Coronavirus Update - Message from the Superintendent - March 13
Coronavirus Update - March 13
Dear FCPS Parents, Staff, and Community,
In support of the governor’s announcement today, and in response to the ongoing concerns about the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in our region, Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) will close schools through April 10, 2020.
Schools will be closed for students for four weeks, including spring break. For staff who work less than 12 months, schools will be closed for at least two weeks. We will reassess schools reopening for those staff members after two weeks and we will make that decision no later than Friday, March 27. The operating status of SACC has not been determined at this time.
The staff development day scheduled for Monday, March 16, is postponed. School offices and central offices will be open on Monday, March 16.
FCPS schools will be open Monday, March 16, for students and staff to access their belongings as well as providing laptops or other digital devices for students in grades 3-8 who do not have access at home. More information will be coming for families who need access to technology and connectivity.
We have been working with our staff to prepare for school closures and have been developing numerous resources for families. Resources and updates to our current operating status will continue to be posted on the FCPS website and shared on social media and other outlets.
The Virginia Department of Education has recommended that all public school systems provide continuity of learning programming for the next three weeks. We will promote digital and online resources to FCPS students that will help student learning continue. This work will not be required nor graded.
Additionally, FCPS cable channels with learning activities are now available. New instructional videos are currently being developed and recorded and will be added to the programming shortly. Channel 21 includes elementary school programming, Channel 25 includes middle school programming, and Channel 99 includes high school programming. This content will also be available online at www.fcps.edu.
Food distribution will continue throughout the closures. Meals were served at five schools today, with plans to expand to additional schools next week. We are coordinating with community partners to ensure the locations and timing of food centers and pantries are being communicated with FCPS families. Breakfast will be available from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and lunch will be available from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday at the following locations:
- Bailey’s Elementary School, 6111 Knollwood Drive, Falls Church
- Hutchison Elementary School, 13209 Parcher Avenue, Herndon
- Hybla Valley Elementary School, 3415 Lockheed Boulevard, Alexandria
- London Towne Elementary School, 6100 Stone Road, Centreville
- Burke Center, 9645 Burke Lake Road, Burke
We are grateful for your support and understanding during this difficult time. Our first priority remains the safety and well-being of our students, staff, families, and community.
We will provide updates as new information becomes available.
Scott Brabrand, Superintendent
Fairfax County Public Schools