Safety is Paramount for the New School Year

A message from the Chief of Police about safety and the start of the new school year:

September 2, 2015

Dear Community Member,

As each school year comes to an end, the Fairfax County Police Department in partnership with our great community, Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS), and the Virginia Department of Transportation, begin a process to prepare for the start of school in the fall. Our mutual goal has always been and continues to be the safety of your children, pedestrians, and commuters to and from schools at the beginning and end of each day.

Your Police Department is committed to ensuring all children are safe at all crossings while maintaining efficient vehicle traffic flow. Based on your input, through an audit process, we have re-trained crossing guards and upgraded several positions which are now certified in directing and controlling vehicle traffic outside the scope of the crosswalk to help alleviate traffic congestion. We will continue to audit all locations throughout the school year as mandated by our policy. Should you have any questions or comments, please contact Captain Michael F. Grinnan, Commander of the Traffic Division, at

The following links are available to learn more about school crossings:

You can visit the Fairfax County Police Department map of all school crossing sites, by clicking here.

To view the Police Department’s policy on school crossing guards, please visit: FCPD General Order 530.3.

For more information regarding your school start time, please visit:

FCPS 2015-2016 Bell Schedule.

As a reminder, the beginning of each school year requires all of us to take extra caution in traveling our roadways and to be patient as others adjust to new routines in our day to logistically get our children to and from school. As your Chief of Police, we welcome your input to improve the safety of our children.


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