Patriot Bell Schedule 2020-21

Even/Odd Day

1st: 7:30 - 8:20 a.m.
2nd/3rd: 8:26 - 9:59 a.m.
4th/5th: 10:05 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. (lunch schedules below)
6th/7th 12:21. - 1:40 p.m.

Lunch Shifts

1A 10-10:30 a.m. All Modular Classrooms
1B 10:05-10:35 a.m. FACS, Perf Arts, Business
2A 10:35- 11 a.m. Social Studies
2B 10:40-11:10 a.m. SpEd SC, Fine Arts, World Languages
3A 11:10-11:40 a.m. English, SpEd SC
3B 11:15-11:45 a.m. Science
4A 11:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.  Math
4B 11:50 a.m.-12:15 p.m.  CTE, HPE

Frequently Asked Questions

Teacher Contact

How do I contact my child’s teacher?
The best way to reach a teacher is by email. To locate a teacher’s email, please visit our webpage, and click on Staff Directory. You can also locate a teacher’s email by clicking on Teacher Pages, then click on the respective Department Page to locate the teacher from the list of teachers within the department. Teachers should return emails within 48 business hours.

Parental “Good Practices”

What can a parent do to best ensure their child(ren) is keeping up with course assignments, meeting academic expectations, and moving forward so as to achieve proficiency?
Parental engagement is the key to helping students achieve the expected academic goals. There are some simple steps that can actually go a long way:

  • Ask your child what s/he worked on in class and what homework he/she has to complete.
  • Provide a space for academic work to take place at home and monitor the progress during this time.
  • Check ParentVUE frequently and ask your child about assignments.
  • Check the teacher’s webpage for upcoming assessments, due dates, and announcements and discuss these with your child.
  • Don’t be afraid when your child does not obtain mastery immediately. Learning is the acquirement of new knowledge and it takes time to develop an understanding how to use this new information.
  • Discuss goals beyond high school with your child as a way to guide them about high school course selection and develop good habits.


What is the procedure for scheduling a conference with a teacher(s) about my child?

  • If your concern is with a specific teacher only, please contact that teacher directly to schedule a conference.
  • If your concern is with three or more teachers, please contact your child’s school counselor to schedule a meeting. Please note that this conference will generally be scheduled immediately after school.
  • If your concern involves the school counselor or you are not sure who should be involved in the conference, please contact your child’s counselor.


Can my child make a schedule change?
Unfortunately we are unable to do schedule changes unless a student is placed in the wrong level class (i.e. English 11 instead of English 10). If there is a question regarding the course level, the student’s school counselor should be contacted.

My child has worked with his/her teacher during after school hours and/or flex time and is still struggling in a course, what can I do?
The parent/guardian can directly contact the teacher who instructs the students in the course regarding the concern(s). An email is the preferred means of communication and it should include specific information regarding the concern(s). The teacher should respond to the email within 48 business hours. The student’s school counselor can also assist with concerns/issues, and if needed, direct concerns/issues to the appropriate administrator.

In addition, we encourage your child(ren) reach out to the following groups for academic assistance:

  • Any of our honor societies (National, Spanish, French, Math, English, Art, etc.)
  • Establish peer tutoring groups


What should I do if my child is going to miss school for an extended amount of time?
A parent/guardian signed note should be submitted to the attendance office one week prior to the absence. The pre-arranged absence request must include the reason for absence, dates of absence, parent/guardian’s signature, and a telephone number for verification. Once approved by school administration the student will take the signed request to his or her teachers for their signatures.

When I am absent, when do I need to provide the school with a written excuse note?
Students are to provide a written excuse note from a parent/guardian within two days of returning to school.

What is the attendance expectation for students during testing?
During AP and SOL testing, it is expected that students are in school for the full day to participate in the required testing and to attend other classes prior to or after testing has completed.

What is the procedure for leaving school early?
The student needs to submit a written note before the first class of the day to the attendance office. The note needs to include the reason for the early dismissal, the time of the requested dismissal, and the parent and/or guardian’s signature with a contact number. An early dismissal slip will be written for the student only after verbal verification by the parent and/or guardian or the person designated as the emergency contact on the Emergency Card.

What is expected of my child if s/he doesn’t have a First/Second block or Sixth/Seventh block (late arrival/early release)?
When students register and request a late arrival or early release, they indicate that they have consistent means of transportation to get to school late or leave early. Therefore, students should arrive close to their class time (if late arrival) and/or leave immediately after their last class (if early release). If the bus is the only or major means of transportation for students, then students will be required to sign-up to be a teacher’s aide. Please contact your child’s school counselor if you need further information or clarification.

Do I have to attend flex classes?
Yes. Flex class time counts as instructional time for each designated class and students must attend flex classes.

How many days of school can I miss?
According to Virginia Code §22.1-254, children between the ages of 5 and 18 are required to attend school for the same number of days and hours that school is in session. It also requires schools to take action when students have five or more unexcused absences or if you accrued a total of 10 or more days excused or unexcused.

For additional attendance information please visit our Attendance webpage.

What is advisory and how does it benefit my child?
Advisory is an opportunity for students to build a 1:1 relationship with an Advisor over the course of four years. The advisor serves as an advocate for the student through academic, community, and team building opportunities. The discussion between an advisor and student help to improve work habits, academic progress, and student reflection. Students have an opportunity to meet with their Advisor twice per month during a 40 minute class with about 20 other students.


ParentVUE is a student information system that provides access to grades, assignments, and attendance records and the system is the location where parents can update contact information. ParentVUE questions and information can be located on the ParentVUE webpage.

For information regarding breakfast and lunches, visit the Prince William County School Food & Nutrition Services website.

School Counseling
For Career & College Planning, Naviance and Family connection, Scholarships & Awards, and additional School Counseling information please visit our School Counseling webpage.

Activities, Athletics, & Clubs
For Patriot High School Athletics, Clubs and Activities information please visit our Activities, Athletics, and Clubs webpage.

For information regarding, visit school health program and medication pocedures please visit the Nurse’s Corner webpage.

Specialty Programs
For information on our Specialty Programs please visit the Specialty Programs webpage.

For information on Patriot PTSA please visit the Patriot PTSA webpage.