• Coronavirus Updates

    Please visit our FAQs page for answers to many questions. 
    If you have additional questions, please contact us at http://www.fcps1.org/ContactFCPS1  Information is updating and changing often. Thank you for your patience and understanding during this time.

    April 1, 2020

    Dear FCPS Families and Staff,

    Today’s update includes the following:

    2020 Census
    Today is Census Day! Census data determines funding for schools and helps plan for future community needs. Responding to the #2020Census is quick and easy. Respond today at 2020census.gov.Learn more at  https://youtu.be/zuEo-lXtVjc

    Technology Needs
    FCPS is working to evaluate the technology needs of students for the remainder of the school year. Those students who are working to complete required courses that require technology will be assisted. More information will be provided as our plan is developed.  

    Meal Programs
    We want to reassure families that meal programs (grab-and-go and power pack) will continue next week even though April 6-13 is identified as spring break on the 2019-2020 school calendar.

    Thank you for your patience, and stay safe!


    March 31, 2020

    Dear FCPS Families and Staff,

    Today's update includes the following:

    Stay-at-Home Order
    As you are aware, Governor Northam issued a stay-at-home order yesterday. School divisions are being encouraged to continue with their meal service programs and plans for the continuity of learning. We want to reassure families that FCPS will continue to provide meals to students through the grab-and-go and power pack programs and will continue to plan for new instruction to begin on April 14.  

    FAQ Additions
    We updated our FAQ webpage today to include 19 new questions related to instruction, staff, technology, special education and student services, and teacher certification and licensure. We realize it can be challenging to keep up with the latest FAQ additions and changes. Therefore, beginning today, we will date each question as it is added or updated. 

    As always, we appreciate your continued support!  


    March 30, 2020

    Dear FCPS Families and Staff,

    Today's update includes the following:

    Grab-and-Go Meal Program Expands:
    We expanded our grab-and-go meal distribution to include three new locations —Marsh Run Community, M.M. Pierce Elementary School and the Marshall Community Center.  The program also transitioned to a once-a-week distribution day on Mondays. Each Monday, participating students will receive five breakfast meals and five lunch meals. Food is available to all school-aged students (18 and under). FCPS will distribute meals at the following sites and times:

     new grab and go schedule

    Read more here. 

    Survey for Families:
    We thank families who have already completed the survey regarding student access to computers and the internet. If you have not completed the survey yet, you can complete it here.  Please submit one response per household.  Thank you!

    FAQ Page Updated:
    We updated our FAQ page today to answer several frequently asked questions related to salaries and benefits (under staff heading) and dual enrollment classes (under instruction heading).

    As always, we appreciate your continued support! 


    March 27, 2020

    Dear FCPS Families and Staff,

    Today's update includes the following:

    Dr. Jeck Shares the Latest Information
    View Dr. Jeck's video update here.

     

    Message to Seniors and Their Families
    Fauquier County Public Schools recognizes that commencement ceremonies are momentous occasions for our students and families; thus, our commitment today is that we take all possible steps to provide this experience for our seniors. The high schools have decided to postpone their commencement ceremonies until later in the summer or as soon as practically possible once restrictions have been lifted, and it is safe to gather in large groups. Dates, times and locations will be determined at a later point in time. Each high school will contact you regarding the delivery date of Jostens/Herff Jones graduation items. This will most likely occur when the stay at home order has been lifted. We will continue to post updates on the FCPS FAQ page as information becomes available. 

    We appreciate your continued support! 


    March 26, 2020

    Dear FCPS Families and Staff,

    Today's update includes the following:

    New Instruction Beginning April 14
    We would like to assure our families that the intent of the new instructional period is to provide accessible, meaningful learning opportunities to our students. We certainly do not want to add additional stressors to our families, and we will remain mindful of family circumstances as we plan for this new learning.

    Survey for Families
    To help us plan, please complete this brief survey:  https://bit.ly/FCPS1Needs
    A duplicate phone survey will follow for families who find it difficult to complete the survey online. Please submit one response per household.

    We appreciate your continued support!


