FCPS This Week - Special Edition! The First Day of School 2024

By Office of Communications
For Parents
August 21, 2023

Superintendent Dr. Michelle Reid, Principal Georgina Aye, staff, and students celebrate #FirstDayFairfax at Fairfax High School.  

📓 Happy First Day Fairfax!

There were celebrations across Fairfax County Public Schools this morning as students greeted each other, and teachers and administrators welcomed them back to the classroom. Students arrived at their schools this morning excited and ready to learn!

New at FCPS for 2023-24

This year, students across the division will experience: 

  • Salad bars in all schools. 
  • Middle school athletics; starting with cross country this fall. 
  • A continued focus on excellence, equity, and opportunity under the new FCPS strategic plan. Goals of the plan include:
    • A strong start for all students.
    • Reading on grade level by the end of third grade. 
    • Successful completion of Algebra I by eighth grade. 

Enjoy some highlights from #FirstDayFairfax on Instagram and Facebook, or visit our website for more photos.

Thank You for Following Us 🎉 

FCPS celebrated reaching 20,000 followers on Instagram before the first day of school. Thank you for following and celebrating with us! If you’re not among the 20,000, please follow us @fairfaxcountypublicschools

🚍 Transportation, Patience, and Safety

Thank you for your patience as we all get used to new routines this school year. We appreciate our families following kiss-and-ride procedures and being patient while waiting for your children’s buses. 

If a student’s bus is delayed, parents/caregivers may access the Bus Delay Notification System or use the Here Comes the Bus mobile app to receive the delayed bus report. Email messages will be sent to announce significant bus delays. Visit the Transportation Services contact webpage to see who to contact with specific questions.
To make sure you receive email messages about bus delays, update your contact information in SIS ParentVUE.

Ready, Set, Go! Kindergarteners Are Excited to Learn

Kindergartners share their thoughts about starting school in FCPS.

✏️ Have Everything They Need to Succeed? 

Feel as if you forgot something? Double check our list of 10 things to do to be ready for school to make sure your child is set up for success! 

Welcome Back, From the Superintendent

On Friday, Superintendent Dr. Michelle Reid shared this welcome back message with students, staff, and families. Watch it to learn how together, all things are possible. 

Thank You!

Thank you, FCPS staff and families, for all you have done to prepare for a successful start to the 2023-24 school year. Dr. Reid is pictured above with the Food and Nutrition Services team at Annandale Terrace Elementary School. 

Today was possible because of our dedicated educators and staff who make FCPS a great place to learn and work, and the patience and support of our families.