Back to School

Dear Families, Staff and Students,

It is hard to believe that we are already in the midst of return to school events for the 2021-2022 school year. Our high school students are already attending band and sports camps and I know many have begun purchasing school supplies for the upcoming year. As students return to school, we understand that parents have many questions on on returning to in-person learning. FCPS has a FAQ page here. If your question is not answered, please feel free to reach out to me and I will try to get you an answer quickly.

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) has received funding as part of the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER III) grant. This funding is intended to be used to safely reopen and sustain the safe operation of schools and address the impact of COVID on students by addressing their academic, social, emotional, and mental health needs. The superintendent provided initial guidance on how he plans on spending these funds in July.  However, the plan was not as detailed as this Board member and others expected and asked for this to be provided to the Board prior to Adoption on August 26th. I continue to advocate for more funds to be used for structured literacy, special education supports and career and technical education credentials for students completing high school.  The School Board will hold a work session on August 24th to discuss the more detailed plan.

FCPS will be opening its schools five days a week for in person learning on August 23rd. Our teachers and administrators are already returning to our buildings preparing for students.  Please consult your local school for events prior to the 23rd for welcoming students back into our buildings. Staff is working hard to ensure our students and staff are safe, following the guidance put forth by clinical researchers and medical professionals.  Masks have been found to be an important tool in preventing the spread of Covid-19. To ensure the safe start of the school year, all students, staff and visitors will be required to wear masks while inside our school and administrative buildings.  We will continuously monitor our community health conditions as well as adhere to the Fairfax County Health Department, the Virginia Department of Health and CDC guidance.

2021-2022 School Supply Drives

Fairfax County Public Schools’ Collect for Kids School Supply Drive is On-line.  Nearly 60,000 of FCPS students qualify for free or reduced price meals and struggle to afford basic necessities.  Working with the Foundation for FCPS is working with a consortium of non-profits to provide students whom might go without school supplies.  Your donation will help provide the school supplies these students need to be successful in school.  For more information, visit the Collect for Kids Website Collect for Kids - The Foundation for Fairfax County Public Schools ( or contact Kathy Ryan at

Fairfax County’s Volunteer & Partner Services is planning for the 2021-2022 school year. We are asking for your help and support for children in our community in need of school supplies. The greatest need is at the high school level! We are only asking for $50 Walmart or Target GIFT CARDS for high school student school supplies – no backpacks are needed at this time. Donations will be accepted until Friday, August 13. Volunteer & Partner Services will coordinate with you for a convenient drop off date at:

The Pennino Building

2011 Government Center Parkway

Fairfax, VA 22035

For more information click here

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School Board Advisory Committee Vacancy

I am currently looking to appoint a representative for the Student Heath Advisory Committee. If you are interested in applying, please email my Staff Aide, Shayna Brunson ( with a letter of interest and resume. More information on SHAC can be found here


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