Weekly Newsletter 1/11/2023

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The Key Center PTA is planning their first annual meeting.

Date:       Wednesday January 18th
Location: Key Center School Cafeteria
Time:       5:30pm

During this meeting, we will elect new PTA board members. A pizza dinner will be provided free of charge.  Additionally, there will be a raffle for a wonderful quilt handmade by a student’s family member, thank you Key Center parent Berit Buontempo for sending in this donation!  

Please complete the RSVP to let us know if you are able to attend.

Transition Planning for Elementary and Middle School Students

Career and Trans.



Wednesday, February 15, 2023

Willow Oaks Administrative Center – Room 1000 A&B, 6:30pm – 8:30pm

It’s never too early or too late to start planning for a successful transition from school to life as a young adult. Please join CTS and other support service personnel for an evening of transition-focused workshops. Sessions will cover a range of transition topics: CTS programming and services for students with disabilities, short- and long-term postsecondary supports, employment and postsecondary education considerations, Supported Decision-Making, and student self-determination. This event also includes a student/parent panel where members describe their firsthand experiences as they navigated Fairfax County Public Schools and the transition process. Attendees also can visit a CTS courses, programs, and services exhibitor fair.

Resources for Families of Students with Disabilities

Resources for Families

SEPTA, the Fairfax County Special Education Parent Teacher Association, was created to empower and connect families, students, and educators to ensure students with disabilities develop their full potential as individuals and community members. Learn more or become a member on the SEPTA website

The Advisory Committee for Students with Disabilities (ACSD) is a state mandated Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC). Parents/guardians, students, teachers, administrators, staff, and others interested in special education at FCPS are welcome and encouraged to share their thoughts, ideas, and/or public comment related to the unmet needs of students with disabilities.

FCPS’ Office of Special Education Procedural Support provides guidance to staff, families, and students in areas related to the implementation of and compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, as amended. 

Families of students in special education programs can find more resources in the Special Education Handbook for Parents. (Translations are available from the Parent Resource Center (PRC).) 

The PRC offers free webinars, consultations, a lending library, and resources to help adults support the success of all students, including those with learning challenges, special needs, and disabilities. Their YouTube channel includes videos of workshops and webinars for families and educators to support student success. Sign up for their newsletter to receive information on upcoming webinars and other resources. Please contact the PRC with any questions at prc@fcps.edu or call 703-204-2941.

Kathy Murphy, the assistant ombuds for special education, provides information and support to parents/caregivers and students regarding special education and Section 504 services. Staff in the Office of the Ombuds believe that by being transparent and connecting families with available supports and services, children with special needs can equitably access public education.

Contact the ombuds by submitting a question, calling 571-423-4014, or emailing ombuds@fcps.edu.

IFSP Funding Opportunity


The Individual and Family Support Program (IFSP) recently announced that they would be accepting applications for funding requests soon.  IFSP-Funding provides direct assistance to families and individuals who are on Virginia’s DD waiver waitlist. Individuals with a developmental disability who are on the DD waitlist or their family members are eligible to apply. 

The following dates have been provided:

  • Monday, January 23rd for Waitlist Priority 1
  • Wednesday, January 25th for Waitlist Priorities 2 and 3

To assist families in completing applications, there will be a virtual training session offered by IFSP on January 18th from 1:00-2:00PM.  The link has not yet been released.  The best way to stay updated regarding this funding opportunity, make sure to join the IFSP email list.  The Individual and Family Support Program (IFSP): First Steps Guide can be found on our school website.  

Please contact our social worker, Caroline Phan by email,or by phone at 703-313-4032 if you have questions or need assistance with the IFSP Funding process.

Strategic Planning Community Forums Scheduled

st. planning

Beginning January 30, FCPS will host a series of community forums as part of our Strategic Plan development process. The schedule and locations for the sessions are posted on FCPS' Strategic Planning webpage. Planning teams, which include a diverse range of voices from the FCPS community, are continuing to review student achievement, access, and survey data; and crafting a collective vision for the school division. Key communicators will soon receive strategic planning materials to share with their groups and networks. Preparations for divisionwide student focus groups are underway, and there will be opportunities for employees to engage in a survey and “reality check” sessions in the upcoming months. For the latest information, please visit the Strategic Planning web page and check it often.


FCPS Cares

The FCPS CARES Program is an opportunity for families, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care. We invite you to submit your story, so we can all acknowledge the good work of FCPS employees at Key Center School. We love our staff members; let's tell them how we feel!


Upcoming Dates:

January 16        Martin Luther King Jr’s Birthday-  Holiday

January 25        End of 2nd Quarter - 2 Hour Early Release - 11:50am

January 26        Staff Development Day- Student Holiday

January 27        Teacher Workday - Student Holiday

February 20       Presidents’ Day -   Holiday

2022-23 FCPS School Calendar