Daniels Run Down-Family Edition-August 13, 2021

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To ensure a safe start to the school year students, staff and vistors will  wear masks while indoors. . Read more about why these measures are important and how we’ll practice safety this fall.

FCPS has been planning for the return to school since spring, and we cannot wait to have students back in classrooms five days a week! You can prepare for a strong start to the school year by visiting the Return to School page, frequently checking the Return to School FAQs, and reading FCPS This Week for the latest information.

DRES Tours

All families are welcome to tour the building on Friday, August 13 from 3-5 pm.  Feel free to join a guided tour (3:00, 3:45 and 4:30) led by a member of our administrative or counseling team.  You can also walk the building self-guided.  Our teachers will not be available during the tours in order to prepare for the upcoming school year.

Welcome Walk 

We will welcome students and families back by making a brief visit to your home on Thursday, August 19 between 12-4 pm.  What will this look like?  Your child will be welcomed with a short visit at your front door or on your front lawn by their new teacher! We want a chance to say hello and answer any questions you may have. 

Opting out:  If you will be away or prefer not to participate please complete this form (student’s name, grade and phone number) by Monday, August 16.  

Return to School Q&A

Mr. Smith and members of the DRES leadership team will be available virtually to answer back to school questions.  A recording of the August 9 session is available here.  A link to access the session will be shared by email the morning of the session.

  • Monday, August 16 from 5:00 - 6:00 pm

Free School Meals for All Students 

FCPS’ Food and Nutrition Services staff are ready to serve healthy meals to students and staff. This year, all students receive FREE breakfast and lunch.

Find out more about school meals go to: www.fcps.edu/news/free-meals

Transportation Updates

Parents/guardians should review their ParentVue account in Student Information System (SIS) for updated bus route assignment information after August 10, 2021.

Health Room Information

The School Health Team:

  • Anna Wendland-Budzyn, RN, PHN is the Public Health Nurse and responsible for developing a plan of care for students with chronic health conditions, training staff members to care for students with health concerns and for the supervision of the day to day operations of the Health Room (clinic). She can be reached at 703-322-3110 or email

 Awendlandbud@fcps.edu or Anna.Wendland-Budzyn@fairfaxcounty.gov

Celeste Delahunty, the School Health Aide (SHA) works every day while the students are in school. She delivers care to sick and injured students according to specific guidelines and/or care plans and administers medications. She can be reached at 703-279-8410; M-F 9:00 to 4:00pm


  • Complete and return the Health Information Form, listing specific health condition(s) that may impact your child’s school day. A medical alert list is developed using this information to inform each child’s teacher(s) of health issues.   
  • Complete and return the Emergency Care Information Form, listing as emergency contacts someone who can be reached in a timely manner and can pick up your child should he/she become sick or injured at school. Notify the school office of any changes to the information provided on this form.
  • If your child has PE restrictions, notify the PE teacher directly and inform the PHN.
  • Keep a sick child home. Please do not send your child to school if he/she has a fever or is vomiting. It is recommended that your child be fever free for 24 hours without fever reducing medication before returning to school.



  • Care of sick and injured students and administration of medication according to Fairfax County Public School guidelines.
  • Coordination of care for students during the school day with identified health concerns.
  • Identification and follow-up of communicable disease.
  • Vision and hearing screening

For additional information, please contact the school health room at 703-279-8410                                                                                                           




Parent or guardian may authorize administration of the following medications at school by completing, signing, and dating Parts l & ll of AUTHORIZATION FOR MEDICATION:

