LCES Updates, 10/15/21: Digital Citizenship Spirit Week, Federal Impact Aid & more

Digital Citizenship Spirit Week



Digital Citizenship week is next week, October 18-22.  This year’s theme brings together digital citizenship and social emotional learning as students explore SEL in Digital Life.

Students are online more than ever before, so teaching them how to use technology thoughtfully and responsibly is an essential part of their social and emotional development and academic success. With the help of SCA, we are  promoting Digital Citizenship Spirit Week with this flyer.

We will also be sharing information each day on the morning news show and teachers will be talking with students about ways to be good digital citizens.

Take a Book, Share a Book



Have you noticed the new free libraries around our school grounds? SACC built one by the outdoor classroom and Cub Scout Pack 1601 built 2 in the front of the school and 1 next to the buddy bench on the playground.

A free library is a place where free books are kept. The books are to be shared by all LCES students. The motto of the free libraries is “Take a book, share a book.”  If you have a book you’d like to share (that’s appropriate for elementary students), please place it in the free library. Also remember that the free library is on school property, so it should be treated with respect. That way, everyone can enjoy the free libraries!

Thank you for helping us ensure LCES students have books to read after school hours!

Federal Impact Aid Surveys



Each year FCPS receives approximately $3 million in federal Impact Aid grants based on the  number of federally connected students that attend FCPS schools. To calculate these funds, FCPS uses the Student-Parent Federal Impact Aid Survey.  

Your child will be bringing the survey form home this week.  Please complete and return the form to your child’s teacher the next day.  We need 100% of the surveys to be returned.  

If you have any questions about the survey form, please contact Jill Boddie at 703-227-3500 or

Outdoor Lunch Seating



This week we implemented a plan for outdoor lunch seating. Students have been selected for outdoor seating based on responses to the Parent Feedback Survey for an Outdoor Lunch Seating Option that was recently sent home. If you didn't respond to the survey, it does not mean that your child will not have access to outdoor seating.

Beginning on October 25th, on a rotating basis, all students will have access to outdoor lunch seating in the outdoor classroom. On inclement weather days, students will eat indoors.

Please know:

  • Students should bring coats to lunch on a daily basis.
  • Safe physical distancing will be in place outdoors and will continue in the cafeteria.
  • Seating arrangement and practices continue to support safe 3 feet or more spacing between students, with intermittent mask removal for eating and drinking only.
  • The outdoor seating plan will not guarantee seating with specific friends or classmates.
  • Weather conditions will be taken into consideration for outdoor lunch.

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.

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.

Stay Connected to LCES


Follow us on Twitter @Lees_Corner_ES to see tweets and retweets with information and resources.


Join the Lees Corner Elementary School group on Facebook. This is a private group available only to LCES families and staff. The group is managed by the PTA but membership and dues are NOT required to join this group.