FCPS This Week e-newsletter - June 15, 2022

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Have a Great Summer!


On the last day of school, Annandale Terrace Elementary School Principal Lisa Pilson joins teachers to wave goodbye to students. 

Thank you for a great school year!

Celebrate Our Graduation Highlights


We’re celebrating the class of 2022—watch this highlight video to relive this year’s graduation events.

Resources for a Fun, Safe, and Healthy Summer

Looking for ways to help students stay active and learning this summer, or for health and safety resources when school is closed? Visit our Summer Resources page, which will be updated throughout the summer months. 

 

Stay Engaged in Learning Win Prizes With the Summer Reading Adventure


The Fairfax County Public Library (FCPL) summer reading program takes place through August 12. Children, teens, and adults can sign up now on Beanstack where they can track their summer reading.

Participants will have the chance to earn prizes when they read and complete activities. There are different challenges for preschoolers, K-5 students, teens, and adults. 

More information about the FCPL summer reading program is available online.

Tutor.com—Online Tutoring Services Summer Access

 

FCPS students will continue to have unlimited access to 24/7, on-demand, online tutoring support services through Tutor.com this summer. Students are able to use Tutor.com to review and/or practice in subject areas of interest or need. Students may also choose to access other tools such as practice quizzes in a variety of subject areas, as well as self-paced study courses for SAT and ACT preparation.

Details about how students can access Tutor.com through archived courses in Schoology are provided in Summer Access at Tutor.com - Online Tutoring Services. Students enrolled in summer Credit Recovery Academy, Online Campus, Online Economics and Personal Finance, and TJHSST summer courses will be able to access Tutor.com via their active summer course in Schoology.

 

Stay Healthy and Active Summer Meal Service

Summer meal kits will be offered on Tuesdays at several sites through August 9. Meal kits contain seven days of breakfast and lunch items packed in bulk. All meals are available at no-cost to FCPS students and children 18 years of age and under. Visit our Meals for Students website for more details on pick up locations and times. 

Free and Reduced-Price Meal Applications Available Later This Summer

For the past two years, the federal government has provided no-cost meals to all public school students without the need to complete the annual Free and Reduced-Price Meal application. The extension of the no-cost meals benefit to all students is expected to expire at the end of this school year, meaning families must submit an application and be approved to be eligible for free and reduced-price meals for the 2022-23 school year. Learn more about the Free and Reduced-Price Meal program online. 

Make Sure Your Students Are Up-To-Date on Vaccines


All students are required to be immunized against certain communicable diseases to attend school in the state of Virginia. It is important for all students to receive the required immunizations.

Please talk with your family health care provider about whether or not your children are up to date on their vaccines before the new school year begins. Submit updated immunization records to your school as soon as possible. 

More information on immunization requirements and the necessary documentation is available online.

Mental Wellness Consultation


Through August 5, the FCPS Office of Intervention and Prevention Services will offer virtual mental wellness consultations. Parents and students can schedule a 45-minute consultation with a school psychologist or school social worker by phone or videoconference. Consultations will be offered:

  • Directly to parents of students in any grade level. This consultation provides an opportunity for parents to receive guidance on how to support their child’s social, emotional, behavioral, and academic success. Information about community resources will also be provided.
  • Directly to students in middle or high school. This consultation provides an opportunity for middle and high school students to receive guidance and support for concerns related to anxiety, mood, behavior, peer or family interactions, or school transitions and changes. Strategies and tools can also be provided to address academic challenges such as organization and time-management.

We encourage all parents and secondary students to take advantage of this service. Request a consultation. You can also leave a message at 703-503-2520.

Multilingual Parent Podcast: Keep Your Child Active Over the Summer


The Office of Professional Learning and Family Engagement was recently recognized with a Podcast Award of Distinction for Multilingual Family Podcast by the Communicator Awards.

In their most recent episode, hear about FCPS and Fairfax County Summer Programs designed to keep your child engaged in fun social and physical activities. The hosts also talk about summer learning opportunities. Use the links below for more detailed information. This will be the final episode for this school year. Be safe and enjoy your summer vacation.

 Listen and subscribe:

Enjoy our School Grounds


School blacktops, playgrounds, outdoor basketball and tennis courts, and tracks are available for use by individuals (not organized groups) without being scheduled. Visit our availability webpage for more information on the usage of school grounds and facilities.

Visit our Community Use webpage for a full list of items and activities that are prohibited on school grounds and more information on reserving facilities. Groups interested in formally reserving school facilities should send an email to [email protected] or call 571-423-2340. 


End of the Year Checklist

Have you completed the following important tasks before diving into your summer plans? 

FCPS' Family Return to School Survey Deadline Extended

FCPS is interested in hearing from parents/caregivers about how the 2021-22 school year has gone for students. The deadline to provide your feedback on our Family Return to School Survey has been extended to Friday, June 17, at 8 p.m. Please check your email and text messages for the link.

Preview Your Student’s Spring SOL Scores

Want to know how your student did on their spring SOL tests before the official report? Families can see SOL scores in the Test History section of SIS ParentVUE. To access Test History, log into your ParentVUE account using a web browser (not the app). Families will also receive an official SOL score report letter with more details by the end of July. 

Additional information about SOL assessments is available online. You can also learn more about SIS ParentVUE and how to activate your account.

Support the Collect for Kids School Supply Drive


To ensure that every child in the school district is prepared for school, Fairfax County Public Schools and Educate Fairfax are once again leading the Collect for Kids effort, a consortium of not-for-profit, for-profit, and government entities providing school supplies to benefit FCPS students who otherwise might go without them.  

More than 56,000 (31%) FCPS students qualify for free or reduced-price meals and struggle to afford basic necessities. Your donation will help provide the school supplies these students need to be successful at school.

Contributions can be made online through Educate Fairfax. Donations will be used to purchase bulk school supply kits at highly discounted pricing. For more information, visit the Educate Fairfax website.

 

Celebrating Excellence FCPS Honors Recognizes Exceptional Employees


Annually, more than 700 employees in both instructional and operational roles are recognized through the Outstanding Employee Awards Program. Among the finalists this year, there seemed to be a common thread—”adaptability” in the face of the coronavirus pandemic and the return to classrooms and offices. Learn more about the 12 winners, who were honored, along with more than 70 finalists, at an event last week. Watch the event online.

2022 Cappies Award Winners


Congratulations to our high school theater programs that were honored last week at the Cappies awards gala. Twenty-eight awards were won by 11 schools in the county. View a full list of the winners online

OCCR Team Recognized as a Leader in Strategic Communications


The Office of Communications and Community Relations (OCCR) has been awarded a Gold Medallion—the highest award possible—from the National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA) for this year’s VaxUP FCPS communication plan.

While the plan is nationally recognized as best in the nation for communications strategy, the behind-the-scenes story is what makes this recognition especially meaningful for the OCCR team. 

Two other OCCR projects in community relations and crisis communications were selected to receive Golden Achievement Awards. 

Find out more about what these honors mean for OCCR and FCPS as we work on transforming how we serve our community.

Explore A New Career—Instructional Job Fair on June 22


Interested in an instructional job with Fairfax County Public Schools? Instructional positions include teacher, school counselor, librarian, instructional assistant, public health attendant (PHA) and public health training assistants (PHTA), and substitute teacher and assistants.

To learn more, attend the virtual Instructional Job Fair on Wednesday, June 22, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Learn more and register online.

School Board Meeting on June 16 at 7 p.m.


The School Board will hold a regular business meeting on Thursday, June 16, at 7 p.m. See the complete regular meeting agenda (English only). The meeting can be viewed on FCPS Cable TV Channel 99 (Verizon Channel 11), the FCPS YouTube Channel, and on the FCPS website. Agenda highlights include:

  • Student Rights and Responsibilities (SR&R) update.
  • Deferred Compensation Retirement Savings Program.
  • Awarding of Contracts. 

If you need language interpretation or American Sign Language support for any School Board meeting, please contact the board clerk.

Interested in School Board action items? Sign up to get an update on any School Board action items the morning after the School Board meeting.

Find your School Board member and how to contact them on the School Board Members webpage.

School Board Seeking At-Large FPAC Applicants; Deadline Is June 17 

The Fairfax County School Board invites applications from community members interested in serving on the Facilities Planning Advisory Council (FPAC) as an at-large member. FPAC advises and informs FCPS staff and the School Board in the development of comprehensive, long-term plans for facilities. The current council member appointment will end June 30, 2025.

FCPS encourages individuals with experience in construction, engineering, architecture, land use planning, development, demographics, government operations, and financing to apply. The deadline to submit an application is June 17. Applicants must reside within the boundaries of Fairfax County or Fairfax City. More information and an application are available online (English only)

Calendar Reminders June 20 Is a Holiday for All Employees—Schools and Offices Closed


As a reminder, Monday, June 20 (Juneteenth observed), is a holiday for FCPS employees. Juneteenth celebrates and commemorates the end of slavery in the United States.  

2022-23 School Year Starts August 22


With summer vacation upon us, be sure to note that the first day of school for the 2022-23 school year will be Monday, August 22. See the complete 2022-23 school year calendar.

This is the last regularly scheduled issue of FCPS This Week for the school year. Have a great summer!

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Lora Bates, ESOL teacher at Mountain View High School, takes a selfie with Tariq Abdelou on graduation day. Tariq is one of three students selected to speak at the graduation ceremony. A refugee from Palestine, he shared the hardships he experienced as he was forced to navigate multiple cultures and bureaucracies before coming to the United States. 

He spoke of his gratitude to FCPS and, in particular, Mountain View High School, where as an older student, he could at last realize his dream of receiving a high school diploma. He leaves Mountain View determined to help others as he has been helped. His personal experience as a refugee working with other refugees will continue to shape his future plans in college and beyond.

Stay tuned for a full celebration of 2022 graduation activities next week.

Keep Supporting Students This Summer With Collect for Kids School Supply Drive


To ensure that every child in the school district is prepared for school, Fairfax County Public Schools and Educate Fairfax are once again leading the Collect for Kids effort, a consortium of not-for-profit, for-profit, and government entities providing school supplies to benefit FCPS students who otherwise might go without them.   

More than 56,000 (31%) FCPS students qualify for free or reduced-price meals and struggle to afford basic necessities. Your donation will help provide the school supplies these students need to be successful at school. 

Contributions can be made online through Educate Fairfax. Donations will be used to purchase bulk school supply kits at highly discounted pricing. For more information, visit the Educate Fairfax website.

Celebrating Our Education Heroes


Cox Communications and Cox Business selected four FCPS Cox Education Heroes and presented them with $1,000 for a classroom makeover. 

Read their individual stories of student encouragement, engagement, and collaboration. 

The 2022 Cox Education Hero awards honors teachers because, according to Cox, teaching is a work of heart. From early mornings and late nights to parent teacher meetings and testing, it is fitting to call our teachers heroes.

Make a Difference as a Special Education Teacher


Are you or someone you know interested in exploring a career as a special education teacher? Join us for a Special Education Teacher Information Session on Wednesday, June 15, from 5 to 6 p.m.

Milestone Celebration


John Zirkle, a 6th grade teacher, celebrates 50 years of service to FCPS Schools with his team at Stenwood Elementary School. Thank you for your dedication and service! 

How many years have you been with FCPS? Employees with multiples of five years of service are encouraged to share their anniversary milestones on Twitter by mentioning @HR_FCPS. It is a great time to highlight some positive and fun stories, individual contributions, or share how your team values that staff member’s service.

FCPS Video Producer Wins Historic Preservation Award


Jeff Clark
, video producer in the office of Communications and Community Relations and local historian, has been presented with an Excellence in  Historic Preservation Award from the Daughters of the American Revolution. The award was given for a passion project on one- and two-room schoolhouses in the county that were operated in the first 50 years of Fairfax County Public Schools. 

Additionally, Jeff has also worked with DAR chapters to transcribe early records of the school system. Copies of this work will be given to the Virginia Room at the Fairfax City Library.

2022-23 Employee Calendar Available Online

The updated 2022-23 Employee Calendar is now available on the  FCPS website. Employees can also subscribe to the calendar and have dates electronically uploaded to their calendar.

To further support professional development, the Fiscal Year 2023 Approved Budget, approved on May 26, includes one additional workday for all less-than-12-month employees, except for transportation employees who will receive two additional days. A summary of the adjustments made to work schedules is provided online. 

August 12 has been added and designated for the completion of asynchronous required professional development (PD) and training for teachers and most less-than-12-month employees. For other less-than-12-month employees, the additional day has been scheduled on days that were already designated as either School Planning (SP) or Staff Development (SD) days which will include PD and training activities.

New Ombudsman for FCPS

The Chief Equity and Superintendent’s Office is pleased to announce that Dawn Clements, current assistant ombudsman for special education, has been named the new ombudsman for Fairfax County Public Schools. Her official start date is July 1.

In her current role in the Office of the Ombudsman she has been able to serve as a resource to and provide support to families, employees, students, and community members in partnership with the ombudsman. She has fostered many relationships, both internal and external, and has been able to build trust with all stakeholders. Clements has been instrumental in tracking and analyzing data disseminated in the quarterly ombudsman reports as well developing and delivering presentations to various stakeholder groups around the outreach work of the Ombudsman’s Office. Clements firmly believes that all stakeholders should be heard and valued and treated with respect. She also makes sure that each inquiry and stakeholder is viewed through the lens of  equity.

