Return to School Reminder - July 14

By Office of Communication and Community Relations
July 14, 2020

Dear Parents and Caregivers,


At yesterday’s School Board meeting, I presented updated information about our Return to School Plan.  View the presentation.

Among the items of note:

  • Middle school and high school students (virtual and in person) will follow an A/B block schedule this year.
  • Our social distancing standard for in-person instruction will remain six feet wherever possible.
  • Students enrolled for in-person learning whose last names start with the letters A-K will attend in-person school Tuesdays and Thursdays (schools may adjust as necessary for special programs).
  • Students enrolled for in-person learning whose last names start with the letters L-Z will attend in-person school Wednesdays and Fridays (schools may adjust as necessary for special programs).
  • Masks will be required for students, staff, and visitors throughout the day with very limited exceptions. A more detailed face coverings policy is being developed.

Bell Schedules:                                                                          

School Level Bell Schedule
Middle Schools (virtual and in-person)         7:15 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

High Schools (virtual and in-person)                                                                          

8:10 a.m. – 2:55 p.m.

Secondary Schools (virtual and in-person)                                                                           

8:10 a.m. – 2:55 p.m.

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (virtual and in-person)

8:10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Elementary Schools (virtual and in-person)                                                                          

9:10 a.m. – 3:55 p.m. OR 10:05 a.m. – 4:50 p.m.


The bell schedules will be posted on the FCPS website and individual school sites once student enrollment data is finalized.

There is additional information in the presentation about health and safety issues, PPE, in-person and online instructional comparison, and course offerings. 

Information about the contact tracing procedure is available here

Remember, tomorrow, July 15, is the due date to submit your student enrollment form for the coming school year or to change your selection.  If you want to change your decision, you can simply go back to the enrollment link and re-enter your choice. The forms will stay open to accept your selection or changes until midnight tomorrow.

Remember, if no response is received, your student will automatically be enrolled for in-person instruction. Submit Enrollment Option

We encourage you to review our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) as we are updating them often along with details about the options .

Thank you for your cooperation and support. 


Scott Brabrand, Superintendent

Fairfax County Public Schools