Fairfax County School Board Establishes Guidelines for Naming School Facilities

News Release
October 11, 2019

The Fairfax County School Board has voted to change Policy 8170.6, which establishes guidelines for naming and renaming school facilities. The revised policy gives final decisions on naming and renaming school facilities and dedicating areas of school facilities or grounds directly with the School Board and also states “the School Board shall make every effort to respect the preference of the community.”


The new policy states that school names will reflect an inclusive and respectful learning environment as outlined in the One Fairfax policy.

 
The Board passed a new policy that outlined a process for renaming an existing school or facility, stating that a school renaming request will be initiated through a Board forum topic by at least one magisterial Board member and an at-large Board member. The opportunity for public comment will be the same for both naming and renaming school facilities.  


If the Board decides to consider a school name change, there will be a one-month period of public comment between the School Board’s New Business and Final Action (Action Item) on the proposed name change. This public comment process will include a community meeting, a public hearing, and electronic/mailed submissions.


During this initial comment period, community members will be encouraged to submit renaming suggestions to the School Board to help facilitate the final selection of a name, should the renaming decision take effect.


If the School Board votes in support of a school name change, there will be a one-month period of public comment between the School Board’s New Business and Final Action (Action Item) for selecting the new school name. This public comment process will include a community meeting, a public hearing, and electronic/mailed submissions.


The Superintendent will review the community input regarding suggested names and provide a recommendation to the School Board for its consideration and action.

It is the responsibility of the School Board Chairman to schedule the dates to receive recommendations from the community and to take action on the renaming of a school facility.


The same process will be followed when naming new school facilities. There will be a one-month period of public comment to suggest names for the new school. Public comment will include electronic or mailed submissions for the new name and a community meeting. A public hearing before the School Board will also be scheduled. After review of the community’s recommendations derived from the process, the Division Superintendent will formulate a recommendation consisting of one or more of the most popular choices according to community input. The Division Superintendent shall then transmit the recommendation to the School Board for consideration and action. There will be a one-month period of public comment between the School Board’s New Business and Final Action (Action Item) for selecting a school name. This public comment process will include a community meeting, a public hearing, and electronic/mailed submissions.


The revised policy also states that the School Board may also consider a change in the name of a school or facility to ensure an inclusive, respectful learning environment as outlined in the One Fairfax policy or when the Board deems it appropriate. 

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For more information, contact the FCPS Office of Communication and Community Relations at 571-423-1200.