LBSS Weekly News - 04/2/2020

Stay Strong LBSS

Message from Dr. Smith


This week our staff has focused on reconnecting with all of our Bruins and teachers have been preparing to finish the school year strong. On Tuesday, April 14th, we are excited to kick off the rest of our school year and transition to Continuity of Instruction. 


We have created a Distance Learning Playlist for you to view; click on this website: Lake Braddock Secondary School Distance Learning playlist. In this playlist, you will find two videos for students: one from me about Lake Braddock's Distance Learning Plan and one that is titled "Online Learning 101." These videos contain valuable information for you and your students to get ready for the start of Distance Learning on April 14.


One main document you'll want to reference during this time is the Continuation of Instruction Student Support. In this document, you will find the instructional schedule; office hours for teachers; office hours and contact information for counselors, other support staff, and technology support; and contact information for administrators. 


Additionally, there have been many resources shared through social media and other avenues with ways to make the best of this time.  The Lake Braddock staff put together this LBSS Tips for Working and Learning from Home resource, which is full of tips and resources for you and your students.


To the Class of 2020, we share Dr. Brabrand’s letter to the Class of 2020. Know that we echo his sentiments and are committed to working with all of you to ensure that your needs are met.


Every week I am always so proud of the ways we continue to see the Lake Braddock community show up to support and encourage one another.  Please reach out to your teachers, counselors, and administrators during this time.  We may not be able to be together physically, but we are here to support you any way that we can.   

FCPS Resources


FCPS is now publishing daily updates for the FCPS community, highlighting things you need to know such as updates on the FCPS digital learning plan, major county and state announcements, and news articles.


Quick links to resources:

Food Resources

Talking to Students about COVID-19

Fairfax County Resources (Assistance from a Distance) Flyers posted below

Ways to Support Local Organizations

Academics and Continuity of Learning Plan


FCPS cable channels with learning activities are available. Channel 25 includes middle school programming and Channel 99 includes high school programming. This content will also be available online at

Channel Lineup


Counselor and Clinical Team Support

During this difficult time our Student Services teams continue to be here to help support our staff, students, and families.  Please see the attached contact information for counselors and the clinical team. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have students who you are concerned about.  If you have sensitive information that you do not want to send in an email you can simply say you have a student concern you would like to address and include an phone number where a counselor or clinical team member can reach you.  Additional information will be coming about having dedicated office hours.

Other Mental Health Resources

FCPS has created a website for Mental Health Resources that is accessible on the main page of the FCPS website.  They are also providing information for emergency mental health services that may be helpful to share with students or include in your email signature. 

Mental Health Resources


FCPS Fields are Closed

Based on the latest Fairfax County Health Department recommendations related to COVID-19, all FCPS fields are closed at this time. Please refrain from entering any FCPS fields, including ones at Lake Braddock. Thank you for your cooperation.


CANCELED: ACT for Saturday, April 4
The ACT scheduled for any FCPS location on Saturday, April 4 will also be cancelled. Any student who was registered to test will receive information direction from ACT. Due to the high volume of closures, communication from ACT regarding this cancellation will likely be delayed.


PTSA Updates
All PTSA information can be found on the PTSA web site:


Audible: Free Collection
Audible is offering for free a collection of audiobook playbacks while schools are closed during this COVID-19 crisis. The collection has been handpicked by their editors and is a mix of stories to entertain, inform and engage young people ages 0 to 18. 

To access the free titles, visit from any web browser.  


Families Needing Internet
Effective Monday, March 16, 2020, Comcast is offering 2 months free to new Internet Essentials customers in response to recent and anticipated emergency measures associated with the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Please use this website for more information:

Fairfax County Family Services Resources

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HS Information


High School Yearbook

The high school yearbook is now available for purchase via MySchoolBucks and the online site:( with school code 5061). Not sure if you’ve already pre-ordered your student’s 2020 book? Email

Do you have a spring sports athlete or theatre student in your home? You can help us finish the spring supplement by submitting photos. We’d love any pictures you have that were taken in March and after. Submit to the online eShare site at using school code 5061.

When we have more information about the book arrival, we will communicate the distribution plan.