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FCPS Issues Decision for Thursday School Schedule

What did FCPS decide about school Thursday, after snow and ice hit the area this week?

FCPS schools will be closed Thursday
FCPS schools will be closed Thursday
With a winter storm and sub-freezing temperatures closing FCPS schools for two days this week after the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, will schools be closed again on Thursday?

Here's the official word from FCPS Wednesday night:

Fairfax County public schools will be closed on Thursday, Jan. 23. Offices will open on time. 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
  • all 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. 


Somewhat less officially, word came down earlier in the evening from school board members Ryan McElveen (at-large) and Springfield board member Elizabeth Schultz:

Elizabeth L. Schultz @ThinkSchultz5m

Breaking: wishes granted. Some at least. All #Fairfax County Public Schools will be closed Thursday, January 23rd. #FCPS

Wednesday night, FCPS students took to Twitter to debate the issue for hours, waiting for a decision from FCPS. 

Here's what other area school districts are doing Thursday:

Loudoun County Public Schools: Closed Thursday and Friday
Prince William County Public Schools: Closed Thursday
Alexandria: Two-hour delay
Falls Church: Two-hour delay
Arlington County: Two-hour delay

kathy brown January 23, 2014 at 04:45 PM
The comments from people who lived up north are forgetting that our area is a melting pot. We have people living here from all over the world. People from countries that never get cold weather or snow and ice. I would think that it is more important to put the student's safety first, especially for the students who walk to school. I am sure we all have seen how drivers pay attention when driving. They don;t. they are busy on the cell phone, texting, or talking (while looking at) the other person in the car. With temps in the low 20's, kids standing in the street waiting for their bus is unsafe. No guarentee the bus with get there at the reg time. If they don;t live right infront of the school bus stop, there is no safe place for them to wait. So, if we have to extend the school year by a week, then so be it. I would rather they do that than to put the students at risk. Besides, this give all parents more than enough time to plan vacations.

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