FCPS Will Be Closed Thursday and Friday

by Karen Goff January 27, 2016 at 1:50 pm 10 Comments

Terraset Elementary/Credit: Leslie Sogandares  You know the drill.

Fairfax County Public Schools will be closed for the rest of the week so crews can continue to clean up from the three-foot snowfall that pummeled the area over the weekend.

FCPS students have not had school since last Wednesday. By the end of the week, there will have been seven snow days used this schools year.

The closing is condition 5, which means school offices will be open.

The following activities in schools and on school grounds are canceled:

  • extracurricular activities
  • interscholastic contests
  • team practices
  • field trips
  • middle school after-school programs
  • professional learning and training courses
  • adult and community education classes
  • recreation programs and community use by outside groups not affiliated with FCPS
  • School age child care (SACC) centers are closed

While FCPS is responsible for the area immediately around school grounds, it is not responsible for clearing sidewalks for the entire route to school.

The school system sent an email to families earlier this week urging them to help shovel the sidewalks nearby in order to aid in snow-removal efforts.

Photo: Terraset Elementary School/Credit: Leslie Sogandares

  • Chuck Morningwood


  • Mike M

    Yes, Virginia. There is a Santa Claus!

    I feel the joy.

  • John

    Typical pathetic response, collectively this area is filled with wimps, by Thursday at the latest, all of the roads are cleared.

    • Rational Reston

      ALL of Fairfax county’s roads, can you say that with 100% certainty?

    • John Farrell

      All the roads in Reston aren’t clear?! On what planet?

      Reston Parkway at Sunrise has one lane in each direction.

      Soapstone is one lane, not one lane each way, one lane.

      This is far worse than the VDOT performance in the 2010 Snowmageddon when the roads were largely cleared by Tuesday after that Friday/Saturday storm.

      At this rate, we’ll be lucky to be able to send kids to school on next Tuesday.

  • Ming the Merciless

    On Saturday, when I heard someone predict they’d be closed all week, I said no way will they be that lame

    Silly me for underestimating their powers of lame-itude.

    • JohnGaltMasterPlanner

      All summer off and that nice Christmas Break…did you honestly expect they’d work if there was some snow on the ground?

      • Jaye Baldwin

        You speak as if the teachers are calling the shots. They are not; those who are (on 12-month contracts, by the way) are the superintendents, etc.

        The rank-and-file teachers (who are unemployed for two months each year and are paid accordingly) have nothing to do with the decision to open or close schools.

  • RickDotSalt

    So many people on here that walked uphill both ways to school in blinding snowstorms.

  • RoadApples

    FCPS: Due to weather conditions/cleanup, please continue to err on the side of caution in respect to safety for students and staff; no matter how many days it takes.
    I do concur that there are many lame/wimpy people in Reston.
    That being said; I vociferously disagree with that characterization (lame/wimpy) and is indeed NOT apropos concerning this particular unsafe situation.


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