Return to School

Fall 2020 Planning

FCPS Plan for Return to School

At their June 23 meeting, the Fairfax County School Board agreed on a plan to offer students and staff a choice in how they return to school in August. Parents will receive an enrollment letter so that they can state their preference.

The plan offers families two choices: 

  • Full-time online instruction. Students will take part in virtual, face to face instruction four days a week. Details.

  • Students will receive at least two full days of instruction in school each week. Students will be engaged in independent study and work on the days they are not in the school building.  Details

One day each week will be set aside for teacher planning and extra support for some students.

There is more in-person or synchronous instruction for Special Education students and English Language Learners.  Students will receive new instructional content and student work will be graded.  More details about the plan will be available in the coming weeks.

Parents must respond to the enrollment letter request by Friday, July 10. This deadline will enable FCPS to plan for virtual and in-person class schedules. Teachers will also be surveyed for their return-to-school preferences.   

While Virginia moves into Phase 3 of its reopening plan, we will follow the guidance provided by the state and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).  Our first priority is the health and well-being of our students and staff as we prepare for the safe reopening of schools.

The guidance from the CDC includes social and physical distancing in classrooms, buses, and shared spaces. These are important COVID-19 prevention strategies.  Physical distancing limits the number of students and staff who can be inside a school at any one time.  

Considerations for Fall return include the need to:

  • Ensure safe learning and working environments for students and staff
  • Provide options for students and staff that are unable to return to school/work
  • Comply with any social distancing requirements from state
  • Address continued access and connectivity inequities
  • Provide staff with adequate time and training to prepare for new school year
  • Make decisions as soon as possible for scheduling and communication with families
  • Involve all stakeholder groups in the planning process


August 25 - First Day of School

July 8   -   FCPS Town Hall with Dr. Brabrand (en Español) 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. (Virtual)

July 6    -  FCPS Town Hall with Dr. Brabrand 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. (Virtual)

June 29 - Message from Superintendent on Return to School Enrollment

June 23 - Message from Superintendent on Return to School (Read Press Release)

June 23 - School Board work session to discuss options - 1:30 p.m. (Virtual) (View Video)

                FCPS Reopening Schools Narrative Plan   

                Reopening School Presentation   

                Return to School Survey Report 

June 20 - School Board Public Hearing on Return to School - 9 a.m. (Virtual)

June 19 - School Board Public Hearing on Return to School - 9 a.m. (Virtual)

June 18 - School Board Public Hearing on Return to School  - 4 p.m. (Virtual)

June 16 - FCPS Town Hall Meeting with Dr. Brabrand 6:30-7:30 p.m. (View Video

June 15 - Press release on Reopening Schools Plan 

June 15 - School Board work session to consider options - 1:30 p.m. (Virtual

                Reopening of School Presentation 

                Reopening of School Executive Summary

                Reopening Schools Plan

June 13 - FCPS sent out a family survey and a staff survey on return to school and distance learning

June 11 - Message to parents from Superintendent Scott Brabrand

June 10 - Town Hall for staff with FCPS leadership (video recording)

June 9 -   Governor Ralph Northam issued recommendations for schools for Fall 2020

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