Return to School

February 2, 2021 School Board update

On February 2, the Fairfax County School Board gave unanimous support for an updated timeline that will offer all students the opportunity to return to school buildings two days a week beginning February 16 through March 16.  

Below you will find FCPS general information on the Return to School plan as well as Dogwood ES specific information including our new bell schedule which begins on February 16, the return to school dates, teacher planning days (asynchronous learning only), and more!

Dogwood ES Return to School Information

Grade Level Return to School Parent Meetings (Dates and Times)

Save the date for the following return to school parent meetings to hear details about your child's day including: schedule, supplies, and breakfast & lunch, etc. as we return safely to in-person learning.

Whole School: February 9 @ 5:30 pm

Groups 1-5 (EHS, HS, Kindergarten):  February 17 @ 5:30 pm

Group 6 (Grades 1 and 2):  March 4 @ 5:30 pm

Group 7 (Grades 3 - 6):  March 11 @ 5:30 pm

*Links to join these meetings will be provided in our Dragons Digest News You Choose Newsletters

Return to School Dates by Grade Level

Students who have selected in-person instruction, will return to school in a phased-in approach starting February 16 (see below for Return to School dates by grade level)

Mondays will be asynchronous and virtual for all.  On Tuesdays through Fridays, they have 2 days in person and 2 days virtual and synchronous.  Your child will receive their specific days.

Grade Level Current Return Date
ECSB, PAC February 16
PreK, Kindergarten February 23
Grades 1-2 March 9
Grades 3-6 March 16


New Bell Schedule Beginning February 16

Dogwood ES Bell Schedule starting February 16

Grades Pre-K - 6: 9:00am - 3:30pm

Teacher Planning Days by Grade Level

Teacher planning days are still school days. They are asynchronous, independent learning days. Like Mondays, all students are expected to log in to their Google Classroom and complete the Google attendance form and proceed with their asynchronous (independent) assignments.

Grade Level Planning Days (Asynchronous for students)
EHS, HS, Kindergarten Completed
Grades 1 and 2 February 25 and 26
Grades 3 and 4 March 4 and 5
Grades 5 and 6 March 11 and 12



Mondays will still be a full day of independent/asynchronous learning for all students to give our classroom teachers time to prepare and plan the week’s lessons. 

All Dogwood Elementary School students are required to log in to their Google Classroom, complete the Google Attendance form, and proceed with their independent/asynchronous assignments provided by their classroom teacher.

Daily Schedule by Grade Level (Tuesday-Friday)












FCPS Return to School Information

FCPS Return to School Page

Return to School Groups

FCPS has created “groups” to clarify which students will return to in-person instruction based on certain health and operational requirements being met. The chart below defines which group a student is assigned to based on their grade level and/or the specific courses, programs, or services they are accessing. If you have questions about which group your child is assigned to, please contact your child’s school.

Student Groups

Student In-Person Start Dates

Group 1 - 4:

Select Specialized Career Prep Classes

  • Firefighting
  • LPN
  • Construction
  • Student Auto Sales
  • Cosmetology
  • Youth Registered Apprenticeships

Preschool Autism

Preschool Class-based Students

Elementary Comprehensive Service Sites (CSS)

Adaptive Curriculum Programs:

  • Enhanced Autism Class (EAC)
  • Intellectual Disabilities (ID) Classes
  • Intellectual Disabilities Severe (IDS) Classes
  • Non-Categorical Elementary (NCE) accessing curriculum in a special education setting

Key Center and Kilmer Center

Burke School (Elementary)

February 16  

Group 5:

Early Head Start (infants and toddlers)

PreK (three and four year olds)


Intensive Support Needs (students instructed w/ modified curriculum for at least 50% of their core courses and instructed in special education settings 50% or more of their instructional day)

Specialized Center-based Programs- Special Education:

  • Vision Program at Robinson SS
  • Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing (DHH) Programs at Canterbury Woods ES, Frost MS and Woodson HS
  • Students with 50% or more of core content areas in special education settings

February 23

Group 6:

Grades 1-2


March 9

Group 7:

Grades 3-6

Secondary Public Day Programs - Special Education:

  • Burke Middle School
  • Davis & Pulley Centers - all other students that have not previously returned to in-person instruction and Davis STEP

March 16

Group 8:

Grade 8, 9, 12

Secondary Public Day Programs

  • Cedar Lane and Quander Road 
  • Davis & Pulley Center students who age during the 2020-21 SY

March 2

Group 8:

Grade 7, 10, 11

Poe MS, Glasgow MS, and Holmes MS students in Grades 6-7

Davis and Pulley Center students who age during the 2021-22 SY

    March 2

Concurrent Instruction

Information on the Concurrent Instruction Model

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions about the Return to School plan

Return to School News

FCPS News regarding Return to School

Fairfax County School Board

More information on the Fairfax County School Board