Five Things to Know This Week - July 13, 2020

By Communications and Community Relations Staff
July 13, 2020

1. FCPS Extends 2020-21 Enrollment Deadline to July 15

Fairfax County Public Schools has extended the deadline for parents to choose how they want their children to return to school this fall for the beginning of the 2020-21 school year. Responses are due no later than Wednesday, July 15.

The plan offers families two choices: 

  • Full-time online instruction. Virtual, face to face instruction will be provided four days a week. 
  • At least two full days of instruction in school each week with students engaged in independent study and work on the days they are not in school.

One day each week will be set aside for teacher planning and intervention support for some students in either scenario.

Parents are asked to respond no later than Wednesday, July 15, so that planning can begin for virtual and in-person class schedules. Teachers have also been asked for their return-to-school preferences and their responses are also due by July 15.   

Additional details about Reopening of School plans are available online.

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2. FCPS School Board Approves Starting 2020-21 School Year After Labor Day 

At their July 9 business meeting, the Fairfax County School Board approved delaying the start of the 2020-21 school year to provide staff members additional time to plan instruction and schedules, provide professional staff development, and finalize transportation and other operational details.

The revised calendar delays the first instructional day for students by two weeks, from Tuesday, August 25, to Tuesday, September 8. Other employee work schedules will remain unchanged and the revised calendar provides adjustments for additional staff development and planning time between Tuesday, August 25, and Thursday, September 3.

The revised 2020-21 school year calendar is available online


3. Video: Student Voice—Simple Advice from Jada

FCPS student Jada explains how the acronym ACCEPTS will help us remember ways to fight stress during social distancing. Watch the video.


4. Telephone Parent Information Line Available in Eight Languages

Parents who speak Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Spanish, Urdu, or Vietnamese can call a telephone information line for general information about FCPS and to receive support if they are having difficulty communicating with their children's schools due to a language barrier.


A Look Back as We Move Forward

  • School Counselors, Psychologists, and Social Workers Are Available During the Summer

    Need to speak with a counselor? Any FCPS parent may schedule a 30-minute phone consultation with a school psychologist or school social worker, for either themselves or their middle or high school student. Consultations provide an opportunity for parents to receive guidance on how to support their child’s emotional well-being during their time away from school. Student consultations will provide support and strategies to students who may be experiencing difficulties with anxiety, mood, behavior, or peer or family interactions during this unprecedented and challenging time. 

    Note: Parent consultations are available for all grade levels. Student consultations are only available for middle and high school students.

    Schedule a phone consultation online. You may also leave a message at 571-423-4276.

  • Beatrice Webster Named Recipient of Laura Ashley Piper Scholarship

    Beatrice Webster, a 2020 graduate of Marshall High School, has been named the 2020 recipient of the Laura Ashley Piper Scholarship by the Fairfax County School Board.  

    Laura Ashley Piper served as student representative to the Fairfax County School Board from 1986 to 1987. She graduated from Robinson Secondary School and the Air Force Academy and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Air Force. She was killed in action over northern Iraq in April 1994. To honor her strong commitment to student participation and to recognize her high standards of achievement and involvement, and her willingness to continually accept responsibility throughout her lifetime, the School Board established the annual $1,000 Laura Ashley Piper Scholarship. (Link).

  • Ricardy Anderson Elected School Board Chair, Stella Pekarsky Elected Vice Chair

    The Fairfax County School Board has elected Dr. Ricardy Anderson (Mason District) as chair and Stella Pekarsky (Sully District) as vice chair for a one-year term. The chair and vice chair assumed office at the July 9 School Board meeting; they are elected by School Board members during the Board’s annual organizational meeting.