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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.