Summer is a Great Time to Explore Career Options—Virtual Instructional Job Fair June 22


Interested in an instructional job with Fairfax County Public Schools? Instructional positions include teacher, school counselor, librarian, instructional assistant, public health attendant (PHA) and public health training assistants (PHTA), and substitute teacher and assistants.

To learn more, attend the virtual Instructional Job Fair on Wednesday, June 22, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Learn more and register online.

LGBTQIA+ Pride Month


In the month of June, we recognize the valuable contributions of LGBTQIA+ individuals across America, and we reaffirm our commitment to standing in solidarity with LGBTQIA+ Americans in their ongoing struggle against discrimination and injustice.

What’s on the Employee News Blog?


Catch up on employee news anytime, anywhere (even over the summer!) on the Employee News Blog. The Employee News weekly email newsletter will include a recap of what's on the blog so you won’t miss anything you need to know.

In case you missed it, recent posts to the Employee News Blog include:

Calendar Reminder: Juneteeth Observed on June 20, Holiday for All Employees


As a reminder, the last day of the 2021-22 school year is Friday, June 10, and students will be dismissed early. 

June 20 Is a Holiday for All Employees—Schools and Offices Closed

As a reminder, Monday, June 20 (Juneteenth observed), is a holiday for FCPS employees. Juneteenth celebrates and commemorates the end of slavery in the United States.  

Tuesday, June 21, is a primary election for the U.S. House of Representatives and local offices. Some schools may serve as voting sites. 

See the complete 2021-22 FCPS School Year Calendar. The first day of school for the 2022-23 school year is Monday, August 22. View the 2022-23 school year calendar.

 

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Advanced Academic Resource Teacher Judy Butler, who will retire this year, hugs one of her former students during their senior walk at Marshall Road Elementary School. Seniors from Madison High School walked the halls May 25 while current elementary students cheered them on. 

 

FY 2023 Budget Focused on Staff Compensation, Student Success, and Safety

 

The Fairfax County School Board adopted the Fiscal Year 2023 (FY23) budget on May 26, which includes adjustments to support ongoing recruitment and retention efforts for a premier workforce and to ensure market competitive compensation. 

The budget includes a 4% Market Scale Adjustment (MSA) for all employees, along with a step increase for eligible employees, a one-step extension to all scales, and market improvements to our bus driver and family liaison salary scales.

FY23 Salary Scales are available on the FCPS website. The updated FY23 Employee Calendar will be posted next week. 

The 4% MSA takes effect July 1 for all employees. Step increments are based on the employee’s anniversary date. Employees can find their anniversary date in UConnect. Go to the top left Bookmarks drop down menu and select Employee Self-Service - My Job - Next Anniversary Date. 

The budget also includes one additional workday for all less-than-12-month employees, except for transportation employees who will get two additional days. For reference, a summary of the FCPS 2022-23 Work Schedules adjustments is available online. 

Visit Employee News to find out more about the budget and projects it will support. 

 

Religious and Cultural Observance Days Regulation Revised

Regulation 2334.11 (“O” Days) has been revised in response to the School Board request to deliver a plan for more effective use of religious and cultural observance days.  

Revisions were drafted with input from principals who were charged with making recommendations to prioritize instruction while honoring the religious and cultural observances. Changes to the regulation include:

  • New material can be introduced on religious and cultural observance days provided that:
    • Content is made accessible in Schoology
    • Teachers support absent students 
  • Graded assignments or activities may occur provided that there are opportunities for students absent because of a religious and cultural observance to make up the assignment or activity
  • Details are provided for days on which an observance begins at sundown (1/2 O Day)

Updates will be made to the required training module on Religious and Cultural Observances to ensure all staff are aware of the changes. Guidance documents for managers, teachers, and employees will also be updated to reflect the revisions to the regulation.

The full redlined version of Regulation 2334.11 - Revision is available online.

Board of Supervisors Recognizes Dr. Brabrand


The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors recognized FCPS Superintendent Dr. Scott Brabrand on May 24 for his service to the community. 

Dr. Brabrand was appointed FCPS superintendent in June 2017. Having begun his career as an FCPS social studies teacher in 1994, he leaves behind a legacy of life-changing work in our school system.

Wear Orange Day, Friday, June 3  

The first Friday in June is recognized as National Gun Violence Awareness Day. Also known as Wear Orange Day, it was first organized by students to memorialize the 2013 death of their friend and gun violence victim, 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton. After her death, they asked us to stand up, speak out, and Wear Orange to raise awareness.

At the May 26 meeting, The Fairfax County School Board recognized National Gun Violence Awareness Day and encouraged everyone to wear orange on June 3. The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors declared June 3 Gun Violence Awareness day during a May 24 meeting.

Information about gun violence prevention is available on our website.

 

Free and Reduced-Price Meal Applications Due This Summer

 

For the past two years, the federal government has provided no-cost meals to all public school students without the need to complete the annual Free and Reduced-Price Meal application. The extension of the no-cost meals benefit to all students is expected to expire at the end of this school year, meaning families must submit an application and be approved to be eligible for free and reduced price meals for the 2022-23 school year.

Eligible families are encouraged to submit the Free and Reduced-Price Meal application before the first day of the 2022-23 school year. The online application will be available later this summer and accessible via the FCPS homepage.

Students approved for Free and Reduced-Price Meals may qualify for additional benefits such as waived or reduced fees for instruments, uniforms, field trips, FCPS class fees, and Parktakes classes. 

Summer Meal Service

No-cost summer meals will be served at all FCPS summer school locations this year. Please visit our website for updated information during the summer. 

Employee Assistance Program—Counseling Help Is Available

 

FCPS and their families have access to confidential counseling services in areas such as stress, anxiety, and depression. If end of the year stress and anxiety due to recent events is affecting you, help is available. Employee Assistance Program (EAP) services are free and can be accessed 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days of the year. Enrollment is automatic and no paperwork needs to be filled out. A full list of EAP resources for current staff members can be found on the FCPS Employee Hub. FCPS Employees can direct questions to [email protected].

 

Bullying Education for Parents

 

The FCPS Bullying Prevention and Intervention public website has been updated to include a video to educate parents on what bullying is (according to the Students Rights and Responsibilities document) and what they can expect when a bullying allegation is reported to a school administrator. 

The Student Safety and Wellness Office is available to collaborate with school counselors to provide virtual or in-person parent presentations at the request of schools. 

 

What’s on the Employee News Blog?

 

Catch up on employee news anytime, anywhere on the Employee News Blog. The Employee News weekly email newsletter will include a recap of what's on the blog so you won’t miss anything you need to know.

In case you missed it, the Employee News Blog for the week of May 23 included:

  • Check out the May 2022 Issue of the Audit Buzz.
  • Second Virtual Cybersecurity Fundamentals Training to Be Held on July 29. 
  • Congratulations to the April FCPS CARES of the Month Winners.
  • Summer Professional Development Opportunities.

Professional Learning Opportunities for Staff

Family and School Partnerships is offering three Academy classes for staff members. Interested employees should register in MyPDE using the links below.

Please contact Krystle Trammell at [email protected] for more information.

As a reminder, registration is also open for Summer Academy Courses and the 2022 Summer Equity Symposium. Visit the Employee News blog for more information on these learning opportunities.

 

Do Your Part: Mask Up!

 

FCPS has seen an increase in COVID-19 cases recently as the county has transitioned to the medium community level. Schools continue to apply layered prevention strategies to maintain a healthy work and learning environment. However, each of us has a responsibility to do our part to help keep ourselves, our students, and our colleagues safe.

Easy ways to “Do Your Part” include: staying up to date on vaccinations and boosters, considering when and where to choose to mask up, practicing good hygiene, and monitoring symptoms daily. 

During a medium community level, masks are not required in FCPS buildings. However, you may want to talk with your healthcare provider about wearing masks if you or someone in your household is immunocompromised. More guidance about how to reduce your risk during medium community transmission is available on the CDC website.

 

New Tuition Reimbursement Portal Opens July 1

 

The portal to apply for reimbursement of spring 2022 courses will open July 1. This is a change from the previous June 1 planned opening and was needed to improve processes in the system. 

These changes will allow for faster approvals for Priority 1 and Priority 2 requests. It will also be easier for operational employees to submit reimbursement requests for continuing education credits they need to obtain or maintain certification. The FY23 priority list reflects the division’s support of employee career growth opportunities and the retention of an educated and talented workforce. View the updated priority list online.

Further details will be provided in Employee News in June along with updates on the Hub. For additional information or to contact the Tuition Reimbursement team, visit the Tuition Reimbursement Hub page.

 

Sideburn Center Holding Blood Drive on June 2

 

Sideburn Support Center is hosting a blood drive on Thursday, June 2 from 6 to 10 a.m. Please consider donating as there is a nationwide shortage of blood.    

To donate please follow the links below to schedule your appointment:  

For more information, contact Jackie Roseman at [email protected].

 

Calendar Reminder: Last Day of School Is June 10

 

As a reminder, the last day of the 2021-22 school year is Friday, June 10, and students will be dismissed early. 

June 20 Is a Holiday for All Employees—Schools and Offices Closed

As a reminder, Monday, June 20 (Juneteenth observed), is a holiday for FCPS employees. Juneteenth celebrates and commemorates the end of slavery in the United States.  

See the complete 2021-22 FCPS School Year Calendar.

 

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Condemnation of Gun Violence in Schools

Yesterday, Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, experienced a horrifying act of violence which resulted in the tragic loss of 21 innocent lives; 19 children and two teachers. Many more were injured. We share in the grief and frustration that follows these far too common events. Read our complete statement.

Gun violence and school shootings are complicated topics that affect each of us in different ways. The following resources may be helpful as we all process yesterday’s events:

Because of the potential for both intended and unintended threats to our schools, FCPS has focused a great deal of attention to emergency procedures and is vigilant about protecting the safety of its students and employees. The school division has spent considerable time and effort in planning and practicing day-to-day safety and security measures, as well as addressing the response to a major critical incident. Among these measures are:

Building Safety
  • Physical security (Locked doors, intrusion alarms, electronic door access, CCTV).
  • Visitor Management System and Procedures (Deployed system-wide).
  • Emergency planning coordination with police, fire, and emergency management offices.
  • Uniformed school security patrols (24/7).
  • SROs at all middle and high schools.
  • FCPS security personnel at all middle and high schools.
  • Comprehensive division-wide crisis management plan.
  • Individual school crisis plans-updated annually.
Safety Training
  • Lockdown, Fire, and Tornado Drills.
  • Safety training and Table Top exercises at all schools.
  • Critical incident terms awareness and training (Lockdown, Secure the Building, Shelter in Place, Stay Put Stay Tuned).
  • Employee training in crisis management and communication. (Lockdown, Evacuation, and “Run, Hide, Fight”).
  • Mandatory annual safety training for all students and staff.
Safety Procedures
  • Threat assessment process.
  • Confidential tip, text, and email programs.
  • Systemwide emergency alert systems.

Safety and security is everyone’s job. Staff, students, parents, and the community at large are reminded to incorporate safety and security awareness as routine, and to immediately report any unusual activity to the authorities. Know that we take the safety and security of all students very seriously, and additional information regarding our programs can be found on our Safety and Security website

 

The Office of Professional Learning and Family Engagement (OPLFE) donated the book, The Day You Begin, each with the name of a different OPFLE staff member listed on the book plate, as a gift to all elementary schools for Staff Appreciation Week.

Webinar on Opioid Use Trends and Support Set for June 7

Opioid overdoses are on the rise in the Fairfax Health District, which is consistent with national and state trends. 

Fairfax County Public Schools is partnering with Fairfax County Government to provide an educational webinar on substance use trends and supports June 7 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Register for the June 7 webinar

The webinar will cover topics including:

  • Most Commonly Used Substances.
  • In Depth Opioid Information.
  • Reasons Why Youth Use Substances.
  • Ways Parents Can Support their Children.
  • Available FCPS and Fairfax County Resources.
  • How to connect with Support Providers.

Language interpretation will be available in Spanish, Arabic, Amharic, and Korean. American Sign Language (ASL) interpreting by an ASL/Certified Deaf Interpreter (CDI) Team will also be provided.

Learn more about what you can do to help and prevent overdoses in our Healthy Minds blog.

 

Do Your Part: Vax Up!

 

FCPS has seen an increase in COVID-19 cases recently as the county has transitioned to the medium community level. Schools continue to apply layered prevention strategies to maintain a healthy work and learning environment. However, each of us has a responsibility to do our part to help keep ourselves, our students, and our colleagues safe.

Easy ways to “Do Your Part” include: staying up to date on vaccinations and boosters, considering when and where to choose to mask up, practicing good hygiene, and monitoring symptoms daily. 

A single booster dose is now authorized for children ages 5-11, at least five months after completing a primary series with the Pfizer vaccine. Learn more about scheduling a COVID-19 vaccine appointment or find a walk-in option on the Fairfax County Health Department’s website

 

What’s on the Employee News Blog?

 

Catch up on employee news anytime, anywhere on the Employee News Blog. The Employee News weekly email newsletter will include a recap of what's on the blog so you won’t miss anything you need to know.

In case you missed it, the Employee News Blog for the week of May 16 included:

  • Virtual Cybersecurity Fundamentals Training to Be Held on July 15.
  • Thank you Retirees!
  • Do Your Part: Stay Home When Sick
  • FCPS Online Classifieds Free for Employees.
New Tuition Reimbursement Portal Opens July 1


The portal to apply for reimbursement of spring 2022 courses will open July 1. This is a change from the previous June 1 planned opening and was needed to improve processes in the system. 

