School is open 5-days a week for in-person instruction. Students must report to school by 8:00 AM. Students arriving after 8:05 AM will be marked tardy.
One of the most important things your child can do to be successful is to attend school every day on time. Research has shown that your child's regular attendance may be the greatest factor influencing his/her academic success.
Please note, unless otherwise stated, SCPS is fully in-person. Virtual instruction is not an option for students attending SCHS in-person. Registration for Virtual Virginia closed in summer 2021. If your child is absent from school, the absence cannot be excused due to virtual learning, unless the student is absent due to quarantine.
Days in quarantine will be counted as R-Remote Instruction. Students will be quarantined according to guidance from the VDH Crater Health District. Fully vaccinated students and staff are exempt from quarantine. Students in quarantine must access Canvas and their school email to continue their schoolwork from home.
JETPACK MIFI DEVICE CHECKOUT
Please CLICK HERE to check out a Jetpack Mifi device. Devices will be checked out to students and must be returned at the end of the year in good, working condition. If devices are damaged or not returned, students will be responsible for the cost of replacement.
SCPS has an excellent Technology Department that is available to assist students and families with issues with Chromebooks, laptops, and other electronic devices through virtual learning.
If you are experiencing trouble with your device, please contact your child's teacher. Be clear in your description of what is going wrong. Teachers will submit an tech ticket and then arrangements will be made to service your device.
Do not bring computers or devices to school without an appointment. A tech ticket must be submitted before repairs will be made.
Courtney Ward, Principal
James Pope, Assistant Principal and Athletic Director
Surry County High School is dedicated to academic achievement and success for all pupils. Regular school attendance is a critical part of that success. Increasingly, attendance has been the focus of attention among school divisions and educators. According to research, regular attendance is a significant factor in a student’s success. Excessive absenteeism has been correlated to low academic achievement and is a powerful predictor of high school graduation. Chronic absenteeism is defined as missing ten percent or more of the academic year for any reason, including excused absences, unexcused absences, and suspensions. Based on a 180-day school year, that equates to approximately 18 days per year or 2 to 3 days per month. In the 2021-2022 school year, SCHS had a chronic absenteeism rate of 36%. This means that over one-third of our student body missed 10% or more of the school year due to absences (not related to COVID-19).
Truancy vs. Chronic Absenteeism
It is important to know the difference between chronic absenteeism and truancy. Chronic absenteeism counts all absences, including excused, unexcused, suspensions, court orders, etc. Truancy counts unexcused absences only.
Attendance Action Plan
Missed instruction, regardless of the reason, can have significant academic consequences. Therefore, the broader emphasis is on improving attendance for every student. Our school is committed to increasing the attendance rate for all students. As we continue to grow as a school community, attendance monitoring will be one of our foremost goals to ensure that our students are in school every day and on time. We have established an attendance team, composed of administrators, teachers, counselors, and students, to establish plans for addressing our chronic absenteeism rate and create positive incentives for students who attend school daily. Please contact Ms. Ward or Coach Pope for more information about our attendance action plan. There are more awards and field trips to come. Stay tuned, and keep coming to school every day and on time!
SCHS will conduct several safety drills this school year, including fire/evacuation, lockdown, and weather-related drills. Please reference the letter linked here about annual lockdown drills. Contact the main office if you have any questions or concerns.
Class dues are required of all students for the 2021-2022 school year, and on. Dues must be paid in order to attend the junior/senior prom and to graduate . Class dues are listed below. Please see Mrs. Carey, the school bookkeeper, to pay your dues and/or check if you need to pay dues for this year and last year.