FCPS Highlights

August 24, 2021


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This edition of FCPS Highlights features the following and more:

  • Quarantines Explained
  • Indoor Mask Policy and Accommodations
  • Building Access Guidelines
  • Free Meals for 2021-22 School Year
  • Discounted Internet
  • Art is in the Air Around Fauquier County
  • FRESH Shout Out and Updates
  • Upcoming Community Events
  • Fauquier County Parks and Rec. Programs

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Quarantines Explained

Our top priority in Fauquier County Public Schools remains unchanged: making sure kids are safe and learning. We are sharing the information below to clarify some of the guidelines and protocols we follow to help ensure students are safe and learning.

Below we have listed some frequently asked questions and answers related to contact tracing and quarantines.

Q: Whose contact tracing and quarantining procedures does FCPS follow?
A: FCPS follows the contact tracing and quarantine procedures set by the Virginia Department of Health.

Q: What are the factors that determine whether or not a person needs to quarantine?
A: Mask wearing, vaccination status, proximity and time are all factors that determine whether a student or staff member must quarantine.

The following two graphics were created by our partners at the Rappahannock-Rapidan Health District (VDH) to help explain when a quarantine is needed:
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The following chart outlines whether quarantines are needed based on the classroom setting and vaccination status:
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Q: How long does a quarantine last?
A: If a student does not have symptoms, quarantine may end after ten days or immediately upon receiving a negative result from a PCR test administered between day five and day seven of exposure. The school will require documentation of the negative PCR test in order for the student to return prior to ten days.

Mask Policy and Accommodations

FCPS Indoor Mask Policy

Governor Northam announced a Public Health Emergency Order requiring universal masking in all indoor settings in Virginia’s K-12 schools. Therefore, beginning Monday, August 16, 2021, Fauquier County Public Schools (FCPS) will require all staff members, visitors, and students to wear face masks at all times indoors, except while eating, drinking, at nap time, when exercising, or playing a musical instrument. This includes any FCPS workplace, school buildings, and while entering, exiting, and riding the school bus. Face coverings are optional for students and staff while participating in any activity outdoors.

The Fauquier County School Board sent the following letter to families on August 22, 2021:

Dear FCPS1 Families,

The number one priority of the Fauquier County School Board from day one of the COVID-19 pandemic has been to get our children back into a face-to-face learning environment, five days a week. Due to the number of positive cases and quarantines currently being leveraged on our staff and student body, our goal is in jeopardy.

To keep schools open five days a week, Fauquier County Public Schools will require all students and staff to wear a mask starting Monday, August 23, unless a medical exemption is on file and accompanied by a doctor’s note. Appropriate accommodations will be made for students and staff with a documented medical condition. In addition, religious accommodations will be made available to students and staff upon completion of the attached form. Masks will be provided to students who do not have one or for those who do not have appropriate documentation on file. Daily reviews of data will occur and this current mask requirement will be in effect for the next two weeks at a minimum.

Our hope is that we will slow the spread of COVID-19 and our quarantine numbers will reduce, so that we can keep our kids in school five days a week. The School Board will continue to be actively engaged with the Virginia Department of Health to monitor our situation and to seek clarity on quarantining expectations and at our next School Board Meeting, you can expect an update from us. This mask requirement will remain in place to protect our students and staff along with our instructional goals until our numbers of positive cases and quarantines significantly decrease.

We understand this is a topic that many of our families feel very passionately about and we assure you that the Fauquier County School Board strongly supports parents’ rights to make health and safety decisions for their families. However, as a Board, we are committed to pursuing safety restrictions that fall in line with the current conditions in our community to protect students and staff and in person learning. We appreciate your continued support in helping us keeping our students and staff safe.

Yours in Education,

Fauquier County School Board

Q: What are the medical and religious accommodations?

A: The medical and religious accommodations include:

  1. Wearing a face shield (Please note: Wearing a face shield will not exempt a student from quarantine.)
  2. Enrolling in the Remote Learning program (Contact your school to begin the process.)

Building Access Guidelines

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Are you eligible for discounted internet and devices?

Eligible households can get a discount of up to $50 a month toward their broadband service. They may also be able to receive a one-time discount of up to $100 discount on a laptop, computer or tablet from some providers if they contribute between $10 and $50 toward the purchase price. The program is for one monthly service discount and one device discount per household, according to the FCC.

Art is in the Air Around Fauquier County

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School Nutrition and FRESH have partnered to welcome students back with Cucumber and Watermelon as the What’s FRESH featured produce items of the month. Mrs. Gaskins (School Nutrition Manager at M.M. Pierce Elementary) and her staff are dedicated to getting students excited about healthy choices! Mrs. Gaskins shared a memory of gardening food with her father when she was younger-

“My dad use to say to me, ‘It’s never too late to do anything you want to do. You never know what you can accomplish until you try’. From that day on I planted with my dad every year and became very good at it. I think it’s important for students to learn to grown their own veggies because you never know when times will get hard and that may be the only choice you have for resources.”

This summer, Mrs. Gaskins donated some of the vegetables that she and her family grew with a local food bank to ensure others had access to fresh produce.

For recipes and more visit: https://www.fauquierfresh.org/eats

FRESH StoryWalk Continues...

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Upcoming Community Events

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Special Education Advisory Committee Meeting (SEAC )

Thursday, Sep. 2nd, 6pm

FCPS Central Office Complex, Bldg A, Rm. 2

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Parks and Rec Program Offerings

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2021-2022 School Year Calendar

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Dates to Remember

  • September 2 -SEAC Meeting @ 6 PM
  • September 6 - Labor Day Holiday (no school)
  • September 13 - School Board Meeting @ 6PM
  • September 20- 1/2 Day for Students
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