Lunenburg district cancels school, all activities Monday

Published 9:30 pm Sunday, September 11, 2022

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VICTORIA – There will be no school buses running Monday in Lunenburg County. Classes won’t be in session and staff won’t have to show up. In fact, everything connected to the district is temporarily being shut down. 

It caught residents by surprise when the school district staff put out a statement Sunday, Sept. 11 just after 8 p.m.  Multiple people sent emails to the Dispatch, asking what was going on. 

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Lunenburg County Public Schools will be closed tomorrow, September 12, 2022,” the statement said. “All offices will be closed.  There will be no after school activities.  The school board meeting that was scheduled for tomorrow evening has been postponed.  Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.” 

Lunenburg students told to stay home

This order goes for more than just those attending public schools in Lunenburg County. The Keysville campus of the Governor’s School of Southside Virginia will be open on Monday, but local students aren’t allowed to attend classes.

“Lunenburg students are NOT to report to GSSV – all others are,” the Governor’s School staff said in a statement put out Sunday night. The statement also makes it clear this is not a weather-related situation and the Keysville campus will be open like normal for everyone else. They would not say why that is.

We can confirm, however, that it’s not a medical issue. The Dispatch reached out to the Virginia Department of Health and heard back from their public information officer, Brookie Crawford.

“The closure is not public health related,” Crawford said.

We also reached out to the Lunenburg County Sheriff’s Office and Virginia State Police. Both groups declined to comment at this time.

Parents were quick to point out this marks the second time in two weeks where school was put on hold in the district. Last Tuesday, students were kept on the bus for a short period after a break-in at Kenbridge Elementary. 

The Dispatch has reached out to district staff to ask what caused this and when school will restart. We will post an update as soon as we learn more.