These changes will allow for faster approvals for Priority 1 and Priority 2 requests. It will also be easier for operational employees to submit reimbursement requests for continuing education credits they need to obtain or maintain certification. The FY23 priority list reflects the division’s support of employee career growth opportunities and the retention of an educated and talented workforce. View the updated priority list online.

Further details will be provided in Employee News in June along with updates on the Hub. For additional information or to contact the Tuition Reimbursement team, visit the Tuition Reimbursement Hub page.

Interested in Becoming a Special Education Teacher?


Virtual Information Meeting to Be Held on May 25 

FCPS is excited to announce a new tuition sharing benefit as a part of a Grow Your Own (GYO) initiative to recruit, hire, and retain special education teachers. The GYO program includes 50-50 tuition sharing through a partnership with James Madison University (JMU). This program is designed for those wishing to achieve a bachelor’s degree and is targeted to paraprofessional candidates with either an associate’s degree or with 60+ college credits, and leads to dual licensure in Accessing the General Curriculum and Accessing the Adapted Curriculum.

JMU representatives will hold a virtual meeting on May 25  from 4:45 to 6:15 p.m. to share program information along with much more on eligibility and application details. Interested employees should submit this Google Form to  register for the information session (FCPS Google log-in required).

JMU will also review transcripts before the information session for any interested candidates. Candidates are encouraged to submit this Google form if you would like to request a transcript review (FCPS Google log-in required).

Summer Professional Development Opportunities Registration Open for Summer Academy Courses

FCPS is committed to continuous, sustained professional development through the summer Academy Course Program. Courses include a variety of virtual offerings based on teacher feedback and FCPS priorities, such as: 

  • Supporting Students' Social Emotional Needs.
  • Addressing Unfinished Learning.
  • Literacy (K-2).
  • Adopting Culturally Responsive Instructional Practices.
  • English Learner Instruction.
  • Engaging Families and Communities.
  • Developing Students' Portrait of a Graduate (POG) Skills.
  • Leadership/Career Development. 

All courses are designed to enhance teacher knowledge and skills. 

To promote equitable access and to minimize potential summer program conflicts, most of the Academy courses will be offered from late June until early August and will start at 3:30 p.m. or later. 

Details including course syllabus, outcomes, and assignments are available in MyPDE

Visit the Academy Hub page for more information or email [email protected] for questions.

 

Register for the 2022 Summer Equity Symposium

 

The 2022 Summer Equity Symposium, Equity Reimagined: Pursuing Transformative Change, will take place on Tuesday, July 26, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Lewis High School. 

The event will promote growth, reflection, and continuous improvement as we seek a culture of inclusivity, equity, diversity, and belonging. This professional learning experience will include speakers and deeper learning sessions to increase participants' awareness and understanding of equitable and culturally responsive practices.

Registration is open in MyPDE through July 1.

 

Sideburn Center Holding Blood Drive on June 2

 

Sideburn Support Center is hosting a blood drive on Thursday, June 2 from 6 to 10 a.m. Please consider donating as there is a nationwide shortage of blood.    

For all who donate or attempt to donate, there will be breakfast provided.    

There will also be a 50/50 raffle, which will be drawn on Thursday, June 2, after the blood drive. 

To donate please follow the links below to schedule your appointment:  

For more information, contact Jackie Roseman at [email protected]

 

Congratulations to the April FCPS CARES of the Month Winners

 

The following employees were recognized as April FCPS CARES of the Month winners. Read about why these employees are being honored and recognize a colleague who goes above and beyond.

  • Central Office: Candace Davis, Lorton Center, Department of Facilities and Transportation. “Upon arriving at school, it was noticed that a student with a device to support hearing did not have it on. Thankfully the device was found on the bus after a thorough search and Ms. Davis made sure to communicate this and get it to the family. This was a stressful situation that Ms. Davis handled calmly, proactively, and effectively.” 
  • Region 1: Jay O’Rourke, Langley High School. “Mr. O’Rourke has changed the math for my daughter. His amazing sense of humor and open and inviting demeanor draws her in each day. We hear story after story of how he uses math jokes, puns, or even Tik Tok trends to engage his students with the incredibly challenging curriculum he presents.”  
  • Region 2: Ariel Miller, Justice High School. “Ariel Miller has gone out of her way throughout the months of February and March, coming to school on Saturdays, so students can work through their chemical internal assessments (IA). Due to her work, the first students at Justice High School got a 7 on their chemical IA, so it's clear she brings value to the school and passion to her work."
  • Region 3: Stephanie Seadeek, Fort Hunt Elementary School. “Stephanie Seadeek is an incredible force for awesomeness at Fort Hunt Elementary School. There is NOTHING at our school that hasn’t benefited from her personal touch: community outreach and engagement, summer reading program, after-school enrichment programs, reading buddies, staff social committee, PTA fundraisers, Care and Share, and on and on and on.”
  • Region 4: Jenna McCabe, Lake Braddock Secondary School. “Jenna is truly the most genuine and caring teacher I have witnessed when interacting with students. She is tough on them because she has high expectations and goals for them, but is also incredibly understanding and able to make true connections with them.” 
  • Region 5: Kevin Deans, Katherine Johnson Middle School. “We’ve had 3 kids attend FCPS and have never experienced a teacher as dedicated to student success as Mr. Kevin Deans. We were first introduced to him over the summer of 2021 when he personally called me to push for my daughter to enter his higher-level math class. … I am thrilled to say that she has not only excelled in his classroom but has become a much more positive person.”
Calendar Reminder: Schools and Offices Closed on May 30 for Memorial Day Holiday

 

As a reminder, all schools and offices will be closed on Monday, May 30, for the Memorial Day holiday. Classes will resume on Tuesday, May 31. See the complete 2021-22 school year calendar.

 

Reminder: School Board Meeting on May 26 at 7 p.m.

 

The School Board will hold a regular business meeting on Thursday, May 26, at 7 p.m. See the complete regular meeting agenda. The meeting can be viewed on FCPS Cable TV Channel 99 (Verizon Channel 11), the FCPS YouTube Channel, and on the FCPS website. Agenda highlights include:

  • Adoption of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 Approved Budget. 
  • Approval of Policy 4750 - Deferred Compensation Retirement Savings Program.

If you need language interpretation or American Sign Language support for any School Board meeting, please contact the board clerk.

Interested in School Board action items? Sign up to get an update on any School Board action items the morning after the School Board meeting.

Find your School Board member and how to contact them on the School Board Members webpage.

 

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Silverbrook Elementary School Principal Pamela Simpkins honors some of her favorite retirees at the FCPS retirement ceremony. From left to right, Alice Adalian (administrative assistant), Jeanne Taylor (reading specialist), Pamela Simpkins, and Kristi Wilkerson (second grade general education teacher). 

Thank you Retirees!

More than 150 FCPS retirees with more than 3,500 years of service celebrated with family, colleagues, and friends at the annual Retirement Ceremony on May 11 at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. The night’s program, photos, and video are available online.  

Thank you all for your years of dedication and service to our students and community!


On Tuesday, May 17, incoming superintendent Michelle Reid, Ed.D. was joined by families, employees, and community members for a multilingual virtual town hall. Dr. Reid answered questions submitted by audience members on many topics including equity, student success, student and employee social/emotional health, and more.

Watch the highlights of the May 17 virtual town hall in this short video. The complete town hall meeting video is also available online.

Missed this event? Dr. Reid will be hosting additional engagement sessions throughout the county after her official start date on July 1. Stay informed about community engagement opportunities by visiting our website

Do Your Part: Stay Home When Sick


FCPS has seen an increase in COVID-19 cases recently as the county has transitioned to the medium community level. Schools continue to apply layered prevention strategies to maintain a healthy work and learning environment. However, each of us has a responsibility to do our part to help keep ourselves, our students, and our colleagues safe. As we enter the final weeks of the school year, we must stay vigilant so we can all enjoy the events and milestones ahead and be ready for a relaxing and healthy summer.

Easy ways to “Do Your Part” include: staying up to date on vaccinations and boosters, considering when and where to choose to mask up, practicing good hygiene, and monitoring symptoms daily. 

It is increasingly important to stay home if you feel unwell and testing is a critical strategy to slow transmission. Visit the Fairfax County Health Department website for information about COVID testing and testing sites. At-home testing is also a good option. Every home in the U.S. is eligible to order a third round of free at-home COVID tests; visit COVID.gov for details. 

Employees who are enrolled in the FCPS Health Care Flexible Spending Account (FSA) program can purchase at-home COVID tests through the Optum Store using FSA funds.

Mental Health Acceptance Month and Day of Action


May is Mental Health Acceptance Month. “The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a serious toll on the mental health of children in Virginia as young people continue to face physical isolation, ongoing uncertainty, fear, and grief,” says the Virginia Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (VA-AAP). “Even before the pandemic, mental health challenges facing children were of great concern, and COVID-19 has only exacerbated them.” 

Between March and October 2020, the percentage of emergency department visits for children with mental health emergencies rose by 24% for children ages 5-11 and 31% for children ages 12-17. There was also a more than 50% increase in suspected suicide attempt emergency department visits among girls ages 12-17 in early 2021 as compared to the same period in 2019. Read more in this news release from the VA-AAP. 

Mental wellness is key to student success and the pandemic has added to mental health challenges facing children of all ages. We are joining the Virginia Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and pediatricians across the Commonwealth in calling attention to this issue by participating in “Wear Green Day of Action” for mental health on Friday, May 20. Join us in “Wear Green Day of Action” this Friday to call attention to this important issue. For resources to support the students in your life, visit our website.

Employee Assistance Program Webinar–Understanding Depression


Our Employee Assistance Program (EAP), Guidance Resources, will host a timely webinar for May’s Mental Health Awareness Month.


Understanding Depression

Many people still believe that the emotional symptoms caused by depression are “not real,” and that a person should be able to shake off the symptoms. Because of these inaccurate beliefs, people with depression either may not recognize that they have a treatable disorder, or may be discouraged from seeking or staying on treatment due to feelings of shame and stigma. As a result, many people with a depressive illness never seek help. But the vast majority, even those with the most severe depression, can get better. This workshop will identify the symptoms associated with depression, possible causes, and treatments.

Please click the date and time for the session you would like to register for.

Additional EAP webinar recordings on a variety of topics, from mindfulness and resiliency to communication and healthy eating, can be accessed on the Hub EAP page.

For additional information, visit Guidance Resources online, and use Web ID: FCPS, or call our 1-855-355-9097. Sign up for the EAP-Wellness newsletter to get monthly updates and announcements of Employee Wellness offerings.

What’s on the Employee News Blog?


Catch up on employee news anytime, anywhere on the Employee News blog. The Employee News weekly email newsletter will include a recap of what's on the blog so you won’t miss anything you need to know.

In case you missed it, the Employee News blog for the week of May 9 included:

  • Virtual Cybersecurity Fundamentals Training to Be Held on July 15.
  • Help Keep Schools Healthy for All.
  • FCPS Online Classifieds Free for Employees.

Thirty Students Named National Merit Scholarship Winners


Thirty students from six Fairfax County high schools have been named winners of $2,500 scholarships from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC). Scholarship winners are part of a group of approximately 2,500 National Merit finalists chosen to receive scholarships in 2022 primarily financed by the NMSC. 

See who received National Merit scholarships

FCPS Earns 2022 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year–Sustained Excellence Award


Fairfax County Public Schools has received the 2022 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year–Sustained Excellence award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy.  

Each year, the ENERGY STAR program honors businesses and organizations that have made outstanding contributions to protecting the environment through superior energy achievements. ENERGY STAR award winners lead their industries in the production, sale, and adoption of energy-efficient products, homes, buildings, services, and strategies. These efforts are essential to fighting the climate crisis and protecting public health.

More information is available online.

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Virtual Information Meeting to Be Held on May 25 

FCPS is excited to announce a new tuition sharing benefit as a part of a Grow Your Own (GYO) initiative to recruit, hire, and retain special education teachers. The GYO program includes 50-50 tuition sharing through a partnership with James Madison University (JMU). This program is designed for those wishing to achieve a bachelor’s degree and is targeted to paraprofessional candidates with either an associate’s degree or with 60+ college credits, and leads to dual licensure in Accessing the General Curriculum and Accessing the Adapted Curriculum.

JMU representatives will hold a virtual meeting on May 25  from 4:45 to 6:15 p.m. to share program information along with much more on eligibility and application details. Interested employees should submit this Google Form to register for the information session (FCPS Google log-in required).

JMU will also review transcripts before the information session for any interested candidates. Candidates are encouraged to submit this Google form if you would like to request a transcript review (FCPS Google log-in required).

Summer 2022 Academy Course Catalog Now Available

FCPS is committed to continuous, sustained professional development through the summer Academy Course Program. Courses include a variety of virtual offerings based on teacher feedback and FCPS priorities, such as: 

  • Supporting Students' Social Emotional Needs.
  • Addressing Unfinished Learning.
  • Literacy (K-2).
  • Adopting Culturally Responsive Instructional Practices.
  • English Learner Instruction.
  • Engaging Families and Communities.
  • Developing Students' Portrait of a Graduate (POG) Skills.
  • Leadership/Career Development. 

All courses are designed to enhance teacher knowledge and skills. 

