Class of 2020, Renaming Lee High School, Return To School, Upcoming School Board Meetings, and more ...

Dear Lee District Families -

Happy Last Day of School! I know we all are ready for our summer break to begin! 

I want to thank our families for your patience as you worked with us through the learning challenges that the Coronavirus pandemic brought to FCPS. Thank you also to our teachers, administrators and staff for all of your hard work during this unprecedented time.

As summer break begins, we will begin with a work session on Monday, June 15 to review the Superintendent’s plan for how to safely re-open our schools in the fall. Details are below. 

Seniors, I wish you the very best on your life’s next adventure! May you always keep the memories of your time at FCPS in your hearts! 

Stay safe and healthy as we move into Phase 2 of re-opening here in Fairfax! 

- Tammy

FCPS Salutes the Class of 2020


All FCPS high schools lit up their stadiums and fields on May 20 at 20:20 (military time) for 20 minutes and 20 seconds to honor the Class of 2020.

FCPS has been featuring interviews with some members from the Class of 2020. The focus was on all their accomplishments with FCPS and their future plans and dreams of the future. Senior spotlights can be found here. They are also featured on the FCPS Instagram and Twitter feeds.

This week we honored two students from the Lee District:

Sebastian Bonaiuto, Edison High School

Students were recommended for a spotlight by teachers, school counselors, school-based technology specialists, college and career center specialists, AVID coordinators, and principals.

Congratulations to all FCPS Seniors!

Share Your Graduation or Promotion Ceremony Photos on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram

FCPS parents, students, and staff members are invited to share their favorite graduation or promotion pictures on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram by using the hashtags #fcpsgrad20 and #classof2020.

We will retweet some of the photos on Twitter and share some of the photos on Facebook and on Instagram.

FCPS Resumes Process to Consider Renaming Lee High School

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) is resuming the process to consider renaming Robert E. Lee High School, which was postponed when Governor Ralph Northam closed schools for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The district is resuming the community engagement process to gather feedback on the proposal to rename the school.  FCPS held a community meeting on March 11 and also invited community members to submit their suggestions online and via email. Feedback has been posted online.

FCPS has scheduled a virtual public hearing at 4 p.m. on Monday, June 22, to adhere to public health guidelines recommending social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Anyone who wishes to speak at the public hearing can sign up to speak online. Community members can also share their comments via email to

The revised timeline will enable the process to be completed prior to the start of the 2020-21 school year—just as the pre-COVID timeline provided. 

The Fairfax County School Board is scheduled to take action on whether or not to change the name of the school at its regular business meeting on Tuesday, June 23.  If the Board votes to proceed, Superintendent Scott S. Brabrand will bring a recommendation to the Board on a new name for the school as a new business item at the June 23 meeting.

Information about the renaming process is also available online.

Return to School - Fall 2020 Planning

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) will use the guidance provided by the state to develop the Return to School Plan. On Monday, June 15, the Superintendent will present to the Fairfax County School Board details for various scenarios that could be in place when the 2020-21 school year begins. For any in-person instruction, the state guidance prioritizes health and safety by ensuring physical distancing measures are maintained in classrooms, buses, and shared spaces. A School Board Public Hearing will be held on June 18 at 6:30 p.m.  A second meeting with the School Board is scheduled for June 23 to continue the discussion on plans for next school year. The School Board meetings are live streamed here . 

A survey will be sent tomorrow to parents and FCPS employees regarding the various return to school options. We encourage you to provide us your feedback to help us develop the best plan we can offer to students and families for school year 2020-21. 

To read more about the Governor's announcement this week, considerations for the Fall return, and a timeline, visit:

Upcoming Board Meetings

Monday, June 15 at 1:30 pm
Special Electronic Work Session - Return To School Discussion

Thursday, June 18 at 4:00 pm
Special Electronic Regular Meeting

Thursday, June 18 at 6:30 pm
Public Hearing - Return To School Plan

Monday, June 22 at 1:30 pm
Special Electronic Work Session - SR&R Discussion

Monday, June 22 at 4:00 pm
Public Hearing - Renaming Lee High School

Tuesday, June 23 at 1:30 pm
Special Electronic Work Session - Return to School Discussion

Tuesday, June 23 at 5:30 pm
Special Electronic Regular Meeting - Decision on Proceeding with Renaming Lee High School

Thursday, June 25 at 3:30 pm
Special Electronic Regular Meeting


For agenda, handouts and virtual meeting access, click here.

Members of the public are welcome to attend virtually at

A Special Message from Clermont Elementary School


I want to shout out a huge thank you to the specialists from Clermont Elementary School who spelled out a special message for their students.

Mount Vernon High School Senior Art Show

With the help of these amazing seniors, the visual art department has created a virtual senior art show honoring many of the artists in the class of 2020.  Enjoy, congratulate and celebrate our talented artists!


FCPS Offers Free Online Summer Arts Enrichment Program

Fairfax County Public Schools will offer a free online arts enrichment program for current K-12 students over for five weeks from July 6 to August 7.  A variety of classes will be offered in art, music, theater, and dance.

  • Elementary classes include K-6 Art, Stitchery and Weaving, Claymation and Recycled Art, K-6 Music, Drumming, Contemporary Vocals, Sixth Grade Band, Sixth Grade Strings, K-6 Theater, and K-6 Dance.
  • Secondary classes include Cartooning, Cell Phone Photography and Animation, Digital Art, Exploratory Drawing and Painting, Guitar, Jazz Band, Creative Strings, Show Choir, Musical Theater, Acting, Theatre Games and Improv, Technical Theater Design and Production, Creative Writing, Yoga for the Artist, Summer Dance Exploration, Summer Dance Intensive, and Fitness for the Performing Artist.

Students may participate in as many classes as they wish, continuing to take their favorite art classes or trying something new. Registration is not required.


Every class is taught by a licensed FCPS teacher in a fun and supportive environment. Most classes will require a few supplies or an instrument; this information will be included in the class description. Each week a new activity with a demonstration video and directions will be posted online. Families are encouraged to come back each week to see what is new. View the elementary and secondary details or email for more information.

FCPS to Reopen Basketball Courts and Playgrounds in Accordance with Phase 2 Guidelines


In accordance with Fairfax County’s Phase 2 reopening guidelines, Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) is reopening additional outdoor areas on school grounds to the community, effective Friday, June 12.

Reopening on June 12 will be:

  • Athletic fields (for organized and permitted use, based on Virginia and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines pertaining to use of athletic fields).
  • Basketball courts (maintaining 10 feet of physical distance, based on Virginia guidelines).
  • Playgrounds – Playgrounds will open systemwide. There is no special cleaning of playground equipment; visitors use at their own risk and must adhere to social distancing guidelines.  

All openings are based on CDC guidelines, state mandates, and guidance from local health officials.

More information about the Fairfax County Park Authority’s guidelines can be found online at FCPA Coronavirus Response

All visitors are urged to practice health department safety guidelines, including social distancing.

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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