Return to School

February 2, 2021 School Board update

On February 2, the Fairfax County School Board gave unanimous support for an updated timeline that will offer all students the opportunity to return to school buildings two days a week beginning February 16 through March 16.  

Below you will find FCPS general information on the Return to School plan as well as Dranesville ES specific information including our new bell schedule which begins on February 16, the return to school dates, teacher planning days (asynchronous learning only), etc.

FCPS Return to School Information

FCPS Return to School page

Return to School Groups


FCPS has created “groups” to clarify which students will return to in-person instruction based on certain health and operational requirements being met. The chart below defines which group a student is assigned to based on their grade level and/or the specific courses, programs, or services they are accessing. If you have questions about which group your child is assigned to, please contact your child’s school.  

In-Person Timeline

Student Groups

Student In-Person Start Dates

VHSL Activities and HS Co-Curriculars

Determined by school 

Intervention Cohorts (ES, MS, HS, SLIFE/Newcomer)


Determined by school 


Student Groups Student In-Person Start Dates

Group 1 - 4:

Select Specialized Career Prep Classes

  • Firefighting
  • LPN
  • Construction
  • Student Auto Sales
  • Cosmetology
  • Youth Registered Apprenticeships

Preschool Autism

Preschool Class-based Students

Elementary Comprehensive Service Sites (CSS)

Adaptive Curriculum Programs:

  • Enhanced Autism Class (EAC)
  • Intellectual Disabilities (ID) Classes
  • Intellectual Disabilities Severe (IDS) Classes
  • Non-Categorical Elementary (NCE) accessing curriculum in a special education setting

Key Center and Kilmer Center

Burke School (Elementary)

February 16  

Group 5:

Early Head Start (infants and toddlers)

PreK (three and four year olds)


Intensive Support Needs (students instructed w/ modified curriculum for at least 50% of their core courses and instructed in special education settings 50% or more of their instructional day)

Specialized Center-based Programs- Special Education:

  • Vision Program at Robinson SS
  • Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing (DHH) Programs at Canterbury Woods ES, Frost MS and Woodson HS
  • Students with 50% or more of core content areas in special education settings

February 23

Group 6:

Grades 1-2


March 9

Group 7:

Grades 3-6

Secondary Public Day Programs - Special Education:

  • Burke Middle School
  • Davis & Pulley Centers - all other students that have not previously returned to in-person instruction and Davis STEP

March 16

Group 8:

Grade 8, 9, 12

Secondary Public Day Programs

  • Cedar Lane and Quander Road 
  • Davis & Pulley Center students who age during the 2020-21 SY

March 2

Group 8:

Grade 7, 10, 11

Poe MS, Glasgow MS, and Holmes MS students in Grades 6-7

Davis and Pulley Center students who age during the 2021-22 SY

March 9

Concurrent Instruction

Information on the Concurrent Instruction Model

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions about the Return to School plan

Return to School News

FCPS News regarding Return to School

Fairfax County School Board

More information on the Fairfax County School Board

Dranesville ES Return to School Information

February 11 Return to School Parent Meeting Presentation

If you missed the February 11 Return to School Parent Meeting or would like to review the information, here is the slide deck used at the meeting

Grade Level Return to School Parent Meetings (Dates and Times)

Save the date for the following return to school parent meetings to hear details about your child's day including: schedule, supplies, and snack as we return safely to in-person learning.

  • Kindergarten: February 22 @ 11:30 a.m. 
  • Grade 1: March 4 @ 9:00 a.m.
  • Grade 2: February 22 @ 6:00 p.m. 
  • Grade 3:March 11 @ 6:00 p.m.
  • Grade 4: March 11 @ 5:00 p.m.
  • Grade 5  March 11 @ 5:30 p.m.
  • Grade 6: March 11 @ 4:30 p.m.

Return to School Dates by Grade Level

Dranesville ES Return to School Schedule by Grade Level Schedule

Students who have selected in-person instruction, will return to school in a phased-in approach starting February 16 (see below for Return to School dates by grade level)

Mondays will be asynchronous and virtual for all.  On Tuesdays through Fridays, they have 2 days in person and 2 days virtual and synchronous.  Your child will receive their specific days.