To promote equitable access and to minimize potential summer program conflicts, most of the Academy courses will be offered from late June until early August and will start at 3:30 p.m. or later. 

Details including course syllabus, outcomes, and assignments are available today in MyPDE. Registration opens at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, May 24.

Visit the Academy Hub page for more information or email [email protected] for questions.

Celebrating Efforts to Make Websites Accessible


Thursday, May 19, marks the 11th Global Accessibility Awareness Day, which has us thinking about digital access and inclusion. Our families and students rely on our websites to engage with the division and learning. These are essential tools for a public school system.

Equity is at the core of our mission and ensuring everyone can access the information they need is a critical component. Our students, staff, families, and community are diverse in many ways. We can provide a website experience that meets their needs. 

Individuals with visual impairments, such as blindness, low vision, or difficulty seeing colors can be assisted by screen readers. Someone with arthritis, cerebral palsy, or other motor impairments uses the keyboard to navigate rather than a trackpad or mouse. Someone with little to no hearing can be helped with captions on videos. There are even ways to make a website more accessible and safe for a person with cognitive disabilities.

Providing an accessible website experience for all users strengthens our caring culture and reaffirms our commitment to equity. Within the last few months we have:

  • Conducted routine accessibility checks of our web pages.
  • Added accessibility checks for web pages and web-based applications as part of standard workflows.
  • Updated requirements for FCPS’ online web accessibility training.

Ensuring an equitable and accessible online experience for everyone requires a daily commitment. As we honor Global Accessibility Awareness Day this week, we would like to say thank you to everyone who works with our websites for their dedication to maintaining high standards for website accessibility.

If you would like to know how to make sure your online materials are accessible, please take the time to go through the accessibility training in MyPDE

Calendar Reminder: Schools and Offices Closed on May 30 for Memorial Day Holiday


As a reminder, all schools and offices will be closed on Monday, May 30, for the Memorial Day holiday. Classes will resume on Tuesday, May 31. See the complete 2021-22 school year calendar

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Jenna Grazzini Pietrandrea, a music therapy teacher at Woodlawn Elementary School, shows students the finer points of playing the ukulele. 

Join Dr. Reid for a Multilingual Virtual Town Hall on May 17


On Tuesday, May 17, Incoming superintendent Michelle Reid, Ed.D. will join staff, families, and students for a multilingual virtual town hall, from 7 to 8 p.m. Register online.

Dr. Reid will be hosting additional engagement sessions throughout the county after her official start date on July 1. Stay informed about community engagement opportunities by visiting our website

Dr. Reid spoke candidly to a group gathered in the auditorium at Annandale High School on May 3, answering questions for 90 minutes on topics including pandemic learning loss, supporting diversity, and career pathways. Six student representatives from across FCPS shared the stage with Dr. Reid, asking their own questions on matters such as school lunch, supporting the arts, and helping immigrant families feel safe. 

May 3 Town Hall Highlights


If you missed the May 3 town hall meeting with Dr. Reid, you can watch the highlights in this short video

Help Keep Schools Healthy for All


FCPS has seen a recent increase in COVID-19 cases and outbreaks as our county has transitioned to the medium community level. 

Our layered prevention strategies have served us well throughout this school year, and are fully supported by the U.S. Department of Education and Northern Virginia Health Departments. However, there are many things each of us can choose to do to help keep ourselves, our students, and our colleagues safe and healthy. 

Get Vaccinated or Boosted

Vaccination is the best protection we have against severe illness. Everyone is encouraged to stay up to date with vaccinations and boosters. If you need more information about COVID-19 vaccinations or where to get the dose you need, visit the Fairfax County Health Department website.

Consider a Mask

Mask use is optional for everyone in FCPS schools. However, health experts agree that wearing a mask is an excellent practice for avoiding COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses. If you are immunocompromised or at high risk of severe illness, or live or have social contact with someone in this situation, speak with your healthcare provider about whether you need to wear a mask or take additional precautions.

Stay Home When Sick and Get Tested

This time of year sniffles and fatigue may be allergies, or they may be COVID-19. That is why it is always best practice to stay home if you are sick or having symptoms and get tested as soon as possible. Staying home when you are sick or having symptoms is the best thing you can do to help stop the spread of any virus, especially COVID-19.

What’s on the Employee News Blog?


Catch up on employee news anytime, anywhere on the Employee News Blog. The Employee News weekly email newsletter will include a recap of what's on the blog so you won’t miss anything you need to know.

In case you missed it, the Employee News Blog for the week of May 2 included:

  • George Mason University Holding Education Leadership Program Information Sessions.
  • Fairfax County Employee Retirement System Election Petitions Due by May 18.
Educate Fairfax Inducts Inaugural Class to FCPS Hall of Fame


On Wednesday, May 4, Educate Fairfax (formerly the Foundation for Fairfax County Public Schools) inducted the inaugural class of eight members of the FCPS Hall of Fame, established to honor distinguished alumni of Fairfax County Public Schools.

The inductees for the FCPS Hall of Fame’s 2022 class include:

  • Elizabeth Moore Aubin (Langley High School), U.S. ambassador to Algeria.
  • Christian Burbach (Langley High School), decorated military veteran and business leader.
  • David Guernsey (Falls Church High School), business owner and non-profit leader.
  • Shea Megale (Westfield High School), an author, film director, and advocate.
  • Paul Misener (Annandale High School), business leader, engineer, and inventor.
  • Jeffrey Platenberg (West Springfield High School), assistant superintendent, FCPS Department of Facilities and Transportation.
  • Lynn Symansky (James Madison High School), an international equestrian, trainer, and Olympian.
  • Les Williams, Jr. (Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology), an entrepreneur, engineer, and nonprofit leader.

Educate Fairfax is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that works to make a positive difference in the lives of FCPS students and teachers. For more information, visit the Educate Fairfax website

Excellence Award Nominations Close Monday, May 16


The Excellence Awards, celebrated each fall, honor both teams and individuals exceeding expectations in supporting FCPS strategic initiatives. Award categories include Growth, Impact on Others, Innovation and Student Achievement. Winners receive a cash award for their achievement.   

If you know an FCPS employee or team that should be recognized for their efforts over the past year, visit the Excellence Awards Hub page, and submit a nomination by Monday, May 16.

Summer 2022 Academy Course Catalog Available on May 17

FCPS is committed to continuous, sustained professional development through the summer Academy Course Program. Courses include a variety of virtual offerings based on teacher feedback and FCPS priorities, such as: Supporting Students' Social Emotional Needs, Addressing Unfinished Learning, Literacy (K-2), Adopting Culturally Responsive Instructional Practices, English Learner Instruction, Engaging Families and Communities, Developing Students' POG Skills, and Leadership/Career Development. All courses are designed to enhance teacher knowledge and skills. 

To promote equitable access and to minimize potential summer program conflicts, most of the Academy courses will be offered from late June until early August and will start at 3:30 p.m. or later. 

Details including course syllabus, outcomes, and assignments will be listed in the Academy S catalog, which will be available on May 17 in MyPDE. Registration opens at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, May 24. 

Visit the Academy Hub page for more information or email [email protected] for questions.

Savings for Staff Program Provides Discounts to FCPS Employees—Now Available as an App


Savings for Staff is a way for merchants to reach new customers with discounts to FCPS employees through our partner, PerkSpot. Discounts are available from local and national vendors for travel, entertainment, dining, technology, apparel, health and wellness, flowers and gifts, cell phones, and more. The site is easy for FCPS employees to access, and is available 24 hours a day, 365 days per year. 

New App Makes Saving Easier

The Savings for Staff discount program just became easier for FCPS employees to shop and save on the go with the launch of a new mobile app powered by PerkSpot. The app is downloadable on the Apple or Google Play stores.

Instructional Resources for Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month


In May, people all over the United States celebrate Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Students deserve meaningful, sustained opportunities to learn about the diverse perspectives, experiences, and contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders year-round, and Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month is one opportunity to honor these important stories.

FCPS Social Studies, in collaboration with a group of educators and students, developed an internal site for instructional resources: Planning for Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Teachers and school leaders will find ideas for classroom learning experiences across content areas and grade levels.

For more information, contact Deborah March at [email protected] or 571-423-4638.

Instructional Resources for Jewish American Heritage Month


In May, people all over the United States celebrate Jewish American Heritage Month. Students deserve meaningful, sustained opportunities to learn about the diverse perspectives, experiences, and contributions of Jewish Americans year-round, and Jewish Heritage Month is one opportunity to honor these important stories.

FCPS Social Studies, in collaboration with a group of students and educators, developed an internal site for instructional resources: Planning for Jewish American Heritage Month. Teachers and school leaders will find ideas for classroom learning experiences across content areas and grade levels.

For more information, contact Deborah March at [email protected] or 571-423-4638.

Correction: Sherry Wilson Will Start with FCPS on June 1

Last week, Employee News incorrectly stated that incoming assistant superintendent of Human Resources Sherry Wilson would begin with FCPS on July 1. She will begin on June 1. Learn more about Sherry Wilson.

FY 2023 Budget Update


The School Board is collaborating with the Fairfax County Government to adjust the Fiscal Year 2023 budget to ensure opportunities for affordable housing that will benefit teachers, school staff, and county employees. Learn more about this latest update in the budget process by watching the recording of the May 10 school board work session on the FCPS YouTube channel.

Reminder: School Board Meeting on May 12 


The School Board will hold a regular business meeting on Thursday, May 12, at 7 p.m. See the complete regular meeting agenda. The meeting can be viewed on FCPS Cable TV Channel 99 (Verizon Channel 11), the FCPS YouTube Channel, and on the FCPS website. Agenda highlights include:

  • Approval of the Tax Deferred savings program regulation.
  • Introduction of recommended changes from the Public Engagement Committee to the Strategic Governance Manual regarding community participation. 
  • Awarding of contracts.

If you need language interpretation or American Sign Language support for any School Board meeting, please contact the board clerk.

Interested in School Board action items? Sign up to get an update on any School Board votes the morning after the School Board meeting.

Find your School Board member and how to contact them on the School Board Members webpage.

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Please email [email protected] with potential submissions or questions. Submissions are due by 4:30 p.m. on Thursdays. Thank you!  

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Dogwood Elementary School hosted Dr. Bernadine Futrell, the director of the Office of Head Start in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, on Friday, April 29. Dr. Futrell visited with students along with teacher Katrina Garrett and Douglas Tyson, assistant superintendent for Region 1.


May 2-6 is Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week. We are so thankful for all the hard work our teachers and staff members do every day to make our schools a great place to learn and work! 

Some of our students took the time to share video messages of appreciation to teachers. Join us in celebrating FCPS' amazing, creative, and caring educators who inspire our students each day.

Video: Damien Ettere, Armstrong Elementary School Math Teacher: “Math Is All Around Us”


As we celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week, we could share countless stories of FCPS teachers who are dedicated to student success. This week, we’re excited to tell you about Damien Ettere, a math teacher at Armstrong Elementary School, who is one of three finalists from Virginia for the Presidential Math and Science Teaching Awards. 

The award, regarded as the nation's top honor for math and science teachers, recognizes educators who develop and implement high-quality instructional programs that improve student learning in mathematics and science.

Watch this video to see how Ettere builds community and context in his classroom.

Meet the Incoming Superintendent: Dr. Michelle Reid Answers Staff, Student, and Community Questions at Live Event


Students, families, and staff gathered for an opportunity to get to know Dr. Michelle Reid, incoming superintendent, on Tuesday, May, 4 at Annandale High School. Dr. Reid answered audience questions on a variety of topics including equity, technology, learning loss, social/emotional health, and students with disabilities. Earlier that day, Dr. Reid met with roughly 200 FCPS students during a forum held at Thoreau Middle School.

These were the first of many opportunities for the FCPS community and Dr. Reid to engage with each other over the coming weeks. Watch a recording of Tuesday’s community event to hear what Dr. Reid had to say.

Save the Date: Dr. Reid Virtual Town Hall on May 17


On Tuesday, May 17, Dr. Reid will join staff, families, and students for a multilingual virtual town hall, from 7 to 8 p.m.

Dr. Reid will be hosting additional engagement sessions throughout the county after her official start date on July 1.

What’s on the Employee News Blog?


Catch up on employee news anytime, anywhere on the Employee News Blog. The Employee News weekly email newsletter will include a recap of what's on the blog so you won’t miss anything you need to know.

In case you missed it, the Employee News Blog for the week of April 25 included:

  • Draft 2022-23 Employee Calendar Now Available.
  • Lead by Example—Be a Champion of Recognition!

Virtual Community Forum on Proposed Updates to SR&R Regulation

The Department of Special Services will be hosting a virtual meeting for FCPS families, employees, and community members regarding proposed updates to the Student Rights and Responsibilities Regulation (SR&R, R2601). Please join us via the Zoom platform virtually on Thursday, May 5, from noon to 1:30 p.m. Register now.

Language interpretation will be available in Spanish. American Sign Language (ASL) Interpreting will be available by an ASL/Certified Deaf Interpreter (CDI) Team. Participants will have an opportunity to learn about suggested updates to the SR&R and ask questions via Zoom Chat. An online feedback form will be posted to the FCPS website later this week. We look forward to your participation—your voice matters!

More information on the virtual forum is available online.

