Petersburg City Public Schools


Petersburg City Public Schools will develop 21st-century citizens able to effectively collaborate, communicate and innovate.

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Fast Facts

    • FY 2021 operating budget totals $45,308,474; grants $8,508,918; and food service $2,993,100 totaling $56,810,492.
    • 322 teachers (including counselors and librarians)
    • 621 employees total
    • 83 percent of students graduate in four years.
    • The 211 graduates in the class of 2019 earned $1.8 million in scholarships and grants.
    • 4,196 students (90.23% Black, 5.55% Hispanic, 2.74% White, 0.67% Two or more races, 0.45% Asian, 0.26% Native Hawaiian, 0.09% American Indian)
    • 11.2% students with disabilities
    • 75.26% economically disadvantaged students
    • 5.15% English learners

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    • Update to Distribution of Meals:


      March 10, 2021 will be the last day of meal deliveries by bus.  With face-to-face learning starting on March 17, meal distribution will change to the following:  


      Students Opting for Face-to-face learning:  Students will receive breakfast and lunch at school Monday through Thursday.  On Mondays and Wednesdays, students in school will be sent home with dinners and snacks for Monday-Thursday.

      Students Opting for Face-to-face learning on FridayStudents who attend school on Monday through Thursday can pick up meals at the schools listed below on Fridays only.


      Students Opting to Remain Virtual:  Meals will be available at the schools noted below on Tuesdays and Fridays.  It is recommended that parents/students pick up meals from the school closest to their home.  Parents/students will not be required to report to the school of attendance to pick up meals.  Each school will have a “drive thru” line in which to pick up the meals.  If your child is not with you, you will be required to give the name of your child and the school they normally attend. 


      Cool Springs       11:15am-12:15pm

      Lakemont             12:00pm-1:00pm     

      Pleasants Lane    11:15am-12:15pm

      Walnut Hill          11:15am-12:15pm

      Westview              12:00pm-1:00pm

      Vernon Johns        12:00pm-1:00pm


      (Note:  There are no pickups at Petersburg High School or Blandford Academy)


      In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. 


    Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits.  Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.  Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.


    To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: 


    (1)mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights

     1400 Independence Avenue, SW

      Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

    (2)     fax: (202) 690-7442; or

    (3)     email:


    This institution is an equal opportunity provider.



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  • Petersburg City Public Schools

    Maria Pitre-Martin, Ph.D., Superintendent

    School Division Receives Information on COVID-19,  Update on Virtual Academy


    PETERSBURG, VA 7 OCTOBER 2020- The Petersburg City Public Schools Board held its regularly scheduled meeting on Wednesday, October 7th. The Board members received an update on the reopening of schools from Dr. Maria Pitre-Martin, Superintendent of Petersburg City Public Schools during the meeting. At the beginning of the meeting, Board members passed a resolution recognizing October as Anti-bullying Month and an additional resolution proclaiming October as National Principals Month.

    The first presentation of the meeting came from the District Health Director for the Crater District Health Departments, Dr. Alton Hart and Ms. Katrina Safrey,  the Senior Epidemiologist with the Crater Health District.  During their briefing to the Board on the status of COVID-19 in the Petersburg community and Crater Health region, Ms. Safrey and Dr. Hart shared detailed data from the Virginia Department of Health COVID-19 dashboard. Based on the data presented, the Petersburg Virtual Academy will remain in place at this time.

    “Now that the Virtual Academy has been up and running for almost a month, we wanted to be sure that we are being responsive to the needs of our families,” offered Dr. Maria Pitre-Martin.  “Analyzing how our students are utilizing technology  in the virtual academy and getting feedback from families on their experience to date is essential if we are going to continue to provide high quality remote instruction,” she added. The Superintendent emphasized that the school division has a better picture of students who are actually enrolled and attending school since the first week of the Virtual Academy began.

    During the Superintendent’s update on the reopening of schools presentation, Dr. Pitre-Martin highlighted the work and infrastructure in place that was used to prepare and sustain the Virtual Academy. Dr. Pitre-Martin iterated the need for the school division to continue its efforts in achieving more effective two-way engagement and communication with Petersburg families.  She encouraged all families to contact their school with their most up-to-date phone numbers and email addresses.


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