Changes to Universal Masking for ALL Set for March 1
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Dear FCPS Community and Staff,
Late Friday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released updated health guidance that included new metrics for determining COVID-19 community levels. Based on this new guidance, Fairfax County’s current COVID-19 community level is low.
Based on these new metrics and CDC guidance, FCPS will now adjust our roll back plan and allow everyone - staff and parents/guardians of FCPS students - to make a choice whether or not they will wear a mask starting Tuesday, March 1.
Monday will be a day to prepare for this transition. Students and staff will have the day to get answers to questions and prepare for the change. We will share additional information tomorrow that will help us all prepare.
The decision to wear a mask or not is a personal one for our staff and families, based on many factors. The FCPS community values our Caring Culture, and we will see that value in action as we treat each other with respect and understanding during this transition.
Families, please talk with your children about these upcoming changes so they are prepared for this transition and understand your expectations for them at school.
We are encouraged by the continued decline in COVID-19 cases in our community. However, we are also committed to keeping our schools safe for all to learn and work in person. Please continue to do your part to maintain a healthy environment by monitoring for illness and staying home when sick.
Masking requirements will remain in place after March 1 for Fort Belvoir Elementary School, due to its location on a military base, and HeadStart and Early HeadStart, due to federal requirements.
Please look for more information tomorrow regarding our transition on March 1 to mask optional for all.
Scott S. Brabrand
Fairfax County Public Schools