Statement from Fairfax County School Board Chair Karen Corbett Sanders

News Release
March 24, 2020

We support the decision made by Governor Northam yesterday to close schools in Virginia for the remainder of the academic year.  We are facing an unprecedented health crisis and, as the governor stated, social distancing is the only path forward to stop the spread of the virus.
 
We know this decision to close schools is a hardship for our families and we will do all we can to support our students during this difficult and challenging time. The closing of any school has real consequences beyond the loss of instructional time.  In particular, we will work with our local and state partners to meet the needs of our most vulnerable students. 
 
To that end, we will continue to provide breakfast and lunch meals to our students.  Distribution sites can be found here.

We appreciate and support the work that our superintendent and staff have done to set in motion the distance learning initiative. Adjustments will be made over time as we learn from our students and staff. The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) has provided school districts additional guidance regarding continuity of learning that has an equity focus.  

Details about our learning plan will be provided to parents in the next few days. 
 
We will also be working with individual schools to distribute laptops and MiFi devices this week and next week by appointment. 
 
Launching a distance learning plan is a complex challenge and we know it is not a replacement for face-to-face instruction. We will do our best to meet the needs of all.
 
We are being challenged in ways that we didn’t imagine just a few weeks ago. 
 
We know the governor’s action causes disruption to established routines and expectations, but it was a necessary step to slow the spread of the outbreak.
 
We understand there are many questions.   These are indeed unprecedented circumstances, but as we have done in the past, we will learn together and create the conditions to ensure that our children and our community are healthy and successful.
 
Thank you for your continuing support of Fairfax County Public Schools.