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CALENDAR

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DATES & TIMES

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.

TEACHER WORK DAYS

The Back Pack is open on the Teacher Work Days listed in our calendar.

Families must RSVP their child(ren) for each Teacher Work Day. 

The Back Pack offers all-day care, 6:30 am to 6:15 pm, at no additional cost, to students enrolled in After Care. Students enrolled in Before Care are welcome to attend, if space permits, for a $50 drop in fee. 

On days that FCPS has scheduled two-hour-early release, The Back Pack will pick up students enrolled in After Care with no additional fee. Students enrolled in Before Care are welcome to attend, if space permits, for a $25 drop in fee. Families must RSVP.

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BACK PACK CALENDAR

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

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1ST QUARTER

  • August 21st: First Day of School

  • September 1st: Labor Day Holiday CLOSED

  • September 4th: Labor Day Holiday CLOSED

  • September 25th: Yom Kippur Holiday CLOSED

  • October 9th: Teacher Work Day OPEN 

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3RD QUARTER

  • January 25th: Two-Hour-Early-Release OPEN

  • January 26th: Teacher Work Day OPEN

  • February 19th: Presidents' Day CLOSED

  • March 5th: Presidential Primary CLOSED

  • March 25th – 29th: Spring Break CLOSED

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2ND QUARTER

  • November 3rd: Two-Hour-Early-Release OPEN

  • November 6th: Teacher Work Day OPEN

  • November 7th: Teacher Work Day OPEN

  • November 22nd – 24th: Thanksgiving Break CLOSED

  • December 18th – January 1st Winter Break CLOSED

  • January 15th: MLK Jr Day Holiday CLOSED

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4TH QUARTER

  • April 1st: Teacher Work Day OPEN

  • April 2nd: Teacher Work Day OPEN

  • April 10th: Eid al Fitr Holiday CLOSED

  • May 3rd: Teacher Work Day OPEN

  • May 27th: Memorial Day CLOSED

  • June 12th: Two-Hour-Early-Release OPEN

  • June 12th: Last Day of School

2024 - 2025 BACK PACK CALENDAR

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1ST QUARTER

  • August 19th: First Day of School

  • August 30th: Labor Day Holiday CLOSED

  • September 2nd: Labor Day Holiday CLOSED

  • October 3rd: FCPS Holiday, Back Pack OPEN

  • October 4th: Teacher Work Day OPEN 

  • October 14th: Indigenous Peoples' Day CLOSED

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

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3RD QUARTER

  • January 29th: Teacher Work Day OPEN

  • February 17th: Presidents' Day CLOSED

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2ND QUARTER

  • 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 27th – 29th: Thanksgiving Break CLOSED

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

  • January 20th: MLK Jr Day Holiday CLOSED

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4TH QUARTER

  • March 31st: FCPS Holiday, Back Pack OPEN

  • April 1st: Teacher Work Day OPEN

  • April 14th - 18th: Spring Break CLOSED

  • May 26th: Memorial Day CLOSED

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

  • June 11th: Last Day of School

INCLEMENT WEATHER POLICY

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.

FULL DAY CLOSINGS

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.

 

DELAYED SCHOOL OPENINGS

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.

 

EARLY SCHOOL CLOSINGS

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.

CALENDAR POLICIES

  • 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 12th, 2024. The last day of service for The Back Pack will also be Wednesday, June 12th, 2024. Should inclement weather dictate that FCPS be extended, The Back Pack will NOT provide service beyond Wednesday, June 12th, 2024. This policy is greatly due to the fact that Camp Whatakid begins as scheduled on Monday, June 17th, 2024.

  • 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 12th, 2024 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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