FCPS This Week e-newsletter - August 22, 2019

By Communications and Community Relations Staff
For Parents
August 22, 2019

2019-20 School Year to Start on August 26

The beginning of the 2019-20 school year is upon us! The first day of school will be Monday, August 26; the last day will be Friday, June 12, 2020. See the 2019-20 school year calendar

School Closed August 30-September 2 for Labor Day Break

New Virginia legislation requires that schools opening prior to Labor Day must be closed the Friday immediately preceding Labor Day. As a result, Friday, August 30, is a holiday for students, in addition to the Labor Day holiday. 

Share Your Best First Day of School Photos 

FCPS parents, students, and staff members are invited to share their favorite pictures or video from the first day of school on Monday, August 26, on social media using the hashtag #firstdayfairfax. We will share some of the photos on the FCPS Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram pages. 

Three Ways to Pay for Meals: Online Payment, Check, or Cash; 2019-20 Meal Prices 

Fairfax County Public Schools offers three ways to pay for school meals: online, check, or cash. This year's meal prices are also available

Want to know what’s for lunch? Check out the menu for your child’s school online. 

Free and Reduced-Price Meals Application Available Online

Online applications for free and reduced-price meals for the 2019-20 school year are now being accepted. Completing the application online results in faster processing time. Electronic meal applications are available in the following languages:

  • Arabic.
  • Chinese.
  • English.
  • Tagalog.
  • French.
  • Spanish.
  • Vietnamese.

Paper applications are still available to complete and submit. They are available at school offices, school cafeterias, and other FCPS buildings. Paper applications must be the original red print forms. Copied application forms cannot be accepted.

Parents and guardians can now complete the free and reduced-price meal application and the consent to share information in the same document.

More information is available on the Free and Reduced-Price Meals web page.

Bus Route Information

FCPS Transportation Services has sent detailed bus route information to parents by phone and email. If your child rides the bus, be sure to check your email or voice mail for a message. Bus route information for your child is also available now by logging into your FCPS 24-7 Learning: Parent View (Blackboard) account. To see it, click your child’s name in the module titled “Bus Stop Information (Parent).”

Bus Delay Notification System

Stay up-to-date on school bus arrivals with FCPS' bus delay notification system. This system provides parents with timely notification of late bus route information. Access it directly online. Morning bus route information will be available until noon. The afternoon bus route information will be available from 1 to 7 p.m.  

E-Notify email messages will also be sent to announce bus delays.

Need assistance or have questions? Visit the FCPS Transportation page for more information. 

New for 2019: FCPS Now Using the Here Comes the Bus Mobile App

To help you know when your child’s bus is approaching your stop, FCPS is now using the Here Comes the Bus mobile app, starting on August 26. Here Comes the Bus is a free school bus tracking app that can simplify morning and afternoon routines for parents and students by giving real-time bus location and text or email notification alerts, helping everybody get to the bus stop on time.

Here Comes the Bus® uses FCPS global positioning system (GPS) data and an easy-to-use customizable map that works on one or multiple devices, such as a tablet, smartphone, or desktop computer.

Parents can download the app now for free from the App Store or Google Play. You will need the FCPS school district code 28982 and a Student Information System (SIS) Parent Account (contact your child's school if you do not have an SIS Parent Account). Once signed in, you can customize or edit features, including how the app will communicate with you, and the size and location of the notification radius around your child's bus stop.

Learn more about the Here Comes the Bus mobile app.  

2019-20 Back to School Night Schedule

The schedule for this year's Back to School Nights is available online. The schedules are posted by the region your child’s school is in.

Don’t know your school’s region? Do a search for your school in the Schools and Centers Directory, then click on the school name.

Video: Superintendent Scott S. Brabrand’s 2019 Back to School Message

FCPS Superintendent Scott S. Brabrand has a message for parents, students, and staff members as we prepare for the start of the 2019-20 school year. He provides an overview of the district’s successes and continued efforts around equity, excellence, and effectiveness. Watch the video.

Tip Sheet for Elementary Parents: Routines and Schedules Start the Year Right

The start of a new school year is exciting. But it usually means kids and parents need to make some adjustments to their schedules.

Plan now to get your family back into an effective school year routine. Here are some ways:

  • Define the basics. Make sure your child knows what you expect when school is in session. Set a specific time to do homework. Set limits on screen time. Set aside some time each day for reading.
  • Create a chart for the first few weeks of school—until your child's routines become habits. Give him a gold star on days when he does everything without being asked.
  • Manage correspondence.The start of the school year means a lot of paper going between home and school. Set up a place where your child can put all the paperwork from school. Sign it and put it back in his book bag to return to school the next day.
  • Keep track of schedules.Post a family calendar where everyone will see it. Then have everyone write down their assignments and activities as they are scheduled. This will help you plan ahead. If your child knows a book report is due the day after a late soccer practice, he or she will see that they need to finish the report early.

Copyright 2019, the Parent Institute. See more tip sheets for parents and other family engagement resources.

Last Chance for Fairfax County Public Library’s Summer Reading Adventure Continues

Fairfax County Public Library’s Summer Reading Adventure, which encourages kids and teens to read for fun over the summer, ends on August 31. Finish reading the required number of books by September 1 and go to a library branch to pick up your coupon book which has a variety of free prizes and discounts. Teen finishers will also be entered in a drawing for a gift card prize.

To participate, register online or visit a branch.

2019-20 Annual Notice of Survey, Records, Curriculum, Privacy, and Related Rights

Fairfax County Public Schools wants all parents to understand its policies regarding surveys, records, curriculum, privacy, and related rights. 

\In its Annual Notice of Survey, Records, Curriculum, Privacy, and Related Rights and Opt-Out Forms (Annual Notice), FCPS provides explanations of the rights listed above as well as forms that may be used to exercise opt-out choices. Two versions of the Annual Notice are available—a grades K-8 version and a grades 9-12 version. Parents with children at different grade levels should read each applicable version of the Annual Notice because the notices and opt-out rights vary depending on the student’s grade level.

Get more information and view the 2019-20 Opt-Out Booklets.