Mr. John Ringstaff

ACHS Principal Dr. John Ringstaff

Dear ACHS Family,

Welcome to the 2021-2022 school year! The Amelia County High School team is excited to welcome students back in the building five days a week.

With students returning following the pandemic, it is important for the school community to establish what it means to be a Raider and to be part of ACHS. For this reason, our theme will be: “We Are ACHS!” We will use this phrase to tag examples of students and staff demonstrating our core Raiders RISE values of being RESPECTFUL, INVOLVED, SAFE, and EXCEPTIONAL!

ACHS has plenty to celebrate and build upon moving into 2021-2022. Our teachers and students grew in their ability to leverage technology to meet learning goals. ACHS maintained accreditation and further decreased their chronic absenteeism rate. The school celebrated their 2021 graduates with a senior red-carpet class night and an in-person graduation ceremony. ACHS also implemented on-going credit recovery for students so they can still graduate on-time with their class.

As principal, I ask for continued community engagement and involvement in our schools. I encourage all parents to make sure contact information is up to date at each school. Amelia County Public Schools (ACPS) will be following CDC guidelines regarding masks in schools.  The CDC guidelines recommend that masks be worn indoors by people who are not fully vaccinated.  This would include all students under the age of 12, unvaccinated students ages 12 and older, and unvaccinated staff.  The current close contact definition for quarantining if exposed to COVID is that if two students are within six feet of each other for 15 minutes or more they will not have to quarantine if both students were wearing a mask.  This exception does not apply to teachers, staff, or other adults in indoor K-12 settings. 

Please note these important dates for ACHS:

Our ninth grade orientation will be held on Tuesday, August 3 beginning in the ACHS Auditorium at 5:00pm. The event will include a presentation followed by time to explore the school. The orientation will conclude by 7:00pm.

The division open house will be on Thursday, August 5 between 12:00pm-7:00pm This event allows for receiving schedules, visiting classes, picking up chromebooks, and paying class fees. For students enrolled in Dual Enrollment/JTCC classes for college credit, there will be an orientation in the ACHS Auditorium at 6:00pm during the open house. Please come prepared to complete information sheets, code of conduct agreements, and more.

There will also be time at the open house to become acquainted with the Schoology learning management system. This system was adopted for use in Amelia County Public Schools for the upcoming school year. Schoology is used state and nationwide in primary and secondary schools to manage classwork and communication for students, parents, and educators.

TDAP/Meningococcal Conjugate vaccines are required to attend school in person this year. Many of our students show proof of TDAP while in middle school. However, with some students strictly virtual during their eighth grade year, I wanted to share this alert with everyone. The exceptions to these requirements are based on religious exemptions only. The meningococcal conjugate vaccine is a new requirement for students in the high school setting.

Together, “We Are ACHS!” Our positive culture and sustained mission at making sure all students are successful is the direct result of teamwork. Thank you for continuing the partnership between staff, students, parents, and the community to make sure all our Raiders RISE. Please feel free to contact me or the assistant principal, Dr. Jennifer Ramey, if you have any questions or concerns throughout the year. I wish everyone the very best 2020-2021 school year. Go Raiders!

Dr. John Ringstaff



VCU, Richmond, Virginia — Ed.D., 2020

VCU, Richmond, Virginia — Post-Master's Certificate in Administration, 2008

VCU, Richmond, Virginia — Master's of Teaching, 2001

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