Fairfax County Public Schools

8115 Gatehouse RoadFalls Church, Virginia 22042

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:

The Fairfax County Public Schools reports a total of 187,000 students enrolled in district schools. Demographically the district reports the total number of students are; 

  • 37.8% White 
  • 26.8% Hispanic 
  • 19.5% Asian 
  • 9.8% Black 
  • 5.7% Multi-racial 
  • 0.3% American Indian 
  • 0.1% Native Hawaiian 

Fairfax County Public School District employs 24,700 full-time employees, 93% who are school based while 7% are non school based. The district has a FY 2021 budget of $3.1 billion.

FCPS School Board has mandated vaccines for teachers and staff. The teachers and staff were given until the end of October to get vaccinated or submit to routine negative COVID tests. The district claimed to mandate the experimental vaccine so employees can have peace of mind when going into the workplace. On their district website, it says, “To lead by example. FCPS continues to promote vaccination for everyone, including our students, as soon as they are eligible. Our goal is for every eligible employee to be vaccinated. The sooner our community reaches a high vaccination rate, the sooner we begin to put the pandemic behind us. ”

The Fairfax County Public School District raises many areas of concern including mask mandates, special treatment for transgendered students, and updating the student handbook to protect LGBTQ+ rights. 

In a recent letter to parents and staff, the school district decreed that all students and staff must wear a mask during the 2021-2022 school year, regardless of their vaccination status.

The school board of Fairfax County Public Schools in Northern Virginia voted unanimously to approve a revised version of its “Student Rights and Responsibilities” document, which outlines expectations for student behavior. The new rules also mandate that all students receive “safe and equitable access to all school . . . facilities and activities” and that students have “the right to non-disclosure of gender identity and/or sexual orientation.”

Moreover, the guidelines state that internal, school-generated lists of students — such as in the honor roll, yearbooks and school newspapers — must identify transgender children by their preferred names and pronouns and explicitly affirmed rights and protections for transgender students, said Karl Frisch, the first openly LGBTQ member of Fairfax’s school board.”

Finally, “The Fairfax County School Board adopted a regulation stating that students should be called by their chosen name and pronouns, can use locker rooms and restrooms consistent with their gender identity, and can wear any clothing as long as it complies with the dress code in October.” 

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) sent second-graders a “summer learning guide” in July which included a Youtube video titled “Woke Kindergarten” that vilified the police. The district said the video had been posted by mistake and removed it.

Updated – October 4, 2021 

Board Members:

Karen Keys-GamarraMember-At-Large
Abrar OmeishMember-At-Large
Rachna Sizemore HeizerVice-Chair, Member-At-Large
Megan McLaughlinBraddock District Representative
Elaine TholenDranesville District Representative
Melanie K. MerenHunter Mill District Representative
Tamara Derenak KaufaxLee District Representative
Ricardy AndersonMason District Representative
Karen Corbett SandersMount Vernon District Representative
Karl FrischProvidence District Representative
Laura Jane CohenSpringfield District Representative
Stella PekarskyChair, Sully District Representative

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Board details:

The Fairfax County School Board is a 12-member board with nine members elected by district and three members elected at large. Each member is elected to serve a four-year term. The annual salary for a school board member was $20,000 through December 2015. Board salaries increased to $32,000 per year in January 2016.
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