Five Things to Know This Week - May 18, 2020

By Communications and Community Relations Staff
May 18, 2020

Photos of the Week

Check out this week's pictures to see how teachers and administrators received and gave thanks, how one school honored its seniors, and how teachers shared their fitness goals virtually.

1. FCPS Announces Summer 2020 Distance Learning Programs, Preliminary Information for 2020-21 School Year 

As the 2019-20 school year draws to a close, FCPS will continue distance learning for some students during the summer along with targeted intervention services. Although school buildings are expected to remain closed in June and July, there are several free virtual and online options to consider. Also, discussions began this week with the School Board about Return to School plans for the upcoming 2020-21 school year. More information is available online

Registration Now Open for ACE Online Summer Classes

Many Fairfax County residents are at home and struggling how to keep their minds engaged (and oftentimes off of more COVID-19 related news). As you search for affordable and engaging virtual learning options, FCPS Adult and Community Education (ACE) is hard at work bringing e-learning to you. Check out the listings for summer programs–ranging from workplace development training to foreign language to cooking demonstrations. Register now for an upcoming online class

2. Fairfax County Launching Parent Support Line and Online Parent Café

Fairfax County Government is launching a parent support line and will begin hosting an online Parent Café on Monday evenings, where parents can connect with each other to process through and share different strategies.

Some thoughts that might be exchanged:

  • What are you doing during this time?
  • How are you dealing with this?
  • How are you dealing with distance learning while still doing your job?
  • How are you dealing with not losing it when your kid asks for snacks for the 600th time?

The Parent Café will be held on the conferencing app Zoom on Monday evenings from 7:30-8:30 p.m.

To participate, you’ll need to register at least 24 hours ahead of time by calling 703-324-7720, or you can send an email to

3. Video: Student Voice – Keeping Busy During Social Distancing

FCPS students CJ and Carly put together a short video with different ways to keep busy when you can't be in school or playing with friends. Check it out for some fun and creative ideas. Watch the video.

Student Voice: Share Your Thoughts and Tips on Coping with Coronavirus

FCPS students, we want to hear from you on how you are coping with the coronavirus shutdown. Check out previous student submissions and learn how to submit your own creative effort

4. List of Colleges and Universities Still Accepting Applications

Do you know a high school senior who is still looking for the right college fit for the fall? The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) has released their annual list of colleges and universities that are still accepting applications from prospective freshmen or transfer students for the fall of 2020. 

Students and families are encouraged to use this tool to search colleges from across the United States that still have space available. Users may narrow down the list of schools by state and also view whether a school still has financial aid, to include scholarships, as well as unfilled housing. 

Additionally, NACAC has created an enrollment deposit fee waiver request form for students experiencing significant financial hardship. Families can learn more about the enrollment deposit fee waiver and the eligibility criteria on the NACAC website. Students should check with the colleges and universities they are considering to see if the enrollment deposit fee waiver will be considered by the institution. It is recommended that students and families contact their school counselor and career center specialist with any questions.  

5. A Look Back as We Look Forward

  • Lake Braddock Secondary School Eighth Graders Use Chemistry Skills to Make Soap, Help Community During Quarantine

    Eighth grade science students at Lake Braddock Secondary School are making and selling soap to raise money to help fellow students with family members who have lost their jobs or income. They call the project Soap for Hope.

  • Stuff the Bus Food Donation Event on May 19: Help Fairfax County Families

    Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, demand for food has increased dramatically. Help fight hunger and feed hope by participating in Stuff the Bus. Fastran buses will be parked at locations throughout Fairfax County and the City of Fairfax to collect food donations on Tuesday, May 19, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visit Fairfax County's website for locations, times, and tips on how to donate safely.

    Information is also available on FCPS locations for food distribution. Note: Meal distribution will take place as normal at FCPS distribution sites on Memorial Day, Monday, May 25.

  • New Special Education E-Newsletter Now Available

    A weekly e-newsletter for parents of students with disabilities is now available online. An updated newsletter will be posted every Monday until the last week of school.