Coronavirus Update - COVID-19 Communications TImeline

See the timeline for communications with the FCPS community

Date

Action

January 22 

Cultural exchange program at Longfellow MS canceled, message sent to Longfellow MS community

January 28

Message from Superintendent to parents and staff – Information regarding coronavirus, monitoring status, Fairfax County Health Department (FCHD) phone line established, no confirmed cases in Virginia

February 26

Message from the Superintendent, CDC says prepare for outbreak, reviewing pandemic plan

February 27

Message from Superintendent to principals– FCPS-sponsored travel to/from countries on CDC list canceled, distributed talking points for staff who receive inquiries

March 2

Message from Superintendent – Coronavirus Update, monitoring status, working with health department, how to prevent illness, no confirmed cases in Virginia

March 7

Message from Superintendent - Health department confirms first case of coronavirus of Marine at Fort Belvoir Army base. Message sent to Fort Belvoir ES and all FCPS parents.

March 8

FCHD press conference about first confirmed case

March 9

School Board Work Session – coronavirus briefing

March 9

Message from Superintendent to parents and staff – includes video message from School Board Chair Karen Corbett Sanders and Dr. Brabrand, health department advises low risk to community, FCPS outlines two planning scenarios in the event of school closures

March 10

Message from Superintendent to all staff announcing March 16 staff development day/student holiday to allow staff to plan for school closure if needed

March 10

Message from Superintendent to parents – announcing March 16 student holiday/staff development day, SACC will remain open

March 10

Message – announce annual science fair will be virtual

March 12

Loudoun County Public Schools announces closing schools for two weeks

March 12

Conference call with Health Department – risk remains low

March 12

Fairfax County Government Press Conference

March 12 at 7:30 p.m

Message from Superintendent – keeping schools open based on guidance from FCHD, risk remains low, extracurricular, community use, and field trips canceled through April 12

March 12

Website updated with new FAQ’s, Superintendent messages, video and fact sheets

March 12 at 11 p.m.

Message from Superintendent announces schools closed effective March 13, continuing student holiday/staff development on March 16  

March 13

Message from Superintendent to Parents - Grab and Go lunch stations organized at 5 sites, posted to social media 

March 13

Governor Northam announces all VA schools closed for two weeks minimum

March 13

Message from Superintendent to all FCPS – schools closed through April 10, will reassess on March 27

March 14

FCHD announces confirmed case of teacher at Lynbrook ES

March 14

Message from Principal to Lynbrook ES parents announcing confirmed case of teacher at Lynbrook ES, provides guidance on FCHD contact investigation, phone number at health department

March 14

Message from Superintendent to all FCPS announcing confirmed case of teacher at Lynbrook ES

March 15

Message from Superintendent – FCPS school buildings and administration offices closed until further notice, only essential personnel report, March 16 laptop distribution postponed, additional grab and go meal sites identified

March 16

Health Department conducts clinic for testing Lynbrook families/staff identified as contacts

March 16

Additional information sent to families at Lynbrook ES with guidance on symptoms and monitoring

March 16

Message to parents and community – additional grab and go meal sites – total 29 locations

March 17

Message to parents and community – additional grab and go sites – total of 38 locations. This includes five community center pop-ups.

March 19

Message from Superintendent – more information to families and staff about distance learning and additional grab and go sites, bus delivery, and curb-side pick-up. Also announcing 3/20 Dr. Brabrand Facebook Live session. Began daily updates for school board and community 

March 20

Dr. Brabrand Facebook Live Session 3:00 p.m.

March 22

Message to parents and community – Grab and go sites continue; shorter hours

March 23

Superintendent message to parents, students, staff and community regarding VA Governor directive to close schools for the remainder of the academic year

March 24 Statement from School Board Chair on the Remainder of the 2019-20 School Year.
March 25 Superintendent message to all employees outlining compensation and benefits.
March 25 Message to principals: COVID Update March 25
March 26 Superintendent message to staff regarding Distance Learning Plan
March 26 Superintendent message to parents outlining Distance Learning Plan