School Board Approves FCPS Trust Policy

On Thursday, April 28, the Fairfax County School Board approved the Trust Policy. The policy confirms the School Board’s commitment to providing a safe and welcoming space for all students and their families by aligning Fairfax County Public Schools with Fairfax County’s Public Trust and Confidentiality Policy. This will ensure that FCPS students and families can access FCPS benefits and services without fear that information will be disclosed, directly or indirectly, to federal immigration officials. 

The Trust Policy directs the superintendent to conduct all necessary preparations so that it is fully in effect for the start of the 2022-23 school year, and as much as possible for the 2022 summer school session. See the complete policy.

Video: School Board Welcomes Sherry Wilson to FCPS


Sherry Wilson, incoming assistant superintendent of Human Resources, was introduced to the FCPS community at the School Board meeting on April 28. Wilson is currently the director of Human Resources in Chesapeake (Va.) Public Schools and will begin working with FCPS on July 1. 

In her remarks to the School Board, Wilson stated, “I love the fact that FCPS embraces creative thinking, a culture of caring, equity, inclusion, innovation and a diverse workforce. Each of these factors combine to create and support the premier workforce for which Fairfax County Public Schools is known. Having worked alongside members of the Human Resources team at recruiting events, I have seen the zeal and commitment to recruiting the best and brightest to join the FCPS workforce and I am thrilled to now join such dedicated staff.” Watch her complete remarks.

You’ve Got Mail: How One FCPS Elementary School is Reviving Letter Writing to Help Improve Literacy Rates

 

When reading specialist Jill Norris joined the staff of Stratford Landing Elementary School last August, she brought with her a love of letter writing developed from her childhood days exchanging mail with her grandmother. So when she sat down to consider ways to engage students in reading and writing, she drew inspiration from those memories.

She now has a mailbox outside her office for children to drop off hand-written letters each day, sharing everything from what they did over the weekend to their struggles with school. Learn how the letter writing activity has increased literacy rates at Stratford Landing

Monitor COVID-19 Symptoms and Stay Home When Sick


Fairfax County Public Schools continues to monitor cases and report COVID-19 outbreaks, as outlined by the Virginia Department of Health. Currently,  Fairfax County's Community Level remains low as determined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and our layered prevention strategies are being implemented based on our COVID-19 Community Level, as recommended by the CDC.

However, FCPS has seen a recent increase in COVID-19 cases and outbreaks and parents/legal guardians are reminded of the daily health screening requirement to check their students for mild, cold-like symptoms each day, such as fever, runny nose, cough, or shortness of breath. Parents and guardians are advised to keep their students home if sick and get them tested to stop further spread from occurring. 


VaxUp

We continue to encourage everyone to get vaccinated or boosted as soon as they are eligible. COVID-19 vaccination keeps children safely in school and childcare settings, and also while participating in sports, playdates, extracurricular activities, and other group activities. Strong community vaccination rates help keep our schools safe for in-person learning. To learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine or find a vaccine provider, visit the Fairfax County Health Department website.


Masking

As a reminder, students may return to school after five days of isolation if they are fever free for 24 hours (without the use of fever-reducing medication) and symptoms are improving. As recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) individuals should continue to wear a well-fitting mask around others at home and in public for 5 additional days (day 6 through day 10) after the end of the 5-day isolation period. If individuals are unable to wear a mask when around others, they should continue to isolate for a full 10 days at home. 

While not required, wearing a mask while indoors is still considered an important way to protect yourself and others. Families are encouraged to discuss mask wearing as an additional layered prevention strategy.

Additional recommendations to prevent COVID-19 are available online.

Ducchi Quan Named ERFC Trustee


Notice 4771 states that voting for the election of a trustee for the Educational Employees’ Supplementary Retirement System of Fairfax County (ERFC) is waived when there is only one candidate.

Ducchi Quan, mathematics teacher for Annandale High School, was the unopposed candidate and will serve as an ERFC trustee for three years beginning July 1, 2022. 

As a reminder, only full-time, monthly-paid instructional, administrative, and educational support employees are automatically enrolled in ERFC. Learn more about ERFC.

Fairfax County Employee Retirement System Election Petitions Due by May 18 

More than 6,000 FCPS employees receive their retirement benefits from the Fairfax County Employee Retirement System (FCERS). This includes transportation, food service, trades and maintenance, custodial, and part-time teaching staff. An electronic special election of one (FCERS) trustee will be held May 24-26. FCPS employees who are FCERS members are eligible to be nominated and to vote for the vacant trustee position. The term for the newly elected FCPS trustee is July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2023.

The FCERS petition outlines the election process and requires:

  • Electronic nomination petitions.
  • A candidate statement of contribution.  

Electronic petitions and candidate statements must be received by the Office of Equity and Employee Relations, via email to [email protected] by May 18. If you have questions, please contact Sherri Burris at 571-423-3252 or [email protected]

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Kaitlin Wilson-Vogel, a learning disabilities teacher at Fairfax Villa Elementary School, celebrates with her students during a small group language arts lesson.

Save The Date: Meet the Incoming Superintendent


Dr. Reid, our incoming superintendent, is visiting FCPS next week to learn more about our schools and community. During her visit, there will be a special, in-person event for staff, families, and students on Tuesday, May 3, starting at 7 p.m. More details, including how to register and submit questions, will be shared with you directly via email in the coming days. 

On Tuesday, May 17, Dr. Reid will join staff, families, and students for a multilingual virtual town hall, starting at 7 p.m. We will share details about this event in next week’s Employee News and directly via email.

Learn more about Dr. Reid.

Draft 2022-23 Employee Calendar Now Available


The 2022-23 draft employee calendar is now available on the FCPS website.  

This calendar reflects the same work schedule lengths included in prior year employee calendars. The FY 2023 Advertised Budget includes work schedule adjustments for additional workdays of professional development for less-than-12-month employees. 

The final FY 2023 Approved Budget will be adopted by the School Board on May 26, 2022. Details of the final adjustments included in the Approved Budget may result in changes to this draft calendar. 

Changes could include earlier start dates and/or different scheduled workdays for less-than-12-month personnel work schedules and may also affect the dates of the Great Beginnings Summer Institute.

2023 Eid al Fitr Date Determination

When religious observances, such as Eid, begin at sunset, FCPS designates that evening and the following day as religious and cultural observance time. 

When the school year calendar for 2022-23 was developed, Eid was projected to begin on the evening of Friday, April 21, 2023, alleviating the need for a student holiday (the first full day would be on a Saturday). After the calendar was approved by the School Board, the Adams Center adjusted Eid to begin at sunset on Thursday, April 20, 2023. This requires Friday, April 21, 2023, to be a student holiday under our new calendar structure

The Islamic calendar is a lunar calendar, and the start of each month coincides with the birth of a new moon. These dates are regionally decided, which can lead to unexpected date changes.  


2022-23 School Calendar
 

In an effort to avoid drastically changing student and employee calendars, Friday, April 21, 2023, will be designated a student holiday. This will reduce the student calendar from 180 days to 179 days. April 21, 2023, will be a professional work day for all less than 12-month employees (including bus drivers, food service workers, school-based office support staff, and instructional assistants) and a regular work day for 12-month employees. Regulation 2234 will be in effect for professional development guidelines; Regulation 4817 will be in effect for employees requesting religious leave. 

The School Board has already committed to recognizing Eid as a student holiday so this administerial calendar change will not require a vote. 

A 179-day student calendar with five scheduled early release days, 15-minute required recess at the middle school, and no changes to the elementary bell schedule provides up to 12 built-in snow days for the year; therefore, this change will still meet VDOE requirements based on instructional hours instead of days. 


Future Eid Observances

If the date of Eid changes before the school year begins, the school year calendar will be revised as follows:

  • A student holiday will be observed
  • Less-than-12-month employees will report for a professional work day
  • 12-month employees will report for a regular work day

If the day for Eid changes after the school year begins, Eid will be designed as a Religious and Cultural Observance Day (“O” day) for students and all staff.

What’s on the Employee News Blog?


Catch up on employee news anytime, anywhere on the Employee News Blog. The Employee News weekly email newsletter will include a recap of what's on the blog so you won’t miss anything you need to know.

In case you missed it, the Employee News Blog for the week of April 18 included:

  • Check out the April Issue of the Audit Buzz
  • Updates to FCPS Health Plan ID Cards.
  • FCPS Online Classifieds Free for Employees.

Lead by Example—Be a Champion of Recognition! 


Throughout the division, teams and individuals are achieving outstanding results that impact others through innovative and collaborative initiatives that support FCPS’ values and goals. Chances are you know a team or colleague that deserves to be recognized and rewarded this year. We encourage you to visit the Excellence Awards webpage and submit a nomination by Monday, May 16.

Participating in the nomination process is a great way to support FCPS’ caring culture and celebrate our premier workforce.

Celebrating FCPS’ Commitment to Environmental Stewardship


Fairfax County Public Schools commitment to environmental stewardship has earned praise from national leaders. Superintendent Scott Brabrand was invited to attend a special event with Vice President Kamala Harris on April 4 to highlight investments in clean and efficient school infrastructure and transportation. In addition to Dr. Brabrand attending Vice President Harris’ event, EPA Administrator Michael Regan visited Flint Hill Elementary to discuss the investment in clean school buses nationwide. 

Both events are a reflection of FCPS’ commitment to providing carbon-neutral student transportation by 2035. FCPS officially launched its first fleet of electric school buses in October 2021. The fleet is one of the largest in the U.S., transporting more than 141,000 students on more than 1,600 buses each day. 

Learn more about FCPS’ commitment to environmental stewardship.

Message of Hope: Freedom Hill Elementary School Principal Travels to Europe with Students’ Handwritten Cards for Refugees


Freedom Hill Elementary School Principal Nicholas Zapdka traveled to Germany for spring break to volunteer with the Red Cross assisting Ukrainian refugees. His school community was eager to help as well with students making cards written in Ukrainian, staff members making contributions, and one teacher’s mother knitting hats.

Beyond Books: South County High Library Serves as Hub for Community Outreach


Students at South County High School use the library as more than a place to check out books. They also use it as a meeting spot to knit winter hats for the homeless, make pet blankets for animal shelters, and turn to librarians as sponsors of the Elder Outreach Club, a group formed during the pandemic to send letters to senior citizens to combat loneliness.

Celebrating the Month of the Military Child


Elvis, a seventh-grader at Longfellow Middle School, shares his family’s story and perspective about being a military-connected student. His father serves in the U.S. Navy and is currently deployed.

During Month of the Military Child, we are celebrating our more than 14,000 military-connected students and honoring the important role they play in our school community. All month, we’ve shared the stories of some of our military-connected students and their families. Watch the full series on our website.

Congratulations to the March FCPS CARES of the Month Winners


The following employees were recognized as March FCPS CARES of the Month winners. Read about why these employees are being honored and recognize a colleague who goes above and beyond.

  • Central Office: Carrie Sarsour, Department of Human Resources. “It is difficult to pinpoint one specific experience that stands out with Carrie because every time we have asked for help from her, we have received excellent customer service and above/beyond attention to detail. Carrie has placed temporary subs to help us out when our regular shift was depleted.”
  • Region 1: Elizabeth Schires, Carson Middle School. “The formation of the Helping Minds Club, which has become a very popular after-school program, would not have been possible without the incredible support and assistance of Ms. Schires. When I first discussed the idea, Ms. Schires was very open to my idea and suggestions, and she has been amazingly hands-on in helping me contact feeder elementary schools as well as helping me set up a strong foundation so that we can expand our club.” 
  • Region 2: Courtney Wolfson, McLean High School. “Courtney Wolfson is an unquestionable asset to the McLean Category B Special Education program. She is always responsive to requests for assistance in creating positive behavior programs for the students. She always bases intervention strategies on the strengths of the students and brings with her a wealth of knowledge and experience of applied behavior analysis. She doesn't just give suggestions to staff, she rolls up her sleeves and demonstrates how the interactions/interventions should be implemented.” 
  • Region 3: Peter Beczkiewicz, Hayfield Secondary School. “During a busy middle school tech ed. class, Mr. B. was walking around assisting students when he noticed one student get weak in the legs and start slumping over. The student lost consciousness while he was standing up at a machine. Mr. B. quickly sprang into action, caught the student, carefully brought him to the floor, all at the same time keeping his 29 other students calm. He was able to direct a student to get help.”
  • Region 4: Amy Heiman, Nia Manoleras, Elizabeth Smith and Jaclyn Otchy, Centreville Elementary School. “It has only been 7 months since we immigrated to America and my child didn't know anything about school. He lost confidence in adapting to the United States, but he is growing and learning so fast because (these teachers) helped him in so many ways. My child has gained enough confidence to even raise his hand in class now and he has many close friends he can have fun with.”  
  • Region 5: Young Sun Huh, Woodson High School. “The Woodson Library would like to recognize the outstanding effort and support our custodian Young Sun Huh has brought to our Library service learning, HATS FOR SOME.org. Though teachers and staff will knit or crochet a hat from time to time, Ms. Young Sun Huh has crochet a hat and donated it to our program on a daily basis. To put it in numbers Ms. Young Sun Hu has made around 80 hats.”

Reminder: School Board Meeting on April 28 at 7 p.m.


The School Board will hold a regular business meeting on Thursday, April 28, at 7 p.m. See the complete regular meeting agenda. The meeting can be viewed on FCPS Cable TV Channel 99 (Verizon Channel 11), the FCPS YouTube Channel, and on the FCPS website. Agenda highlights include:

  • Introduction of Dr. Sherry Wilson, assistant superintendent of Human Resources.
  • Approval of the Trust Policy.
  • Approval of 2022-23 Local Special Education Annual Plan and Report.
  • Approval of Elementary School Language Arts Basal Instructional Materials. 

