Bell Schedule

School hours

Normal School Hours

K - 6

Monday through Friday: 8:35 a.m. to 3:20 p.m. 

Normal Office Hours

Monday through Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 

Emergency School Closing, Delayed Opening or Early Dismissal

In  the  event  of  an  emergency,  such  as extreme  heat,  cold  or  snow,  the  Division Superintendent may decide to:

  • Close schools for the day
  • Open schools two hours late, or
  • Close schools two hours early.

All emergency closings and delayed openings shall be announced in the following ways:

  • Listed on the Fairfax County Public Schools website: www.fcps.edu.
  • Sent by electronic mail (e-mail).
  • Carried on the division’s public access channel, Cox Cable Channel 21.
  • Closings and delayed openings are provided to local radio and television stations no later than 5:30 a.m.
  • Early closings are provided to local stations no later than 10:30 a.m.

All-Day Closing

  • All schools shall be closed for the day.
  • Extracurricular activities,  interscholastic contests,  team practices,  field trips, adult and community  education classes,  and recreation programs in schools and on school grounds are canceled.
  • All offices are open unless the closing of offices is specified.

Two-Hour Delayed Opening - 10:35 a.m. to 3:20 p.m.

  • Students in grades K-6 shall report two hours later than their regular schedule.
  • Morning field trips are canceled.
  • All offices are open unless the closing of offices is specified.

With any delayed opening, the buses will arrive to pick up the studentstwo hours later than the regularly scheduled time.

Two-Hour Early Dismissal - 8:35 a.m. to 1:20 p.m. 

  • All students shall be dismissed two hours early.
  • Field trips are canceled.