Sangster Update

March 15, 2020 


Dear Sangster Families,


Dr. Brabrand's recent email updated the operating status for Fairfax County Public Schools.  All school buildings and central offices are CLOSED.  This means we cannot open the school for any reason over the next two weeks.  Therefore, the previously scheduled opportunity to get belongings and laptops is cancelled.  It will come as no surprise to you that as we were planning for Monday that most staff members volunteered to come in and support our families. Mr. Le, our district Technology Specialist was working hard all weekend to prepare computers for checkout for families without access. Sangster Elementary is truly a community that lives the motto #OtherPeopleMatter.


The Region 4 Principals are encouraging our community to practice social distancing. Interacting face-to-face with friends and neighbors through apps like FaceTime and video chats can help to practice social distancing while not falling into social isolation.  Social media may allow engagement with others as well, but we want to caution our families not to become over-reliant on apps that promote likes over personal contact. We encourage you to make phone calls, talk to friends, and keep in contact over this time. The world has pressed pause on our school year -- take this time to slow down, stay home, and support one another.


Information on what we will do with third quarter is still in process.  Please be patient and know that the entire county and state are dealing with this and decisions around grading and testing have many implications; therefore, this will take additional time to determine next steps.


I recognize this is a difficult time and you and your child(ren) may be experiencing a variety of feelings, including fear and anxiety.  Should you or a loved one be in need of mental health support, please do not hesitate to reach out to:

  • Text NEEDHELP to 85511 for the Crisis Link Hotline at or call them at 703-527-4077
  • Chat online with a specialist at or
  • Call an emergency mental health center at 703 573-5679 (Merrifield Center), 703-536-2000 (Dominion Hospital), or 703-289-7560 (INOVA emergency services)


Please continue to direct students to the optional learning activities available on the FCPS cable channels and by subject area on FCPS 24-7 (Blackboard). Note: these learning activities are not required or graded. Teachers will not be providing work at this time. Please do not email teachers requesting work.


Read Dr. Brabrand's message in its entirety, including information on the expanded availability of grab and go meals, at


Thank you for your support and understanding during this difficult time.  As additional information becomes available, we will continue to communicate with you as quickly as possible. We understand this is a difficult time and families may be feeling a variety of emotions around this closure. Take good care and stay healthy.



Lisa M. Reddel