AFPE On Reopening FCPS Schools

July 10, 2020

FCPS employees do not have enough information about the plans to reopen school buildings for face-to-face instruction so that they can be certain of their safety.

We do not believe that FCPS is withholding information; rather, we believe that the information simply does not yet exist.

The science of COVID-19 and related data are still rapidly evolving and, therefore, so are the recommendations and guidelines for proper health and safety precautions.

Given the uncertainty of the disease and its trajectory, as well as the fluidity of best practices, no employee should be forced to return to face-to-face instruction.

Employees must be allowed to make a choice – not merely to express a preference -- that is acceptable to them. Some may be ready to commit to face-to-face instruction now. In the absence of proven science, adequate data, and definitive plans and protocols, others may only be ready to commit to virtual instruction, as that is the method that ensures that they are in complete control of their exposure to COVID-19 and the health and safety of themselves and their families.

AFPE does not define specific conditions (such as the release/availability of a vaccine) under which all employees should be expected to find a return to face-to-face instruction acceptable. Employees must make that determination for themselves.

Becca Ferrick, President
Association of Fairfax Professional Educators