Return to School News - November 16, 2020

By Communication and Community Relations
November 16, 2020

FCPS Delays Additional Students Returning to School

Superintendent S. Brabrand announced today "that the current health metrics for COVID-19 cases in our community now exceed the threshold to expand our in-person learning. Therefore, we are pressing 'pause' and will delay expanding in-person instruction to Group 5, which includes Early Head Start, pre-K, kindergarten and select students who receive special education services, who were scheduled to return on Tuesday, November 17. Any new pilot programs/classes scheduled to start tomorrow, November 17, will also pause. We are monitoring health metrics daily, but Group 5 will remain virtual until at least November 30. We will communicate additional updates closer to that time."

See the complete letter from Superintendent Brabrand.

Video: November 12 School Board Work Session 

The November 12 School Board work session that discussed the Return to School plan is available online. Watch the video

Return to School Town Hall on November 19

Superintendent Scott S. Brabrand will be holding another Return to School Town Hall from 6-7 p.m. on Thursday, November 19. The Town Hall will be available on FCPS cable channel 99 (Verizon channel 11) or on the FCPS website. Submit your questions in advance by email to or call in during the Town Hall at 1-800-231-6359.

Calendar Reminder: Schools and Offices Closed November 25-27 for Thanksgiving Holiday

As a reminder, schools and offices will be closed Wednesday, November 25 through Friday, November 27, for the Thanksgiving holiday. Classes will resume on Tuesday, December 1. Monday, November 30 is an asynchronous day. 

See the complete 2020-21 school year calendar

Photos of the Week

Check out this week's photos to see students at work in the classroom, learning about the phases of the moon, enjoying a book scavenger hunt, hard-working teachers supporting their students, and dance students perfecting their technique.

Collect for Kids 2020 School Supply Drive Reaches Record-Breaking Levels

During the pandemic—Collect for Kids—the FCPS-led school supply drive made a dramatic shift. Supporters and donors pivoted to an all-virtual mode, donating funds used for purchasing custom school supply kits. The effort raised over $110,000 through the Foundation for FCPS. Combined with the work from Collect for Kids strategic team members around the county, the effort ultimately provided over 45,000 FCPS students with school supply kits, backpacks, and headphones.

This couldn’t have been done without the steadfast support of the Fairfax County community, and a network of non-profits, companies, and faith-based groups who pulled together to make this change and help kids. Thanks to you, more FCPS students than ever before received the essential school supplies needed for successful learning.  

More information about the Foundation for FCPS and Collect for Kids is available online.

Foundation for Fairfax County Public Schools' Project Cornucopia

The Foundation for FCPS is working to ensure that the neediest students in FCPS can enjoy a special meal for the holidays. Donations to Project Cornucopia will be used to purchase gift cards that can be redeemed for grocery items so that families can enjoy their favorite flavorful traditions–or create new ones. Donations can be made online

Special Event on December 15 for FCPS Graduates and Students Who Want to Teach in FCPS

Do you know an FCPS graduate or student who is interested in being a teacher in FCPS? FCPS graduates and current FCPS juniors or seniors are invited to join us for a virtual event on Tuesday, December 15, from 5 to 7 p.m. for the third annual Back2Fairfax Teacher Seminar. Learn more about how to navigate the hiring process, employee resources, and tips to being a successful educator.

Join us for an evening filled with networking opportunities, breakout sessions, and FCPS employment information. We invite current students and FCPS graduates to Say Yes to FCPS!

Registration for the event is available online.

Important Update on Grab and Go Meals: Delivery Times and Some Bus Stop Locations Have Changed

Fairfax County Public Schools is offering no-cost nutritious meals to ALL students through June 30, 2021. Meals are available at school sites and along bus routes.

As of November 9, grab and go bus delivery times and some bus stop locations have changed. The updated bus schedule is now available online. Bus delivery times were changed to accommodate the need for more buses to transport students returning to school buildings for in-person learning.

Breakfast and lunch meals are offered Monday through Friday (excluding holidays). Breakfast and lunch are served at the same time. Breakfast and lunch are also offered at no-cost to any student who attends in-person instruction at a school Monday-Friday. Meals for Saturday and Sunday are offered at sites and on bus routes every Friday.

More information is available online, or by calling the Office of Food and Nutrition Services at 703-813-4800.

Video: Mr. Fuller’s After-School Nighthawks Cook, Play, and Learn Together at Herndon Middle School

The FCPS Middle School After-School Program is an important way for students to stay connected and share common interests after school. This school year, these programs are continuing virtually.

FCPS visited with A.J. Fuller, after-school program specialist at Herndon Middle School, to learn more. Watch the video.

Find out about your school’s Middle School After-school program online

Special Education Parent Newsletter

The Department of Special Services (DSS) publishes a regular electronic newsletter for parents of special education students to provide updated DSS information, tips and ideas to support you and your family during distance learning. The latest issue is available online

Healthy Minds Podcast: Recognizing National School Psychology Week with Herndon High School Psychologist Ronne Lancaster

In this week's Healthy Minds podcast. Dr. Ronne Lancaster shares important information on actions families can take to help their students cope with the ongoing pandemic. Action strategies relating to managing screen time, building personal resilience, and the importance of recognizing one another’s positive strengths and seizing times to turn current challenges into positive opportunities to move forward. Listen to the podcast.

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