UPDATE: NEW LOCATION for Sat/Sun Optional Diagnostic Testing for Symptomatic FCPS Students and Staff

By Office of Communication and Community Relations
January 01, 2022

Update: Saturday, January 1 at 10 a.m. - COVID-19 Testing At Capacity

COVID-19 testing for symptomatic FCPS students and staff at South County High School Saturday, January 1 is at capacity as of 10 a.m. The testing clinic will open Sunday, January 2, at 9 a.m. Testing is for symptomatic students and staff only and is not required to return to school or work.

UPDATE: 3:00 p.m. December 31, 2021

Dear FCPS Staff and Community;

FCPS is offering additional diagnostic testing Saturday, January 1 and Sunday, January 2 for symptomatic staff and students. Please note that the location has changed to South County High School. Testing will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This testing should only be utilized by students and staff who are symptomatic, and want to know their health status before returning to school or work. Please note that this testing is not mandatory to return to work or school. 

Scheduled appointments will not be available; however, you must register for an account in advance. The building will not be open for use so please plan accordingly. Updates regarding capacity limits will be posted to the FCPS Twitter account and as an alert on the homepage of the FCPS website

Students and staff should come ready to share their FCPS ID or student ID number. For students, registration will also automatically enter the child in their school’s optional screening testing. Parents/guardians must log in to the online portal after the diagnostic test is complete and withdraw their consent, to remove the child from the weekly screening testing pool. 

For our regular drive-through diagnostic testing information and schedules starting January 3, visit our website. For information about other testing opportunities in Fairfax County, visit the Fairfax County Health Department’s website.

Fairfax County Public Schools

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UPDATE: 7:30 a.m. December 31, 2021

Dear FCPS Staff and Community;

We want to remind you that we are planning to return from winter break to in-person learning on Monday, January 3. Our intent is to remain open as we navigate this COVID spike - doing everything we can to mitigate spread and cover classes to keep us operational. 

After hearing from the community regarding the limited availability of testing, we worked very hard with our vendor at the last minute to offer this service to staff and students who are symptomatic, and would like to know their health status before returning to school or work. Please note that this testing is not mandatory to return to work or school. 

FCPS will be offering additional diagnostic testing this weekend - both Saturday, January 1 and Sunday, January 2 for symptomatic staff and students. This is in addition to diagnostic testing being provided today, Friday, December 31 from 9 a.m. to noon for staff and noon to 4 p.m. for students. This diagnostic testing opportunity is limited to FCPS students and staff, and students and staff should come ready to share their FCPS ID or student ID number.

Once again, this testing will be provided at our Gatehouse Administration Center drive-through diagnostic testing site. Scheduled appointments will not be available; however, you must register for an account in advance. We anticipate long lines with wait times between 3-4 hours. The building will not be open for use. Please plan accordingly. Updates regarding capacity limits will be posted to the FCPS Twitter account and as an alert on the homepage of the FCPS website

For students, registration will also automatically enter the child in their school’s optional screening testing. Parents/guardians must log in to the online portal after the diagnostic test is complete and withdraw their consent, to remove the child from the weekly screening testing pool. 

For our regular drive-through diagnostic testing information and schedules starting January 3, visit our website. For information about other testing opportunities in Fairfax County, visit the Fairfax County Health Department’s website.

Fairfax County Public Schools