Updates to FCPS’ Student Rights and Responsibilities (SR&R) Document for School Year 2022-23

By Office of Communication and Community Relations
June 16, 2022

Fairfax County Public Schools' Student Rights and Responsibilities (SR&R, Regulation 2601) document explains expectations for student behavior and adult responses to enhance school safety and to create a fair, equitable, and supportive school environment. 

Each year, the SR&R undergoes a review process, and the Fairfax County School Board votes on proposed changes. Tonight, the School Board approved changes to the SR&R for the 2022-23 school year. Key changes include:

  • Detailed information about orientation or training stakeholders including school-based administrators and staff, transportation staff, and coaching staff; students; and families.
  • Adding rights to protect citizenship and immigration status from unauthorized sharing.
  • Changes to FCPS’ Acceptable Use Policy Regulation for Technology.
  • A new section on cell phones.
  • A clarification on the response to substance misuse violations.
  • A clarification on the purpose of individualized education program (IEP) meetings when students with disabilities are reassigned for disciplinary reasons following referral to the superintendent.

Cell phone usage has been a popular topic. Key highlights of related changes are below for your convenience:

  • Grades K-8: Phones must be silenced and put away for the duration of the school day.
  • Grades 9-12: Phones must be silenced and put away during all instructional periods.
  • Students are prohibited from using phones, tablets, and other mobile devices in restrooms and locker rooms, unless there is a medical necessity or emergency.
  • Parents/Guardians, multi-disciplinary team members, or other persons with knowledge of students who require access to personally owned devices as an accommodation shall make requests for such accommodations through their respective multi-disciplinary team. 

FCPS believes that students learn best when expectations for behavior are clear, consistent,  fair, age appropriate, and build on strong student teacher relationships. Please visit Boarddocs for 2022-23 SR&R documentation or visit the SR&R webpage for additional information.