Robert E. Lee High School

School Board Regulation Outlines Process for Renaming

In October 2019, the Fairfax County School Board revised the policy and regulation for naming and renaming school facilities.

School Policy 8170.7 states that “the School Board may consider a change in the name of an existing school or facility to ensure an inclusive, respectful learning environment as outlined in our adopted One Fairfax Policy or when the Board deems it appropriate.”

At the School Board Forum on February 6, 2020, School Board Member Tamara Derenak Kaufax and School Board Member-at-Large Karen Keys-Gamarra requested the School Board consider beginning the process to rename Robert E. Lee High School.  The School Board indicated support for moving forward on the process to rename the school. 

Read Letter from Region 3 Assistant Superintendent Nardos King

The proposal to rename Robert E. Lee High School was introduced as New Business at the February 20 School Board meeting. Read press release.

Policy 8170.7

Policy on Naming School Facilities and Dedicating Areas of School Facilities or Grounds
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Regulation 8170.8

Procedures for Naming School Facilities and Dedicating Areas of School Facilities or Grounds
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Process Timeline

Dates for community meetings, public hearings, and School Board schedule

Community Engagement Process

The process to rename a school facility is outlined in Regulation 8170 and includes the community engagement process.

Once the proposal is introduced as New Business at a School Board Meeting, a month long period of public comment begins which will include a community meeting and a public hearing before the School Board. The community meeting will be held on March 11, 2020 at 7:30 p.m. at Lee High School Cafeteria 6540 Franconia Road, Springfield, VA. The School Board public hearing is scheduled for March 18, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. at Jackson Middle School, 3020 Gallows Road, Falls Church, VA. Members of the public who wish to speak at the public hearing can sign up to speak beginning March 4. Sign up to speak.

Community members can also share their input by emailing comments to

Feedback on Proposed Name Change

Comments submitted via email

Community Meeting Format

The community meeting format will include information on the history of the school name and the process to collect community input. Community members will be asked to write down their thoughts on whether the school should be renamed and suggestions for a new school name will also be accepted. Feedback from the community will be done in small groups. The feedback will be collected at the end of the meeting. It will be transcribed and posted online. The feedback will be shared with the School Board and the Superintendent.

Read Letter from Region 3 Assistant Superintendent Nardos King on Renaming Process