    March 25, 2020

    Dear FCPS Families and Staff,

    To keep our school community informed, FCPS will email a summary of updates to families and staff daily (Monday - Friday). Today's updates include the following:

    Information for Seniors:
    Based on the guidance we received from the Virginia Department of Education, seniors who were in good academic standing and have successfully completed all course requirements as of March 13, will be awarded a diploma. Seniors who were not in good academic standing or who have not successfully completed all course requirements as of March 13, will be afforded an opportunity to meet graduation requirements. In the coming weeks, seniors and their families can expect to receive additional information on topics specific to them. 

    New Instruction for K- 11th Graders:
    FCPS will provide a fourth quarter of instruction for K-11th graders beginning April 14 and lasting until May 29. By April 9, FCPS instructional staff will share guidelines for this new period of instruction with teachers, administrators, students and families.  

    Survey for all FCPS Families: 
    FCPS will send a brief phone survey to all families to assess the need for devices and internet access.  The survey results will inform our planning for the fourth quarter of instruction.

    Please continue to consult our COVID-19 website at www.fcps1.org/covid19 for the latest information. 

    Thank you for your continued support. 


    March 24, 2020

    Dear FCPS Families and Staff,

    We have updated our FAQ page based on the guidance we received from the Virginia Department of Education. You'll find new answers to questions about graduation requirements, the continuity of learning, AP testing, technology needs, and more. We will continue to update the site daily.

    We also want to remind families that the FCPS Grab-and-Go Meals program will resume tomorrow, Wednesday, March 25, at Fauquier High and Grace Miller Elementary from 10:30 a.m. to noon.  Please view additional meal options here.

    Please continue to consult our COVID-19 website at www.fcps1.org/covid19 for the latest information. 

    Thank you for your continued support.  


    March 23, 2020

    Dear FCPS Families and Staff,

    Governor Northam just announced that all Virginia K-12 schools are to remain closed for the rest of this school year. The state will provide us guidance regarding graduation, grades and continuity of learning. We will share that information with you as soon as possible. Thank you for your continued support throughout this unprecedented situation.


     

    March 20, 2020

    Dear FCPS Families and Staff,

    This is not the typical COVID-19 update that you’ve probably grown accustomed to, but I need to address some important pieces of information and want to share some reflections:

    FCPS is doing its part to help provide meals through both the FISH program and our own “Grab-and-Go” program.  As we begin Grab-and-Go this Monday, we will monitor and learn…learn how we can be more efficient and expand the provision of meals. Door-to-door service may be a possibility down the road, but not at the moment.  In the meantime, we need your help. Do you have a neighbor or friend who may not be able to visit the meal locations during the designated hours? Perhaps you can pick up meals for them? Please ask. Please help each other. Ask your neighbor if they need help.  Be sure to review the meal options for families in need here.

    The FCPS Department of Instruction is providing information and resources for families and teachers, but we recognize that some families do not have internet access. We are developing ways to provide instruction that does not require internet access, but it isn’t easy. It takes time. Many stakeholders have offered to provide tablets, laptops, etc., for families in need, but if they don’t have internet access, the devices may not be helpful. Some families have parked in front of schools to access the school’s wi-fi. This is 100% fine! Please, help yourself!

    My interaction with students on Twitter has been eye-opening. I think we sometimes forget or don’t recognize the beautiful innocence of our kids. The majority of questions from students have revolved around prom, spring break, graduation, testing, spring sports, etc. Oh, to be 17 again! All important, but all pale in comparison to the terrible realities of COVID-19. Frankly, and based on the data we are receiving at the state level, there is a possibility that our closure may be extended even longer. Daunting, but honest. With this in mind, we share the following goals:

    1)      Do our part to stop the spread of the virus, which means we adhere to the “social distancing” recommendation for the foreseeable future. This obviously impacts prom, sports, testing, etc., and could impact graduation.

    2)      Don’t “punish” kids as a result of COVID-19. This may sound odd considering #1, but the decisions we make regarding a myriad of topics begin with the question: What is best for kids? Some issues we will have no control over, but for the issues that we do control, we are not going to allow them to harm kids.

