PWCS supports the families of furloughed government employees
Posted on 01/25/2019
An adult hand palm up with a child's hand in itDear PWCS Parents and Guardians:

As the government shutdown continues into its fourth week, Prince William County Public Schools (PWCS) is aware of the financial and personal stress this is causing many of our families.

Recognizing these difficulties, PWCS encourages families that may have concerns regarding covering school expenses during this period (such as field trip fees and activities) to reach out to your school administrators to discuss deferring such costs or making alternative arrangements. PWCS will seek to be as flexible as possible for families during this time.

In addition, to support families affected by the partial federal government shutdown, PWCS will continue its current practice to ensure that no student goes hungry. Breakfast and lunch will be provided to all students regardless of their ability to pay or temporary financial circumstances.

PWCS does not practice “lunch-shaming,” and unpaid balances will be allowed to accrue during the furlough. Parents of PWCS students wishing to apply for free or reduced-price meals can also complete and submit their application online at any time.

For those families whose students may be experiencing stress caused by these circumstances, we encourage you to reach out to your school’s counselor for resources and support as needed.

Lastly, PWCS also encourages furloughed employees to come work for PWCS either part time or full time. Current opportunities with PWCS include: substitute teaching and temporary employment, and school bus driver positions. Complete employment information and opportunities can be found online.

For those interested in donating to help fund field trips, pay off student food balances, or help with other school programs, please consider donating to SPARK, the education foundation for PWCS.

We appreciate every family and thank you for your service.

Sincerely,

Steven L. Walts
Superintendent of Schools