This webpage provides an overview of the metrics and supports utilized as decision drivers for maintaining hybrid learning or moving to virtual instruction in response to community and regional health data related to the burden and transmission of the COVID-19 virus in the FCCPS community. Strong mitigation procedures, coupled with monitoring, can support providing stable instruction even in times of challenging health metrics.


FCCPS has been monitoring health data consistently since the beginning of the pandemic. Over time access to more refined data and additional guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Virginia Department of Health (VDH), and the Fairfax County Health Department have evolved. FCCPS utilizes this information to help drive decision making for the division’s response to risk mitigation and provide a stable instructional environment for all staff and students. The following resources help guide decision making and response and provide guidance to the FCCPS Health Metrics Task Force, the School Board, the Superintendent, and School Leadership teams regarding this process.

  • Cohort 1 (Special Populations) will continue in hybrid instruction with our Special Populations given the very small nature of the programs working to a gradual increase over the next couple of weeks to 4 full days per week as appropriate for each program.

  • Cohort 2 (Grades K-5) will remain in virtual instruction until February 22, when they will all return to hybrid instruction with a teaching force of staff who are fully vaccinated.

  • Cohort 3 (Grades 6-12) will remain in virtual instruction until February 22, when they will all return to hybrid instruction with a teaching force of staff who are fully vaccinated.

  • Upon our return to hybrid instruction, all cohorts will remain in hybrid. Any moves to virtual will be based on the need to “pause” isolated groups to allow for contact tracing or other similar issues. FCCPS will make these decisions in collaboration with the Fairfax Health Department.

NOTE: All schools can be moved into Virtual Instruction by the Office of the Governor or the Virginia Department of Education and will not reopen until the order is lifted and data supports reopening.

In all cases, temporary pauses - where students will return to virtual learning due to COVID positive results for students or staff - may occur for classrooms or entire schools. Decisions to close a classroom/school/program will be made by the Central Office and School-based Administration in consultation with the Fairfax Health Department.


  1. CDC: # of new Coronavirus cases per 100,000 people in Falls Church City

  2. CDC: % Positive Coronavirus Tests in Fall Church City

  3. Regional Composite of Burden and Trend - based on 8 data points monitored by VDH

  4. Operational Health


Source: Virginia Department of Health

PLEASE NOTE: All reported data is subject to change/updating based on VDH reporting procedures as they respond to the volume of data they receive. VDH is working to intake data 24/7, which means there will be frequent updates. Any changes made by VDH will be reflected here based on their daily data updates, which can impact results retroactively. FCCPS will update the data weekdays by noon, including any retroactive changes going back ten days to provide the most updated information available.

Risk legend

COVID positive results are tracked for both staff and students. Exposure and outbreak data that directly impact the school division via hybrid learning, sports, activities, daycare, or supervised learning is provided. The data is updated each week for incidents/events that have been reported and confirmed by FCCPS with the Fairfax County Health Department and other public health officials. Data is only presented at the Division Level given our small size to protect privacy and confidentiality as well as preventing the release of Personally Identifiable Information in accordance with both FERPA and HIPAA.


FCCPS monitors the implementation of the “5 Key Mitigation Strategies” for the 3rd CDC Core K-12 Indicator. These data below are regarding the: wearing of masks, hand hygiene, social distancing, cleaning/disinfecting, and contact tracing. Mitigation “walkthroughs” will be conducted every 7-days and moving to a 14-day cycle as appropriate after that. A team of staff trained in the process conduct “walkthroughs” using the FCCPS School Level Observation Tool and each school will conduct internal monitoring observations as appropriate based upon the needs of the individual building. All data will be collected in the FCCPS School Level Observation Tool Google Form and shared with building leadership upon completion.


The COVID Response Team will provide support to staff members as needed in implementing the 5 mitigation strategies at the school level. This includes providing support with students as needed.


Jessie Thackrey

Mount Daniel

Thomas Jefferson

Mary Ellen Henderson

George Mason






Each school has identified a COVID RESPONSE TEAM to support contact tracing, monitor/support mitigation efforts, and respond to issues related to COVID-19 on the school building as needed. Every building will also have an individualized email to submit problems, concerns, and questions. Direct all written inquiries to the COVID Response email address listed below.


Jessie Thackrey

Mount Daniel Elementary

TJ Elementary

ME Henderson Middle

GM High School

Team Members (*Team Lead)

*Angela Atwater, Admin
Angie Mellon

*Jed Jackson
Nora Pishner
Jeremy Ferrera-Admin

*Amanda Davis-Admin
Debra Newman
Nancy Peacock
Allison Klink

*Rob Carey-Admin
Karina Avila
Jessica Hollingeer
Tish Pugh

*Peter Laub-Admin
David Serensits-Admin
Leah Kirk
Adam Amerine

COVID Response Email Address






The COVID Response Team will support staff members as needed in implementing the 5 mitigation strategies at the school level. This includes providing support with students as needed. (Please Note: Students who are chronically not following mitigation guidance and who do not have a reason such as a developmental issue, a medical condition, or a disability that would inhibit them from following mitigation procedures such as social distancing or wearing a mask will be addressed by their Principal/Assistant Principal. A process of progressive discipline will be used by the Principal/Assistant Principal. However, chronic issues of mitigation non-compliance will result in students being assigned to virtual instruction in order to maintain the health/safety of students and staff.)

Specifics regarding Mitigation efforts at each school are listed in the detailed Reopening Plans.
FCCPS Elementary Reopening Plan and the FCCPS Secondary Reopening Plan