If you need language interpretation or American Sign Language support for any School Board meeting, please contact the board clerk.

Interested in School Board action items? Sign up to get an update on any School Board votes the morning after the School Board meeting.

Find your School Board member and how to contact them on the School Board Members webpage.

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We can never thank our custodians enough for all they do to keep our schools clean, safe, and friendly places to learn and work. Forestdale Elementary School principal Jennifer Cunneen takes a moment with custodian Salomey Agyeiwah-Takyi.

Incoming Superintendent Gets to Know FCPS and Community

Michelle Reid, Ed.D. will be the next superintendent of Fairfax County Public Schools starting July 1. 

Dr. Reid is known regionally and nationally for strong instructional leadership. Last week, Dr. Reid spent time visiting with students, staff, and community members to begin the conversation about what makes FCPS a great school division and the many opportunities to build on that foundation.

 Get to know Dr. Michelle Reid.


Video:
Connecting with Students and Staff


Dr. Reid enjoyed a visit to Garfield and Sangster elementary schools where she answered students’ questions, joined in a movement break, and saw a robotics lesson in action. Read about Dr. Reid’s school visits on our website and watch the video.

Dr. Reid, Student Journalists Discuss Ways to Boost Student Voice and Agency


Five student journalists from elementary, middle, and high schools met with Dr. Reid to talk about the importance of student voices and how they can work together to help students succeed. “It'll be important for me to meet with groups of students to hear what you think is important because I'm here to serve you, right?” Dr. Reid told them.

Find out on our website what this group of students wanted to know from Dr. Reid and watch the video.

Advocacy Groups and Dr. Reid Share in Honest Conversation


On Friday, April 15, representatives of several advocacy groups met with Dr. Reid, as well as Fairfax County School Board Chair Stella Pekarsky and Vice Chair Rachna Sizemore Heizer, to discuss their concerns about the superintendent selection process. The conversation was brutally honest and, we hope, productive--a meaningful first step toward what we believe will result in a more equitable school division. Dr. Reid shared her plans to continue meeting with the community in the coming weeks and months.

Sherry Wilson to Join FCPS as Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources

Superintendent Scott S. Brabrand has named Sherry Wilson, who currently serves as director of Human Resources in Chesapeake (Va.) Public Schools, to the role of assistant superintendent, Department of Human Resources, effective June 1. Learn more about Sherry Wilson.

What’s on the Employee News Blog?


Catch up on employee news anytime, anywhere on the Employee News Blog. The Employee News weekly email newsletter will include a recap of what's on the blog so you won’t miss anything you need to know.

In case you missed it, the Employee News Blog for the week of April 11 included:

  • FCPS COVID-19 Testing Ends April 22. 
  • Tutor.com Now Live.
  • FCPS Summer Learning Job Opportunities.
Video: School Board Chair Stella Pekarsky Addresses the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors


On April 12, School Board Chair Stella Pekarsky spoke to the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors during a public hearing that discussed the FY 2023-27 Capital Improvement Program and the FY 2022 Revised Budget Plan. Watch the video

Battle of the Buses: Diesel vs. Electric


Fairfax County Public Schools has committed to going to an all-electric school bus fleet by 2035. FCPS' first electric buses are on the road and are a hit with drivers and students. In Battle of the Buses, you'll see and hear the difference between a FCPS diesel school bus and an electric school bus. Watch the video

Updates to FCPS Health Plan ID Cards


New identification cards are being digitally generated and electronically issued to employees and dependent(s) who are covered under an FCPS health plan. Here’s when you can expect your new ID card and how to access it:

  • Aetna/Innovation Health members will be able access their new ID cards digitally in the coming weeks. You can log into your account through the Aetna member website and/or through the Aetna Health app.
  • CareFirst members can access updated digital ID cards by logging into your account through the CareFirst member website and/or through the CareFirst app. Members were also mailed new cards in January.
  • Kaiser Permanente members can access an updated digital ID card by logging into their accounts through the Kaiser Permanente website.

New ID cards were issued due to recently passed legislation that requires health plans to include details about members’ individual and family in- and out-of-network deductibles and out-of-pocket maximum limits. These updates will allow members to make more informed health care decisions based on costs. 

ERFC Election Petitions and Candidate Statements Due by April 22


One Elected Trustee to Serve on the ERFC Board of Trustees

The Educational Employees’ Supplementary Retirement System of Fairfax County (ERFC) Board is the governing body of ERFC and supports ERFC’s mission to enhance the financial security of members through prudent financial stewardship. An electronic election to fill one trustee position on the Board of Trustees will be held May 10-12.

Candidate Election Materials

For interested active members who seek to be candidates, Notice 4771 outlines the election process and requires: 

  • A petition of interest.
  • a candidate statement of contribution.  

Electronic petitions and candidate statements must be received by the Office of Equity and Employee Relations, via email to [email protected] by April 22. If you have questions, please contact Sherri Burris at 571-423-3252 or [email protected].  

FCPS and Fairfax County Government Partnering to Provide Substance Abuse Webinars on April 20, 26, 28

Due to the rise in opioid overdoses in the Fairfax Health District (which is consistent with national and state trends), Fairfax County Public Schools has partnered with Fairfax County Government to provide educational webinars on youth substance use trends and supports. The free webinars are scheduled for April 20, April 26, and April 28, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Each of the three webinars will provide the same information. 

The topics to be covered include:

  • Most commonly used substances.
  • In-depth opioid information.
  • Reasons why youth use substances.
  • Ways parents can support their children.
  • Available FCPS and Fairfax County Resources.
  • Ways students, parents, and community members can connect with support providers.

Registration for the webinars is available online.

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On March 30,
Cunningham Park Elementary School celebrated its art teacher, Ellen O’Hearn (pictured with her daughter), for turning the sidewalk that leads from the school to the playground into a giant game board. The mural was a part of a school-wide Project-Based Learning (PBL) initiative, in which every grade level created plans to improve the play spaces at CPES.

FCPS COVID-19 Testing Ends April 22 


To limit the spread of COVID-19 and to keep schools open safely, Fairfax County Public Schools has been providing a COVID-19 screening and diagnostic testing program to staff as part of its layered prevention strategies

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the community level for Fairfax County is currently classified as low; this classification has continued for the past month. In addition, Fairfax Health District COVID-19 Vaccination Status indicates that more than 70% of all Fairfax Health Districts residents have been fully vaccinated (defined by receiving two of a two-dose vaccine or one of a single-dose vaccine) and more than 80% of residents have received one dose. COVID-19 Vaccinations are free and available at various locations in our community.  

Based on these metrics and CDC guidance, FCPS will discontinue the following prevention strategies on April 22:

If employees have symptoms and need to get tested, COVID-19 Testing is available at various sites throughout Fairfax County, and at-home test kits are readily available in stores.

All FCPS employees should continue to update the Employee COVID-19 Vaccination Status Form (click the blue link to update) with their latest vaccine dose, including boosters. Also, please continue to do your part to maintain a healthy learning environment by self-administering the daily health screening questionnaire and using layered prevention strategies including hand hygiene, respiratory etiquette, monitoring for illness, and staying home when sick. Employees should still report positive test results to their supervisor. 

Tutor.com Launches April 14


Beginning April 14, FCPS students will have unlimited access to online tutoring support services through Tutor.com at no cost to families. Student participation is optional and parents/guardians can opt their student(s) out of accessing the services. Detailed information and FAQs are available on the Tutor.com Online Tutoring Services website.

Students will be able to access Tutor.com via a link in Schoology. Additional information about how to log in and access a tutor is provided to families via the following instructional videos:  

Resources for staff are available on the Tutor.com - Online Tutoring Services Employee Hub Site. Questions not answered in the posted resources may be sent to [email protected].

FCPS Summer Learning Job Opportunities


Positions are now available for you to join the fun and excitement of FCPS Summer Learning. 

Elementary School and Middle School Positions

  • Bridge to Kindergarten: Help pre-Kindergarten students build executive functioning skills and routines for a smooth transition to school in the fall. 
  • Young Scholars (Elementary and Middle School): Guide FCPS Young Scholars in project-based learning (PBL) as they create and present innovative products to address real-world problems. 
  • Summer Olympians Aspire and Reach (SOAR): Coach students as they strengthen math and language arts skills while developing Portrait of a Graduate attributes. (Grades K-6.)
  • IMAGINE: Coach students as they strengthen math and language arts skills while developing Portrait of a Graduate attributes. (Grades 7-8.)

To apply, contact your school’s Summer Site Director. 

High School Positions

  • Credit Recovery Academy: The Instructional Services Department provides an opportunity for students to recover high school course credits and prepare for select SOL or WorkKeys tests. Be a part of this collaborative and transformative student-centered learning program. Apply here.

Extended School Year (ESY) Employment Opportunities

Special education summer positions are still available for Extended School Year (ESY) teachers and operational staff. Interested individuals are encouraged to apply online. Hourly summer contracts for teachers and support positions are available at all grade levels. Special education teachers and professionals on the teacher pay scale employed for the ESY Program will be compensated at a flat rate of $68 per hour.  

Homebound and Consult teachers will be paid a flat rate of $50 per hour. Positions will be open until filled. For more information, go to the Summer Learning and Extended School Year (ESY) Employment Opportunities web page.

To apply, go to the Teacher Employment Opportunities and Paraprofessional and Operational Employment Opportunities web pages.

Note: ESY contracts are contingent upon student enrollment.

Please contact Ellen Agosta at [email protected] or 571-423-4190 with any questions.

Honor Your Colleagues: Excellence Award Nomination Materials Are Now Available

Peer-to-peer recognition inspires a positive workplace culture and empowers employees to motivate each other. Employees know best about the hard work, dedication and collaborative efforts that go on behind the scenes on many projects. Therefore, nominations for the annual Excellence Awards can only come from current contracted FCPS employees (per principal or program manager’s approval). 

The Excellence Awards, hosted each fall, celebrate both teams and individuals exceeding expectations in supporting FCPS strategic initiatives. Award categories include Growth, Impact on Others, Innovation and Student Achievement. Winners do receive a cash award for their achievement.   

If you know an FCPS employee or team that should be recognized for their efforts over the past year, visit the Excellence Awards Hub webpage, and submit a nomination by Monday, May 16.

Apply Now for the Fall Instructional Coach Learning Cohort


Applications are being accepted for the Fall Instructional Coach Learning Cohort (replaces the Foundational Skills of an Instructional Coach Academy course). Teacher leaders interested in becoming an Instructional Coach for the 2023-24 school year should apply. 

The Instructional Coach Learning Cohort is designed to prepare a diverse group of candidates for the role of an instructional coach through the course content, experiences leading in their schools, self-directed learning and reflection, and observations, coaching, and feedback. There are a total of ten synchronous sessions. Six sessions will be held in person. Four sessions will be held virtually. 

To learn more about the cohort, register for a virtual information session on April 19 from 4:45 to 5:45 p.m., or April 21 from 4:45 to 5:45 p.m. Additional information and application materials can be found online. 

For more information, contact Michelle Lis, coordinator of instructional coaching, at [email protected], or Erika Williams, education specialist, at [email protected].  

Register for Upcoming EAP Webinars and Win Wellness Prizes


April is Stress Awareness Month. Learn how to cope with your stress and find healthy ways to deal with these situations through upcoming webinars hosted by our Employee Assistance Program (EAP), Guidance Resources. Join us for the following interactive topics with a raffle drawing for wellness prizes:

Additional EAP webinar recordings on a variety of topics, from mindfulness and resiliency to communication and finances, can be accessed on the Hub EAP page.

For more information, visit our Employee Assistance Program (EAP) Guidance Resources online, and use Web ID: FCPS, or call our EAP at 1-855-355-9097. Sign up for the EAP-Wellness Newsletter to get monthly updates and announcements of our Employee Wellness offerings.

Libraries Are the Heart of School Communities


In FCPS libraries, students develop knowledge and skills, experience a sense of belonging, find inspiration and support, and have the ability to freely pursue their personal interests and academic growth. Watch this video to learn how FCPS librarians make a difference.

Retirement Ceremony RSVPs Due by April 18


The annual retirement ceremony, We Honor You—Celebrating Your Service to FCPS, will be held on May 11 at 6 p.m. at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. The evening features an hors d’oeuvre reception for retirees, their family and friends, followed by a recognition ceremony with the Superintendent, Leadership Team, and the School Board.

Print invitations were sent to the homes of those who have retired since the Spring 2021 retirement recognition and those that have submitted their Notification of Resignation-Retirement form (HR-2) with a retirement date prior to December 31, 2022. The online RSVP for this ceremony is due by Monday, April 18.

More information on this year’s retirement ceremony, as well as previous events, is available online. For questions, send an email to [email protected]

Support Services Employees’ Advisory Council (SSEAC) Election Results

Congratulations to the unopposed candidates in the following job groups who will serve as new SSEAC representatives from July 1, 2022, to June 30, 2024:

  • Group 1: Bus Drivers and Attendants, Brian DeQuittner, bus driver, Stonecroft Transportation Center.
  • Group 3: Food and Nutrition Services, Andrea O’Shea, kitchen manager, Edison High School.
  • Group 4: Custodial and Plant Operations, Mario Canales, building supervisor, Hayfield Secondary School.

