Dear City of Fairfax students, parents, staff and residents,
From all of us at the City of Fairfax Schools and School Board, we join with the Fairfax community in acknowledging with sadness the tragic events in Florida and an emotional release from our own threat last week. I would like to commend the City of Fairfax Police Department, Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) and the staff at Fairfax High School (FHS) for their diligent work to keep our children safe. Through their hard work, they were able to mitigate the threat within one day.
Throughout the halls at FHS you will see the phrase "We are Fairfax....We are Family" and it was clear to see how the administration and teachers dedicate themselves to the security of the students every day.
We are committed to provide as much information as we can when events arise. We are also committed to support
our police department and to provide information that is accurate and up to date. With the ubiquitous nature of social media, we understand how news can spread and how unsettling it is as a parent, staff, student or resident to hear pieces of information that may or may not be true. The City of Fairfax Schools work alongside FCPS, Fairfax County Police Department and City of Fairfax Police Department to provide the most current information. If you haven't done so, please subscribe to your school's Keep In Touch emails and "like or follow" the City police department, FCPS and the City of Fairfax Schools on Facebook and Twitter.
I would also like to ask for your help to speak with your children about the use of social media and the importance of speaking to a trusted adult if they see or hear something from a fellow student that is threatening.
As we ended an emotional week last week, it was my pleasure to join FCPS and Principal Goldfarb in honoring Ms. Jennifer Swientoniowski. Nominated by a student, Ms. Swientoniowski was named Teacher of the Year for Region 5 and we could not be more proud. Ms. Swientoniowski is a wonderful representative of our entire pyramid and the City of Fairfax Schools wishes her heart-filled congratulations.
Dr. Phyllis Pajardo
Superintendent, City of Fairfax Schools