Enrollment Deadline Extended to July 15, Proposal to Start School September 8

By Office of Communication and Community Relations
July 07, 2020

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Last week I shared with you our plan to reopen schools and I outlined the details of the two Return to School options for students.

We know you have many questions about the learning options and we are providing as much information as we can, as quickly as we can, to help you make an informed decision including some new and important information detailed below.

We know this is a very difficult decision due to the uncertainty we are all experiencing during the pandemic.  As a result, we are extending the deadline for parents to make their decisions.  The deadline to submit your enrollment selection is now Wednesday, July 15.  I hope the extra time allows you to gather as much information as possible to make the best choice for your family. Parents can change their preferences up until July 15.  If you want to change your decision, you can simply go back to the enrollment link and re-enter your choice. The forms are open to accept changes until July 15.

In addition, I will  recommend to the Fairfax County School Board that we move the first day of school for students to Tuesday, September 8. Starting two weeks later will give school administrators added time to plan schedules and staffing assignments for both virtual and in-person instruction.  It also allows teachers additional professional development and planning time, when they return in August. We want to ensure that we are doing all we can to provide a rewarding learning experience based on the return to school choices that families are making. Under this proposal, the final day of school in June 2021 would remain the same - June 11.

Yesterday, the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) suggested that schools can develop plans that include a combination of face coverings and a minimum of three feet of social distance between students, when six feet is not feasible. This new VDH information aligns with the guidance issued last week by the American Academy of Pediatrics.  We are reviewing this new information along with the existing six foot social distancing guidance recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and will continue to consult with our local health department officials as we refine our return to school plans.

We want to emphasize that the enrollment decision you make for your student needs to be based primarily on any health and safety concerns you have about in-person learning.  

The two options are:

●            Full-time online instruction OR

●            In-person instruction with social distancing in our school buildings.

School schedules, available courses, and participation in school activities may be limited in either option. However, both options will meet all state standards of learning and graduation requirements.

If no response is received, the student will automatically be enrolled for in-person instruction. Submit Enrollment Option

We encourage you to continue to review our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) as we are updating them often.

If you have questions, please send them to returntoschool@fcps.edu.

At last night’s community town hall, we had the opportunity to answer many of the questions and concerns you have about the return to school plans.  You can watch the town hall here.

Thank you for your support as we plan for the 2020-21 school year.


Scott Brabrand, Superintendent

Fairfax County Public Schools