6 Things to Know for Back-to-School 2015

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More than 188,000 students will return to Fairfax County Public Schools on Tuesday, Sept. 8

The county school bus fleet is larger than Greyhound as it transports the most students in the country second to only New York City.

In short, we know schools (public and private) are a big deal in our community.

FCPS has a great back-to-school guide, and we (on the government side) have these six practical details to share as school begins.


#1: Morning Commutes

FCPS has new start times this year so high school students can get more sleep. Even if you’re not a parent of a student this will probably affect your morning commute. There will be 1,610 buses, a large student driver crowd and plenty of parents on the roads getting used to the new schedule – you get the picture. Patience will be needed!

  • Most high schools will start at 8:10 a.m.
  • The three secondary schools will start at 8 a.m.
  • Middle schools will start classes at 7:30 a.m.
View New School Start Times


#2: Driving Safety Reminders
  1. Slow down!
  2. It is illegal to pass a school bus that is stopped to load and unload children.
  3. When bus lights and stop signs are activated, vehicles must stop in both directions, unless they are separated from the bus by a median.
  4. Be alert. Children are unpredictable. Children walking or biking may appear suddenly and quickly; pay attention at all times.
  5. Be patient. As noted above, the new school schedule may temporarily impact traffic on various roadways.
  6. Drivers should not block crosswalks. Allow pedestrians plenty of space to walk safely.
  7. Always stop when directed by a police officer or crossing guard.


#3: Back to School Savings

Getting kids ready for school often means plenty of trips to the store well after the first day of class. Our Consumer Affairs Division has several valuable tips to help you save some money and maybe teach your kids some valuable lessons on budgeting. You can also save lots of money and stay organized furnishing a homework haven in your home by bidding on items in our public surplus auction.

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#4: Homework Help

The Library has a long list of online resources to help your student succeed from the first day of Kindergarten through SAT and ACT test prep. Get live help with math and science homework from a teacher, access a Civil War Education Kit, review resources for writers and look at enough publications to turn anyone into a bookworm. Or stop by your Library branch and our staff will help you find the best resources and online help for an assignment.

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#5: A Healthy Start

Our Health Department shares some good numbers to remember for kids: 9-1-5:

  • 9 hours of sleep
  • 1 hour of physical activity (at least)
  • 5 servings of fruits/veggies a day

Visit the Health Department’s Facebook page for some quick, easy and healthy recipes.


#6: Crisis Help

Stress and anxiety — they’re all around us. We have a 24-hour text service that’s available for students (or anyone) to contact.


text "Connect" to 85511

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