FCPS This Week e-newsletter - August 1, 2019

By Communications and Community Relations Staff
For Parents
August 01, 2019

Calendar Reminder: 2019-20 School Year to Start on Monday, August 26

It’s hot and the calendar just turned to August, but as a reminder the first day of school for the 2019-20 school year will be Monday, August 26, 2019; the last day will be Friday, June 12, 2020. See the 2019-20 school year calendar


Annual Virginia Tax Holiday Applies to School Supplies, Clothing Purchases

Families in Virginia will get a sales tax break on clothes and supplies for school when the state holds its annual Virginia tax holiday, August 2-4.

To be eligible for the tax break, school supply items must be priced at $20 or less, and clothing and footwear must be priced at $100 or less. Clothing includes choir clothing, household and shop aprons, coveralls, gym clothes, lab coats, and uniforms.

Among the eligible school supplies are art and music supplies, calculators, composition books and notebooks, paper, dictionaries, crayons, lunch boxes, pens, pencils, and reference books. 

More information about the Virginia tax holiday, including complete lists of eligible school supplies and clothing items, is available online

2019-20 Kindergarten Registration

Will your child turn five years old by September 30? If so, contact your child’s school to make arrangements for kindergarten enrollment. All kindergarten programs are full-day and located in FCPS elementary schools.

Check your school’s webpage or contact the school directly for specific enrollment information.

Get more information about kindergarten registration

Results of Family Engagement Survey Released by Fairfax County School Board

The Fairfax County School Board has released the results of Fairfax County Public Schools’ 2018-19 Family Engagement Survey, which solicited parent opinions and feedback on a variety of topics that impact student achievement. More than 29,000 family members took the survey to provide the family perspective, or “voice,” which is critical when partnering to inform and improve practices related to educating every student and meeting their needs. 

See the results of the survey

2019 Collect for Kids Backpack Drive

Collect for Kids is in full swing! Maybe you've seen backpack collection boxes in your local grocery store or heard appeals from a local non-profit to donate school supplies. That's Collect for Kids at work, Fairfax County's consortium of organizations that commit to provide low-income students in FCPS with the supplies they need to start school in August. Over 56,000 students qualify for free or reduced-price meals in Fairfax County. That's a lot of backpacks and notebooks!

You can help us to fill the gaps by getting involved. Find out more on the Collect for Kids website. Let's make sure all students have what they need to be successful in school!

Take Advantage of Virginia’s Tax Holiday

As mentioned above, Virginia’s annual tax holiday is this weekend, August 2-4. If you are buying a backpack for your child, consider picking up an extra backpack and bringing it to one of the Collect for Kids collection sites. A list of sites is available online.  

Important Immunization Requirement: Do You Have a Student Entering Seventh Grade This Year?

If yes, he or she may need a booster dose of Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis). Effective July 1, the Tdap booster will no longer be required for students entering sixth grade. Instead, the Tdap booster will be required for students entering seventh grade. Parents or guardians should ask their private healthcare provider, or the health department, to review their child’s immunization record if they are unsure if their child has received the Tdap booster.

Students who have received a Tdap booster at age seven or older will meet the school immunization requirement for Tdap and will not need another dose prior to entering seventh grade. Seventh grade students cannot begin school in August without documentation of the Tdap booster.

Fairfax County Public Schools tracks compliance with this state requirement and students who do not meet the requirement before August 26 will not be able to start school.

Learn more about the Tdap booster

Summer FEEDS Program Continues Until August 23

Hunger doesn’t take a vacation and neither do we! The Office of Food and Nutrition Services will be hosting “FEEDS” (Food for Every Child to Eat During Summer) cookout program at various locations across Fairfax County this summer. This USDA-funded program is free to all children 18 years and under and provides low-cost meals for adults.

There is no registration involved, and everyone is welcome. Meal service will be provided until August 23, Monday to Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. See the summer FEEDS locations

Families of Students with Disabilities Entering 10th and 11th Grade: Let Your School Know by August 15 if Testing Accommodations Are Needed for the PSAT This Fall

High schools will give the Preliminary SAT (PSAT) test to tenth and eleventh graders this fall. Because the PSAT is operated by the College Board, students with disabilities do not automatically receive testing accommodations.

If you have a student with disabilities in tenth or eleventh grade this school year, please review the PSAT accommodations information and return your input and consent to your high school by August 15.

If you have questions about PSAT accommodations, contact your high school.

Fairfax County Public Library’s Summer Reading Adventure Continues

Many studies have found that reading for pleasure is beneficial for kids in many ways including keeping up their reading skills over the summer and helping them succeed in school.

Fairfax County Public Library helps make reading fun by providing tools, access, and incentives during its Summer Reading Adventure. Held in cooperation with Fairfax County Public Schools, the Summer Reading Adventure runs now through August 31 and invites all children and teens—birth through high school—to read for fun over the summer. This year’s theme is “It’s Showtime at Your Library!”

To participate, register online or visit a branch.

Watch the Mail for Your Child’s Official State Test Results

Most students in grades 3-12 take state tests each spring to show their knowledge and skills in the content areas. If your child participated in a Standards of Learning (SOL) test or the Virginia Alternate Assessment Program (VAAP) during the 2018-19 school year, you can expect to receive an FCPS official score report through the U.S. Mail by the end of August.

Resources for understanding test results can be found on the FCPS webpage, including translated copies of score report letters. If you have questions about the mailing, you may call the Office of Student Testing at 571-423-1400 or submit a written inquiry by selecting Contact Us on the FCPS webpage. Questions about your child’s performance should be directed to his or her school.