Updated Mask Guidance

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Updated Mask Guidance


Late Friday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released updated health guidance that included new metrics for determining COVID-19 community levels. Based on this new guidance, Fairfax County’s current COVID-19 community level is low. 

Based on these new metrics and CDC guidance, FCPS will now adjust our roll back plan and allow everyone - students, staff, parents/guardians, and school visitors - to make a choice whether or not they will wear a mask starting Tuesday, March 1.  The option to wear masks also applies to FCPS buses.  

Teachers and school staff will not treat students differently based on their choice. This includes seating arrangements in classrooms, cafeterias, or other gathering spaces. Please report bullying behaviors as referenced in the SR&R. Families of special needs children who may need additional consideration for health reasons should work with their IEP or 504 teams.

Our teachers are reviewing the change with all students during morning meeting and emphasizing:

  • Respect all families’ decisions.
  • Treat each other fairly and with respect.  
  • Show kindness to each other.

The decision to wear a mask or not is a personal one for our staff and families, based on many factors. We value our Caring Culture, and we will see that value in action as we treat each other with respect and understanding during this transition. 

Families, please talk with your children about these upcoming changes so they are prepared for this transition and understand your expectations for them at school.