Return to School News - January 11, 2021

By Communication and Community Relations
January 11, 2021

Vaccine Available for All FCPS Employees

Superintendent Scott S. Brabrand announced that access to the COVID-19 vaccine will be available to all FCPS employees as part of the 1b group of other essential workers and will be administered through Inova Health System in partnership with the Fairfax County Health Department beginning as early as Saturday, January 16. 

More information is available online

New Bell Schedule Paused

Since FCPS will not be transporting students to school during the pause in the Return to School planthe new bell schedule will not begin on January 12. FCPS will continue to use the current bell schedule until we have a revised Return to School schedule. Any future changes to the bell schedule will be communicated in advance. Please contact your child's school with any questions. 

FCPS Virtual Town Hall Scheduled for January 11, at 6 p.m.

Today, Monday, January 11, at 6 p.m., Superintendent Brabrand and guests will take your calls and questions at a virtual Town Hall meeting. Call in during the Town Hall at 1-800-231-6359. View the meeting on FCPS Cable Channel 99 (Verizon Channel 11) or the FCPS website

Video: School Board Work Session - Return to School - January 5, 2021

The January 5 School Board work session in which Superintendent Brabrand presented a return to school update can now be viewed online

Calendar Reminder: Schools and Offices Closed on January 18 and January 20

As a reminder, schools and offices will be closed on Monday, January 18, for the Martin Luther King, Jr., holiday, and on Wednesday, January 20, for Inauguration Day.

Friday, January 22, is the last day of the second quarter and is a two-hour early release dayMonday, January 25, is a teacher work day and a student holiday

See the complete 2020-21 school year calendar

Superintendent Brabrand Presents FCPS Budget for Fiscal Year 2022

Superintendent Brabrand presented a $3.1 billion Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 Proposed Budget (for the 2021-22 school year) to the Fairfax County School Board at its business meeting on January 7. Overall, the FY 2022 Proposed Budget represents an increase of $0.4 million, or 0.01 percent, over the FY 2021 Approved Budget. 

“The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted FCPS in numerous ways,” said Brabrand. “As a result, this budget focuses on our most pressing needs. I have designed the budget to prioritize the instructional and social-emotional needs of our students so they can continue to learn and grow despite the ongoing challenges of this pandemic.”

More information about the FY 2202 Proposed Budget is available online

FCPS Meal Distribution Plan for January 18-26

Fairfax County Public Schools is committed to providing all students access to meals January 18-26 where there are two school holidays and one student holiday/teacher workday. The following plan will be in place.

Meals will be distributed on a first come, first served basis.   

It is important to follow safety guidelines when picking up meals. Please wear a mask, stand a minimum of six feet apart from others, and wash your hands before you arrive and when you return home. 

Go to the Return to School/Food page for more information or call the Office of Food and Nutrition Services at 703-813-4800

Using FCPS Service Learning to Honor the Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Even during COVID-19, students are finding incredible ways to serve their communities either virtually or while practicing social distancing and following CDC guidelines. The upcoming Martin Luther King, Jr., holiday weekend is a great opportunity to connect students with impactful service opportunities while also teaching students about the life and legacy of Dr. King.

In partnership with FCPS and Neighborhood and Community Services (NCS), Volunteer Fairfax will begin offering virtual, family-friendly service learning activities on January 16. 

To learn more about the MLK, Jr., Weekend of Service and the specific service activities, visit Volunteer Fairfax’s website for more information.

Healthy Minds Podcast: New Year, New Outlook

As we turn the calendar onto a new year, Deborah Callsen, a physical education teacher from Haycock Elementary School, shares lessons of positivity and health boosters for all of us in the latest Healthy Minds podcast.

Callsen explains the health triangle of physical, mental, and social health along with concrete, creative, and actionable ways to meet (or surpass) these needs for students, staff, and all listeners.

U.S. Department of Education Webinar: Learning in a Pandemic

Join the U.S. Department of Education on Thursday, January 14, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. for a discussion on the state of student learning during the pandemic and tools that families and teachers can use to support student learning now. 

Registration is available online. Upon successful registration, you will receive an email containing a personalized link to access the webinar.

Protect Yourself and Slow the Spread of COVID-19

Your actions keep all of us healthy, and we need to keep it up and continue working together to help slow the spread of COVID-19. There are some simple steps you can take to protect yourself and your family. Testing, contact tracing, and staying home and away from others when sick or after contact with someone who is sick, are also critical to help “box in” COVID-19 and prevent it from spreading further in our community.

Supporting Vulnerable Students in Stressful Times: Tips for Parents

The current climate of divisiveness, anger, and fear in this country is having a significant impact on many children and adults. 

This marks an important time for families and schools to work together to foster supportive relationships, to help children understand their emotional reactions, and to teach effective coping and conflict resolution strategies. These tips and related resources from the National Association of School Psychologists are intended to help you support your children.

FCPS Cares of the Month Winners for November

FCPS Cares is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care. All FCPS Cares submissions were reviewed, and six winners were selected for the month of November—one for each region and the central office—to receive extra recognition for their work. They are:

  • Central: Loretta Cross, Lorton Center, Department of Transportation.
  • Region 1: Brian Sladki, Aldrin Elementary School.
  • Region 2: Jan Rayl, Falls Church Academy.
  • Region 3: Mike Henrich, West Potomac High School.
  • Region 4: Jamaal Hines, Lake Braddock Secondary School.
  • Region 5: Mark Daugherty, Stone Middle School.

Get more information about the winners and how you can acknowledge an FCPS employee who has gone above and beyond.

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