Superintendent Shares Interim Return to School Plans

By Office of Communication and Community Relations
January 22, 2021

Dear Fairfax County Public Schools Families and Caregivers,

At last night’s School Board meeting, I provided an interim update on our plans to return to in-person learning. This plan will be discussed in detail during the February 2 School Board Work Session, but I would like to provide this preview to all of you today.

Mitigation strategies will remain key to preventing in-school transmission. In the weeks ahead, we will provide training to both staff and students that explains the importance of these strategies, and everyone’s role in stopping the spread as we prepare to return groups to school.

The timeline I am proposing below continues our measured, phased-in approach.

January 26

VHSL Activities and HS Co-Curriculars

Intervention Cohorts for ES, MS and HS


February 16 (new bell schedule begins for all)

Groups 1-4 (Select CTE and Special Education)


February 23

Group 5 (PreK-K and Special Education)


March 2

Group 8 (Grades 8, 9, 12. Poe, Glasgow, Holmes MS – Grade 8)


March 9

Group 6 (Grades 1-2)

Group 8 (Grades 7, 10, 11. Poe, Glasgow and Holmes MS – Grades 6-7)


March 16

Group 7 (Grades 3-6)


It is important for families to know that if you chose for your student to remain in in full-time virtual learning, you will have that option.

Our February 2 School Board Work Session will be available streaming on our website, or on your local cable channel 99 (Verizon channel 11).


Scott S. Brabrand, Superintendent

Fairfax County Public Schools