Time Sensitive: Fall 2020 Return to School work sessions and community engagement

Greetings Braddock District Community,

This coming Monday, the School Board will conduct the first of two June Work Sessions on FCPS’ potential plans for reopening our schools this Fall. Due to the significant impact that these plans will have on our students, families and employees, I hope you will please review the detailed information below. 

As with every important issue that impacts our schools, I am deeply committed to data-driven decision making that incorporates strong community input. Given many other countries around the globe are reopening their schools (they typically do not end until July), FCPS and other U.S. school districts can draw upon those experiences to help inform these important decisions.

As both a School Board Member and social worker, I believe it is vital to identify solutions that allow FCPS to safely reopen our schools as soon as possible. For those students, school-based staff, or their loved ones with health conditions, it will be essential for FCPS to offer quality distance-learning alternatives.

Thank you for being an engaged citizen, and know that I value your input regarding any issue facing our public schools.

Best wishes to you and your loved ones,


Return to School Information

Earlier this week, Governor Northam directed that Northern Virginia will be entering Phase 2 of reopening today, June 12, 2020. In response, the Fairfax County Park Authority has announced additional facility openings and FCPS has announced the opening of athletic fields, basketball courts, and playgrounds in accordance with Phase 2 guidelines.

In addition, Governor Northam presented initial guidelines for reopening schools. FCPS has created a Return to School webpage that is updated as new information becomes available.

Please see below for information about upcoming work sessions as well as ways to participate in the Return to School process for the 2020-21 school year.

School Board Work Sessions

The Superintendent and his staff will be presenting details for Return to School plans to the School Board at our work session on June 15. We will continue the conversation, after receiving public input, in a second work session on June 23.

June 15, 2020
1:30 - 4:30 p.m.

June 23, 2020
1:30 - 4:30 p.m.

School Board Meetings and Work Sessions are broadcast on Channel 99 (Cox and Comcast), Channel 11 (Verizon) and live streamed online here. The sessions will also be posted on YouTube for later viewing.

Parent and Employee Survey

A survey is being sent next week to all FCPS families and staff regarding the various Return to School options and we encourage you to provide the Superintendent and his staff with your feedback to help develop the very best plan we can possibly offer to our students and families for 2020-21.

Public Hearing

Next Thursday, the School Board has scheduled a virtual public hearing to hear citizen comments on the Return to School. The Public Hearing is scheduled for 6:30 pm. on Thursday, June 18, 2020. Speaker registration is open and citizens are encouraged to register to speak at this link:

Register to Speak


The Superintendent has set up an email address for you to share any comments or suggestions you may have regarding Return to School. You may send your thoughts to ReturntoSchool@fcps.edu .

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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