Grade Level

Current Return Date

EAC, PAC and Preschool    

February 16

PreK, Kindergarten and NCE 

February 23

Grades 1 - 2

March 9

Grades 3 - 6

March 16

New Bell Schedule Beginning February 16

Dranesville ES Bell Schedule starting February 16:

Grades K - 6: 9:45 - 4:15

Morning Preschool: 9:45 - 1:00

Afternoon Preschool: 1:00 - 4:15


Teacher Planning Days by Grade Level

Teacher planning days are still school days. They are asynchronous, independent learning days. Like Mondays, all students are expected to log in for their morning meeting, attendance, and to receive their asynchronous (independent) assignments.


Grade Level

Planning Day (Asynchronous only)

EAC, PAC and Preschool 


PreK, Kindergarten and NCE


Grades 1 - 2


Grades 3 - 6



Mondays will still be a full day of independent/asynchronous learning for all students to give our classroom teachers time to prepare and plan the week’s lessons. 

All Dranesville Elementary School students are required to log in for their morning meeting, attendance, and to receive their independent/asynchronous assignments.

K - 6: 9:45 - 10:15

Daily Schedule By Grade Level (Tuesdays - Fridays)

2 HOUR DELAY - Daily Schedule By Grade Level (Tuesdays - Fridays)

2 Hour Delay Academic Schedules by Grade Level (Tuesdays - Fridays)


Kindergarten 2 Hour Delay Daily Schedule


1st Grade 2 Hour Delay Daily Schedule


2nd Grade 2 Hour Delay Academic Schedule


3rd Grade 2 Hour Delay Daily Schedule


4th Grade 2 Hour Delay Daily Schedule


5th Grade 2 Hour Delay Daily Schedule


5th Grade 2 Hour Delay Daily Schedule

Arrival and Dismissal


The loop in front of Dranesville is reserved for buses from 9:00-10:00 am and 3:30-4:30 pm.

All Buses - Door 1


Kiss and Ride

Enter Kiss and Ride Loop from Powell's Tavern

EAC and all Preschool programs - Door 2 

Kindergarten - Door 3

Grades 1 & 2 - Door 4 (near blacktop)

1st and 2nd Graders with K Siblings can exit Door 3 with their K sibling

Grades 1-6 - Door 5

Car placards will be sent home with students



All Grades - Doors 1, 5


Health and Safety Information for Return to School

Parental Guardian Health Screening Commitment Form (to be completed prior to returning for in-person learning)

Parental Guardian Health Screening Commitment Form:

Please complete before your child returns to in-person learning

As many students return to in-person instruction, parents and caregivers will be asked to acknowledge a Health Screening Commitment form before their student(s) re-enter school buildings. This document confirms that a parent, caregiver, or guardian will complete a daily health screening and will keep their students home when they are ill. The commitment form is available in EnglishAmharicArabicChineseFarsiKoreanSpanishUrdu, and Vietnamese.  

The Health Commitment form can be submitted electronically through ParentVUE (PVUE) or via hard copy. Please contact your child’s school to have a hard copy sent to you.

More Information

Daily Health Screening Form

Daily Health Screening:

  • daily health screening, using Covid-19 Health Screening Questions, will be required for all students attending in-school instruction. The health screening tool is available in EnglishAmharicArabicChineseFarsiKoreanSpanishUrdu and Vietnamese.
  • As indicated in the Parent/Guardian Health Screening Commitment form, parent/guardians, will complete the health screening each morning, prior to sending the student to school. In order to reduce the spread of communicable disease to student and staff, it is critical that parents/guardians accurately complete this screening daily and keep their student home from school when exhibiting any symptoms. These health screenings will be done on an honor basis and will not be required to be submitted to the school.
  • Parents/guardians will be required to make this commitment for all school-aged children in their household.
  • Parents/guardians will receive frequent reminders from FCPS via multiple modes of communication, reminding them to complete their daily health screening and to keep sick students at home. These communications will be developed in collaboration with the Office of Communications and Community Relations (OCCR), Office of Professional Learning and Family Engagement (OPLFE) and Language Services.
  • Students whose parent or guardian has not returned a signed the Parent/Guardian Health Screening Commitment form will be required to have their temperature taken daily by school staff until the form is received.
  • If the temperature of the student is greater than or equal to 100.4° Fahrenheit, the student will be escorted or sent to the predetermined isolation room for further screening. Students will be escorted by an adult who will maintain 6 feet of social distancing. For any student being sent home, parents/guardians or approved designee are to pick up their student within one hour.

Sick Student Notification and Permission to Return to School Form

Stop the Spread

Please watch this short Stop the Spread video.

Mask Regulation

More information on FCPS Face Mask Regulations