Important Updates

Dear Oakton Community,

As we continue to move towards the end of the year and planning for next school year, we wanted to provide a number of important updates.  Below you will find information on: the end-of-year calendar, end-of-year grading update, new vaccine requirements for the 2021-2022 school year, and instructional plans for the 2021-2022 school year.  We appreciate you taking the time to read through all of this information.  If you have any questions, please reach out to your school counselor or administrator.  


Jamie S. Lane, Principal 


End of Year Calendar: 

  • Please see our end of year calendar for underclassmen here.  
  • This calendar is specific to the Class of 2021 and includes senior events.  


Grading Information: 

As a reminder of information previously sent, several changes have been made to our end-of-year grading policies:  

  • Final Exam flexibility that ensures an exam can only serve to improve a student’s grade for the year. Teachers will apply this in their grading practices for each class.
  • Use of No Mark, “NM”, instead of “F” grades for all courses. This will be automatically applied for any course in which a student receives an “F.”  No parent action is needed.  
    • If students do earn a “No Mark” for this year, they can sign up for credit recovery for this summer. More information about credit recovery can be found in this announcement on our website. 
  • Allowing high school students to select a mark of “P” for pass for up to two courses for which a passing grade is earned for the final mark. As referenced above, for the 2020-21 school year, final marks of “F” will automatically receive a No Mark, “NM.” 
    • Action Needed: Should you wish to designate one or more courses as Pass - No Mark status, the attached form must be submitted to your school counselor by: 
      • May 26, 2021: Seniors (Grade 12) 
      • June 11, 2021: Underclassmen (Grades 9-11) 
    • The course title is required on the form, but the course number may be left blank if you do not have it available.
    • Students and families are encouraged to carefully consider the option for Pass. Additional information including translated forms, considerations, and frequently asked questions are available at the following link.  


Updated Immunization Requirement

There is a new immunization requirement for rising 12th graders for the 2021-2022 school year.  Effective July 1, 2021, all students entering twelfth grade will be required to receive one dose of Meningococcal vaccine (MenACWY) administered at age 16 or older, and prior to the beginning of school.  Twelfth grade students cannot begin school in August without proper Meningococcal documentation. 

Please provide one of the following documents to Oakton High School as soon as possible:

  • An updated immunization record showing that the student has received the Meningococcal vaccine at age 16 or older.
  • A note on a healthcare provider’s letterhead stating the date the Meningococcal vaccine was given at age 16 or older.
  • A healthcare provider’s written statement of a permanent or temporary medical exemption.
  • A notarized Religious Exemption Form which is available online at:

Immunizations are available from your student's healthcare provider or the Fairfax County Health Department. The Health Department clinic locations and hours are available online or by calling 703-246-2411.

The needed documentation can be provided to the school in one of the following ways: 

  • 1) Scanned and emailed to the school at @email 
  • 2) Mailed to the school, Attn: Jill Hendelman
  • 3) Dropped off in the Main Office, Attn: Jill Hendleman

Please contact Jill Hendelman at 703-319-2810 if you have any questions.


2021-22 School Year: Five Days of In-Person Instruction for All, Limited Virtual Option for Students

Fairfax County Public Schools believes that in-person learning is best for students. Learn more about how we are welcoming students back to school buildings for five days a week of instruction for the 2021-22 school year. 

There will be an opportunity for virtual learning for the 2021-22 school year (SY), but it will be very limited. 

There is a Virtual Program application process, and eligibility will be determined based on a health/medical certification of need completed by a licensed physician, nurse practitioner, psychiatrist, or a licensed clinical psychologist. A COVID-19 Health Eligibility form must be completed, including parental permission to contact the treating healthcare provider, for your child to be considered for the Virtual Program. If you are unable to access a healthcare provider for whatever reason, your school staff is available to help. Please do not hesitate to reach out.

Scheduling for the Virtual Program will happen during the summer, and schedules will be finalized in August. If your child meets the criteria for the Virtual Program, we cannot guarantee they will be assigned a teacher from your school. Virtual Program teachers will be determined based on enrollment and will be from across the school division. Course and program availability in the Virtual Program will depend on enrollment and staffing, as is the case for in-person instruction each year. Also, some specialized programs will not be available to Virtual Program students. Our Virtual Program webpage has more information on courses that will not be offered virtually. 

Additionally, for students who meet the criteria for the Virtual Program, the ability to participate in activities or athletics, will be on a case-by-case basis, and will be made based on a review of medical appropriateness or safety. 

Virtual Program enrollment is for the entire school year. However, families will be able to request a return to in-person instruction at the semester break.

For planning purposes, we are asking families with current virtual students or with students who will be new to FCPS for the 2021-22 SY to let us know if you intend to apply for the Virtual Program this fall based on your child’s documented medical need. If you do intend to apply for the Virtual Program, please complete this Intent to Apply form. Doing so DOES NOT guarantee Virtual Program enrollment for your child. You must still complete the COVID-19 Health Eligibility form, which includes a health/medical certification of need to be filled out by a licensed physician, nurse practitioner, psychiatrist, or a licensed clinical psychologist; and you must submit a Virtual Program Enrollment Application between May 17 and May 21. 

We are eager to see your student(s) in person this fall. Please know we are here to support you and help you prepare your children for the 2021-22 school year.

Additional Resources:


If your child(ren) has a health/medical need for instruction in the Virtual Program, please:

  1. Fill out the Intent to Apply form between May 5-9, and your school will contact you with next steps on the Virtual Program eligibility and enrollment process.  
  2. Download the COVID-19 Health Eligibility Form beginning May 5, which requires a health/medical certification of need that must be completed by a licensed physician, nurse practitioner, psychiatrist, or a licensed clinical psychologist.
  3. Submit completed COVID-19 Health Eligibility Form with health/medical certification to between May 17-21. Upon submission, families will receive an electronic reply with detailed instructions on how to complete the Virtual Program Enrollment Application via the online application portal between May 17-21.

FCPS’ Central Virtual Program Enrollment Team will contact you with a decision by June 1, 2021.