Family Newsletter | January 9, 2022


Message from the Principal

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

We have been fortunate to have this additional week of snow to prepare for the safest possible return to school. Please be sure to keep your child home if they are experiencing COVID like symptoms and have them tested.

We have additional tests on hand at the school for families that can't acquire tests. We also have surgical masks at the school for any students who might need one. Please speak to your child about the importance of wearing their masks appropriately so they are snug against their chin and nose. We are taking this surge very seriously and need everyone’s support to help curb the spread of the new variant. We’ll be keeping the school highly sanitized and will continue to maintain 3 feet social distancing in classrooms.



Below is some key information for your viewing.

Students identified as close contacts are required to quarantine for five (5) days and wear well-fitting masks for an additional five (5) days when around others in school and during school-related activities, including sports.

All close contacts should (not required) take a COVID test at least five(5) days after they last had contact with someone with COVID-19.

Quarantine Exemption - Some students and staff may be exempt from quarantine if they meet the CDC criteria, are able to wear a face mask for 10 days, and are asymptomatic. 

  • Students must complete the FCHD vaccination survey, and receive a clearance email from the FCHD prior to resuming in-person learning and activities.

  • Staff must complete the Fully Vaccinated Exemption Form 

If close contacts become symptomatic, they may not return to school/work until one of the following criteria is met:

  • Documentation of a negative COVID-test; OR

  • Documentation of an alternative diagnosis from a physician 

  • Complete 10 days of isolation from the date of symptom onset

Please know we are taking every measure to keep your children safe!


Mr. Pannutti



Mark Your Calendar 

Save this link to the 2021-2022 FCPS Calendar 

Jan 10-14: NO AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM (Canceled by FCPS)

Jan. 12: Falls Church High School Curriculum Night 6:15pm (virtual)

Jan. 17: Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday (student holiday)

Jan. 18: Annandale High School Rising 9th Grade (current 8th grade) Open House Changed to Virtual Course Registration Night - 6-8pm

Jan. 19: Religious/Cultural Observance- Orthodox Ephiphany

Jan. 20: End of 2nd quarter- students released at 12:15pm

Jan. 21: Teacher workday (student holiday)

Jan. 24: Staff development day (student holiday)

Jan. 25: First day of 3rd quarter 

Jan. 27: Curriculum Night (virtual)

Important Dates for Rising 9th Graders
(Current 8th graders)



Annandale High School

January 18, 6-8pm

Open House Changed to Virtual Course Registration Night

Given the current circumstances, Annandale HS will be postponing Open House. Instead we will be offering Virtual Course Registration Night on the same date and time, January 18 at 6:00pm (link coming soon). This event will provide guidance as students prepare to complete their course request form when they meet with their middle school counselor in the coming weeks. 

In preparation for this event, students and families are encouraged to access all the information needed for course selection on our Academic Advising website. This site has grade level information that will be presented by counselors, videos made by teachers describing elective and IB options, the 9th grade course catalog, and the course selection Google form that will need to be completed by each student. If you have any questions, please contact Erik Healey at


Falls Church High School

Wednesday, January 12, 2022 (6:15pm–8:30pm)

Curriculum Night - virtual

We wanted to share with you that the first event to begin our academic advising timeline will be our curriculum night on January 12, 2022. The virtual event will be hosted by our Principal, Director of Student Services, Academy Administrator, and department representatives.

Who: Parents of 8th, 9th, 10th, & 11th graders

When: January 12, 2022, 6:15pm - 8:30pm

Where: Virtual Link to be shared prior on January 11, 2022. This event is NOT in-person. (Habrá interpretación al español)

What: Curriculum night is a presentation to families regarding course selection information, diploma requirements, Academy opportunities and curriculum information such as AP and honors levels.

Why: Your child will be selecting his/her/their courses for the next school year; this presentation offers information on making the best choices for a successful school year.

Questions can be directed to Jessica Grenfell. A similar presentation will be shared with students during advisory on January 13th. However, we recommend if they are available they join you to watch the Curriculum presentation. 



After School Program 

Per the county’s recommendation, “Middle School After School Activities are canceled.” Therefore, the After-School Program will not be in session through January 14th

We will re-assess the precautions on January 14th and will notify you of any changes at that point. Thank you for your patience and understanding! Please reach out to Phil Harsh ( with any questions you may have.



Students and teachers at Poe are using Schoology. (pronounced /SKOO-luh-jee/)  Schoology is our Learning Management System in FCPS, and allows for enhanced communication, collaboration, and personalized learning.  While not a requirement, Parents and Guardians are encouraged to use Schoology routinely to view classes, assignments and class work. 

But to do this you must first have a SIS ParentVUE account.  Learn more about Schoology: and accompanying tutorial videos.  Schoology Tutorial Videos


Health and Safety Guidance

FCPS has updated its health and safety guidance for
SY 21-22. Click here to review the guidance.
Check back often for the most current information and regular updates.

Helpful Links

Health Department’s site and Vaccination Eligibility

Low-Cost Healthcare Resources

Food Distribution Information

Map of Food Resources in Fairfax County

ParentVUE support request


Wellness Resources

Emotional Wellness Resource

Explores Strategies for Enhancing Parents’ Well-Being

Healthy Minds Podcast: Purposeful Conversations

Mental Health Resources and Emergency Services Information


Crisis Text: text NEEDHELP to 85511

Crisislink Regional Hotline: 703-527-4077

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK or 1-800-SUICIDE

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