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The Back Pack follows the Fairfax County Public School calendar from the first day of school to the last day of school. We will be closed on holidays as observed by FCPS as well as follow all emergency procedures, closings, and delays.

Our doors open for Before Care at 6:30 am.

The After Care program closes at 6:15 pm.


We provide transportation to and from your child's school at their bell times.


The Back Pack offers all-day care on select days when FCPS are closed. Check our calendar below for a complete look at the school year. 


Each family will be required to RSVP for each all-day care offered throughout the school year. Each family will incur a $25 fee per child. However, the fee will be removed if your RSVP indicates not attending. Families must RSVP to ensure appropriate staffing needs and adequate all-day materials are purchased.



Holidays and inclement weather decisions follow the Fairfax County Public School System.
Please note that Back Pack has additional days open/closed.



  • August 19th: First Day of School

  • August 30th: Labor Day Holiday CLOSED

  • September 2nd: Labor Day Holiday CLOSED

  • September 16th: Three-Hour-Early Release OPEN

  • October 3rd: FCPS Holiday, Back Pack OPEN

  • October 4th: Teacher Work Day OPEN 

  • October 14th: Indigenous Peoples' Day CLOSED

  • October 21st: Three-Hour-Early-Release OPEN

  • October 31st: Two-Hour-Early-Release OPEN



  • November 1st: FCPS Holiday, Back Pack OPEN

  • November 4th: Teacher Work Day OPEN

  • November 5th: Teacher Work Day OPEN

  • November 11th: Veterans' Day CLOSED

  • November 18th: Three-Hour-Early-Release OPEN

  • November 27th – 29th: Thanksgiving Break CLOSED

  • December 23rd – January 3rd: Winter Break CLOSED

  • January 20th: MLK Jr Day Holiday CLOSED



  • January 29th: Teacher Work Day OPEN

  • February 10th: Three-Hour-Early Release OPEN

  • February 17th: Presidents' Day CLOSED

  • March 10th: Three-Hour-Early-Release OPEN



  • March 31st: FCPS Holiday, Back Pack OPEN

  • April 1st: Teacher Work Day OPEN

  • April 14th - 18th: Spring Break CLOSED

  • April 21st: Three-Hour-Early-Release

  • May 12th: Three-Hour-Early-Release

  • May 26th: Memorial Day CLOSED

  • June 11th: Two-Hour-Early-Release OPEN

  • June 11th: Last Day of School


The Back Pack follows the decisions of the FCPS system with regard to delayed openings, cancellations, and early dismissals due to inclement weather. The Back Pack is open for all enrolled students for delayed openings due to inclement weather. On unexpected and scheduled early dismissal days only students enrolled in After Care will be picked up early from school.


When FCPS makes a decision to close school all day due to inclement weather, the Back Pack will be closed for the day as well.



On days when FCPS opens late, The Back Pack will make every effort to open at 6:30 am. The students will be transported to school at the delayed opening time. After Care students are welcome to attend Before Care when delayed school openings occur, if space permits, for a $15 drop in fee.



On days that FCPS closes early due to inclement weather, The Back Pack will pick up students enrolled in After Care from school at the early dismissal time. Before Care students are welcome to attend After Care when early closings occur, if space permits, for a $15 drop in fee.

The Back Pack will make every effort to be open until 6:15 pm. In the event of severe weather conditions, energy problems or other emergencies, families may be contacted to pick up students early.


  • No fee adjustments or refunds will be given for The Back Pack closings due to snow, weather, energy problems, emergencies, unanticipated calendar changes, COVID-19 closures, or early pick-ups.

  • Fairfax County Public Schools’ last day is Wednesday, June 11th, 2025. The last day of service for The Back Pack will also be Wednesday, June 11th, 2025. Should inclement weather dictate that FCPS be extended, The Back Pack will NOT provide service beyond Wednesday, June 11th, 2025. This policy is greatly due to the fact that Camp Whatakid begins as scheduled on Monday, June 16th, 2025.

  • No refunds will be given for any days that are scheduled by FCPS outside of the original calendar which is posted at the beginning of the school year. Should FCPS determine to end school early and dismiss students before Wednesday, June 11th, 2025 due to unused inclement weather days, the last day of service at The Back Pack will coincide with FCPS’ newly determined official last day of school.

  • The only Teacher Work Days that are serviced by The Back Pack are those scheduled on the original FCPS calendar posted prior to the first day of school.

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