Employee News for the Week of 5/2/22

By Communication and Community Relations
May 02, 2022

George Mason University Holding Education Leadership Program Information Sessions

May 6, 2022

Are you a Leader? Are you wondering if administration is right for you? The George Mason University Education Leadership Program is currently recruiting for a newly forming Fall 2022 Region North (Fairfax region) hybrid cohort. In addition to the cohort, there is a fully online and a campus hybrid option available as well. If you are interested in advancing your career by earning a Master’s degree or advanced Certificate in Education Leadership, register using the hyperlinks below to attend a virtual information session that will be conducted by Dr. Farnoosh Shahrokhi, director, Education Leadership & Policy Division, on one of the following dates:
•    May 26, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. 
•    June 14, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
•    July 11, from 4:30 to 5:30p.m.

Once you register, you will get a Zoom link to join the information session and by attending your $75 application fee will be waived
If you have any questions, contact Baek Chong at [email protected].  


Monitor COVID-19 Symptoms and Stay Home When Sick

May 4, 2022

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) 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. 


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.


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. Additional recommendations to prevent COVID-19 are available online.

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.


Fairfax County Employee Retirement System Election Petitions Due by May 18 

May 4, 2022

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].