Another School District Says Students Not Told About National Merit Award

Stafford County Public Schools is the latest to join a growing list of Virginia school districts that have acknowledged providing delayed notification of National Merit commendations to some students.
STAMFORD, CONNECTICUT - AUGUST 31: Bookshelves of library books stand reflected in the media center of the Newfield Elementary School on August 31, 2020 in Stamford, Connecticut. The school library, like many around the U.S., will be largely closed to students due to the coronavirus pandemic. Stamford Public Schools is opening the fall semester using a hybrid model, although many families have chosen the distance-learning option.  (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

At a glance

  • The school district announced late last week that it had just learned six students were not notified of their National Merit Commended Student status – an honor presented to roughly 34,000 high school students with high scores on the PSAT.
  • Days earlier, the school district told The Center Square it  had notified students recognized for National Merit commendations.
  • School officials say the delay was the result of an “administrative error.”
  • and the frustration this delay has caused these students and families,” the school system wrote in a Friday press release. “This is very frustrating for us, and not indicative of the pride we feel in our students and the approach we take in celebrating their personal achievements.”
  • The announcement comes after school systems in northern Virginia’s Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William counties in recent weeks reportedly acknowledged providing delayed notification of awards to students.

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