Five Things to Know This Week - July 6, 2020

By Communications and Community Relations Staff
July 06, 2020

1. Virtual Town Hall to Be Held Tonight, July 6, at 6:30 p.m., to Discuss Return to Learn Options

As mentioned last week, the Fairfax County School Board has reached consensus on a framework to offer students a choice in how they return to school in August for the beginning of the 2020-21 school year. An enrollment letter has been distributed to parents so that they can state their preference. If you haven’t done so yet, please fill out the form indicating your return to school preference for your student so that detailed planning can begin for virtual and in-person class schedules. Teachers are also being surveyed for their return-to-school preferences.  

A virtual town hall with Superintendent Brabrand will be held tonight, July 6, at 6:30 p.m., to answer questions about FCPS’ Return to Learn options. The Town Hall will be available on FCPS Cable TV Channel 99, and will also be livestreamed on the FCPS website. Please send questions before or during the forum by emailing Or, you can call 1-800-231-6359 during the forum.

Spanish Language Virtual Town Hall on Wednesday, July 8, at 6:30 p.m.

A Spanish language virtual town hall will be held on Wednesday, July 8, at 6:30 p.m., on the FCPS Spanish Facebook Page (Facebook en Espanol), featuring Superintendent Brabrand and other officials.

More information on Returning to School is available online

Additional Information:

•    Frequently Asked Questions.
•    FCPS Plan for Return to School.

2. Important Immunization Requirement: Do You Have A Student Entering Seventh Grade This Year?

If yes, your student may need a booster dose of Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis).

A Tdap booster is required for all students entering seventh grade, including those who choose all-virtual learning. Parents or guardians should ask their private healthcare provider, or the health department, to review their student's immunization record to ensure that their student 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.

More information on the Tdap booster is available online.

3. Video: Student Voice—Mindfulness Exercise

FCPS students Payton and Emily teach us a trick to help calm down when we are feeling anxious or upset. Watch the video

4. From the Healthy Minds Blog—Social and Emotional Learning

Over the last few months, most students have proven to be resilient learners equipped with necessary social and emotional skills to handle the distance learning world and manage new life stressors related to COVID-19. While faced with handling “big” feelings like worry, anger, or confusion, students have found ways to cope with stress and connect with others for support ... all while social distancing.

The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL), defines social and emotional learning (referred to as SEL) as “how children and adults learn to understand and manage emotions, set goals, show empathy for others, establish positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.”   

Learn the five core competencies of social and emotional learning and how to try them at home

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.

A Look Back as We Move Forward

  • FCPS Cares–Going the Distance 

    Since schools and offices physically closed in March, countless FCPS staff members have put in a herculean effort to support students, parents, and their FCPS colleagues during this challenging time. Please join us in applauding employees who have been recognized for going the distance! 

    Also, thanks to the parents who nominated an employee(s) for FCPS Cares. Staff members listed on the FCPS Cares–Going the Distance page are chosen from among FCPS Cares submissions.
  • School Board Selects Centreville High School Student as Recipient of 2020 Character Award

    Daniela Pereira Flores, a 2020 graduate of Centreville High School, has been selected as the recipient of the 2020 Fairfax County School Board Character Award. The award was established by the Student Advisory Council in 2001 and is given to a junior or senior who demonstrates a continuous record of high morals, strong integrity, and good character, and who is recognized as a role model for students in Fairfax County Public Schools. 
  • Hayfield Secondary School Student Named State Winner of Graduation Speaker Contest

    Hayfield Secondary senior Alexandra Wong has been named a state winner of U.S. Senator Tim Kaine's "Everybody's the Graduation Speaker" contest that recognized the top graduation speeches from graduating Virginia high school seniors. Wong wrote the speech back in January intending to present it at Hayfield's in-person graduation ceremony. When the ceremony was cancelled, she realized the advice in her speech is still applicable in these circumstances, so she submitted it and won. Her speech is available to view online.