Bedford County Public Schools

Bedford County is located in the Piedmont Region of the Commonwealth of Virginia, seated comfortably at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The County is home to an abundance of natural beauty and historical sites, structures, and scenic tourist attractions including one of Virginia's largest lakes, Smith Mountain Lake.

With our mission, empowering learners for future success, Bedford County Public Schools is learner-focused.

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Bedford County Public Schools' Graduation - Students looking up
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Empowering Learners For Future Success


District News


In Bedford County Public Schools, we are committed to empowering learners for future success.  Part of our commitment to student-centered education is providing safe learning environments, free from racism or prejudice of any kind, so that all learners can thrive regardless of where they were born or the color of their skin. The recent death of George Floyd, as well as the related protests across our nation, should remind us all of our moral obligation to eradicate racism from our schools in our communities. I hope you will join me in taking a stand for equity in our schools and to fight racial injustice wherever it may occur.

On Tuesday, June 9, 2020, Governor Northam announced the guidelines that we will need to follow to reopen schools during various phases of the Forward Virginia plan. The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) has also released guidance for schools and districts to consider when planning exactly how we will return to school this Summer and Fall. 

In anticipation of this announcement, we recently conducted a number of focus groups representing students, families, employees, and other education stakeholders. We have also convened nine task forces, who have organized their work around the feedback we received from our stakeholder focus groups. These task forces, which are comprised of approximately 150 young learners, parents, teachers, administrators, and other support staff, will now begin reviewing the specific guidelines for schools in today’s Forward Virginia plan, as well as the VDOE guidance document, and incorporate this information into our plans for reopening our schools locally.

We will be providing additional updates of the work of our task forces as that information becomes available through direct communication to families, our BCPS website, YouTube channel, social media, as well as our Facebook video broadcasts that began during the school closure.

JFHS Virtual Recognition - Click here
LHS Virtual Recognition - Click here
SRHS Virtual Recognition - Click here

Bedford County Public Schools still remains closed to the public, but essential appointments for registration can be made by calling your child's school between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Monday-Friday.

The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) has developed a parent resource on how to talk about COVID-19 with your child. The CDC provides daily updates and health-related guidance in regards to COVID-19 if further information is needed for your family.

Click here for additional Coronavirus (COVID-19) information

Student registration for the 2020-2021 school year with Bedford County Public Schools is now open. 

New Students - Click here to register

Returning Students - Click here to register

Apply online for free preschool for the 2020-2021 school year. Please use the link Preschool & Kindergarten Information page to access further information and follow the directions provided on the web page to complete and submit the electronic application. Click here for Informational Flyer about applying for preschool.

Any child who is five years old on or before September 30, 2020 may enter Kindergarten.

There are two steps to registering.

1. Register your child online using one of the following links.

New Kindergarten students who have never been in BCPS before:…

Previous BCPS Preschool and Head Start students who will be moving up to Kindergarten:…

2. Provide the required documentation by making an appointment with your child’s school office.

Documents needed for Kindergarten registration:

  • Birth Certificate
  • Updated physical
  • Record of immunizations
  • Proof of residency (copy of mortgage, lease, or real estate tax statement)

Appointments must be made to ensure social distancing. Anyone with an appointment should wear a mask when entering the school offices. There will only be one family in the office at a time. For additional information, please contact your child’s school.

School contact information can be found at

Bedford County Public Schools is participating in the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program as part of a food assistance plan approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) that is being implemented statewide by the Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS) and the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE).

Click here for Media release in PDF format
Click here for Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) in PDF format
Click here for P-EBT Flyer in PDF format

Free and Reduced Price Meals are available to families who believe they may qualify. You will be notified by mail of your child's status. Only complete one application per family. To submit an application online, click the button below.

Click here to apply online for free and reduced meals

Would you like to help support the feeding needs of students in Bedford County Public Schools? Click the button below to donate to the Angel Fund Account at a school of your choice. Thank you in advance for making a difference in a child’s life!

Click here to visit 

School Cash Online is a safe, simple and secure way for parents to pay for field trips, yearbooks, spirit wear, athletic fees and more. No need to take out cash or write checks, now you can shop online from the comfort of your own home. Click on the Register Now icon below, then click on Register

Click here to Register for School Cash Online

Click here for Intro to School Cash Online video
Click here for School Cash Online - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) in PDF format

Click here for budget information


The Bedford County School Board will conduct its regular monthly meeting on July 9, 2020, at 5:00 p.m. in the School Board Office conference room located at 311 South Bridge Street, Bedford, VA. 

Please note that due to the COVID-19 pandemic there will not be any public comment during the meeting. Please email comments directly to the School Board Members or email the School Board Clerk, Diana Johnson, and she will forward them to the School Board Members. 

 Diana Johnson, School Board Clerk's email address:

 School Board Members' email addresses:

 In order to limit the number of people meeting in person, as instructed by Governor Northam’s guidance, the School Board Meeting will be live streamed on our YouTube channel. Tune in at 5:00 p.m.  

 BCPS YouTube channel link:

 BoardDocs, BCPS School Board Meeting Management System link:



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