FCPS Mask Guidance for Return to School

Preparing for School Year 2021-22

July 26, 2021

Dear FCPS Community,

As we prepare to return strong with five days of in-person learning this fall, it is important that we all understand how we can provide a safe and healthy learning environment for all students. 

There are three things you can all do to help ensure we return strong in the fall:

  1. Mask Up

To ensure our schools stay open and safe this school year, FCPS will start the school year with universal masking. Masks will be worn at all times by both staff and students indoors and on school buses, but are not required when eating or when outside during recess, PE, or other activities. Universal masking is a critical factor in ensuring all students can return to our buildings, especially when social distancing is not possible and not all our students are eligible yet for vaccinations. We will be regularly reviewing our masking practices in line with updates to national, state and local health recommendations. Find out why we are starting the school year with universal masking

  1. Vax Up

The most effective tool for preventing the spread of COVID-19 is widespread vaccination. If you and your child are eligible for vaccination and have not yet had your shot, visit one of our school vaccination clinics or make an appointment to be vaccinated as soon as possible. 

  1. Stay Connected

Staying connected is more important than ever right now. Make sure you are signed up to receive FCPS This Week and your school newsletter through News You Choose. This is how we will be sharing all the need-to-know Return to School information. 

Thank you for helping us start the 2021-22 school year strong.