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.

  • 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.