FCPS Celebrates Black History Month

By Office of Communication and Community Relations
February 01, 2021

Dear Fairfax County Public Schools Staff,

Like school systems across the nation, Fairfax County Public Schools is celebrating Black History Month in February. Governor Northam reminded us that “Black history is American history, but for too long, the story we have told was insufficient and inadequate.” During this month, and throughout the school year, we are dedicated to telling a more complex and inclusive story of our shared past by acknowledging and honoring Black lives. FCPS believes Black Lives Matter. Highlighting the contributions of Black and African American people to our collective past is a way to keep equity at the center of our work. As I shared in June, to my Black and African American students and staff, I want you to know that we see you, we believe in you, and we stand with you. 

As educators, we strive to ensure that our students have a full and accurate understanding of history and can make connections from past events to the present day. The Fairfax County School Board has approved plans to develop policy directing the development of anti-racist curriculum.  Additionally, the board now has policy guidance related to controversial issues. The recently appointed Chief Equity Officer is developing a comprehensive plan to deepen the application of an equity lens across all functions of the organization. In all these ways and more, we are striving to be a school system that lives its values and commitments to ensure all students and staff have opportunity to thrive.  

During the month of February, we want to take the opportunity to celebrate Black History Month by affirming African American accomplishments, milestones, and contributions to our nation’s history. Next month, we will continue professional learning for all staff, designed to amplify and affirm the voices of those who are marginalized by systems, society, and the status quo. We do this because our children are watching. In the words of Amanda Gorman, “History has its eyes on us.”

Sincerely,

Scott S. Brabrand, Superintendent  

Fairfax County Public Schools