PTSA Update – 3/18/2020

Until further notice, the PTSA is pausing the planning of events.  We will reevaluate when we have more information. Until then, please note that we will still be awarding 2 scholarships to Senior PTSA members and 1 grant to a staff PTSA member. Senior members will be contacted directly by the PTSA and staff members will receive their information from Mr. Berry.

During this time, we would like to remind you to use appropriate news sources for information.  Principal Berry included them in his FOF this week. If you missed his FOF, it is included below.

Mr. Berry’s FOF from 3/17/2020:

Dear Tuscarora Families,

I hope you are doing well, keeping up with changes in our lives that come not only daily, but seemingly hourly.  As I promised in my newsletter last Friday, I’m reaching out as I plan to do every couple of days to keep you updated on Tuscarora High School, and news you need to know. It has been good to receive emails from many of you, with excellent questions and generally looking to get accurate information. Let me first encourage you again to check the websites below on a regular basis for accurate, up-to-date information on our response to the COVID-19 crisis. As much as ever, social media and third-hand information does not serve us well.

          Let’s first speak clearly about academics. It is not expected or required that students complete assignments during the current 2-week shutdown (March 16-March 27).  However, on Friday, March 13, Tuscarora teachers provided books, documents and other materials to students to encourage students to practice and continue learning during their time away from school.  FCPS will provide further direction if the school closure is extended beyond these dates.

A couple of students have sent me emails mentioning that their AP teachers are giving them work to keep their skills and content knowledge sharp. Advanced Placement is a different kind of class. It is a college level class, culminating in a national exam in May. Your teachers are acting in your best interest, and want you to potentially perform well on these exams. We have not received word that the College Board intends to change it’s testing dates. For these reasons, I would encourage AP students to push on, and seriously consider keeping up with your studies as your teachers are suggesting. These are college level courses, after all. As a comparison, FCC classes are continuing remotely, as are many universities around the country.

While we do do not yet have the timeline or structure, FCPS has asked us to assess each student’s capability to access education online.  On March 12-13, our staff polled students about who does not have Internet access.  If your child was not present last Friday to indicate a lack of access, please e-mail me at Likewise, if your child does not have access to a Chromebook or similar laptop device, please email me with that information as soon as possible.

Some families have these devices, but no internet access. As the country deals with the effects of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), Comcast is taking immediate steps to help connect more low-income families to the Internet at home.  Effective Monday, March 16, 2020, anyone who signs up for Internet Essentials will receive two free months of Internet service.  After your first two free months expire, you can either cancel the service (which you can do at any time) or keep it as a regular paying Internet Essentials customer. Click for more details:   This is not an endorsement of Comcast or its products. It is meant to communicate options for families at this unique time.

I know there is much angst, especially for the members of our senior class when it comes to end-of-year exercises such as prom, spring sports, and most importantly, graduation. No decisions have been made yet about any of these activities.  Whatever happens, please know that the administration and staff of THS are committed to providing as much normalcy as possible to the end of the school year, and will work tirelessly to provide as many memorable moments that our hard-working seniors deserve.

Please do not hesitate to email me if you have any questions, or if there is anything we at Tuscarora can do to assist you or your family. I’ll check in with you again on Friday.


With Titan Pride,

Christopher Berry, Principal


In addition to the FCPS COVID-19 web page, check the following reputable sources to avoid spreading misinformation:

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