Smyth County Schools will be closed Dec. 22 through Jan. 2 for winter break. School will resume at the regular time on Monday, Jan. 5, 2015. The Central Office and individual school offices will be open on Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 29-30.
Smyth County Public Schools' PowerSchool student information system will undergo a software and hardware upgrade Dec. 29-30. PowerSchool, Parent Portal, PowerTeacher, and PowerTeacher Gradebook will be unavailable beginning at 8:30 am Monday, Dec. 29. The upgrade should be completed by 5:00 pm Tuesday, Dec. 30.
The Smyth County School Board's Budget Committee will meet at 4:00 pm Wednesday, Jan. 7, in the board meeting room, 121 Bagley Circle, Suite 300, Marion, Va.
The Smyth County School Board will hold a public hearing for input on the school division's 2015-2016 budget during its regular January 12th meeting at 121 Bagley Circle, Suite 300, Marion. The public hearing will begin at 6:15 pm.
Smyth County Schools will cap the International Hour of Code Week with a computer programming challenge open to all Smyth County students in grades K-12. Details…
Here are the students who have solved the challenge. The challenge remains open until 9:00 pm, Jan. 7, 2015.
Recently, Smyth County Public School bus drivers have reported an increase in the number of vehicles illegally passing stopped school buses. As a school division, we are committed to ensuring the safety of our students. We are asking our community to share this commitment. We would like to remind our community members that all motorists are required to stop when a school bus is loading or unloading children. All of our drivers are required to complete a pre-trip inspection to ensure all safety devices are working properly. All motorists should be aware that in the event these safety devices are not functioning, you are still required to stop when a bus is loading or unloading children. Drivers are required by state law to stop in all directions when the red lights on the bus are flashing and/or the stop sign is out unless they are travelling on a divided highway. There are penalties for failure to stop for a stopped school bus. Penalties may include:
Our students are our most precious resource, and we take the responsibility of ensuring their safety seriously. Central Office staff, school administrators and bus drivers work together to coordinate our bus stops and have as many students as possible load and unload on the passenger door side of the road. This is not always possible and as a result, some students actually have to cross the road when they are loading and dismissing from the school bus. When a bus is stopped and its red lights are flashing, a child could potentially have to cross the road in front of traffic. Please consider all of the above mentioned safety rules to ensure the safety of our students.
Cold and flu season has started, and area health providers are also seeing children with enterovirus D86, as well as hand, foot, and mouth disease. Please see the Smyth County Schools Health Services webpage for more details.
The Virginia Retirement System (VRS) offers a variety of learning resources for current Smyth County School Board employees who are interested in the VRS Hybrid Retirement Plan. Details…