Student Rights and Responsibilities Letter from the Superintendent

The Student Rights and Responsibilities: A Guide for Families explains expectations for student behavior and adult responses to enhance school safety and to create a fair, equitable and supportive school environment.

August 2020

Dear Parents and Families,

On behalf of Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS), I welcome you and your children to the 2020-21 school year. The education of our community’s young people is essential to our county, our state, and to our nation. The employees of FCPS take this responsibility very seriously. We know that we are best able to serve all students equally well when we establish strong working relationships with parents. We recognize that the 2020-21 school year will be unlike any other as we begin the school year in a virtual setting. We understand that there are significant academic and social/emotional challenges to our students learning remotely. We have strengthened our digital learning model so that we can provide an even more rigorous and engaging virtual-learning program with greater connections for all students at all grade levels. Remember, the expectation for student behavior under the Student Rights and Responsibilities (R2601) applies in either setting. both on school grounds as well as the virtual classroom environment.

The 2020-21 Student Rights and Responsibilities: A Guide for Families explains expectations for student behavior and adult responses to enhance school safety and to create a fair, equitable and supportive school environment. We believe that students learn best when expectations for behavior are clear, consistent and fair, are age appropriate, and build on strong student teacher relationships. Through such interventions as the restorative justice process, our disciplinary response aims at striking the correct balance between supportive interventions as well as consequences to ensure all students have every opportunity to learn from their mistakes and do not repeat them moving forward. Disciplinary practices in FCPS focus on prevention of problem behaviors and provide a leveled system of responses to many discipline incidents that uses instructional, restorative and age-appropriate interventions before resorting to removing students from class or from school.

We want your child to be part of a responsive, caring, and inclusive culture where everyone feels valued, supported, and hopeful. It is our goal that every child is reached, challenged, and prepared for success in school and in life. Collaboration with parents is essential to reaching this vision. Therefore, we ask that you use this document as a framework for discussing these expectations with your child so that he or she is well prepared for success when the 2020-21 school year begins. You will also find that this publication includes information that you may need throughout the school year, including contact numbers and other resources.

The current version of the Student Rights and Responsibilities (SR&R) can be found in the Appendix to this booklet and is also available at www.fcps.edu/srr. It will be updated during the year, if necessary.

  • Please sign the Parent Signature Sheet found on the next page to acknowledge that you have received this document, as required by law.
  • Please return the signed signature sheet to your child's school by October 30, 2020.
  • You may acknowledge the receipt of this document virtually by accessing the link on your child’s school’s webpage.

Thank you for working with us to create an environment where everyone is treated with respect, is encouraged to help others, and is free to learn and explore new ideas. Please contact your child’s teacher or principal should you have questions about this document or if we can be of assistance to you.

Sincerely,

Scott S. Brabrand, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
 

The Student Rights and Responsibilities document explains expectations for student behavior and adult responses to enhance school safety and to create a fair, equitable and supportive school environment.