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Issue 78
Friday, August 13, 2021
Prince William County
Dear Neighbors,

It's a busy August in Prince William County, which isn't surprising. People naturally want to enjoy all the season has to offer before its over, and nothing signals the closing out of Summer more than heading back-to-school.

What stood out to me in this issue though, is how much we have become a tourist destination. Whether you decide to enjoy the County Fair, the BMX Championships, Discover Occoquan Week, or all of the above - the odds are there will be people from outside the County there too.

We know Prince William County is a great place to live, work, and play. It is wonderful to have people outside of our area appreciate all we have to offer, while also supporting our small businesses and contributing to our overall economy while they're here.

In Service,
Chair Ann Wheeler
COVID-19 & Vaccines
A Concerning Trend
The graph above from yesterday's Virginia Department of Health cases by locality dashboard, shows PWC's increase in positive COVID-19 cases. The CDC COVID-19 Integrated County View Data Tracker, now has PWC in the High level of COVID-19 community transmission. Two weeks ago on July 30, as noted in issue 76, the PWC level was Moderate. The city of Manassas is at the Substantial level, and the City of Manassas Park is at the Moderate level of community transmission.

The Virginia Department of Health states the Delta variant spreads more than twice as quickly than earlier strains of COVID-19. This variant is the top strain in Virginia and the Country and is contributing to a surge of COVID-19 cases. The Prince William Health District recommends wearing a face mask when inside public places, social distancing, and getting vaccinated. Being fully vaccinated is the best way to prevent severe illness, hospitalization, and death.
Get the Shot
  • Visit PWHD's websiteFacebook page, or Twitter account for mobile clinic locations, dates, and times.
  • Visit to find COVID-19 vaccination by location.
  • Make a vaccine appointment by calling Virginia’s Call Center at 877-829-4682 Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm.
  • Visit to schedule your vaccination appointment with the Prince William Health District.
  • Text your zip code to 438829 (GETVAX).
  • Veterans contact NOVA Veterans Association at 703-659-0788, or by emailing, for free transportation to a COVID-19 vaccine location.
The Prince William Health District will have vaccine clinics at the Prince William County Fair (article below) on:

  • Saturday, August 14, from 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm
  • Wednesday, August 18, from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm
  • Thursday, August 19, from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm

No appointment needed!

The Pfizer (12 and older) and Johnson & Johnson (18 and older) vaccines will be available.

Prince William County Fairground
10624 Dumfries Rd in Manassas
The Board is on summer recess through Labor Day.

The BOCS will reconvene after the recess on
Tuesday, September 7 at
2:00 pm and 7:30 pm.

Back to School
Upcoming School Year
The 2021-2022 school year in PWC starts on Monday, August 23. Parents/Guardians were surveyed and asked to make a selection for student learning preference. Current parent survey data indicates 96.4% of our nearly 89,000 students have committed to in-person learning and 3.6% requested virtual learning. For those families who have opted to have their students be served fully virtually for the school year, PWCS developed models for elementary, middle, and high school in order to provide quality virtual learning, while minimizing concurrent teaching. You can read the 2021-2022 Learning Plan in full here.
Some Important Details:
  • All students will be expected to attend classes five days a week Monday-Friday.
  • PWCS is now a one-to-one school division, and all students will be provided laptops by/on the first day.
  • Students will use school issued laptops for both in-person and virtual learning.
  • Free at-home internet will be available for any student with need.
  • Buses will run at full capacity with masks required by riders and drivers per current federal requirement.  
  • In the classroom, physical distancing will be done to the extent possible and, as per the recently issued mask guidance (issue 77), face coverings will be worn with some exceptions.
  • In the cafeteria, students will eat in the cafeteria following pre-pandemic capacity.
  • The Hub ParentVUE and StudentVUE remain the platform for tracking grades and other student information.
Ensuring a Healthy Year
Effective July 1, the Commonwealth updated the minimum immunization requirements for children. PWCS immunization requirements can be found here. Children may be vaccinated at the Manassas or Woodbridge clinics of the Prince William Health District or other medical professionals. Vaccinations required for entrance into school are free at the Health District clinics. Please call the health clinic for times and schedules. 
Manassas Clinic
9301 Lee Avenue
Manassas, VA 20110
Woodbridge Clinic
4001 Prince William Parkway, Suite 101
Woodbridge, VA 22192
The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) childhood and adolescent vaccine schedule are below. You can find more information from the VDH about a healthy return to school here, including its checklist for newly enrolled students and checklist for currently enrolled students.
Addressing Unfinished Learning
The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) provides additional funding to school systems to support unfinished learning efforts. The PWCS plan for recovery, acceleration, and re-engagement provides comprehensive academic, social-emotional, and mental health support in schools. The plan addresses unfinished learning and synthesizes efforts to measure the impacts of COVID-19, school closures, and sustained virtual instruction, with particular emphasis on our most vulnerable learners. PWCS designed a resource allocation process to provide additional resources, supports, and services to meet and/or exceed the specific academic and social-emotional needs of all students including our advanced learners. Learn more about the PWCS ARPA Plan here.
County News
Economic Development
From January through June, 189 businesses received assistance from the Small Business Project Management Program offered by PWC Department of Development Services. Of the 189 'Certificate of Occupancy’ or authorization letters issued, 162 were identified as new businesses and 27 as existing businesses, that either relocated or expanded within the County.
“Small businesses are the backbone of the Prince William County economy and the US economy, at large. We have identified this as a critical time for our business community and work hard to ensure the leased or purchased space our customers have selected to operate their chosen trade business is safe and secure.”
Wade A. Hugh
Director Department of Development Services
Be Involved
Thursday, August 19, at 6:30 pm the PWC Racial and Social Justice Commission will hold its monthly general meeting. Citizens may speak in person or remotely during Public Comment Time. For in-person, you must sign-up at the location on the evening of the meeting. To speak remotely, you must sign up by 2:00 pm on the day of the meeting. Due to work in progress in the PWC Board Chambers, the location for this meeting has been moved to the Edward L. Kelly Leadership Center at 14715 Bristow Road in Manassas, Room 1101. The meeting can also be viewed live here.
A Critical Joint Effort
Wednesday, August 18, through Monday, September 6, the PWC Police Department joins law enforcement agencies throughout Virginia to deter and increase drunk driving enforcement in the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign. Drive Sober is a crucial joint effort between public and private partners working to stop traffic fatalities. During this time, the Department will continue to raise public awareness about the dangers of impaired driving by educating communities on the importance of driving sober.
Entering Peek Season
While the Atlantic hurricane season officially began on June 1st, we’re now entering the “season within the season.” Mid-August through mid-October accounts for 78% of the tropical storm days, 87% of the category 1 and 2 hurricane days, and 96% of the category 3, 4, and 5 hurricane days. In its August 4 annual mid-season update, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) stated atmospheric and oceanic conditions remain conducive for an above-average hurricane season.
PWC Office of Emergency Management suggests during hurricane season, you take a couple of minutes to:
  • Learn if your home or business is in a designated Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) floodplain or a Virginia Storm Surge Zone by entering an address in the interactive lookup tool.
  • Build or update a disaster supply kit and family emergency plan.
  • Sign up for free PWC Alerts to receive alerts about severe weather and other emergency conditions in the community.
  • Check your insurance coverage and consider buying flood insurance. Most homeowners and renters insurance policies do not cover the costs associated with flood damage. Just one inch of water can cause $25,000 in damage to your home.