    3)      Provide the correct information (don’t guess). As the Commonwealth and Federal Government provide guidelines and directives, we adhere to the guidelines and directives we are given. Sometimes the answers come slowly. Example: Will SOL testing be canceled and, if it is canceled, how will seniors who still need verified credits be impacted? At this point, we do not know.  Meanwhile, we strive to be transparent and “fill you in” as soon as possible. Yet, with this evolving situation, what is true one day may not be accurate the next. So we thank you for your patience and understanding.  

    4)      Plan to continue instruction through multiple formats. As you read in yesterday’s update, our instructional staff will be sharing additional resources for families and students.  Those materials are optional and are meant to help students continue to have access to instructional content.

    Lastly, we MUST work together and support each other. Frankly, casting stones and critiquing from afar…sometimes anonymously, does not help anyone. Figure out how you can help. It may be as simple as calling a neighbor and asking them if they need help or writing positive and uplifting messages on social media. We all need to be uplifted and encouraged right now. We are doing the best we can with the resources we have. Your patience is greatly appreciated!

    Kind regards,

    Dave

    Dr. David Jeck
    Division Superintendent


     

    March 19, 2020

    Dear FCPS Families and Staff,

    To keep our school community informed, FCPS will email a summary of updates to families and staff daily (Monday - Friday). Today’s updates include the following:

    Instructional Resources:
    During this extended closure, our instructional goal is to provide families with a continuity of learning plan that allows students to access activities that encourage them to read, write and communicate, without creating additional stress or angst. We will provide families with updated information, including tips and supplemental instructional resources, during this unprecedented time. The original plan was to give teachers a workday to prepare at school on Monday, March 16. However, the rapidly-changing situation meant that our schools would be closed to teaching staff. Some schools were able to provide parents with hard copies of instructional materials to allow for continued engagement.

    Our instructional staff is currently working to provide a centralized link that will be updated regularly with resources for parents to access and use with their children. The materials in the link provided are optional and are meant to help students continue to have access to instructional content. Activities will be provided across various content areas so each child can have choice according to their interests.  This link will be ready beginning Monday, March 23, 2020, and will be updated regularly.  Additionally, teachers are providing resources and activities for students to stay connected to their schools and classrooms through communication channels previously established during the school year. We have asked teachers to update their Blackboard pages and communicate current academic progress to students and their families and to provide you with additional supplemental materials.

    We will continue to research best practices to assist you and your students in navigating this unique time in history. We found this article that includes helpful suggestions, like maintaining a routine at home. The American School Counselor Association has also shared links to several helpful resources here.

    These links are designed to be accessed using any computer, laptop, Chromebook or handheld device. Please continue to check your email and/or Blackboard for communication from your student's school and/or teachers that may include additional resources. We have encouraged all teachers to communicate with you using Blackboard and other established means of communication for the remainder of this closure.  If you are having trouble accessing any of these resources or materials, please reach out to your student’s school and teachers.

    School Board Meetings:

    The joint School Board/Board of Supervisors meeting has been canceled. Tonight’s School Board work session will be viewable via live stream (www.fcps1.org/live) at 6 p.m. To view the meeting agenda, click here.

    Meals
    Fauquier FISH’s Weekend Power Pack program will continue providing weekly bags of food to families who find themselves in need.  If you are a Weekend Power Pack family that has not been contacted or if you need food assistance, please call FCPS1’s food hotline at 540-422-7110 or email kmcauliffe@fcps1.org. Additional resources for families in need include the Fauquier FISH Food Pantry, Fauquier Community Food Bank and Thrift Store, and Clara’s House Food Pantry.

    Please continue to consult our COVID-19 website at www.fcps1.org/covid19 for the latest information. 

    Thank you for your continued support.  

     

    grab and go



    March 18, 2020 

    Dear FCPS Families and Staff,

    To keep our school community informed, FCPS will email a summary of updates to families and staff daily (Monday - Friday) in the late afternoon/early evening.  

    Today’s updates include the following:

    • School Closure Extended:  Given the rapidly evolving situation with the COVID-19 virus, Fauquier County Public Schools will remain closed through Monday, April 13, 2020. All school activities are also canceled. School buildings and administrative offices will remain closed to the public.

