Five Things to Know This Week - June 15, 2020
Photos of the Week
In the final photo gallery of the school year, take a look at some graduation celebrations and goodbyes for the summer from students and staff.
1. Superintendent Brabrand to Present Plans to School Board on Reopening of Schools
Superintendent Scott S. Brabrand will present his preliminary plan for returning to school this fall to the School Board today at 1:30 p.m. The meeting can be viewed on FCPS cable TV Channel 99 and online on the FCPS website. A second meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 23.
Parent Survey Deadline Is Friday, June 19
Parents, be sure to check your email for an important survey about distance learning and returning to school this fall. FCPS wants feedback on your distance learning experience this spring and your views about proposed return to school options. Your voice matters; please share your thoughts with us as we plan for fall 2020. The deadline to complete the survey is Friday, June 19, at 8 p.m.
Superintendent Town Hall on Tuesday, June 16
Join FCPS Superintendent Scott Brabrand, Assistant Superintendent of Facilities and Transportation Jeff Platenberg, and FCPS Manager for School Health Services Lorraine Trouton for an FCPS Town Hall on Tuesday, June 16, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. The meeting can be viewed on FCPS cable TV Channel 99 or on the FCPS website. Ask questions before or during the forum by emailing ReturntoSchool@fcps.edu or calling 1-800-231-6359 (during the forum).
The following topics will be covered: return to school plans, family surveys, school health resources, and answers to your questions and concerns. This will be one of the many opportunities to share your feedback on FCPS' plans to reopen schools this fall.
Public Hearing on the Return to School on Thursday, June 18
The School Board has scheduled a virtual public hearing to hear citizen comments on the return to school, scheduled for Thursday, June 18, at 6:30 p.m. Speaker registration is open, and citizens are encouraged to register to speak using an online form.
FCPS Reopens Basketball Courts and Playgrounds in Accordance with Phase 2 Guidelines
In accordance with Fairfax County’s Phase 2 reopening guidelines, Fairfax County Public Schools has reopened additional outdoor areas on school grounds to the community, effective Friday, June 12. Basketball courts, athletic fields (for organized and permitted use, based on Virginia and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines pertaining to use of athletic fields) and playgrounds are now open.
2. FCPS Resumes Process to Consider Renaming Lee High School
Fairfax County Public Schools is resuming the process to consider renaming Robert E. Lee High School, which was postponed when Governor Ralph Northam closed schools for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
FCPS has scheduled a virtual public hearing at 4 p.m. on Monday, June 22, to adhere to public health guidelines recommending social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Anyone who wishes to speak at the public hearing can sign up to speak online.
3. Summer Practice Books Posted by June 29
FCPS is providing two summer practice books to each K-8 student as identified by enrollment status in the 2019-20 school year. One practice book will contain review of essential skills for mathematics (by course); the other practice book will contain review of essential skills for language arts (by grade level). Each practice book will contain five weeks of activities organized by week and day. Parents who had opted out to receive paper learning packets this spring were contacted directly to determine if they want to opt in to receive paper summer practice books.
Mailed practice books will arrive at the end of June and will be posted to the FCPS 24-7 Learning Distance Learning Support site by June 29. The ESOL and special education offices are also developing practice books that will be mailed to select students and posted to FCPS 24-7 Learning.
Students in grades 9-12 will access English and Mathematics Google sites to review essential concepts and skills using self-directed digital materials.
Additional summer learning opportunities can be found online on the Free Summer Learning Opportunities page.
Within the next couple of weeks, more information about summer practice books and summer supports will be provided to families by school staff.
4. 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.
5. A Look Back as We Move Forward
- Summer Grab and Go Food Distribution
FCPS Grab and Go food distribution will continue using the current schedule through at least June 30. The list of locations is available online. Look for an announcement about food distribution in July and August by late June.
- Thirteen FCPS Students Named National Merit Scholars
Thirteen Fairfax County Public Schools students from six high schools have been named winners of 2020 Merit Scholarship awards by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. The students are part of a group of more than 3,300 National Merit® finalists chosen to receive scholarships financed by higher education institutions. See who received scholarships.
- U.S. Census Bureau Hiring Census Takers
The U.S. Census Bureau is currently hiring census takers. It’s not too late to apply for a temporary part-time position with the 2020 Census. Apply to earn extra income and help your community.