The Mustang Spirit

The Principal's Newsletter - January 15, 2021

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New Building Tours for Freshmen, Sophomores, and Juniors

From 1:00 - 4:00 PM on Friday, January 22 and Monday, January 25, students will be provided an opportunity to tour the new high school. An invitation will be sent on Monday via email to all parents and students.

Go Mustangs!

FCCPS’ Lookahead Friday Decision

For the Week: January 21-22, 2021

The Lookahead is based on the FCCPS Health Metrics Dashboard and Thresholds.

Final decisions are announced on Fridays.

COHORT 1: Special Populations

Current week: Hybrid Instruction

Outlook: As not all of our Key Indicators are RED - Cohort 1 will remain in Hybrid next week.

COHORT 3: Secondary/Grades 6-12

Current Week: Virtual

Outlook: The Regional Composite Data continues to remain at the RED or Highest Risk level. The Virginia Department of Health has revised the % Positive rate for the last 5 days to BELOW the Virtual Threshold. Rates must remain below the threshold for 7 straight days in order to return to hybrid.

Cohort 3 will remain in Virtual next week*. If rates continue to stay below the threshold, we will look to return to Hybrid the week of January 25th.

SPECIAL NOTE 1/15/2021

The data is currently trending in the right direction, but we are NOT there yet...PLEASE continue to “hunker down” over the next few weeks, and we MAY be able to return sooner rather than later. We will follow the metrics and data, and now it's up to us to follow through and keep the numbers going down.


  • Each Wednesday, we will give an update on the current data, and each Friday, we will do a final weekly review of the data and make a decision for a given cohort for the following week.
  • * We will look at the previous 7-10 days of data (depending on the cohort metric), including the previous weekend.
  • The decision to "Go No-Go" for each cohort will be communicated at the end of the day Friday.
  • We recognize that the timing of the announcement for the following week will be a challenge. Still, in this environment, we want to remain as flexible as possible to return students as soon as the data allows.

Possible Impact Due to Staff COVID-19 Vaccinations

On January 11, Virginia entered phase 1b of the COVID-19 vaccination plan. This phase includes all PreK-12 teachers and staff. FCCPS has partnered with the Fairfax County Public Health Department and Inova to vaccinate GMHS employees. Many staff members have opted to receive the vaccine on Monday, January 18 at the new high school. However, not all staff members have availability on the federal holiday. Therefore, some staff members will receive their vaccination through Inova. Although it is recommended that teachers and staff get vaccinated during non-work hours, please recognize that this may not be possible due to the magnitude of this project. Therefore, teachers have been asked to notify their classes directly if there is a scheduling conflict. In the event this situation occurs, students will receive an asynchronous (independent) assignment. Thank you for your understanding and support of this important endeavor.

Senior Ads

Commemorate your seniors by sending them a Yearbook Recognition Ad. This is a great way to share your child's achievements and important milestones at George Mason High School! Please click on this link for more information on prices for different ad sizes. The deadline for purchase is February 11, 2021. For Senior families in need of financial assistance, please contact Principal Hills at

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