LCES Updates, 10/08/21: Indigenous Peoples' Day, Updated COVID Guidelines, Holiday Assistance, Odyssey of the Mind, and more!



Students have recently been enjoying having their music class outdoors.

Thank You!



As part of a new FCPS phonics approach, Lees Corner Kindergarten, First and Second Grade classrooms received magnetic letter boards. These tools will be used in a variety of ways to support students’ individual needs. A big “Thank you!” to Bill Bailey, grandfather of former Lees Corner students, for his assistance assembling these boards. Mr. Bailey kindly volunteered to place magnets on the boards, which was a huge help to Mrs. Poole, our reading specialist. 156 boards and 4,056 letters later, mission accomplished! Thank you, Mr. Bailey!! 😊

Student Holiday



Monday, October 11th is Indigenous Peoples' Day. It is a school planning day and a student holiday. Students will not have class on that day.

Down Syndrome Awareness Month



October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month, a chance to spread awareness. During the month of October, we celebrate people with Down syndrome and make people aware of their abilities and accomplishments. It’s not about celebrating disabilities, it’s about celebrating abilities.

Updated COVID Guidelines


We would like to provide you with procedural updates for students experiencing COVID-like symptoms at school. In collaboration with the Fairfax County Health Department (FCHD), FCPS has updated COVID guidelines and developed a new document to be used in place of the Sick Student Notification & Permission to Return to School Form.

Here are the key points:

  • Students demonstrating any of the following symptoms will be sent home from school:   Fever (100.4 or greater) - Chills – Cough – Shortness of breath – Loss of taste/smell – Sore throat – Fatigue – Muscle aches – Runny Nose/Congestion – Stomachache – Diarrhea – Nausea/Vomiting – Headaches. 
  • Students who are  sent home from the Care Room will now receive the FCPS GUIDANCE FOR STUDENTS SENT HOME FROM THE CARE ROOM WITH ILLNESS SYMPTOMS  The upper portion of the form will be completed to  identify the new symptoms your student has developed. This form is accessible for parents on the Health and Safety Guidance document.
  • The remaining portion of the form provides guidance to the parent/guardian on how and when the student may return to in-person learning.
  • Parents are expected to pick up their child within one hour of notification.
  • Parents are to check into the front office.
  • For students with chronic symptoms similar to COVID-like symptoms/illness, please complete and regularly update the Health Information Form (HIF) and submit to school.

Please note that students sent home from the Care Room may return to school when ALL of the following are met:

  1. The student is fever-free without fever-reducing medication for at least 24 hours
  2. The student’s symptoms are improving
  3. One of the following:
    1. Proof of a COVID-19 Test
    2. Home Antigen – all of the following are required with this testPicture of negative home test result
    3. Complete and provide the school with the FCPS COVID-19 Negative Home Antigen Test Parent-Guardian Attestation Form
    4. PCR (test result from lab or physician)
    5. Rapid Antigen (test result from lab or physician)


Physician’s note from a healthcare provider following a clinical evaluation stating the cause of symptoms is not COVID-19 and clearing the student to return to school.

Holiday Assistance



If your family is in need of any assistance with Thanksgiving or the December holidays, please contact our school social worker Olivia Yellen at  by October 13th. While it may seem early to think about the holidays, we have community partners ready to help our Lees Corner Families!

Lost the Charger?



If a laptop charger becomes lost or stolen, the student/family or teacher should inform school staff as soon as possible by submitting a Student Technology Support Request. Please include details within the request.  Details should include student name, charger number and homeroom teacher and any details that can help in finding the charger.

The cost of a replacement laptop charger is $28.00.

September Questions for Clinical Team



Q: Facilitating friendship opportunities at school, especially for students who were new last year when school was virtual.

A: Our counselors encourage healthy friendships in the classroom by offering lunch bunches, friendship groups and class lessons focused on relationship building. If you feel your child needs help making friends or navigating friendships, please reach out to their grade level counselor- Mrs. Spears (grades K, 2, 4, 6, SPED)-  Ms. McAndrew ( grades 1,3,5)-

Please submit your questions to our clinical team using the Google form. All questions are anonymous and will be answered at the end of each month.

Forming Teams for Odyssey of the Mind!



Looking for a fun extracurricular this fall?  Lees Corner PTA is looking to form teams for Odyssey of the Mind.  We are looking for creative thinkers of all ages and learning levels. 

Odyssey of the Mind is a program where teams of up to 7 members participate in a creative problem-solving competition.  The teams are led by a parent volunteer coach, but the students are the ones who will create the solutions themselves with resourceful thinking.  Any student K-6 who is interested in joining Odyssey of the Mind, please email  More information is available at

Stay Connected to LCES


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