Family Guide for Return to School

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) is partnering with families to ensure we keep students and staff safe and healthy as we return to school buildings for learning.

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Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) is partnering with families to ensure we keep students and staff safe and healthy as we've returned to school buildings for learning. Working together, we will follow recommended health guidance that focuses on student health, safety, and emotional well-being.

Health and Safety Guidance Document

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) is providing the following guidance to staff regarding school health practices for students. The guidance is consistent with Governor Northam’s phased reopening plan for Virginia schools and guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  Schools should follow all CDC, Virginia Department of Health (VDH), Virginia Department of Education (VDOE), and the local health department guidance for reopening schools during all phases.

This document is updated frequently and contains the most recent information on health and safety topics.

Family Guide for Return to School

The information in this guide will help families know what to expect as students return to school. The guide includes steps families will need to take at home in preparation for the return to school.

Our core focus remains the health and safety of students and staff. The Virginia Department of Education and Virginia Department of Health have published updated guidance for returning students to schools, including explicit health decision making guidance.

FCPS is following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) layered prevention strategies to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

This web page is subject to updates. If and when the circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic change, this guidance may also change.


Mental Health and Wellness

All children and youth face challenges from time to time managing emotions such as feeling depressed, anxious, or worried. As students prepare to return to in-person learning, these emotions may be heightened. School counselors, school psychologists, and school social workers are available to support all students as they transition back to their school buildings. Every school in FCPS has at least one counselor, psychologist, and social worker. These professionals can provide guidance for families and support for students who may be struggling with anxiety, mood, behavior, or peer or family interactions. They can also connect students and families with available community resources. 

Contact information for your child’s school counselor, school social worker, and school psychologist can be found by visiting your school’s website.

If you or someone you care about is experiencing a mental health crisis, or if you believe there may be a mental health emergency, call 911. Additional resources are available.

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