At-Large Group

Congratulations to the unopposed candidate for the At-Large group, Nabil Ibrahim. Ibrahim is a business operations assistant in the Office of Professional Growth and Career Development.  The At-Large term is a three-year term from July 1, 2022, to June 30, 2025.

Group 7–Management and Administration and Group 8–Educational Support

Neither of these groups received any election petitions. Group 7 and Group 8 will remain vacant until an interim representative is placed.

More information regarding all of the Superintendent’s Support Employee Advisory Councils is available online.

Spring and End-of-Year Considerations for Muslim Students and Families During Ramadan

This year, Ramadan will be celebrated from April 2 to May 1, which coincides with many spring and end-of-year events, such as SOL testing, prom, athletic events, and other student recognition ceremonies across all grade levels.  

Ramadan is the holiest month in the Islamic calendar. It is marked by personal and community prayer, as well as fasting from dawn to sunset. As you prepare for these end-of-year events, please visit this web page for a list of best practices. 

For more information, contact Iona Spikes in the Equity, Family Engagement and Title I Office at [email protected], or Armando Peri in the Office of the Ombudsman at [email protected].

Arab American Heritage Month Resources


People across the country are celebrating Arab American Heritage Month. Students deserve meaningful, sustained opportunities to learn about the diverse perspectives, experiences, and contributions of Arab Americans. To that end, FCPS Social Studies, in collaboration with a group of community stakeholders and educators across subject areas, developed a Google site, Planning for Arab American Heritage Month

We encourage teachers and school leaders to visit the website for ideas for classroom learning experiences across content areas and grade levels, as well as details on upcoming virtual events. A recorded information session about the site’s offerings is viewable on the site’s homepage and is accessible online. Teachers, teams, or leaders who seek additional support or information may contact Deborah March, culturally responsive pedagogy specialist, at [email protected].

Celebrate Earth Week with Get2Green Resources


All students and staff are encouraged to join FCPS Get2Green in celebrating our division-wide Earth Week 2022 from April 18-22. Earth Week is an engaging way to foster conversation and learning about environmental topics that are essential in developing students as environmental stewards and ethical and global citizens.

Visit the Get2Green Earth Week webpage for this year’s Earth Week “Bingo” boards, daily themes, driving questions, joke of the day, and fun facts. Engage students with FCPS Earth Week Bingo boards for an opportunity to receive water bottle decals for staff and students. 


Earth Week 2022 Themes

Students and staff can wear the color matching each day’s theme to show their Earth Week spirit!

  • Monday, April 18, Watershed Day (blue)
  • Tuesday, April 19, Zero Waste Day (purple)
  • Wednesday, April 20, Climate Change Day (red)
  • Thursday, April 21, Energy Day (yellow)
  • Friday, April 22, Earth Day (green)

For more information, contact Donna Volkmann at [email protected]

Autism Acceptance Month Calendar of Events


April is Autism Acceptance Month. One in 44 children is diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder in the United States, according to the CDC. Our schools and staff play a vital role in creating and ensuring inclusive environments that accommodate and affirm autistic students. In order to do this, we continuously need to listen to our autistic students and the autistic community. 

The FCPS Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) team has developed a month-long virtual calendar of self-paced learning opportunities for Autism Acceptance Month. The calendar supports and brings awareness to the neurodiversity movement, amplifies autistic voices, and explores neurodivergent-affirming practices when supporting autistic students. Two of the autistic voices featured in the calendar include FCPS students. 

To view the Autism Acceptance Calendar, go to the ABA Program accessible website or Google calendar.

School Board Meeting on April 14 at 7 p.m.


The School Board will hold a regular business meeting on Thursday, April 14, at 7 p.m. See the complete regular meeting agenda. The meeting can be viewed on FCPS Cable TV Channel 99 (Verizon Channel 11), the FCPS YouTube Channel, and on the FCPS website. Agenda highlights include:

  • Bi-Annual Public Hearing (6 p.m.) 
  • Introduction of new Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources 
  • Presentation on Elementary School Language Arts Instructional Materials 
  • Proposed changes to the Student Rights and Responsibilities (SR&R) 

If you need language interpretation or American Sign Language support for any School Board meeting, please contact the board clerk.

Interested in School Board action items? Sign up to get an update on any School Board votes the morning after the School Board meeting.

Find your School Board member and how to contact them on the School Board Members webpage.

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South County Middle School physical education teachers Quincy Green and Robbie Smith are all smiles between classes. Those smiles might be a little brighter knowing spring break is just around the corner. 

Employee News is taking some time off. Look for the next issue on April 12. Have a great spring break!

Family Engagement Survey Closing Soon


There are only a few more days to complete the Family Engagement Survey before the survey closes April 3. Results will be used to develop a plan to improve family and school partnerships throughout the division. Topics include:

  • Welcoming environment
  • Communication
  • Student success
  • Advocacy
  • Family and school partnerships
  • Collaboration with the community to see if FCPS is meeting its goals at the school, region, and division levels.

The survey is available in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Korean, Arabic, Chinese, Urdu, Farsi, Amharic, and Pashto. For more information, visit the Family Engagement Survey webpage.

Building Teacher Knowledge to Support Student Literacy


Fairfax County Public School’s Equitable Access to Literacy Plan is a long-term commitment to align literacy instruction with science-based reading research, giving all students the opportunity to gain the reading skills necessary for life-long success. To support this work, the division is investing in the continued development of teacher expertise by launching five LETRS (Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling) Region Cohorts.

These cohorts, which launched in March, include 200 literacy leaders, reading specialists, literacy coaches, literacy resource teachers, ESOL teachers, special education teachers, and classroom teachers. 

Learn more about the LETRS Region Cohorts.

FCPS COVID-19 Testing Sites Closed for Spring Break


The diagnostic COVID-19 testing sites at the Sideburn Support Center and Gatehouse Administration Building will be closed April 4-8 during spring break.

Employees and dependents who are covered by an FCPS health plan have access to free, rapid over-the-counter (OTC) COVID-19 testing kits. Covered individuals may receive up to eight OTC at-home tests per 30-day period. No order is required from your healthcare provider. 

Please visit the Benefits News and Updates website for more information on accessing tests and/or obtaining reimbursement.

As always, employees should continue to self-administer the daily health screening questionnaire, stay home if feeling symptomatic, and report positive test results to their program manager.

What’s on the Employee News Blog?


Catch up on employee news anytime, anywhere on the Employee News Blog. The Employee News weekly email newsletter will include a recap of what's on the blog so you won’t miss anything you need to know.

This is how you can also give your feedback on specific topics. We want to hear from you! Then we will answer you questions in the blog or Employee News going forward. 

In case you missed it, the Employee News Blog for the week of March 21 included:

  • Building Teacher Knowledge to Support Student Literacy.
  • 2021 Flexible Spending Account Filing Deadline Is March 31.
  • GMU Education Leadership Program Information Sessions.
  • FCPS Online Classifieds Free for Employees.
On-Site Employee Wellness Events Are Back


This sleep goggles cube sorting activity helps employees understand that without proper rest, they may have trouble thinking and concentrating. 

The FCPS Employee Wellness team is back on the road to support the health and wellbeing of our employees. The team looks forward to bringing its programs and presentations to more locations in the weeks to come.

Recently, the Employee Wellness team was at the Lorton Center Transportation Office to show its appreciation for the continuous work the “Driving Force Behind Education” has provided amid the continuous driver shortage and challenges due to the pandemic. 

With a variety of stress-relief stations, they were recharged! One participant told us they “Loved all of the activities and the staff was spectacular—thank you for de-stressing our team, providing a great day of activities and information on what we can access through Wellbeats and ComPsych.”

Please email [email protected] to schedule a wellness event at your location.

Your Total Compensation Statement Is on the Way—Understand the Real Value of Benefits That FCPS Offers

Next week, FCPS will provide each employee with a personalized and comprehensive total compensation statement—your total compensation includes your salary and benefits. Each statement will include a chart showing your annual base salary (or pay) for the current year as well as the value of contributions made by FCPS on your behalf. Your statement will also include information on FCPS leave programs, optional FCPS benefits, and benefits available to FCPS employees at no cost.

Your annual total compensation statement will be sent securely as an attachment to your FCPS.edu email account the week of April 4-8. You will also be able to view it via UConnect, FCPS’ employee self-service portal. (You will need your FCPS username and password to access UConnect.)

FCPS is committed to maintaining a premier workforce, providing a competitive compensation and benefits package, and sustaining a caring culture. If you have questions regarding your Total Compensation Statement, please contact [email protected].

2021 Flexible Spending Account Filing Deadline Is March 31


File your claims through your Optum account. Instructions for filing a claim can be found on the Benefits News and Updates website. As a reminder for plan year 2022 only, any unused Dependent Care or Health Care dollars that you have remaining from plan year 2021 can be used for expenses incurred in 2022. This is a special rollover provision for plan year 2022 only. 

Please note: At the end of 2022, standard rollover provisions will apply. No dependent care spending account funds may rollover to 2023; $570 rollover is permitted for the health care FSA.

2022 ERFC Election Petitions Due by April 22


One Elected Trustee to Serve on the ERFC Board of Trustees

The Educational Employees’ Supplementary Retirement System of Fairfax County (ERFC) Board is the governing body of ERFC and supports ERFC’s mission to enhance the financial security of members through prudent financial stewardship. An electronic election to fill one trustee position on the Board of Trustees will be held May 10-12.

For interested active members who seek to be candidates, Notice 4771 outlines the election process and requires:

  • A petition of interest. 
  • A candidate statement of contribution.  

Electronic petitions and candidate statements must be received by the Office of Equity and Employee Relations, via email to [email protected] by April 22. If you have questions, please contact Sherri Burris at 571-423-3252 or [email protected]

“Work Hard and if You Have That Education You Can Go Far” 


Frances Ivey, FCPS deputy superintendent, shares her thoughts on Women’s History Month and the “sheroes” who influenced her journey to success. Watch the video.

Celebrate Earth Week April 18-22 with Get2Green Resources


All students and staff are encouraged to join FCPS Get2Green in celebrating our division-wide Earth Week 2022 from April 18-22. Earth Week is an engaging way to foster conversation and learning about environmental topics that are essential in developing students as environmental stewards and ethical and global citizens.

Visit the Get2Green Earth Week webpage for this year’s Earth Week “Bingo” boards, daily themes, driving questions, joke of the day, and fun facts. Engage students with FCPS Earth Week Bingo boards for an opportunity to receive water bottle decals for staff and students. 

Earth Week 2022 Themes

Students and staff can wear the color matching each day’s theme to show their Earth Week spirit!

  • Monday, April 18, Watershed Day (blue).
  • Tuesday, April 19, Zero Waste Day (purple).
  • Wednesday, April 20, Climate Change Day (red).
  • Thursday, April 21, Energy Day (yellow).
  • Friday, April 22, Earth Day (green).

For more information, contact Donna Volkmann at [email protected].

Retiring This Year? Check Your Mailbox!


Print invitations have been sent to the homes of those who have retired since the spring 2021 retirement recognition. The online RSVP for this ceremony is due by Monday, April 18. If you did not receive an invitation and you believe that you should have, please email [email protected].

Congratulations to the February FCPS CARES of the Month Winners


The following employees were recognized as February FCPS CARES of the Month winners. Read about why these employees are being honored and recognize a colleague who goes above and beyond.

  • Central: Eugene Krzynefski, Stonecroft Transportation. “Each time Gene climbs into the (bus) driver’s seat, he contributes to the education and the well being of the students he transports. He is a role model for patience, hard work, kindness, and dedication."
  • Region 1: Rena Rose, Dranesville Elementary School. “Mrs. Rose is an inspiration to her students and to her school community. She takes the time to cultivate joy in learning and creates lasting memories with and for her students. She understands that relationships are at the core of learning partnerships between students, families, and teachers.”
  • Region 2: Michael Klucker, Luther Jackson Middle School. “Mr. Klucker is our orchestra teacher, and has offered to use his planning time to teach violin and viola lessons to Level 1 and 2 ESOL students who don't normally have room in their schedules for electives due to their double English and double Math requirements.”   
  • Region 3: Larry Jones, Tory Swanson, Angela Frattura, Vickie Okoye, Pierce Prior, and  Marilyn Wilson, Bucknell Elementary School. "In my eight years in FCPS, I have not seen a school team welcome a new student and parent with such hospitality, kindness and warmth as the Bucknell Team on 2/14/2022. Caring Culture was lived out at every turn, from the welcoming administration, to the school social worker and counselor, to the family liaison and to the incredible teacher.”
  • Region 4: Peggi Miller, Fred Allard, Mary Bricker, Neena Dosaj, Debbie Supernor, Jesse Horton, Beth Creech, and Cathy Rodriguez, Robinson Secondary School. "These incredible teachers have been providing an after school program for our special education students called ‘The Chill Spot.’ During this time, students are able to come and catch up on missing work with the support of a content teacher or simply receive remediation. This has become something that the students look forward to each week.”
  • Region 5: Sarah Beatty, Eagle View Elementary School. “Ms. Beatty is relied upon by every staff member and student and her presence can be felt in all parts of our school community. She is a passionate, proactive, creative, organized, problem solving dynamo who works hard to create positive relationships with students and staff.”