    • FCPS Grab-and-Go Meal Program Begins March 23:  Fauquier County Public Schools will provide grab-and-go meals for students from 10:30 a.m. – noon on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays beginning March 23, 2020.  Each day of the program, students will be offered two sacks of food, each containing breakfast and lunch. Full participation in the program will provide students with up to six breakfast and lunch meals per week. Read more details here.

    • School Board Meetings: The following meetings will not be open to the public, but they will be viewable via live stream (www.fcps1.org/live) at the following times:
      • Thursday, March 19 at 4:30 p.m. -  Joint School Board / Board of Supervisors meeting
        To view the meeting agenda, click here.
      • Thursday, March 19 at 6 p.m. - School Board work session (originally scheduled for 3/23)
        To view the meeting agenda, click here.

    Please continue to consult our COVID-19 website at www.fcps1.org/covid19 for the latest information. 

    Thank you for your continued support.  


    March 18, 2020

    Given the rapidly evolving situation with the COVID-19 virus, Fauquier County Public Schools will remain closed through Monday, April 13, 2020. All school activities are also canceled. School buildings and administrative offices will remain closed to the public.

     


    March 17, 2020

    Dear FCPS Families and Staff,

    To keep our school community informed, FCPS will email a summary of updates to families and staff daily (Monday - Friday) in the late afternoon/early evening.  

    Today’s updates include the following:

    • Teachers are in the process of finalizing the 3rd marking period grades. At this time, only essential staff are reporting to schools. Due to limitations in accessing the building and resources, report cards and/or final grades will be sent to families as soon as practically possible upon our return and/or when schools reopen.  Teachers will update student Blackboard accounts by the end of the week so that students can have an accurate assessment as to where they are at the end of the quarter, but report cards with official grades will be issued to all students at a later date.
    • Kindergarten registration has been postponed until further notice. 
    • FCPS will be launching a grab-and-go meal service for students next week. We will be sharing the details tomorrow.

    Please continue to consult our COVID-19 website at www.fcps1.org/covid19 for the latest information. 

    Thank you for your continued support.


    March 16, 2020

    Dear FCPS Families-

    The statewide COVID 19 situation continues to change day-to-day and hour-to-hour. We will continue to provide updates daily and perhaps hourly, as needed. This is an unprecedented time, but our staff is working diligently to answer questions, provide resources, and ACCURATE information in a timely manner. There continues to be a great deal of misinformation circulating through social media. In order to receive the CORRECT information, please visit www.FCPS1.org/covid19 with special attention to the FAQ portion of the webpage.

    Although the FAQ page addresses the questions asked frequently, I want to address the most frequently asked questions:

    1. Work assigned by teachers: As of COB on Friday, March 13, teachers were being asked to send instructional materials home with students or to make them available to students in some other way. By Friday evening, March 13, at 7:07 p.m., Governor Northam had instituted an attendance waiver similar to the waivers we’ve seen in the past related to weather closures. What this means is there is no expectation for the continuity of instruction during the closure. No schoolwork is to be assigned or graded. As a result of the Governor’s order, any materials that have been sent home are to be considered optional instructional resources. There are no expectations that they are to be completed or graded. This may be contrary to the messages sent by teachers, but this is a good example of how quickly things are changing. Teachers were simply following the direction of their principals, but now the situation has changed.
    2. Meals: We are working with FISH and with our school nutrition program to provide meals to families that need them. FISH intends to continue its Weekend Power Pack Program as long as the food is available, and we are working to provide meals to kids who are in need.
    3. The School Calendar: As of this moment, nothing has changed in terms of the school calendar. Graduation dates, spring break, the last day of school, and SOL testing dates have not changed…but this does not mean that they won’t.
    4. Spring Sports/other extra-curricular programs are suspended until schools re-open.

    Again, these are answers to the questions I am most frequently asked. Please see the FAQ site for more information.

    If messages and information seem to be inconsistent, it is most likely because a) situations and changing rapidly and b) incorrect information is being posted on social media. I’ll continue to respond to questions sent to me on Twitter.

    Thank you for your ongoing patience and understanding. This is uncharted territory for all of us.     

    Dave

    Dr. David Jeck
    Division Superintendent


     

    March 15, 2020

    FCPS school buildings will be open from 9 a.m. to noon tomorrow, Monday, March 16, for students who need to retrieve personal belongings or textbooks.  

