Return to School Plan - Presentations Shared with the School Board

Process leading to the Return to School Plan

We all share the same goal: a strong school year, with students learning together in classrooms. We look forward to seeing our students on August 23."    -- Fairfax County School Board

In early spring 2021, FCPS leadership began preparing for a strong return to in-person instruction for the 2021-22 school year. Details about the planning process were shared at multiple School Board meetings, which are available below.

The resulting Return to School Plan, also presented below, focuses on safety, as well as academic and social emotional support for all of our students.

School Board Meetings

View the detailed School Board presentations about the Return to School Plan:

Return to School Plan

Mask Guidance

In August, we released FCPS Mask Guidance for Return to School to our community via email, text, social media, and the FCPS website. This guidance was developed in alignment with the CDC, Virginia Department of Health, and Fairfax County Department of Health. The decision to begin the school year with universal masking is one that many other school districts in Virginia, as well as the Washington, DC metropolitan area, are adopting. It is a key prevention strategy and will help keep students in the classroom.  

Vaccination Status

The most effective tool for preventing the spread of COVID-19 is widespread vaccination. FCPS is encouraging, but not requiring, all eligible students, staff, and family members to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Visit one of our school vaccination clinics or make an appointment to be vaccinated. 

COVID-19 Exposure and School Closures

FCPS works closely with our health partners to determine the proper response should there be an outbreak of COVID-19 within a school, including the possibility of a short-term closure. It would be inappropriate to guarantee that we would never close a school. If we have learned nothing else from this pandemic, circumstances change rapidly. The safety of our students and staff will always be our greatest priority. We do have plans in place to ensure continuity of learning for students should the situation deteriorate within our community.

Academic Support

More than 36,000 students have been receiving additional academic support through FCPS’ comprehensive summer programs. Teachers and staff will be prepared to address and support students’ specific needs when the new school year begins on August 23. A full Academic Support Plan, tied to FCPS’ proposed ESSER III spending plan, will be a significant investment of funding and resources that will ensure our students have the support they need to thrive this school year and beyond. 


As is the case every school year, FCPS continues our teacher and support staff recruitment throughout the summer. We will be providing five days a week of in-person instruction this fall.


On July 27, information was sent to parents regarding a request to participate in an upcoming survey regarding transportation. Bus stops and route information will be shared with families via the ParentVue accounts on August 10. 

Stay Connected

We encourage students and families to stay informed by signing 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. Visit the Return to School webpage for the latest information, including the ways we will return to school safely.

In addition, there will be opportunities for parents, staff, and students to ask questions at upcoming town halls before and after the school year begins. Dates and locations will be announced soon.