How FCPS Develops Its School Year Calendar

2022-23 School Year Calendar

FCPS is developing its 2022-23 School Year Calendar. We are sharing our framework for creating the calendar below to ensure transparency, as we work to build a calendar that is inclusive and equitable. 

Guided by Law, Policy, and Leadership

We will follow the law.

...and the Virginia Department of Education’s (VDOE) guidance.

  • VDOE asks school divisions to establish a Calendar Feedback Committee with broad representation.
  • This committee should include staff, students, parents, community members, religious leaders from a variety of traditions (such as Christian, Judaism, Muslim, and Hindu), a diverse group of leaders of cultural institutions, legal representation, and community leaders.
  • FCPS will also solicit community feedback via a Calendar Survey and a Calendar Development Webinar.

 We consider the superintendent’s priorities.

  • Superintendent Brabrand is focused on the school division’s ability to deliver the high-quality instruction necessary for students to be successful. Ensuring that our schools and centers are adequately staffed throughout the school year, and that teachers have opportunities to extend and deepen their learning (professional development) are critical to student success. 

We listen to Fairfax County School Board members.

  • Each of our 12 School Board members shares what they believe are the most important considerations for the school calendar. The Board also has final approval on the calendar.

Input from Many Voices

With the above in mind, a Calendar Survey will be created for parents and staff. And, for the first time, FCPS middle and high school students will be able to participate in the survey. Student voice is an important part of this process! Community members will also be able to participate in a Calendar Development Webinar on Monday, November 8.

The Calendar Feedback Committee will share their thoughts on what the calendar should look like during two committee meetings. 

FCPS leadership will consider all of the feedback--from the committee as well as from parents, staff, students, and other Fairfax County residents--against the directives above, then create a calendar option. The option will be presented to the School Board at two Board meetings. Community members will have an opportunity to speak at the start of the meetings. There will be an additional opportunity for the community to provide input via a virtual community meeting. 

Final Decision

After considering the community and the Calendar Feedback Committee’s input, and reviewing and asking questions about proposed calendar options, the School Board will vote to approve a calendar. That calendar will be in effect July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2023.

Timeline

Please note that dates are subject to change.

October 6-15: Meeting with School Board members in groups of two.

October 27: Calendar Survey opens for parents and staff.

October 28: Calendar Survey opens for students in grades 7-12.

November 8: Calendar Development Webinar (virtual).  View recording.

November 10: Calendar Survey closes. 

November 17: Calendar Feedback Committee meeting. 

December 1: Calendar Feedback Committee meeting.

December 13-17: Calendar drafts reviewed by FCPS leadership.

January 11: Draft calendars discussed at School Board work session.

January 13: Calendar drafts presented at School Board meeting as New Business. Opportunity for public comment.

January 27: School Board votes on final calendar during their regularly scheduled meeting. Opportunity for public comment.

 

Questions? Please contact the Office of Communication and Community Relations at occr@fcps.edu.