Students Relocating Within Virginia and Contiguous States May Remain Enrolled in FCPS Schools

Families can request that their child remain enrolled in their current FCPS school for the remainder of SY 2020-2021

The Fairfax County School Board has voted to support an exception to Policy 2202, Section III. I. that allows families who are permanently relocating within Virginia or to states contiguous with Virginia to request their child remain enrolled in their current FCPS school (either virtually or in-person) for the remainder of SY 2020-2021, with immediate effect.

The temporary exception, which does not change the policy long-term, is to support students and families who may be relocating during the COVID-19 emergency for the remainder of SY 2020-2021.

  • As of the March 4, 2021 school board action, families who are permanently relocating within Virginia or to states contiguous with Virginia before April 13, 2021, can request for their child to remain enrolled in their current school of enrollment within FCPS with immediate effect.
  • Families who are looking to relocate within the 60-day window permitted under the policy (starting April 13, 2021) can still request for their child to remain enrolled in their current school within FCPS no matter where they move within the United States.

Prior to the Board vote, Policy 2202, Section III. I. allowed for families becoming residents in another jurisdiction within 60 calendar days of the end of the school year to request to continue attending his or her previously assigned school on a non-tuition basis until the completion of the school year. The policy did not allow for longer than 60 days.

The policy language was not amended. This is a temporary exception. Per Policy 2202, students would no longer be eligible for enrollment after the end of SY 2020-2021 and will be required to transition to their new district school of residence in SY 2021-2022.

 

Why Did FCPS Make This Exception?

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a number of changes that have impacted adults and children in multiple aspects of their lives and students across the nation have had to adapt to new ways of learning, socializing and simply living their everyday life. 

Change is challenging under typical conditions and is even more challenging during this time as we continue to navigate this pandemic. 

While it is beyond our focus of control to manage or limit some of the change our students are facing, we want to provide them with the opportunity to have stability in their school life even if the pandemic or other factors results in their relocating outside of Fairfax County to a neighboring state or the District of Columbia this school year.

FCPS wishes to uplift our caring culture and allow students, whose families desire, to complete the 2020-21 school year with the teachers and staff that have worked diligently to support them academically and socially for their continued success.

Further, we wish to provide an option to students to continue to learn alongside their peers, be it virtually or in-person, for whom they’ve developed relationships and who may serve as a key lever to their forward progress.