Return to School News - February 1, 2021

By Communication and Community Relations
February 02, 2021

Superintendent Brabrand to Provide Return to School Update at February 2 Work Session

Superintendent Scott S. Brabrand will provide an update on the return to school timeline at the School Board work session on Tuesday, February 2, at 1:30 p.m. The meeting will be televised on FCPS Cable TV channel 99 (Verizon Channel 11) and will also be livestreamed on the FCPS website.  

On Friday, January 22, Brabrand sent a letter to all FCPS families with a preview of the timeline that will be discussed on February 2. Please note that families that choose for their students to remain in all-virtual learning will have that option.


Online Application for Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology Now Open; Deadline to Apply Is February 26

The online application for students interested in applying for admission to Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST), a Regional Governor’s School in Fairfax County focused on science and technology, is now open. The application is posted on the admissions web page

The Fairfax County School Board approved changes to the admissions process that will be used to select students for the class of 2025. The changes include using a comprehensive review aimed at improving diversity and access.

Qualified applicants will be enrolled in Honors Algebra or beyond, Honors Science, and one other honors course (waivers available for honors requirements this year only), along with achieving a core grade point average of 3.5. Applicants will also complete a Student Portrait Sheet and problem-solving essay, which will be administered later this spring and are not a part of the initial application.

Applications must be submitted by Friday, February 26, at 4 p.m. Visit the TJHSST admissions website for more information


Calendar Reminder: Schools and Offices Closed on February 15 for Presidents Day Holiday

As a reminder, all schools and offices will be closed on Monday, February 15, for the Presidents Day holiday. Students are not expected to complete asynchronous assignments that day. Classes will resume on Tuesday, February 16. See the complete 2020-21 school year calendar


FCPS Celebrates Black History Month

Superintendent Brabrand shared a message with all FCPS staff on the first day of Black History Month, Monday, February 1. Read his message online.


FCPS to Host Virtual Job Fair for Classroom Monitors on Friday, February 12

Fairfax County Public Schools is searching for individuals to serve as classroom monitors. School administrators will conduct virtual interviews with candidates at a virtual job fair for classroom monitors on Friday, February 12

Individuals interested in becoming a part of a dynamic and diverse community are encouraged to register to attend one or both events. The Middle and High School Event is scheduled for 9 to 11 a.m. and the Elementary School Event is scheduled for 1 to 3 p.m.


Video: Grab and Go Meals in Fairfax County

Watch this video to learn more about the free meals that are available to school-age children across Fairfax County.

Meal Distribution Update: Many Grab and Go Sites Switching to Weekly Meal Kits

Many FCPS Grab and Go food distribution sites have switched from daily food pickup to weekly Fairfax Meal Kit distribution. Fairfax Meal Kits contain seven days of breakfast, lunch, afternoon snack, and supper (at certain sites) items packed in bulk. The meal kits are available for pick up every Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or until supplies are exhausted. Bus route pickups remain unchanged. 

Go to the Food Distribution website to see if your meal site has changed.

In February, these sites will also be distributing fresh, local fruits and vegetables. Families that pick up no-cost meals will also be provided a fresh fruit or vegetable sourced from a local farm for each child, along with an activity sheet and recipe for that item. The item will vary each week, and will be available on February 3, 10, and 17. 


South County High School Football Coach Gerry Pannoni Selected 2020 National Coach of the Year by NFHS Coaches Association

South County High School football coach Gerry Pannoni has been selected by the Coaches Association of the National Federation of State High School Associations as the national football coach of the year. Pannoni is one of 23 high school coaches from across the country to be recognized in boys sports and girls sports. 


FCPS Academies to Host Virtual Open Houses in February

Fairfax Academy will host a virtual open house on Tuesday, February 2, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. (snow date is February 4). Breakout rooms will be available for prospective students to hear from academy instructors about the 11 specialized programs offered.

Marshall Academy, a governor’s STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) academy, will host its annual academy open house for prospective students on Thursday, February 4, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. The virtual program includes an academy program overview from 6:30 to 6:45 p.m. and two teacher presentation sessions at 6:50 p.m. and 7:10 p.m. 

Edison Academy will host a live virtual open house for high school students and their families on Wednesday, February 10, from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. Links to join the live sessions of this event will be posted on the Edison Academy Website Open House Announcement Page at 6:15 p.m. on the evening of the event.  

Falls Church Academy—a Governor’s Health Sciences Academy—will hold its annual open house virtually on Thursday, February 11, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. A Blackboard Collaborate Ultra (BBCU) link for the program will be posted on the Academy website no later 6:15 p.m. on the day of the event. 


Student Creativity Recognized in 2021 Regional Scholastic Art Awards

The 2021 Regional Scholastic Art Awards program has awarded Fairfax County Public Schools students in grades 7-12 a total of 540 awards including Gold Key, Silver Key, Honorable Mention awards, and American Visions Nominations. Judges recognized FCPS students among 2,500 submissions in a variety of categories including drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, ceramics, sculpture, digital art, design, architecture, fashion, film and animation, mixed media, and art portfolios.

Five works by FCPS students were nominated for the best-in-show American Visions Award. See who received a Regional Scholastic Art Award


Elementary Magnet Schools Information Nights to Be Held February 16, 17, 18; Applications Accepted March 2 - April 6

Fairfax County Public Schools will be accepting applications for its elementary magnet school programs beginning Tuesday, March 2. Bailey’s Primary School for the Arts and Sciences will accept lottery applications for students who will be in grades K-2 during the 2021-22 school year; Bailey’s Upper School for the Arts and Sciences will accept applications for students in grades 3 and 4. Hunters Woods Elementary School for the Arts and Sciences will accept lottery applications for students who will enter grades K-6 during the 2020-21 school year.

Selection for available magnet school spaces is based on a lottery. Registration for the elementary magnet school lottery closes on Tuesday, April 6, at 4 p.m.    

Parents are strongly encouraged to attend virtual school-based information nights on Tuesday, February 16, for Bailey’s Elementary; Wednesday, February 17, for Bailey’s Upper; and Thursday, February 18, for Hunters Woods. These information nights will provide the opportunity to learn about individual school programs, student eligibility, the lottery process, and available transportation.

Get more information about parent information nights and the magnet school lottery.


From the Healthy Minds Blog: Mini-Grants Available for Youth-Led Anti-Stigma Initiatives

The Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board (CSB), with support from the Suicide Prevention Alliance of Northern Virginia, is offering mini-grants to fund youth-planned, youth-led projects within Fairfax County, Fairfax City, and Falls Church City, to be completed by July 30. 

The goal of the mini-grants is to reduce the stigma around mental illness, as well as to promote help-seeking behaviors. A total of $6,000 is available, for requests not to exceed $1,000 each.

More information about the CSB mini-grants is available online


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