    We will send families an email tomorrow to clarify how students can expect to access supplemental learning materials if they have not received instructional packets yet from their schools. The email will also include how these resources can help students stay connected to learning while our schools are closed. 

    Additionally, we have extended the grade due date for teachers to finalize grading and grades for the third 9 weeks.  We will send out the new report card distribution date later in the week. 

    Thank you for your patience as we work through this process. Please consult the FCPS website at www.fcps1.org/covid19 for more information.  

     


    March 13, 2020 

     Closed March 16-27

    Dear FCPS Families and Staff,

    Governor Northam today ordered all schools in Virginia to close for a minimum of two weeks in response to the continued spread of novel coronavirus, or COVID-19. Therefore, beginning Monday, March 16 and through Friday, March 27, all Fauquier County Public Schools will be closed. Beginning Monday, all activities will also be canceled. Essential staff should report Monday morning at 8 a.m. for further instructions.

    Thank you.


    March 13, 2020

    Dear FCPS Families and Staff,

    After consulting with building principals and senior administrative staff, we have decided to close schools on Monday, March 16, 2020, for a teacher workday. This will give teachers a day to prepare for the potential of an extended closure and give custodians an opportunity to deep clean high-touch surfaces. Offices will remain open. At this time, this closure is only applicable to Monday, March 16. 

    Our top priority in Fauquier County remains student safety and learning. Schools are preparing resource learning packets for students. These will start arriving home as early as today. Please keep these materials in a safe place to have available for your students. This information will afford our students the ability to stay connected to the learning currently taking place in the classroom. These packets will include a wide range of easy to use resources that can be used should our schools be closed for an extended period of time. 

    We also wanted to share the following updates related to building use:

    • All community use of our facilities is suspended until further notice. 
    • School-related use of our facilities will continue at this time unless otherwise directed by the building principal.

    Please view our coronavirus website at www.fcps1.org/covid19 for more details and updates.

    We thank you for your continued support as we work together to ensure a safe and healthy school environment.

  • March 12, 2020 Message from Dr. Jeck

     

    Dear FCPS Families and Staff,

    I am writing to update you on the work we are doing regarding the rapidly-evolving COVID-19 outbreak, which has now been designated as a pandemic by the World Health Organization. While it is important to remain calm in a crisis, I assure you we share the concern that our families have about the safety of our children. We want to assure you that the health and well-being of our students and staff is always our top priority.

    Communication

    Fauquier County Public Schools (FCPS1) is committed to keeping you informed and up to date as this situation evolves. Therefore, we are launching a website to provide you with the most recent, comprehensive information we have about the coronavirus and its impact on our school division. The site includes updates, resources, and answers to many frequently asked questions. Please keep in mind that what is accurate now can change at a moment's notice, so we encourage you to consult this site regularly.

    The school division is following current guidance from the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) We are briefed by these organizations regularly, along with other county officials. 

    School Closure, Student Travel, School Activities, and other FAQs

    As of March 12, 2020, the Virginia Department of Health is not advising FCPS1 to close schools. However, we understand there are also other factors to consider when managing regional public safety, so if FCPS1 decides to close schools, we will use all channels of communication to notify families and staff.

    Regarding student travel, student activities, etc., please refer to the FAQ page on the website. Also, keep in mind that questions and scenarios are in a constant state of flux. We will keep the FAQ webpage updated in real-time. Along with the website, we will be sending regular email updates to families and staff. 

    How You Can Help

    1. Stay Calm
    2. Wash Hands
    3. If your child is not feeling well, please keep them at home. We have adjusted attendance policies, have suspended the exam exemption policy, and are also encouraging staff to stay at home if they are not feeling well.     

    Lastly, there is a tremendous amount of misinformation, particularly on social media, related to COVID-19 and the FCPS responses and decisions. Please refer to the sources listed on the resource page of our coronavirus website for accurate information. 

    Thank you for your continued support as we work to keep our students and staff safe. 

    Kind regards, 

    Dr. David Jeck
    Division Superintendent

  • Previous Updates

  • February 28, 2020

  • March 8, 2020