More hurricane preparedness information can be found here.
Happening Around the County
A PWC Tradition Returns
There is nothing more American than the County Fair and the Prince William County Fair is returning in 2021 from Friday, August 13, through Saturday, August 21. There is no shortage of great things to do and see for the young to young at heart. The jammed-packed schedule includes a wide range of activities from petting zoos to wine tastings. You can enjoy live music, food, rides, exhibits, as well as the traditional Grand Stand like the demolition derby and bull riding. Visit the website for gate times.
Outdoor Concert Series
Saturday, August 14, bring your chairs, kick up your heels, and enjoy the Skystone Bluegrass Band at the Brentsville Bluegrass Concert Series. Food and beverage will be available for purchase on-site and before the concert you can tour the Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre including the Courthouse, School, and newly opened Jail Museum. Located at 12229 Bristow Road in Bristow, the gates open at 4:00 pm and the concert starts at 5:00pm. The lawn will be marked to help maintain social distancing and face masks are required when indoors. Tickets are $10 and advanced purchase is recommended. King Street Bluegrass will be performing in the three event series on Saturday, September 11 (purchase tickets) and Page County Ramblers on Saturday, October 9 (purchase tickets) .
A Fun-filled Week
Friday, August 13, through Sunday, August 22, the Town of Occoquan is hosting Discover Occoquan Week. Special events include a scavenger hunt, karaoke, haunted pub crawl, sunset paddling, and much more. Participate in interactive classes and free demonstrations at local businesses while browsing the town’s unique shops, galleries, restaurants, and cafes. The week culminates in a river paddle challenge, beer garden, and concert in River Mill Park.
Competition Weekend
Friday, August 13, through Sunday, August 15, the USA BMX 2021 East Coast Nationals series heads east to PWC for a weekend full of heavy-hitting racing! The family-friendly event will be held at the Pfitzner Stadium NOVA BMX Track at 7 County Complex Court in Woodbridge. Parking: standard car/truck occupying 1 parking place $10 per day / $25 for the weekend. For vehicles with a trailer or needing two parking places $20 per day / $50 for the weekend.
County Kudos
Of the 102 submissions, two PWC Departments were among the 30 programs receiving Virginia Association of Counties 2021 Achievement Awards! The Finance Department was acknowledged for its Procurement Office Workload Balance and the Planning Office for its Technology and Connectivity Plan. The awards recognize excellence in local government programs and winning entries focused on addressing issues of inclusion, belonging, and reconciliation that challenges counties today.
PWC Resident Selected to Serve on Virginia Board
Congratulations to Evelyn I. BruMar on her new appointment to the Virginia LGBTQ+ Advisory Board. Established in 2021, the Board will act as a formal liaison between the Commonwealth’s executive branch and LGBTQ+ communities. Ms. BruMar is the Founder, President, and Executive Director of the Casa BruMar Foundation. Additionally, she serves on the PWC Human Rights Commission.
Casa BruMar Foundation ia a non-profit established in 2020. Its mission is to bridge the gap that leaves the LGBTQ+ community behind when it comes to equality that is equitable in education, social services, and human dignity in the Commonwealth of Virginia and in PWC.
Regional News
PWC has formed an alliance with Fairfax, Loudoun, and Stafford Counties to launch SportsNOVA. The regional sports tourism partnership will market the area for sports-related travel by acting as a one-stop liaison with sports facilities, hotels, attractions, restaurants, shopping centers, vendors, government agencies, and other tourism stakeholders in the region. With a focus on multi-sport and large single-sport events, the counties will work collaboratively and hand-in-hand with planners, providing support services to ensure the success of the travel tournaments and competitions.
Ann B. Wheeler was elected Chair At-Large of the Prince William Board of County Supervisors during the 2019 General Election and assumed office on January 1, 2020. Prince William County is located 25 miles south of Washington, D.C., and is the Commonwealth of Virginia’s second-most populous county with approximately 482,000 residents.