Almost 15 years before COVID hit the United States, U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) issued warnings that pandemics were on the horizon and issued guidance and best practice documents to help educators at all levels develop emergency management plans. While some schools took notice and started developing plans as early as 2006, those plans collected dust as leadership rotated in and in subsequent years and attention floated to other areas.
Now, in 2023, documents created by various agencies are disappearing from public view. Whether this is the result of shortsightedness or attempts to withhold information from Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and others still investigating COVID-era noncompliance, the result is the same. We're losing opportunities to continue learning from what did and didn't work.
This page will feature documents, videos, and other assets created by—and/or about—Fairfax County Public Schools, in an effort to ensure they're available for future learning—and to ensure we don't forget best practices created and mistakes already made.
This document will continue to be updated.
Last Update: October 12, 2023