Back To School Safety Message from Police Chief Edwin C. Roessler Jr.

Dear Community Members,

In preparation for each new school year, the Fairfax County Police Department in partnership with our great community, Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS), and the Virginia Department of Transportation, begins a coordinated effort to ensure everyone’s safety.  Our mutual goal has always been and continues to be the safety of our children, pedestrians, and commuters to and from schools at the beginning and end of each day.

The FCPS will resume classes for the 2017-2018 school year on August 28.  This is several days earlier than the traditional start date, which was the day after Labor Day. Due to this earlier start date, your Police Department would like to remind motorists and all community members to be cautious due to the increase in pedestrians in communities, and school buses loading and unloading children.

We are committed to ensuring all children are safe at all crossings, school bus stop locations, and as they walk to and from those locations.  As the school year approaches, and throughout the school year, we will continue our efforts to ensure the safety of children and motorists.  The list below contains just a few items that you may observe:

  • Message boards along community roadways reminding motorists that school will be starting,
  • School crossing guards stopping and directing traffic, and
  • Officers enforcing traffic laws at school crossings and at school bus stops.

This is an exciting time of year for our youngest community members as they return to a school year full of promise and opportunity!  Your Police Department will be sharing in this excitement, as commanders will be at various elementary schools greeting students and families as they arrive for their first day.

The following links are additional resources related to schools, safety, and the Police Department that you may find valuable:

  • To visit the Fairfax County Police Department map of all school crossing sites, please click 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 starting and ending times, please click here to see the FCPS Bell Schedule.
  • To view the times that the flashing lights will be on to alert drivers to slower speeds, please click here.
  • For information pertaining to the Fairfax County Police Department’s activities and efforts, please click here to read the 2016 Police Department Annual Report.

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.

As always, if there is anything I can do for you, please don’t hesitate to contact me.


Edwin C. Roessler Jr., Colonel

Chief of Police