult time.
  2.  No new graded work should be assigned until further notice (at least April 14).
  3.  All due dates of previously assigned work should be pushed to at least April 14, or beyond.
  4.  All work is optional during this time.
  5.  Teachers can work with students on making connections, on thinking, and critical questioning.
  6.  The goal is not to give large packets, busy work, or worksheets.
  7.  Teachers can and should give helpful growth-producing feedback to students, but not assign any letter or numerical grades.

In support of state superintendent guidance, PWCS will use the following phased approach to support the continuity of learning for our students while they are at home (this is subject to change based on circumstances).

  1. Phase 1: March 13, 2020 - Books, materials, instruments, and other resources were sent home prior to the closure of schools.
  2. Phase 2: March 19, 2020 - Online academic resources, suggested free apps, offline activity ideas, optional daily schedules, and parent tips were posted by our Student and Professional Learning team to our new PWCS Home Learning page.
  3. Phase 3: March 23, 2020 – March 27, 2020 - Teachers and staff will be asked to “return to work” virtually (not to report to buildings) and follow the guidance further down in this message for working from home.
         a. Virtual Prince William may resume with students currently enrolled, with optional classes, no new assignments, and with no graded assignments due until after April 14.
         b. Dual Enrollment teachers are asked to follow the direction of the associated college or university regarding resuming online instruction. At this time, dual enrollment graded assignments will only be assigned and entered relative to the college/university and not for PWCS. A message will be sent to students and parents of dual enrollment students with additional details.
         c. Understanding the unique nature of advanced courses, teachers can work with their students to prepare for the May/June assessment from the College Board/IB or CIE. However, this work must be optional and review only. Teachers can provide growth-producing feedback but no grading. AP College Board has additional information on their website.
  4. Phase 4: March 30, 2020 – April 3, 2020 - All instructional staff will begin providing ungraded learning resources/activities on their online platform. Staff Communities pages are being currently updated to include a variety of resources to support teachers in this effort. Parents can access these pages through each school’s webpage. The Home Learning webpage will also continue to be updated with additional resources.
  5. April 6 – 10: Spring Break as planned.
  6. April 13 – Teacher and staff workday.
  7. April 14 – Students and Staff Report – this is subject to change based on new guidance from state or national officials.

Note: Future phases of learning support for students will be added as COVID-19 circumstances change. We know that this doesn’t answer every question and we will continue to provide further details and clarification in the coming days.

Additionally, our Student and Professional Learning team is starting a Twitter campaign entitled #PWCSReads. Teachers and school leaders will be asked to post videos of books being read aloud that can be accessed by students and families. Parents can select the videos that are most appropriate for their child’s age. This campaign will promote literacy and will help everyone to stay connected.

Please know that we truly care and will continue to support all students and their families during this challenging time.

We sincerely thank you for your continued support and partnership.