Calendar Reminder: Early Dismissal on March 31 and Student Holiday on April 1; Spring Break Is April 4-8


As a reminder, students will be dismissed two hours early on Thursday, March 31, the last day of the third quarter. Friday, April 1, is a teacher workday and a holiday for students. April 4-8 is spring break. 12-month employees report if not taking annual leave. See the complete 2021-22 school year calendar.

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Vienna Elementary School bus driver Yung Wan Jun gives a smile and wave as he prepares his bus for the midday run.

What’s on the Employee News Blog?


Catch up on employee news anytime, anywhere on the Employee News Blog. The Employee News weekly email newsletter will include a recap of what's on the blog so you won’t miss anything you need to know.

This is how you can also give your feedback on specific topics. We want to hear from you! Then we will answer you questions in the blog or Employee News going forward. 

In case you missed it, the Employee News Blog for the week of March 14 included:

  • Check out the March 2022 Issue of Audit Buzz.
  • GMU Education Leadership Program Information Sessions. 
  • Free COVID-19 Test Kits.
Student Artwork Wanted for Schoology Design Challenge


Help FCPS fill in the big blue space that students, staff, and families see when they log into Schoology. We are looking for talented FCPS students in any grade to participate and have their artwork considered for display.

Students can work individually or as a group designing any form of artwork that represents “How Schoology helps me learn.” Submissions are due by 11:59 p.m. on May 20

Details for this challenge and information on how students can submit their work (parent permission required) are available online.

`Set a Goal and Work Like Hell:’ Afghan Refugee Graduates FCPS in Under a Year With College Scholarships


Mountain View High
graduate Eltaf Samim traversed six countries, completed seventh, eighth and ninth grade multiple times in different nations and turned in coursework in three languages on the way to get his high school diploma this year.

The Afghan refugee left his home nation in 2015, after his father feared his work with the American military could put Eltaf and his four younger siblings at risk of being kidnapped.

Learn more about Eltaf Samim

Read more about the great things happening in FCPS on our website.

2021 Flexible Spending Account Filing Deadline Is March 31


If you participated in the Flexible Spending Account (FSA) for 2021, you have until Thursday, March 31, to submit claims for your 2021 FSA expenses. You can file your claims through your Optum account. Instructions for filing a claim can be found on the Benefits News and Updates website. As a reminder for plan year 2022 only, any unused Dependent Care or Health Care dollars that you have remaining from plan year 2021 can be used for expenses incurred in 2022. This is a special rollover provision for plan year 2022 only. 

Please note: At the end of 2022, standard rollover provisions will apply. No dependent care spending account funds may rollover to 2023; $570 rollover is permitted for the health care FSA.

GMU Education Leadership Program Information Sessions


Have you been thinking about your next steps in leadership and seeking your endorsement in administration and supervision? The George Mason University Education Leadership Program is currently recruiting for a Fall 2022 Fairfax Campus hybrid program. Maximizing the online and face-to-face formats, you will find the perfect balance for furthering your career. 

Also, a new hybrid cohort for the Fairfax region is forming for Fall 2022. The intent of this new cohort is to provide professional development training and education to build leadership capacity within and across school divisions.

Learn more at the virtual information sessions:

Family Engagement Survey Closes April 3


The survey was emailed to FCPS parents and caregivers on Sunday, March 13, and will close April 3. Topics include:

  • Welcoming environment
  • Communication
  • Student success
  • Advocacy
  • Family and school partnerships
  • Collaboration with the community to see if FCPS is meeting its goals at the school, region, and division levels.

Results will be used to develop a plan to improve family and school partnerships throughout the division. The survey will be available in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Korean, Arabic, Chinese, Urdu, Farsi, Amharic, and Pashto. For more information, visit the Family Engagement Survey webpage.

Register Now for the 2022 Special Education Conference on March 26


This year’s Special Education Conference will be held virtually on Saturday, March 26, with a combination of synchronous (live) and asynchronous (recorded) sessions supporting the conference's theme: Bringing our Inclusive Community Together: Affirming, Assessing, Advancing. Welcoming ceremonies, guest speakers, FCPS presentations, and an exhibit hall are included. Registration for this free conference is open online.

Speakers include:

  • Dr. Lisa Cullins, A Conversation About Compassion Fatigue.
  • Marlo Keller, Exceptional Family Member Program Pathways: Navigating the Halls of a Permanent Change of Station (PCS) School Move.
  • Ann Dolin, Less Policing, More Parenting: How to Improve Your Child’s Executive Functioning Skills Without All the Arguments.
  • Dr. Lisa Bateman, Reducing the Stigma Around Mental Health Challenges and How to Support Children in Asking for Help. 

Visit the Special Education Conference webpage for more information and to register

Calendar Reminder: Early Dismissal on March 31 and Student Holiday on April 1; Spring Break Is April 4-8


As a reminder, students will be dismissed two hours early on Thursday, March 31, the last day of the third quarter. Friday, April 1, is a teacher workday and a holiday for students. April 4-8 is spring break. Schools and school offices will be closed. See the complete 2021-22 school year calendar.

Next School Board Meeting Is March 24 


The School Board will hold a regular business meeting on Thursday, March 24, at 7 p.m. See the complete regular meeting agenda. The meeting can be viewed on FCPS Cable TV Channel 99 (Verizon Channel 11), the FCPS YouTube Channel, and on the FCPS website. Agenda highlights include:

  • Changes to the Student and Staff Health and Wellness policy. 
  • Recommended School Operating Fund adjustments based on the third quarter budget review. 
  • Appointments to School Board citizen advisory committees. 

If you need language interpretation or American Sign Language support for any School Board meeting, please contact the board clerk.

Interested in School Board action items? Sign up to get an update on any School Board votes the morning after the School Board meeting.

Find your School Board member and how to contact them on the School Board Members webpage.

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We’re celebrating National Athletic Training Month and all our athletic trainers who are Providing Health Care Everywhere. Athletic trainers are licensed medical professionals who dedicate themselves to promoting the health and safety of our student-athletes before, during, and after practices and competitions. Athletic trainers play a vital role in the overall effort to support athletic opportunities for all FCPS students and help keep them safe. Thank you, athletic trainers!

Celebrating the Best of the Web


Fairfax County Public Schools presented six schools with 2021 Best of the Web Awards for excellence in website content and use of web-based tools. Winners were recognized at a virtual meeting on March 11. 

The annual awards, organized by the FCPS Office of Communication and Community Relations, celebrate schools that create excellent websites to inform and engage readers. The winners remind us of the substantial talent that exists among the community of FCPS school web curators.

Learn which schools received a Best of the Web award.

FCPS Leads the State in Board-Certified Teachers


Ten Fairfax County Public Schools teachers have achieved or renewed certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards

Currently, FCPS is ranked first in the state of Virginia with more than 300 active National Board-certified teachers, placing Fairfax County in the top 30 school districts nationwide. Seventy five percent of National Board-certified teachers work directly with students while others have moved into leadership roles throughout the division. Over the course of the program in FCPS, more than 500 teachers have achieved this prestigious certification.

See who achieved or renewed National Board Certification.

Free COVID-19 Test Kits


Employees and dependents who are covered by an FCPS health plan have access to free, rapid over-the-counter (OTC) COVID-19 testing kits. Covered individuals may receive up to eight OTC at-home tests per 30-day period. No order is required from your healthcare provider. 

Please visit the Benefits News and Updates website for more information on accessing tests and/or obtaining reimbursement.

What’s on the Employee News Blog?


Catch up on employee news anytime, anywhere on the Employee News Blog. The Employee News weekly email newsletter will include a recap of what's on the blog so you won’t miss anything you need to know.

This is how you can also give your feedback on specific topics. We want to hear from you! Then we will answer you questions in the blog or Employee News going forward. 

In case you missed it, the Employee News Blog for the week of March 7 included:

  • Summer Clinic Employment Interest Form Due by March 18.
  • 2021 Flexible Spending Account Filing Deadline Is March 31.
  • FCPS Online Classifieds Free for Employees.

Online Tutoring for Students — Coming Soon!
Will change!

All FCPS students will soon have unlimited access to safe online tutoring support services through Tutor.com at no cost to families. Funds to support Tutor.com for school year 2022-23 and 2023-24 will come from an ESSER III Unfinished Learning Grant. 

Students can connect online any time, any place, and in most subjects for as long as they need. Tutoring services are available before, during, or after school hours and/or on weekends. Tutoring will be accessed online through a link in Schoology. Tutoring is focused instruction provided to students in a one-on-one format through voice and/or text chat.

All tutors must pass a rigorous application process including an extensive background check. No personal information is shared between student and tutor. All sessions are recorded and transcripts are available for review by teachers and parents/guardians. 

Student participation is optional and parents/guardians can opt their student(s) out of accessing the services. More information is available on the online tutoring services website and support for staff, including professional learning opportunities, will soon be available on the Employee Hub.

 

Summer Clinic Employment Interest Form Due by March 18


The Office of Special Education Procedural Support will hold Summer Clinic from June 21 through August 4 at Twain Middle School and Woodson High School.

Summer Clinic serves to ensure that federally mandated special education processes related to the identification and evaluation of school age students are maintained when school-based staff are not on contract. This includes work related to child find, evaluation and eligibility for special education, re-evaluation, individual education program (IEP) development and section 504 processes.  

Both general education and special education teachers are needed to staff this program.  

Teachers selected to work Summer Clinic will be compensated at a flat rate of $68.00 per hour.  

Apply now on the Hub through the Due Process and Eligibility site. The deadline to submit an interest form is Friday, March 18.

MyTime Unavailable March 19-20

The MyTime reporting system will be unavailable this weekend (March 19–20) for a system upgrade. No time entry or approvals can be done during that time. The system should be available again on the morning of Monday, March 21. 

Following the upgrade, users will notice minor cosmetic changes, such as the FCPS logo, the color scheme, and fonts. If you have questions, please contact the IT Service Desk at 703-503-1600 or via email [email protected].

Family Engagement Survey Now Open


FCPS is partnering with independent firm K12 Insight to administer its second Family Engagement Survey to better recognize, understand, respect, and address family strengths and needs in our school communities. The survey was emailed to FCPS parents and caregivers on Sunday, March 13. Topics include:

  • Welcoming environment
  • Communication
  • Student success
  • Advocacy
  • Family and school partnerships
  • Collaboration with the community to see if FCPS is meeting its goals at the school, region, and division levels.

Results will be used to develop a plan to improve family and school partnerships throughout the division. The survey will be available in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Korean, Arabic, Chinese, Urdu, Farsi, and Amharic. For more information visit the Family Engagement Survey webpage.

Retirees: Come Celebrate Your Achievements


We celebrate and honor our retirees at the Annual Retirement Ceremony at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology on May 11 at 6 p.m. Retirees and their family and friends are invited to this special occasion, when we will recognize the invaluable contributions made over the years.

Starting next week, invitations will be mailed to retirees who retired since Spring 2021 and those who notified FCPS of their plans to retire prior to December 31, 2022. Those planning to retire need to submit their Notification of Resignation-Retirement form (HR-2) as soon as possible. 

More information on this year’s retirement ceremony as well as previous events is available online. For questions, send an email to [email protected]

2022 ERFC Election Call for Candidates


One Elected Trustee to Serve on the ERFC Board of Trustees

The Educational Employees’ Supplementary Retirement System of Fairfax County (ERFC) Board is the governing body of ERFC and supports ERFC’s mission to enhance the financial security of members through prudent financial stewardship. An electronic election to fill one trustee position on the Board of Trustees will be held May 10-12.

For interested active members who seek to be candidates, Notice 4771 outlines the election process and requires: 

  • A petition of interest
  • A candidate statement of contribution  

Electronic petitions and candidate statements must be received by the Office of Equity and Employee Relations, via email to [email protected], by April 22. If you have questions, please contact Sherri Burris at 571-423-3252 or [email protected]

2022 SSEAC Election Petitions Due by March 18

The Support Services Employees’ Advisory Council (SSEAC) will elect five people, each to serve a two-year term for their specific community-of-interest group listed below by working as liaisons between management and employees.  

  • Group 1 – Bus Drivers and Attendants.
  • Group 3 – Food and Nutrition Services.
  • Group 4 – Custodial and Plant Operations.
  • Group 7 – Management and Administration.
  • Group 8 – Educational Support.

One person will be elected to serve a three-year term to fill Group 10 – At Large.

Interested employees must submit:

  •  An electronic nomination petition.
  •  A candidate statement of contribution.

The SSEAC Election Petition outlines the election process.

Required materials must be received by the Office of Equity and Employee Relations, via email to [email protected], by March 18.

An electronic election will be held April 19-21.

Questions? Contact Sherri Burris at 571-423-3252 or [email protected].

Mental Health Awareness Required Professional Development for Instructional Staff 

In an effort to streamline and simplify required professional development, two previously required trainings — At-Risk for Educators and Trauma-Informed Practices for K12 Schools — have been combined into a new course, Mental Health Awareness. All who have previously completed both trainings will be marked “attended” and complete for this new required professional development, and will not receive a MyPDE notification on Thursday, March 24. 

Those who did not complete either or completed only one of the previously required courses will be required to complete the training by June 1. Employees can check their MyPDE transcript to verify their completion status.

Mental Health Awareness will be assigned to all instructional staff on March 23, is due by June 1, and can be found on the Assigned Training page on March 24 in MyPDE.

For technical assistance, please submit a ticket to RequestIT or call 703-503-1600.

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Please email [email protected] with potential submissions or questions. Submissions are due by 4:30 p.m. on Thursdays. Thank you!  

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