Fairfax, VA – Today, the Fairfax County School Board approved the recommendation of Fairfax County Public Schools Superintendent Scott Brabrand to start the school year virtually due to an increase of COVID-19 cases in Fairfax County and the surrounding area.
President of Fairfax County Federation of Teachers Tina Williams issued the following statement:
“We are pleased FCPS is putting students and staff safety first and listening to the science, educational experts and our community by opting for a 100 percent virtual start. Everyone, but nobody more than our educators, wants to open schools and get all kids back as quickly as possible, but we must open schools as safely as possible. Unfortunately, the health crisis doesn’t make in-person classes possible right now.
“FCPS’ decision is an important step that will protect students and staff. We continue to urge FCPS to adopt our 11 Pillars of a Safe Reopening once we can return to face-to-face instruction. These pillars set out a clear plan for policies, procedures and safeguards that must be in place before returning to in-person instruction.
“We now look forward to continuing work with FCPS on creating high-quality education in a virtual space. It will take a true partnership between FCPS, teachers, and support staff as we look to create a learning and working environment so our students and staff may thrive.”
On Friday, July 17, FCFT sent a letter to the School Board and FCPS leadership, urging for a fully virtual school start. FCFT’s 11 Pillars for a Safe Reopening outline expectations for safety measures, including PPE, cleaning protocols, and clear policies and communication regarding COVID-19 cases and school closures.