  • Over-the-counter (OTC) medication may be given as-needed throughout the school year ONLY as a pain reliever for headaches, muscle aches, orthodontic pain, or menstrual cramps.
  • OTC medication for any other conditions may be given up to 10 consecutive school days.
  • Antibiotics and antivirals.
  1. A physician must complete, sign, and date the order on Part ll of the medication form for all medications other than the situations above. Part l of the authorization form must be completed and signed by the parent or guardian. The AUTHORIZATION FOR USE OF INHALER form requires parent and student signatures on Part ll as well as the physician signature. The first dose of any new medication must be given at home
  2. Written medication orders on Part ll of the medication form must include:
  • Diagnosis
  • Name of medication – no abbreviations
  • Dosage
  • Time medication is to be taken
  • Sequence of medication when more than one is prescribed
  • The exact condition or symptom if given on an as needed basis
  • Interval between dosages – repeat as necessary is not acceptable
  • Duration of medication order or effective dates Medication label MUST match written order:
  • All prescribed medication, including physician samples, must be in a container labeled and dated by a pharmacist or physician with name of student, name of medication, dosage, and time to be taken.
  • All OTC medication must be in the original container and labeled by parent or guardian with name of student, dosage, and time to be taken.
  1. The parent or guardian must transport medication to and from school. With parental permission, high school students may transport OTC medications to and from the school health room.
  2. At the beginning of each school year a new medication form is required. Forms are in the health room or on line at https://www.fcps.edu/index.php/resources/student-safety-and-wellness/school-health-services at the bottom of the page.
  3. Each time there is a change in the dosage or time, a new authorization form is required. The new medication order and container label must match.
  4. Students must go to the health room to receive medication. Parents should develop a plan with the student to ensure that he/she goes to the health room at the prescribed time. Medication can only be given one-half hour before or one-half hour after the prescribed time.
  5. For as needed medication, parents should inform the health room if the medication was given at home before school hours. This will prevent students from receiving medication too close to an earlier dose.
  6. Parent or guardian must collect any unused portion of medication within one week after expiration of the effective date on the order form. Unclaimed medication within that period will be discarded. Medication that has not been picked up by the closing bell on the last day of the school year will be discarded.

Schoology Information

We are excited to share that students, families, and teachers throughout FCPS and in our school community will use Schoology (pronounced /SKOO-luh-jee/) as our learning management system beginning this school year.

  • Schoology has a connected web conferencing tool, Zoom
  • Schoology works with Google Drive
  • You need a SIS/ParentVUE account to login to Schoology
  • Click here to learn more about Schoology
  • Parent accounts will be available in mid-August
    • Information about how to login to parent accounts will be shared with you closer to the start of the school year
  • Students will have a Schoology account by August 18, 2021
    • Students will not see any classes until the grading period starts
    • Students use their FCPS student ID and password to login to Schoology. Look for the FCPS logo to make sure you are on the correct login page.

Supply Lists 

Supply lists have been updated for the 2021-22 school year.  


Katherine Johnson Story Walk

Fairfax City’s Office of Economic Development in partnership with the City of Fairfax Schools is excited to announce the Katherine Johnson Middle School StoryWalk®  in support of the 2022 school year at the newly named middle school.

During the month of August (8/1-8/31), students and families are invited to take a walk through Fairfax City as they read pages from a book displayed in business storefront windows.  The Katherine Johnson StoryWalk®  will feature two different books for students to read along the way, one in Old Town Fairfax City and the other in Fair City Mall. Each book will allow for students to learn more about Katherine Johnson while engaging with the City’s business community.

To start the walk, students and families can pick up an official map at the City of Fairfax Regional Library at 10360 North Street, participating businesses, download a StoryWalk®  map or Google form for each book below.  With the map in hand, follow the route to read the book.  Each business will have a new set of pages to read.  Enjoy the StoryWalk®  at your own pace but make sure to follow the path in the correct order.  Fill in the blanks with the missing words or look for the answer on the page.

Completed maps should be emailed to EconomicDevelopment@fairfaxva.gov no later than Sunday, September 5.  The first 100 completed maps received for each story will receive a copy of the book and be entered into a raffle drawing to win one of six gift cards to a Fairfax City business of choice.

Old Town Fairfax City StoryWalk®

  • Book: DK Life Stories: Katherine Johnson written by Ebony Joy Wilkins.
  • Number of Stops: 15
  • Fillable PDF of map and activity page here.
  • Downloadable Google form of activity page here.

Fair City Mall StoryWalk®

  • Book: Hidden Figures written by Margot Lee Shetterly.
  • Number of Stops: 8
  • Fillable PDF of map and activity page here.
  • Downloadable Google form of activity page here.

Summer Reading!

Curious about summer reading ideas for your student(s)? Take a look at the link below to find reading tips, book title suggestions by grade level, a fun bingo card to stretch your reading habits, and different programs offered in the county. Questions? Email our librarian, Sheila Brosnan-scbrosnan@fcps.edu


Summer Math!

