‘Right time to move on’ – Breibrand on her decision to leave the Fairfax Company’s schools


Scott Brebrand talks before his final school year as the superintendent of Fairfax County Public Schools.

The 2021-2022 school year will be the last one Superintendent Scott Brabrand will spend with Fairfax County Public Schools.

He made his decision public in a Thursday message to the community, and said he would serve until June 30, 2022.

“I think it’s the right time after this year to get everyone back individually and move on after having an almost normal school year,” Brabrand said in an interview.

With one year left on his contract, he described his relationship with the Fairfax County School Board as “positive”.

“We have worked hard to continue partnering with our parents and families. We know the stress of this pandemic has been overwhelming for everyone, and we worked really hard to give grace to all our stakeholders It’s not sad,” Brebrand said.

He said the coronavirus pandemic “has been an extraordinarily difficult time for students and families … I am really, really excited about this coming year.”

Brebrand said her top priority for the upcoming school year is to ensure that all students return to schools safely and that school systems comply with the latest CDC guidelines.

“And then to really start working very diligently to meet their educational and socio-emotional needs, and we know that coming out of this pandemic those needs are going to be more complex and more acute than ever before. Huh.”

He added that the FCPS “is set out to embrace our children and help them truly rediscover the joy of learning and the joy of reconnecting with the individual. We are all virtually connected, but we are all personally connected.” And all of our kids are going to have the opportunity to do that this fall and it’s very exciting.”

Brabrand, who has been superintendent since 2017, said he started working as an apprentice in the school system about 30 years ago.

Brabrand has taught social studies since 1994, and has also been an associate principal at Lake Braddock Secondary School, assistant principal at Herndon High School; Principal of Fairfax High School and superintendent of Lynchburg City Schools.

When asked about his future plans, he said: “Hey, I’ve got 12 months to figure that out – and when I do, I’ll make sure the story gets pushed first.” “

Rick Massimo contributed to this report.

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