5 Days In-Person in Fall and Limited Virtual Option

Message from Superintendent

May 5, 2021


Dear FCPS Community, 

As you know, FCPS students and staff are returning to school in-person for a full five-day week this fall. We are excited to welcome all students and staff back to our buildings for the in-person experiences that we all so dearly missed since March 2020. We are encouraged and hopeful that all FCPS staff and students will decide to return!

Thanks to our high volume of vaccinated staff, and successful implementation of our layered prevention strategies, we have kept classroom community transmission of COVID-19 in our buildings at less than 1%. We are committed to providing a safe and positive environment for students and staff. 

So far, we've seen roughly 109,000 students and staff return to in-person instruction during April. Yes, it’s been a bit different–new ways of gathering during lunchtime, new opportunities to connect with each other, and times when we’ve had to be resilient and patient. 

Over the past year, perhaps more than ever, we are reminded of the crucial role our schools and centers play in our community. They serve as our community's gathering place where creative thinking, a culture of caring, and lifelong connections are fostered. Our schools and staff provide a vast diversity of experiences that prepare students for success in a global society; teachers creatively challenge and inspire young minds; and parents actively engage in their children's future. There is no place like FCPS.

While we are busy planning for the fall, we do recognize that some students, in very limited circumstances, may have a documented health or medical need for virtual instruction. All families with students who are currently participating in virtual instruction will receive a district communication this week, asking if they intend to apply for their child(ren) to remain virtual for the 2021-22 school year due to a documentable health reason related to COVID-19. Additionally, new students (Pre K- 12) who have already registered for the 2021-22 school year will receive the same communication.

FCPS will consider a student’s need for Virtual Program enrollment through an application process for this coming school year. Eligibility for Virtual Program enrollment will be determined on the basis of a health/medical certification of need submitted by a licensed physician, nurse practitioner, psychiatrist, or a licensed clinical psychologist. 

In summary: 

  • We welcome our students, staff, and families back for five days this fall. If you plan to come for five days in the fall, you do not need to do anything more. We will see you in August. 
  • If your child is currently receiving virtual instruction or will be new to FCPS for the 2021-22 SY, you will receive a district communication asking your intent to apply for the Virtual Program option for your child for next year. Only students with a documented medical or health need will be eligible for Virtual Program instruction.

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In closing, I would like to acknowledge the tremendous efforts of our Fairfax County Public Schools teachers and staff. Throughout the pandemic, they have shown extraordinary resilience and an unwavering dedication to our students and families. Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week is this week. Please take a moment to let your child’s teachers know how much you appreciate them–today and every day. 


Scott Brabrand