Another regional school division is apologizing for failing to notify students of National Merit commendations.
"We are deeply saddened to learn yesterday that six of our students were not notified of their National Merit Scholar Commended Student status in a timely manner," the school division said in a Friday news release. "We sincerely apologize for the administrative error and the frustration this delay has caused these students and families."
Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William public schools have all come under fire in recent weeks after discovering students were not notified of the commendations.
Earlier this month, Virginia Attorney General Jason Miyares announced an investigation into Fairfax County Public Schools and Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology over similar failures to notify commended students. Miyares said he was also investigating the school’s revised admission policies, claiming that both the admissions changes and the notification controversy may have been racially motivated.
Since parents at Thomas Jefferson raised alarm over the failure to notify commended students in late December, seven other Fairfax schools, four high schools in Loudoun County and four Prince William County schools have admitted to doing the same.
"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 Stafford news release said.
Each student and family has been notified and the school division is contacting each college to which the students applied to notify them of the applicant’s commended scholar status.
"We will also contact the National Merit Scholarship Program to discuss the notification process for students and principals," the release said.