Back to School

Welcome to the 2022-23 school year!

  • The first day of school is August 22, 2022.
  • All students will be provided a laptop.
  • All parents/guardians must complete the Back to School Packet by September 16, 2022.

Want to know more?

Annual Calendar

Holidays and other days off

Health/Mitigation FAQ

Answers to common questions

Information for Starting the School Year

Parents/Guardians: Prepare for New School Year

Check-off those back-to-school tasks now!

The annual Back to School Packet, where parents/guardians can review emergency cards, update contact information, and complete annual policy reviews and acknowledgments, is now available in ParentVUE. All families should complete the Back to School Packet by Friday, September 16, 2022. The information you provide will allow school staff to ensure your student's safety this school year.

  1. Log into the ParentVUE app or the ParentVUE website using your ParentVUE User Name and password.
  2. Once logged into ParentVUE, click the Online Records button at the top of the screen.

Please contact your child's school if you need assistance or do not have an active ParentVUE account.

Technology

  • PWCS is now a one-to-one School Division, and all students will be provided laptops. Please review the Parent/Student Device Handbook.
  • PWCS has a group policy discount with Securranty for students/parents to purchase optional insurance for laptops issued to students. Insurance can only be purchased after your child receives their laptop because you must provide the device serial number when signing up.
  • Canvas will continue to be the learning management system for all students.
  • The Hub (Parent/StudentVUE) remains the platform for tracking grades and other student information.
  • Information on how to access The Hub's StudentVUE and ParentVUE applications can be found on The Hub webpage.

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Bus Information

Parents and students can view their preliminary bus schedules in The Hub (via ParentVUE and StudentVUE) starting Monday, August 8, 2021. Bus route information can change at the beginning of the school year due to student enrollment, and the Hub offers parents and students the ability to receive the most up-to-date bus information. Parents/guardians are encouraged to check for changes.

Bus schedules will not be emailed to parents/guardians and, due to security reasons, we will not post bus routes on our website.

Questions or Concerns About Your Bus Route?

View contact list by school

Kindergarten students must be accompanied to and from bus stops by a parent, guardian, or other designated individual. All kindergarten parents/guardians must complete a Kindergarten Authorization Form, and return the completed form to your child's school. Your child will only be released to the authorized person(s) who are:

  1. Listed on the kindergarten authorization form; and
  2. Have a valid government/state ID to present to the bus driver each day.

Your child will be returned to the school if there is no authorized person at the bus stop or the designee does not have a valid government/state ID.

Bell Schedule

View the bell schedule for the 2022-23 school year.

Bell times are unchanged for all schools for the 2022-23 school year, except Marshall Elementary School and Tyler Elementary School.

School Food and Nutrition/Meals

Free Meals at 37 Schools

Students at 37 schools will continue to have no cost breakfast and lunch for all students for the 2022-23 school year.

School Meal Costs for Remaining Schools

Students

  • Breakfast - $1.50
  • Elementary school lunch - $2.50
  • Middle school lunch - $2.65
  • High school lunch - $2.75

Adults

  • Breakfast - $2.35
  • Lunch - $4.00

Applying for Free and Reduced Price Meals

Applications for free and reduced-price meals, which impact other services families may need, will be available on the Food and Nutrition website when available from the USDA.

Menus

PWCS offers breakfast and lunch. Menus are posted on the Food and Nutrition website. You can subscribe to get menus emailed daily. Meal prices and nutritional/allergy information are available through the Food and Nutrition website.

How to Pay for Meals

Funding student meal accounts can be done in several ways. You can send a check in to the school, fund your child's account online via MySchoolBucks, or your child can pay cash. Read about how to add funds to a student's meal account.

Student Health Information

The Student Health Services homepage has important resources and information related to:

  • Immunization requirements
  • Medications at school
  • Required health forms
  • Regulations and fact sheets
  • When students should stay home due to illness
Student Health Services webpage

Class Schedules

  • Elementary schedules will be available in ParentVUE/StudentVUE on Tuesday, August 16, 2022
  • Secondary schedules, including K-8 and Traditional Schools, will be available in ParentVUE/StudentVUE on Friday, August 19, 2022

ParentVUE

What is ParentVUE?

