Employee News - 4/20/22

Forestdale Elementary School principal Jennifer Cunneen takes a moment with custodian Salomey Agyeiwah-Takyi.

We can never thank our custodians enough for all they do to keep our schools clean, safe, and friendly places to learn and work. Forestdale Elementary School principal Jennifer Cunneen takes a moment with custodian Salomey Agyeiwah-Takyi.

Incoming Superintendent Gets to Know FCPS and Community

Dr. Michelle Reid

Michelle Reid, Ed.D. will be the next superintendent of Fairfax County Public Schools starting July 1. 

Dr. Reid is known regionally and nationally for strong instructional leadership. Last week, Dr. Reid spent time visiting with students, staff, and community members to begin the conversation about what makes FCPS a great school division and the many opportunities to build on that foundation.

 Get to know Dr. Michelle Reid.

Connecting with Students and Staff

Michelle Reid and elementary students.

Dr. Reid enjoyed a visit to Garfield and Sangster elementary schools where she answered students’ questions, joined in a movement break, and saw a robotics lesson in action. Read about Dr. Reid’s school visits on our website and watch the video.

Dr. Reid, Student Journalists Discuss Ways to Boost Student Voice and Agency

Dr. Michelle Reid and student journalists video.

Five student journalists from elementary, middle, and high schools met with Dr. Reid to talk about the importance of student voices and how they can work together to help students succeed. “It'll be important for me to meet with groups of students to hear what you think is important because I'm here to serve you, right?” Dr. Reid told them.

Find out on our website what this group of students wanted to know from Dr. Reid and watch the video.

Advocacy Groups and Dr. Reid Share in Honest Conversation

Dr. Michelle Reid and advocacy groups.

On Friday, April 15, representatives of several advocacy groups met with Dr. Reid, as well as Fairfax County School Board Chair Stella Pekarsky and Vice Chair Rachna Sizemore Heizer, to discuss their concerns about the superintendent selection process. The conversation was brutally honest and, we hope, productive--a meaningful first step toward what we believe will result in a more equitable school division. Dr. Reid shared her plans to continue meeting with the community in the coming weeks and months.

Dr. Sherry Wilson

Sherry Wilson to Join FCPS as Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources

Superintendent Scott S. Brabrand has named Sherry Wilson, who currently serves as director of Human Resources in Chesapeake (Va.) Public Schools, to the role of assistant superintendent, Department of Human Resources, effective June 1. Learn more about Sherry Wilson.

What’s on the Employee News Blog?

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Catch up on employee news anytime, anywhere on the Employee News Blog. The Employee News weekly email newsletter will include a recap of what's on the blog so you won’t miss anything you need to know.

In case you missed it, the Employee News Blog for the week of April 11 included:

  • FCPS COVID-19 Testing Ends April 22. 
  • Tutor.com Now Live.
  • FCPS Summer Learning Job Opportunities.

Video: School Board Chair Stella Pekarsky Addresses the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors

Stella Pekarsky

On April 12, School Board Chair Stella Pekarsky spoke to the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors during a public hearing that discussed the FY 2023-27 Capital Improvement Program and the FY 2022 Revised Budget Plan. Watch the video

Battle of the Buses: Diesel vs. Electric

Battle of the Buses

Fairfax County Public Schools has committed to going to an all-electric school bus fleet by 2035. FCPS' first electric buses are on the road and are a hit with drivers and students. In Battle of the Buses, you'll see and hear the difference between a FCPS diesel school bus and an electric school bus. Watch the video

Updates to FCPS Health Plan ID Cards

Health insurance card.

New identification cards are being digitally generated and electronically issued to employees and dependent(s) who are covered under an FCPS health plan. Here’s when you can expect your new ID card and how to access it:

  • Aetna/Innovation Health members will be able access their new ID cards digitally in the coming weeks. You can log into your account through the Aetna member website and/or through the Aetna Health app.
  • CareFirst members can access updated digital ID cards by logging into your account through the CareFirst member website and/or through the CareFirst app. Members were also mailed new cards in January.
  • Kaiser Permanente members can access an updated digital ID card by logging into their accounts through the Kaiser Permanente website.

New ID cards were issued due to recently passed legislation that requires health plans to include details about members’ individual and family in- and out-of-network deductibles and out-of-pocket maximum limits. These updates will allow members to make more informed health care decisions based on costs. 

ERFC Election Petitions and Candidate Statements Due by April 22

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One Elected Trustee to Serve on the ERFC Board of Trustees

The Educational Employees’ Supplementary Retirement System of Fairfax County (ERFC) Board is the governing body of ERFC and supports ERFC’s mission to enhance the financial security of members through prudent financial stewardship. An electronic election to fill one trustee position on the Board of Trustees will be held May 10-12.

Candidate Election Materials

For interested active members who seek to be candidates, Notice 4771 outlines the election process and requires: 

  • A petition of interest.
  • a candidate statement of contribution.  

Electronic petitions and candidate statements must be received by the Office of Equity and Employee Relations, via email to Skburris@fcps.edu by April 22. If you have questions, please contact Sherri Burris at 571-423-3252 or Skburris@fcps.edu.  

FCPS and Fairfax County Government Partnering to Provide Substance Abuse Webinars on April 20, 26, 28

Due to the rise in opioid overdoses in the Fairfax Health District (which is consistent with national and state trends), Fairfax County Public Schools has partnered with Fairfax County Government to provide educational webinars on youth substance use trends and supports. The free webinars are scheduled for April 20, April 26, and April 28, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Each of the three webinars will provide the same information. 

The topics to be covered include:

  • Most commonly used substances.
  • In-depth opioid information.
  • Reasons why youth use substances.
  • Ways parents can support their children.
  • Available FCPS and Fairfax County Resources.
  • Ways students, parents, and community members can connect with support providers.

Registration for the webinars is available online.

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