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Return to School – Let your voice be heard!

Students with disabilities, their families, and staff face unique challenges during this time of social distancing and distance learning. We know everyone is different.  For some, distance learning has been a positive experience, for others, it has been more difficult.  Whatever your experience and concerns, it is important to let leadership know your perspective so that the unique needs of students with disabilities and special education staff are considered when planning for the return to school in August.

Below you will find FCPS’s timeline for the Return to School decision process.  We have included pertinent FCPS links as well as links to the Virginia Return to School Plan documents. You will also find links and information about how to tune-in (both online and on TV) to the FCPS School Board Work Sessions, meetings, and the Public Hearing. We hope this information will help you as you advocate for your family’s needs. 

FCPS Timeline for Return to School Decision Process

June 9 – Governor Ralph Northam issued recommendations for schools for Fall 2020

June 10Town Hall for staff with FCPS leadership (video recording)

June 11Message to parents from Superintendent Scott Brabrand

June 13 – Survey sent to all FCPS families and staff

June 15, 1:30pm  – School Board Work Session to consider options (Livestream Link)

June 18, 6:30pm – School Board Public Hearing on Return to School  (Livestream Link)

June 23, 1:30pm – School Board Work Session to discuss options (Livestream Link)

End of June – Parents will be notified of the decision on Return to School

August 25 – First Day of School for 2020 – 2021 school year

Link to FCPS Return to Learn Page:FCPS  Return to Learn Info Page

Suggested Advocacy Actions:

1. Write to the SB with your concerns prior to the Monday June 15 Work Session.

2. Listen to the FCPS SB Work Session on Monday, June 15 (1:30pm)

3. Complete the parent survey sent on Saturday, June 13th (links below):


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4. Register to speak at the June 18 Public Hearing regarding FCPS (LINK)

5. Watch the Public Hearing – Thursday, June 18th @ 6:30pm

(same Livestream/TV information as for the June 15th worksession)

6. Watch the final Work Session discussing Return to School Plan options – Tuesday, June 23 @ 1:30pm

(same Livestream/TV information as for the June 15th worksession)

7. Continue to monitor the discussion and communications from FCPS.  Feel free to reach out to your School Board members (see information in #1) and SEPTA with your thoughts. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact SEPTA’s Advocacy Co-chairs, Norm Hall and Diane Cooper-Gould:

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