Coronavirus Update - Message from the Superintendent - May 4

Coronavirus Update - Message from the Superintendent - May 4

Dear Parents/Guardians,

I hope that you and your families are healthy and well.

Today marks the beginning of Teacher Appreciation Week. I want to personally thank each and every teacher and staff member for the heroic work they are doing in support of our students, families, and community while maintaining a positive attitude during this stressful time. I encourage you to send a note to your child’s teacher or a staff member this week thanking them for all that they do.

I want to update you on our distance learning. This past week was a great success with interactive, teacher-led instruction being conducted across all grade levels. Thursday alone, there were approximately 47,000 sessions with 349,000 attendees (includes students who attended more than one session). At the same time, our amazing teachers continue to engage students with creative and successful lessons using a variety of other resources. This approach allows students to work on assignments at their own pace at the time that works best for them and your family.

This type of “on-demand” online learning combined with live, teacher-led instruction will continue for the remainder of the academic year.

I know parents are anxious about plans for the upcoming school year. I want to assure you that we are working on return to school plans and will bring our ideas to the School Board for an initial discussion at the Board’s May 11 meeting. Your input will be invaluable in ensuring that the needs of our community are met while prioritizing the safety and health of our students, families, and staff. 

We recognize that any future planning must take into consideration a number of possible options that account for social distancing requirements that may still be in effect at that time along with additional directives and guidance from the governor’s office, the Virginia Department of Education, and health officials.

We are also surveying our seniors and their parents this week about graduation options for the Class of 2020 and will provide the community an update on graduation plans at the May 11 School Board meeting.

We realize our families are dealing with a number of challenges including food security, employment concerns, childcare, and the shared focus on ensuring our students’ social/emotional and academic needs are met. We know that the trauma caused by the extended closure of our schools and the impact of being separated from treasured friends and teachers will have an impact. We are prioritizing added resources for these social and emotional needs during the crisis and beyond.   

We appreciate your partnership throughout this journey.


Scott Brabrand, Superintendent
Fairfax County Public Schools