Committees and Community Liaisons

FCCPTA organizes many committees to serve students and PTA members. As the leading voice for parents in Fairfax County, FCCPTA also appoints parent representatives to a number of Fairfax County and FCPS Citizen Advisory Committees.

We will post their reports during the 2019-20 school year here.

FCCPTA Committees

Reflections | Denise Bolton, Important Notice for Reflections Coordinators: Please submit your schools’ 1st-place winning entries (in each arts category/age division) on Thursday, Oct 31 or Friday, Nov 1, room 1180, at FCPS Gatehouse Administration Center (8115 Gatehouse Rd., Falls Church VA, 22042.)  We suggest a  local unit (school) PTA student turn in date around Oct 4, 2019.

Spelling Bee| Eliza Morss,

Special Education Committee, VACANT

Liaisons to FCPS Citizen Advisory Committees

Liaison to FCPS Advanced Academics Program Advisory Committee (AAPAC)| Terri Radziewski, Charge:AAPAC will examine current AAP Level II-IV identification practices in order to make recommendations for additional outreach and support to historically underrepresented populations.

Liaison to FCPS Advisory Committee for Students with Disabilities (ACSD)| Ann-Marie Ward The ACSD advises the school board on issues surrounding special education services in FCPS.

In the 2018-19 School Year, the school board charged the ACSD to:

  1. Explore FCPS practices regarding transition to post-secondary opportunities for students with disabilities.
  2. Make recommendations designed to improve division-wide practices to improve post-secondary outcomes for students who exit or graduate from FCPS services.

Additionally, the ACSD will identify other unmet needs for students with disabilities and follow up on previous recommendations with county staff.

Members of the public are invited to attend ACSD meetings. Public comments (limit of 3 minutes) are encouraged. Interested parties may register to speak in person before the meeting begins. Details, including meeting dates, agendas, and minutes are available at https://www.fcps.edu/committee/advisory-committee-students-disabilities-acsd

Families are also encouraged to take advantage of the FCPS Parent Resource Center, which provides free workshops, consultations, and lends library materials to support the success of all students. More information is available at https://www.fcps.edu/resources/family-engagement/parent-resource-center

Liaison to FCPS Career and Technical Education Advisory Committee (CTEAC)| Monique Roberts,

Liaison to FCPS Family Life Education Curriculum Advisory Committee (FLECAC)| Risa May, flecac@fccpta.org

The FLECAC for levels K through 12 was established by the School Board to advise the K-12 Coordinator for Health, Family Life, and Physical Educationon Program of Studies development (goals, objectives, media, and special instructional materials) and implementation.

VDOE guidelines allow local school divisions to implement a locally developed plan, provided that “a local curriculum plan shall use as a reference the Family Life Education Standards of Learningobjectives approved by the Board of Education….”

This Advisory Committee is chaired by the current Coordinator, Elizabeth Payne. The agenda for the SY18-19 is to identify “gaps” in the current cur

Minority Student Achievement Oversight Committee (MSAOC)| Maya Castillo, msaoc@fccpta.org

2018-19 Committee Charge (summarized): Undertake the review and assessment of initiatives, programs, and policies impacting student discipline, advanced academic and recruitment, retention, hiring and deployment.

The committee broke into working groups to take on each piece of the above charge.  The working groups are “advanced academics,” “student discipline,” “teacher hiring, assignment and retention,” and “closing the achievement gap.”  Each committee assigned roles within the working group and discussed 2017 recommendations questions be assessed, generated additional questions, and begin to identify follow up.

School Health Advisory Committee (SHAC)| Elizabeth Ende, health@fccpta.org

SHAC appointees this year include 29 people: parents, a student, health professionals, educators, and others.  At the September meeting, we discussed the following items:

  1. How to reduce student stress levels. Discussions are ongoing and include ideas such as: limits on number of AP classes, number of tests on same day, and sports, band and theater practice times; helping students deal with stress created by threats at school; getting feedback from students (Madison Minds Matter students will talk to us in October); and we will review Youth Survey results (November).
  2. How new recess guidelines are working (two 15-minute recesses, and recess not to be withheld as punishment or so students can complete unfinished work or take tests). FCPS reported that recess training and resource webpage have been shared with elementary principals and staff. Based on community feedback, FCPS is also investigating how it can implement recess for sixth graders at middle schools.
  3. Evaluating wellness report metrics. All schools have three representatives on their wellness team. In September,FCPS sent a Wellness Newsletter to the wellness representatives.  To view metrics, visit https://www.fcps.edu/node/36633  or google “FCPS School Wellness Reporting”. There is a report for each school and an executive report.

Liaisons to Fairfax County Citizen Advisory Committees

Liaison to Fairfax County Community Action Advisory Board| Beth Tudan

The CAAB mission is to empower residents to achieve self-sufficiency and reach their full potential.

To achieve this mission, the CAAB employs advocacy, provides education, and offers funding for effective community-based programs. CAAB focus on issues, including homelessness and poverty, facing members of the Fairfax County community. Over 28 percent of FCPS students receive free or reduced cost lunch in FCPS. Over 82,000 Fairfax County residents receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits. Over 69,000 Fairfax County residents live in poverty.

Liaison to Trauma Informed Community Network (TICN)| Jenna White, ticn@fccpta.org

At the October TICN meeting, attendees learned more about the newly launched Campaign for a Trauma Informed Virginia.  The goal of the campaign is to influence state policymakers to adopt trauma-informed approaches by increasing investments in prevention of trauma and adopting trauma-informed and evidence-based practices across the state agencies that impact children and families.  This campaign strives to connect local partners, stakeholder groups, advocates, state agency leaders, and elected officials in order to create and advance a unified state policy agenda for trauma-informed policy and practice.  Learn more and sign up for updates on policies affecting children, including education at vakids.org.

Liaison to Successful Youth and Child Policy Team (SCYPT)| Michelle Leete, scypt@fccpta.org

SCYPT is comprised of leaders from multiple sectors within Fairfax County. The team’s role is to set community-wide goals and priorities for public policy as it relates to children, youth and families. According to the team’s charter, “in order to become confident individuals, effective contributors, successful learners and responsible citizens, all of Fairfax County’s children need to be safe, nurtured, healthy, achieving, active, included, respected and responsible. This can only be realized if the county, schools, community and families pull together to plan and deliver top-quality services, which overcome traditional boundaries.”

During the October 3 meeting, SCYPT members endorsed a funding request for Behavioral Health Blueprint. New funding would expand crisis response services ($100,000), expand behavioral health treatment services for underserved populations ($130,000), and establish a psychiatric consultation program for pediatricians and family physicians ($100,000). This funding would make services more efficient and effective, and able to serve more youth, because they would help free up other existing services for youth with the greatest needs.

The SCYPT also voted to endorse funding for the Equitable School Readiness Strategic Plan. Funding is to expand family-child playgroups to support social emotional competency development ($80,000), expand the pilot of the Early Development Instrument ($15,000), expand pre-kindergarten program access ($1,443,479), maintain VPI+ classrooms in FCPS ($650,300), increase financial assistance in the Child Care Assistance and Referral program ($1,000,000), and develop an early childhood mental health consultation program ($170,000). Much of the initial strategies are focused on increasing program slots for low income families, but that the plan is focused more broadly, and the new efforts will be aimed at universal access to programs.

For more information visit https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/health-humanservices/scypt.