Message from the Principal - COVID-19 Updates

Dear Herndon Families,

This has been a trying time loading with stress and uncertainty. If we fast-forward beyond where we are now, we can see some relief in our future. We will be so happy to see each other in person again, our students will feel excited to be back in school, and our building will be closer to completion than ever imagined. By working together, we can do this.

Here is some information to help give you some sense of where we are right now:

  • First and foremost. Our cafeteria staff and the Food for Neighbors team (led by HHS parent Karen Joseph) have been feeding our students since we’ve been out, proving schools (and particularly Herndon High School) have been about so much more than just learning for our families. Several staff and parents have volunteered to help. You are amazing people. If you’d like to donate food, money, or your time to Food for Neighbors, check out their website at https://www.foodforneighbors.org/red-bag-program/
  • School Grounds and Fields. All school grounds are closed and off-limits. Please do your part by staying home and avoiding gatherings of 10 or more people. We can’t wait to have students and community members back on campus and we will let you know as soon as you can return.
  • Student item pick-up.  A few staff members have noticed computers and chargers left at school. Others have asked for student access to athletic equipment, instruments, etc. There will be no FCPS-specific pick-up opportunity for students or parents. We will instead work with families individually to try to accommodate. Our priority is to get laptops and chargers to students first. Following this, we will work on instruments, athletic equipment, and lockers. We have very strict guidelines from the health department, so please stay tuned. Teachers or coaches may be reaching out to assess the number of students who will need to access belongings.
  • 3rd Quarter Grades.  Please know that third quarter grade books are not closed. We are working to ensure that students will have the opportunity to complete all assignments issued prior to the closing of schools before we close the third quarter.  We will provide maximum flexibility for our students to be sure they can get those assignments submitted. More guidance on this will follow soon.
  • The rest of the school year. No doubt you have heard that the governor has closed schools for the remainder of the school year. We will press on. The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) will be providing school districts additional guidance in the next day or so regarding distance continuity of learning that has an equity focus. In the meantime, teachers may be in contact with students to foster relationships, nurture a caring culture, and provide reassurance and encouragement during a stressful and unprecedented global experience. One development in all of this change is that the U.S. DOE announced last week that students impacted by school closures due to the coronavirus pandemic can bypass standardized testing for the 2019-2020 school year. Virginia is planning to submit a waiver request. Traditional face-to-face AP exam administrations will not take place. We expect to learn more details by April 3. Please stay connected to your email for information about an upcoming shift to online learning.

Remember, we are Herndon. And we are all in this together.

Liz Noto, Ed.D.

Principal | Herndon High School