Governor Proclaims January 24-30 as Virginia School Principals Appreciation Week

News Release
January 21, 2021

Virginia Governor Ralph S. Northam has declared January 24-30 as Virginia School Principals Appreciation Week to acknowledge the tireless efforts of school principals across the commonwealth.

James Lane, Virginia Superintendent of Public Instruction, said, “The role of the principal as the instructional leader of the school is critically important to ensure students are provided the opportunity to learn. Our principals work diligently to help students and teachers excel, and their leadership and hard work are essential to the success of our schools. They deserve all the recognition and praise we can give them—this school year especially—as they have led through a school year with enormous challenges.”

The full text of the resolution follows:

Virginia School Principals Appreciation Week

WHEREAS, school principals work cooperatively to direct, develop, and inspire all members of
the school staff and student body, and to communicate effectively with parents to engage them in
the learning process; and

WHEREAS, principals serve as educational leaders, responsible for managing the policies,
regulations, and procedures necessary to ensure a safe and effective learning environment for all
students in Virginia’s public and private schools; and

WHEREAS, principals and teachers are entrusted with the opportunity and the responsibility of
guiding, directing, nurturing, mentoring, and imparting knowledge to our children while they are
at school; and

WHEREAS, principals must work collaboratively with teachers, staff, students, parents, and the
community at-large to proactively prepare students to be self-reliant and productive citizens; and

WHEREAS, Virginia School Principals Appreciation Week is an opportunity to recognize the
hard work of Virginia school principals and to recognize the importance of principals in ensuring
that every child has access to a quality education.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize January 24-30, 2021, as VIRGINIA SCHOOL PRINCIPALS APPRECIATION WEEK in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.