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Update on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

For the latest information about the coronavirus (COVID-19) and its impact on schools, please see the FCPS Coronavirus website at www.fcps1.org/covid19 and the message below from Dr. Jeck. Additionally, you can view Dr. Jeck's message here.

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. 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. 

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

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. 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 will change often. 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