Safety - Your Questions Answered

Everything you need to know about return to school

FCPS will continue to follow the guidance put forth by clinical researchers and medical providers from the Centers for Disease Control, Virginia Department of Health, and the Fairfax County Health Department to ensure the safest classrooms possible. Following are some commonly asked questions and answers.  

COVID-19 Closures

When will FCPS consider closing schools?

FCPS, like every school division in Virginia, is mandated to provide in-person learning this fall. This approach is supported by the Fairfax County Board. We continue to believe that all students do better in person in school. 

FCPS has plans in place to ensure continuity of learning in the event health authorities or an Executive Order require a temporary closure to protect the health of students, staff, and the community.

Mask Guidance

When are masks required?

Based on new metrics and CDC guidance, FCPS will now adjust our roll back plan and allow everyone - staff and parents/guardians of FCPS students - to make a choice whether or not they will wear a mask starting Tuesday, March 1.

 

School Meals

FCPS is committed to ensuring the health and safety of our staff and students throughout the entire school day, including lunchtime.g. Hot lunches via serving lines are available, however we are unable to offer salad bars.

 

How will the Free and Reduced Meals Program work this school year?

Enrolled students will be offered a nutritious meal for breakfast and lunch each day at no charge to the household. Households will not be required to submit a meal application form to receive meals at no charge; however other benefits may be connected to eligibility.  Applications are available online.

Is there anything families can do to prepare for school meals?

A la carte items will be phased in as capacity allows, but you can prepare in advance. Set up your student’s MySchoolBucks account and help them memorize their pin. If you have questions about MySchoolBucks, your school’s front office staff can help.

Screening and Testing

Will regular testing be a layered prevention strategy?

The Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) COVID-19 screening testing program provides testing to students and staff. For students, parental consent is required.  Read more about the testing program. 

Symptom Assessment/Staying Home When Sick

My child has the sniffles, but no fever, should I send them to school?

Students, teachers, and staff should stay home when they have signs of any infectious illness and be referred to their healthcare provider for testing and care.

 


 

Vaccinations

Are FCPS staff required to be vaccinated?

By late October, all FCPS employees will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or submit to routine negative COVID-19 tests, a move that reinforces existing layered prevention strategies and the division’s commitment to safety. Chaperones attending field trips are required to be vaccinated and adhere to wearing a mask.  

Virtual Program

Can I enroll my student in FCPS' Virtual Program?

FCPS is excited to have all staff and students return in the fall for five days of in-person instruction. We believe that in-person learning is the best approach, and are focused on providing a safe and positive learning experience for all students. 

Eligibility for the Virtual Program is LIMITED and based on a documented COVID-19 related health/medical need of the student that is aligned to the CDC recommended criteria. Applications should be submitted with evidence of a documented medical need.

Students New to FCPS

  • Eligibility for the Virtual Program is LIMITED and will be based on a documented COVID-19 related health/medical need of the student. Family health/medical conditions will not be considered for this program. This eligibility is not extended to siblings or other students in a household.

  • If you have a student new to FCPS with a COVID-19 related health condition who would like to be considered for the Virtual Program, please contact your base school.

Current FCPS Students

  • Eligibility for the Virtual Program is LIMITED and based on a documented COVID-19 related health/medical need of the student that is aligned to the CDC recommended criteria. Applications should be submitted with evidence of a documented medical need.

  • Virtual Virginia is no longer accepting applications and is therefore not an option for virtual learning.

  • If you have a student that was enrolled prior to May 28, 2021 with a health/medical need that prevents attendance from school or concerns with returning to in-person learning, please contact your base school to discuss your options.

Note: Fairfax County Public Schools is not legally obligated to provide virtual instruction to students.