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Saturday, June 27, 2020

Teacher unions want FCPS to continue virtual instruction

A proposed classroom layout showing how social distancing could work. [FCPS]
Teacher unions are urging Fairfax County Public Schools to continue with online learning when the 2020-21 school year starts in August. 

The school board on June 23 agreed to give families a choice among two options on how they return to school:
  • Full-time online face-to-face instruction four days a week, with one day set aside for specialized instruction. 
  • Or two full days of instruction in school each week with social distancing protocols in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and virtual learning on the other days. 

Friday, June 26, 2020

Park Authority starts outdoor fitness classes

Providence RECenter
The Fairfax County Park Authority is starting a new series of outdoor group fitness classes at RECenter parking lots or patios. Some of the classes start tomorrow, and other start next week. 

You must register and pay in advance. Click here for information on registering. 

Fairfax County to review Confederate place names

John Marr Drive in Annandale is thought to be named for the first Confederate soldier killed in the Civil War, although there is no evidence that John Marr had a connection to Annandale. 

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors on June 23 approved a request by supervisors Dalia Palchik (Providence) and Walter Alcorn (Hunter Mill) to take an inventory of Confederate place names in the county with an eye to considering name changes. 

The BoS agreed to have the History Commission draft a report listing Confederate monuments, street names, RECenters, parks, county buildings, and other county properties. 

Bailey's Elementary School wins PTA grant

The National PTA has awarded Bailey’s Elementary School for the Arts and Sciences in Bailey’s Crossroads a $5,000 grant to assist families who need internet access and devices to support students’ summer learning. 

The funds are part of a $1.25 million regional PTA package of COVID relief funds that are being distributed to more than 150 local and district PTA councils across the country with support from TikTok. 

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Rental goats clear out Annandale homeowner's overgrown yard

Cindy Carlson’s wooded backyard in the Sleepy Hollow Woods community in Annandale had gotten overgrown, and she didn’t want to use chemicals on the weeds or have people do the backbreaking work, so she invited Clover, Peanut, Snuggles, and five of their friends to take care of the problem. 

Clover et al are goats, and they’re spending three to five weeks happily eating away Cindy’s underbrush.

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

African Americans most likely to be victims of 'use of force' by Fairfax County police

Fairfax County Police “use of force” incidents disproportionately involved African American victims, according to the 2019 Use of Force Report issued by the FCPD Internal Affairs Bureau June 23. 

There was a total of 688 community members involved in use of force incidents in 2019, up from 558 in 2018 and 495 in 2017. 

In 2019, 315 of those incidents involved African Americans, 228 involved whites, 121 involved Hispanics, and 24 involved Asians.

Fairfax County supervisors approve bonds for libraries, parks, and Metro

George Mason Regional Library
The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors on June 23 authorized four bond referenda totaling $441 million for this fall’s general election.

A $90 million library bond includes $15 million for improvements at George Mason Regional Library in Annandale and upgrades at three other libraries.