Superintendent's Spring Break Message to the FCPS Community

Dr. Brabrand's March 25 message to students and staff as they begin spring break

Dear FCPS Community,

I hope that spring break will give your families time to rest and recharge, as we prepare for the final quarter of this challenging school year.

I am grateful for all the hard work that has resulted in more than 100,000 students and staff back in our buildings for in-person instruction. Despite ongoing COVID in the greater community, FCPS continues to see very low transmission rates within our schools as our students and staff follow layered prevention strategies.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) new guidance around social distancing in schools gives us the opportunity to consider expanding in-person instruction to include additional days. We are assessing student needs and working with our facilities staff to identify each school’s capacity and will share more information after spring break.

We are very happy that Governor Northam has provided updated guidance about graduations. We will celebrate the Class of 2021 with in-person graduations. The guidance includes:

  • Graduation events held outdoors will be capped at 5,000 people or 30% of the venue capacity, whichever is less.
  • Graduation events held indoors may have up to 500 people, or 30% of the venue capacity, whichever is less.
  • Graduations are defined as events where a diploma or degree is conferred.
  • Masks and social distancing are required.

High school principals will be providing more details about graduation soon.

Join me for a Town Hall meeting on April 7 from 7:00- 8:00 p.m.

I will be sharing the latest information we have based on the Governor’s Executive Order and will take your questions. Please join us by watching on Channel 99 or the livestream on the FCPS website at https://www.fcps.edu/tv/ch99. Please send your questions in advance to returntoschool@fcps.edu or call 1-800-231-6359 during the town hall.

Thank you for your patience and support.

Sincerely,

Scott S. Brabrand, Superintendent
Fairfax County Public Schools