ParentVUE is a tool that offers parents and guardians access to their students' grades, attendance information, and more. Parents and guardians can submit updates to contact information, check attendance, and submit course requests during scheduling windows via ParentVUE

ParentVUE

How do I get a ParentVUE account?

Parents must apply for a ParentVUE account using an Activation Code that is sent via email to their email account on record with the school. When creating the account, parents will choose their own username and password and can manage this password using the More Options/Forgot Password from the ParentVUE login page.

ParentVUE: Getting Started

How do I access ParentVUE?

ParentVUE is available via a web browser or via an app for your phone or tablet available in the Google Play Store and App Store.

Note that functionality is limited in the app version, so it is suggested to use the web version when possible.

Log in to ParentVUE

Who can I contact for help or support?
  • If you are trying to create your account and cannot locate your activation code and need assistance with obtaining a new one, please contact your school.
  • If you have an account already but have forgotten your password, you can create a new one by clicking on More Options/Forgot Password from the ParentVUE login page.

Canvas

What is Canvas?

Canvas is the learning management system for all students.

Canvas Login Page for Parents

How can I obtain a Canvas account?

Parents and guardians will have a Canvas account linked to their student, or multiple students, giving them access to course data, student grades, assignments, events and course interactions. To create a parent/guardian account (referred to as an Observer account), you need a pairing code for your student.

Information on obtaining pairing codes and creating a Canvas Observer role account can be found on the PWCS Canvas & Zoom webpage.

Once your account is created, additional pairing codes for other children can be added to your account so you may access the Canvas classrooms for all of your students from a single Canvas Observer account.

Note: Parents will not be provided with PWCS Zoom accounts.

How do I get technical support for Canvas?

If parents or students are having issues with Canvas, please contact your school or teachers for support and troubleshooting.

Staying Connected

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Parents and guardians of students and employees of Prince William County Public Schools are automatically enrolled in the PWCS Notification service for phone, text, and email messages. PWCS central office and schools use this system to communicate delayed opening and school-closing information, emergency messages, and to send attendance, meal account balance, and school-based outreach messages. Please don't unsubscribe or block us to ensure you receive timely information from your child's school.

If you are not receiving emails from your school or PWCS, please contact your child's school to check if you unintentionally blocked us or unsubscribed.

Follow us on Social Media

Facebook @PWCSnews
Instagram @PWCSnews
TikTok @PWCSnews
Twitter @PWCSnews
YouTube

Visit the Staying Connected webpage for additional information about PWCS communication.

Important Policies, Notices, and Documents

View Required Notifications and Opt-Out Forms

Attendance Policy

Virginia law requires that all children of compulsory school attendance age attend school each day that school is in session unless otherwise provided for by School Board policy or Virginia law. It is the parents' responsibility to ensure that their children attend school regularly. Parents should be aware that attendance officers are authorized to enforce attendance requirements, and to refer students and/or their parents to the courts for legal action, if necessary.

Attendance, Absences, Excuses, and Tardies (Regulation 724-1)

You will be asked to acknowledge you have read the PWCS attendance policy when completing the Back to School Packet online.

Code of Behavior

Code of Behavior

The Code of Behavior includes important information to guide students and adults toward success in our School Division. It is vital for parents and guardians to understand the policies, responsibilities, expectations, and rules summarized and to emphasize their importance to students. With your help, we can ensure a positive and safe learning environment in all our schools.

A parent or guardian for every student must acknowledge his/her awareness of Code of Behavior content as required by law (Virginia Code §22 1-279.3). You will be asked to acknowledge you have read the PWCS Code of Behavior when completing the Back to School Packet online in ParentVUE.

Use these "rules of the road" to navigate opportunities and challenges in PWCS, while protecting the health, safety, and rights of PWCS students and staff, and the quality of our learning environment.

Go to Code of Behavior

Other Forms and Documents

Once you have completed the Back to School Packet above, you will want to review the other essential forms and documents you may need to complete and submit to your student's school.

Health/Medical Forms

Required Health Information And Forms For Parents

You will find all necessary forms and guidance needed to update your student's medical information on our Student Health webpage. Medication cannot be administered to any student without appropriate authorization forms completed and on file. Any medication must be provided in a new, sealed container with the completed authorization form. Students may not transport medication to and from school. Any medication not meeting the PWCS regulations will not be administered to your student.

Go to Health Forms/Documents