Fall 2021 Planning

Five Day In-person Instruction for All Students 

What Will In-Person Learning Look Like in the Fall

Fairfax County Public Schools believes that in-person learning is best for students. For the 2021-22 school year, we are welcoming all students back to school buildings for five days a week of instruction.

We are planning now for a successful transition in the fall.

Planning Ahead to Return Strong 

FCPS is preparing for a smooth transition to five days in the fall, while following health and safety guidelines, with the following actions: 

  • Updating bell schedules and bus schedules
  • Expanding outdoor learning capacity (Watch video about Centreville ES outdoor learning.)
  • Expanding lunch capacity
  • Developing master schedules for five day a week of in-person instruction
  • Reinstating School Age Child Care (SACC) to its before and after school model
  • Monitoring health and vaccine updates
  • Exploring COVID-19 screening and diagnostic testing pilots.

Health and Safety

In the fall, schools will provide a clean and safe environment for everyone, using prevention strategies (masks, social distancing, hand-washing)  to reduce the transmission of COVID-19. .

At this time, there is no requirement for students to receive a COVID-19 vaccine for school entrance. However, there are some new immunization requirements outlined below: 

Updated Immunization Requirements

Effective July 1, 2021 - All Grade Levels

New Requirements

  • The Virginia Department of Health has developed a phase-in schedule for both the Hepatitis A and Meningococcal vaccinations. 
    • Hepatitis A - A minimum of two doses of Hepatitis (A) vaccine are required: The minimum age for the initial dose is twelve months. At least six months spacing between the first and final dose.  For the school year 2021-22, kindergarten students must have two doses of Hepatitis A.     
    • Meningococcal - A minimum of two doses of Meningococcal (MenACWY) vaccine are required: The minimum age for the initial dose is 10 years. The first dose is required for students entering 7th grade. The second dose is required for students entering 12th grade (dose must be administered at age 16 or older).  For SY 2021-22, 7th grade students must have one dose and 12th grade students must have one dose. 

Recommended but NOT REQUIRED for School Entry

  • Human Papillomavirus - A complete series of Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine is recommended. The minimum age for the initial dose is nine years. The first dose is recommended for ALL students (boys and girls) entering 7th grade. The parent or guardian, at their sole discretion, may elect for the student not to receive the HPV series.  Parent/guardian HPV opt-out documentation is not required. 

Regulation 2101 details the specific health requirements for FCPS students and is in the process of being updated with the additional immunization requirements.


An eNotify was sent to parents/guardians communicating the new immunization requirements on April 4, 2021. 

Note: More detailed information is available on the Health and Safety Guidance web page

Register Now - Kindergarten and New Students

Maybe you have a child entering kindergarten or new to the area. Or a student who left FCPS, but might return. We encourage you to join us as we "return strong" to our schools where students thrive.  Learn more about:

State Law Requires Five Days

The Commonwealth of Virginia has made it a legal requirement for all school divisions to offer five days of in-person instruction for all students in the fall via Senate Bill 1303. When the law becomes effective in July 2021, FCPS will transition from providing in-person learning within the strict parameters of the CDC guidance to following the Virginia law and applying CDC guidance to the maximum extent practicable. 

Limited Virtual Enrollment 

Virtual enrollment will be limited to students with documented COVID-19 related health/medical needs. Learn more about the virtual program for school year 2021-22