Employee News for the Week of 5/16/22

By Communication and Community Relations
May 16, 2022

Virtual Cybersecurity Fundamentals Training to Be Held on July 15

May 18, 2022

The Department of Information Technology-Office of Cybersecurity Services and the Office of the Auditor General are offering a virtual Cybersecurity Fundamentals training on July 15 from 9 a.m. to noon. The training is appropriate for all staff—whether you want to pursue a career in cybersecurity or be better informed about cybersecurity topics.

The course covers:

  • Basic cybersecurity concepts.
  • Emerging and evolving cyber threats.
  • Valuable tips to keep ourselves safe.
  • An overview of FCPS cybersecurity guidelines.

After this training, participants will become more familiar with basic cybersecurity concepts and will also better understand the need and value of actions that can be taken to protect yourself and FCPS from cyber threats. For more information, contact Heidi Flanagan at 571-423-1320 or [email protected]

Register for the training in MyPDE

Thank you Retirees!

May 18, 2022

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!


Do Your Part: Stay Home When Sick

May 18, 2022

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.


FCPS Online Classifieds Free for Employees

May 16, 2022

The FCPS Online Classifieds system—which is for employees only and can be found on the Hub at http://commapps.fcps.edu/classifieds—is a free way for employees to post ads for personally owned items that they are seeking to buy, sell, or give away. Examples include electronics, children’s items, fitness and sports equipment, furniture, cars, and tickets. It's also a great tool to help an employee look for someone to share a ride to work, find a roommate, or rent real estate. The FCPS Online Classifieds system is completely self-service and allows users to post new ads or update or renew existing ads at any time.

Ads for employee-owned businesses or school or workplace fund-raisers will not be accepted. A complete list of rules of use can be found at http://commapps.fcps.edu/classifieds/Policy.cfm.   

Because of the system’s technical restrictions, electronic photos cannot be uploaded along with postings. Feel free to include information in your posting that a picture is available by email upon request. For answers to some other frequently asked questions, go to http://commapps.fcps.edu/classifieds/FAQ.cfm.

For more information, contact Andy Grunig at [email protected]

Add the Classifieds to Your Hub Quick Links

If you would like to add the FCPS Classifieds to your Hub quick links, you can do so by:

  • Going to the Hub home page - https://hub.fcps.edu/
  • Clicking the “Update My Quick Links” button.
  • Doing a search for Classifieds.
  • Clicking on the + sign in the right hand corner.