Additional Information for Parents
Newcomers: Enroll Early!
If you know someone who has school-age children and needs help in English, please advise the family to call Student Registration. Student Registration has skilled multilingual registrars to assist them through the registration process in their home language. The best time for school enrollment is as soon as possible after arrival in Fairfax County. Registrations are processed all year long, even on the last day of school and through the summer months! Registration in August and September may require protracted waiting time due to the great demand for enrollments at that time. Call 703-204-6740 for registration appointments.
Notice to Non-Parents Seeking to Enroll Children
If you or someone you know is taking care of children whose parents are not living in Fairfax County, the guardians should contact Student Registration immediately to request school enrollment. If the parents initially enrolled the students and have now left Fairfax County, a change in enrollment status may be necessary. Virginia law and FCPS school board policy and regulation set criteria regarding the enrollment of children by non-parents. Please be aware that having legal custody is only one of the requirements. Before going to court, call Student Registration at 703-204-6753 for information on children being enrolled by a guardian.
Parents must notify the school when the home address is going to change. If parents move out of Fairfax County, the child is no longer eligible and will be withdrawn from Fairfax County Public Schools. Be careful! Make sure you check addresses close to adjacent jurisdictions to be sure that they fall in Fairfax County. If you have a question regarding your address, call the Boundaries Office at 571-423-2330 or go online to http://boundary.fcps.edu/boundary/ to verify the school of attendance that corresponds to your address.
Parents who move out of Fairfax County and leave their children under the care of another adult need to inform the school principal of their intentions in advance. Physical presence of the parent in the same residence as the child is required for tuition-free enrollment in FCPS. If you are planning for an indefinite absence please contact Student Registration at 703-204-6740 to request a change to tuition-paying status so that your children may continue attending Fairfax County Public Schools.
Fairfax County Public Schools has implemented procedures for the identification and enrollment in school of homeless students. Parents and guardians of families experiencing homelessness may call Student Registration at 703-204-6740 or the neighborhood school for enrollment assistance. The Fairfax County Public Schools Homeless Liaison, Kathi Sheffel, can be reached at 571-423-4332.
Joanne Chen, Coordinator
Robin Sheare, Web Development Specialist
August 15, 2011