Kids/Community Corner

FCPS Budget and Budget Process


Fairfax County Public Schools Superintendent Scott S. Brabrand presented a $3.0 billion Proposed Budget for the 2019-20 school year (Fiscal Year 2020) to the Fairfax County School Board at its business meeting on January 10. 


The presentation of the FY 2020 Proposed Budget is the starting point of the budget process, which ends in May with the School Board’s adoption of the Approved Budget. The 2020 fiscal year begins July 1, 2019. The Fairfax County School Board will hold work sessions on the FY 2020 budget on Tuesday, January 22, and Thursday, January 31, along with a public hearing on Monday, January 28 (and January 29 and 30, if needed).  The School Board will adopt its Advertised Budget on February 7 and present the budget to the Board of Supervisors on April 9. 


For more information on the budget and the budget process please use the following links below:

1.  FY 2020 Proposed Budget Presentation 

2.  FY2020 Proposed Budget Fact Sheet 

3.  FY2020 Proposed Budget

FTC: Protecting Kids Online

Technology is constantly evolving. So are the risks associated with it. You can reduce these risks by talking to your kids about how they communicate — online and off — and encouraging them to think critically and act in a way they can be proud of.


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From the Healthy Minds Blog: Is Eating Together Really that Important?

Actually, yes. Family meals are a powerful tool in any parent’s or caregiver’s toolbox. Children and youth in families that regularly eat together are more likely to experience a whole host of positive outcomes. Family meals are associated with improvements in mental health and school achievement, as well as less of a likelihood of behavioral problems and other risk-taking behaviors such as using drugs or alcohol.

It can be difficult for many families to find the time for regular meals together. Work and activity schedules often pull us in many different directions. And starting and maintaining conversations with young people (especially teens) can sometimes be a major task. Check out this article from the Healthy Minds blog for resources to help.

Talking to Children About Violence


The National Association of School Psychologists has provided information on how best to talk to children about violence.  For more information on how to talk to your children about violence, please click here.


In addition, the National PTA has provided guidance and talking points to help guide a discussion regarding gun violence and children's safety at school.


* Gun Violence Prevention and Student Voice Talking Points for PTAs


* Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) National PTA Gun Violence Prevention Efforts


Boosting a Child's Self-Esteem


"One of the greatest gifts that a parent can give a child is a healthy self-esteem.  Positive feelings about oneself can lead to success in a gamut of situations raning from school to social circles, say child development experts."


Click Here To read more "Boosting a Child's Self-Esteem: A positive self image is a lifelong gift,".

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