Important Message Regarding Distance Learning

Dear Braddock District Community,

As many families and residents are aware, FCPS rolled out its Distance Learning Program on Tuesday, which includes direct, online instruction. Regrettably, FCPS students and teachers encountered a number of unexpected technology challenges on the first day. This caused Superintendent Brabrand to halt online instruction until next Monday. In the interim, FCPS’ Information Technology Department (IT) is working closely with its outside vendor to remedy these issues.

As your School Board Member, I want to first apologize on behalf of our school system. Like so many in Fairfax County, my husband and I chose to raise our family here because of its premiere school system. This week’s missteps are simply unacceptable and as your School Board Member, I share your disappointment and frustration. FCPS can, and must do better.

One of the School Board’s primary responsibilities is to hold Superintendent Brabrand accountable for FCPS’ day-to-day operations, which includes the development and implementation of the COVID-19 Distance Learning program. Please be assured that my colleagues and I are very concerned about what has transpired, and we immediately held a 3-hour "virtual” public work session with him yesterday to discuss the problems and the pending solutions. The Board will continue to review this matter in greater detail to determine what additional accountability measures are needed. At a minimum, there needs to be an external, independent review of FCPS’ IT operations. 

As your elected representative to the School Board, I am deeply committed to ensuring continuous improvement within FCPS. Your community input is vital to this effort, so please keep me apprised of any concerns you may have.

In humble service,


Distance Learning Support

A website has been developed to provide resources and strategies to support students and families as they engage in distance learning: Learning at Home.

Information on technical support is also available online. 

The complete Distance Learning program can be accessed HERE or you can locate specific sections of the plan through the Distance Learning Plan webpage.

Upcoming Budget Meetings

On April 20, The School Board will hold a virtual budget work session. You can watch the meeting live at 11 a.m.

On April 23, the School Board will consider the FY 21 Revised Budget at a regular meeting. You can watch the meeting live at 10 a.m.

Both meetings can be viewed on Channel 99 or through the website.

The views contained within this newsletter reflect the views of the individual school board member who is the publisher of this newsletter and may not reflect the views of the Fairfax County School Board.

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