Surry County High School

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    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.

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    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.

    Tech Support

    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.

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    Courtney Ward, Principal

    James Pope, Assistant Principal and Athletic Director

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    Chronic Absenteeism
    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!

    Safety Drills
    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
    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.

    • $10 - freshmen
    • $10 - sophomores
    • $35 - juniors
    • $10 - seniors

    SCHS clubs and organizations are currently hosting the following fundraisers. Thank you in advance for your support of these student organizations and their sponsors!

    • FCCLA - We Help Two Socks
      Please join the students in Family, Career and Community Leaders of America in this great fundraiser. Not only will they be raising funds to attend the FCCLA Leadership Conference in April, but this is a two for one. A portion of the funds raised will be used to help dig a well in Rwanda. Just click on the link below or scan the QR code. For more information, please see Ms. Jacqueline Johnson, Chapter Advisor.


    • World History Cougar Travel Mugs
      World History students are traveling to the National Art Museum in Washington, DC in December. They are hosting a Travel Mugs, Water Bottles, and More fundraiser with our new history teacher, Mrs. McCarty. Please see the flyer below and place your order using the Google order form linked here: All items and item descriptions are in the Google Form; items range from $20-25. All monies are due to Ms. Carey at Surry County High School by November 22, 2023. Our order will be placed on November 28, 2023 and is expected to arrive within two weeks (mid-December). Please feel free to contact Mrs. McCarty at SCHS if you have any questions or concerns. Thank you in advance for your support of our history students!

    • Band Krispy Kreme Donuts
      The Surry County Marching Cougars are selling Krispy Kreme Doughnuts to raise funds for equipment, materials, uniforms, and instruments. Please see a band member or Mr. Beaver to place your order. Options: $10 Original Glaze or $10 Krispy Kreme Dozen Certificate. You can order as many as you like. Cash will be collected before your order is placed. No cash app or checks. Donations are also welcomed and accepted as well. If you have any questions, you may contact Mr. Rashaad Beaver, Band Director, via email at Thank you for your continued support!!! LET'S GO COUGARS!!!

    SGA Food Drive

    Student Government Association is collecting non-perishable foods to benefit the Feed Our Futures food pantry at Surry Elementary School. Please support this worthy cause!