INFORMED, EMPOWERED & INSPIRED
What does informed, empowered and inspired family engagement mean to us? It means all families have information to understand FCPS, how to navigate it, what the issues are and how to speak up. Speaking up looks like families advocating in their own schools and the district and families giving FCCPTA input that we use everyday in our organization's advocacy work.
This is ongoing, powerful and challenging work to reach out to all families and have channels for input from all families, especially in a county this large and diverse. But we are committed this work and are always trying to improve. We invite you to join us in this mission- consider this entire website your open invitation!
WAYS YOU CAN TAKE ACTION FOR KIDS IN FCCPTA
> Learn about FCPS and how to reach out when you have an issue (here)
> Understand how to speak up about COVID concerns (below).
> Email us anytime to firstname.lastname@example.org to share your concerns, comments, questions, and what's working. We will chronical and archive these emails then use this feedback to inform our work.
> Email a committee chair, advisory committee member or other FCCPTA Executive Board member with targeted issues and concerns or to start a conversation. (here)
> Give testimony at an FPCS School Board meeting or public hearing. (here)
> Give comments at an advisory committee meeting (here)
> VAPTA Take Action for Kids Campaign (here)
> Sign up for alerts from NPTA (here)
WHERE TO TAKE YOUR CONCERNS
"What Can I Do?"
Families in Fairfax County are diverse and unique. We are not here to speak for specific groups of families, we are here to listen to all families, and to advance their concerns, and empower them with knowledge on how to be self-advocates. Along with our County wide advocacy, we are also here to empower families with information on the steps to take to speak up about their concerns.
These steps are suggestions and resources families can pursue:
1. Go to your school Principal: start your advocacy here at the school level. Ask for a conversation around your concerns and ask if they will consider options to address them.
2. Assistant Superintendent: Your principal has a boss! The Regional Superintendent as well as a team of Executive Principals.
FIND YOUR ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENT & EXECUTIVE PRINCIPALS:
Start with the boundary locator to find the elementary, middle, and high school information.
Your High School is your pyramid.
Knowing your pyramid helps you find your region, then the webpage for region will have contact information for your Region Assistant Superintendent as well as Executive Principals.
3. Reach out to your school board members and the 3 at-large school board members.
FIND YOUR SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS:
4. Contact the FCPS Ombudsman for further guidance