Welcome Back!

By Office of Communication and Community Outreach
August 22, 2021

Tomorrow’s the big day—we’re Returning Strong! We are back, ready to experience all the great things that come with learning together, five days a week in person. 

We can’t wait to see our students arrive at school tomorrow morning. Show off that first-day excitement by posting photos to your favorite social media site and tagging them with #FirstDayFairfax and #FCPSReturningStrong.

Superintendent Brabrand has a special message for every FCPS student and family.


Top Return to School Questions Answered

You asked: How are we keeping kids safe during mealtimes?

Schools are making use of outdoor spaces for meals, classes, and activities to the greatest extent possible. When eating occurs indoors, layered prevention strategies are in place.

You asked: How will the national bus driver shortage affect FCPS students?

FCPS is working hard to address the need for bus drivers and adjust transportation plans for the least impact on students. The top priorities for FCPS transportation are safety and timeliness. 

You asked: How are you keeping schools safe this fall?

FCPS’ layered prevention strategies are designed to work together to create safe learning environments for all students.

Did you know: Vaccination rates among eligible students are increasing!

62.6% OF 12-15 year olds are fully vaccinated and 76.1% have had one dose

74.9% of 16-17 year olds are fully vaccinated and 88.2% have had one dose

As of August 20, 2021


Are you ready?

We’ve been counting down to the first day of school and featuring helpful tips to prepare. Go over the list one more time so you will be ready tomorrow morning!


#10 Counting Down to a Strong Return


#9 Are You Ready to Ride With Us?


#8 Check Off The Days to the Start of School!


#7 Stay Connected!


# 6 No-cost Meals All Year For All Students!


#5 Learn How We are Keeping Schools Safe!


#4 Stay On Top Of Your School Assignments!


#3 Remember Your Mask!


#2 Opt-In to Stay Connected!


#1 Get the Benefit of a Good Night’s Sleep!

Did you know that children who get a good night’s sleep have improved attention, behavior, learning, memory, and overall mental and physical health? We can’t wait to see you tomorrow for the first day of school! 

Thank You to the Fairfax County School Board and Community Who Joined Our Five-in-Fall Video

The FCPS School Board will be out in force tomorrow, welcoming students and staff back to buildings and celebrating the first day of school with us.