Curious about summer Math ideas for your student(s)? Click here to find tips and suggestions on how to avoid summer Math loss.

40 Children's Books That Foster a Love of Math 

Math Fact Fluency

Back to School Open House and Picnic - Sept. 1 

Join us for our Back to School Night Picnic. We are combining back to school night and our welcome back picnic. The school will be open from 5:30-6:30 for you to see your student's classroom and stop by and say hello to their teacher. The picnic will be from 5:30-7:30 on the playground and fields. Bring a picnic dinner or buy dinner from one of the food trucks available. There will be music, games and friends to meet. Be sure to stop by the PTA table for a free treat for our students!


First Day of School and Bell Schedule Information

The first day of school for the 2021-22 school year is Monday, August 23. The last day of school is June 10, 2022. See the complete 2021-22 school year

Daniels Run ES bell schedule for 2021-22 will be 9:00 am - 3:45 pm 

Office hours are 8:00am - 4:30 pm

Kiss & Ride Drop Off - 8:45 - 9:00 am

Health Information/Resources

FCPS Resources:

Return to School Webpage

Return to School- Safety Webpage 

The Student Health and Safety Document is continually updated and provides detailed information on school policies and protocols related to COVID-19 such as adherence to layered prevention strategies. These guidance documents will continue to be updated to align with public health guidance.

VDOE Resource:

The Virginia Department of Health, along with the Virginia Department of Education launched the Healthy Back to School COVID-19 Website as a resource for schools and families.

Masks are an essential tool in preventing the spread of COVID-19 and protecting those unable to be vaccinated. To ensure a safe start to the school year, masks will be required for everyone, regardless of vaccination status, inside FCPS school buildings.

Wearing a mask protects us all:

  • Children under 12 and the immunocompromised are not able to be vaccinated at this time. 
  • By wearing a mask, we all help create a safe environment for those who are unable to be vaccinated.
  • When recommended social distancing is a challenge, universal masking is an approved substitute - meaning more students can engage in learning in classrooms and other spaces within the school building.
  • Reducing the spread of COVID-19 also reduces student absences and missed extracurricular activities and athletic events.

Buses: The CDC federal order requiring masks be worn on public transportation remains in effect, and applies to buses and school transportation operated by Virginia public schools. 

Outdoors: Masks are not required when outside, including athletic activities.

Mealtimes: Masks may be removed while eating but should be reapplied as soon as you are finished with your meal.

Band: Band members will use covers/special masks inside the school.

Students with Disabilities: A small group of students with disabilities and staff who work with them will have access to clear masks (e.g. center-based students with hearing impairments, teachers of deaf/hard-of-hearing, speech-language pathologists, and some students receiving speech services as needed).

Student Exemptions: Students can request an exemption from this requirement through the process outlined in Regulation 2109.

Staff: Vaccinated staff is not required to wear masks if they are not in the presence of students. Unvaccinated staff will wear masks at all times.

Visitors: All visitors, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear masks in buildings.

Student Exemption For Close Contact Definition

The CDC issued a revised definition of close contact to include an exemption for K-12 students. 

  • A close contact is defined as someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period. 
  • In the K-12 classroom setting, the close contact definition excludes students who were within 3-6 feet of an infected student where:
  • Both students were engaged in the consistent and correct use of well-fitting masks; and
  • Other K-12 school prevention strategies (such as universal and correct mask use, physical distancing, increased ventilation) were in place in the school setting.

When students are wearing masks and layered prevention strategies are in place, students are not considered close contacts. Therefore, students will not miss in-person instruction or activities for quarantine after exposure.

Individuals who meet the K-12 definition of close contact will still need to quarantine.



Important Dates 

August 13 - Tour the Building - 3:00-5:00pm

August 16 - Question & Answer Session (virtual)  - 5:00 - 6:00 pm 

August 18 - Welcome Email From Teacher - 4:00pm

August 19 - Welcome Walk - 12:00-4:00 pm 

August 23 - First Day of School for Students

September 1 - Back to School Open House and Picnic - 5:30-7:30 pm 

September 3 & 6 - Labor Day Holiday - Schools Closed