Information on Fairfax County School, Parks and Community Center Closures for Tuesday, Jan. 7

Information on closings in Fairfax County Tuesday, Jan. 7.

Fairfax County has announced that all public schools will be closed Tuesday, Jan. 7 "due to dangerously low temperatures and wind chill."

The following activities in schools and on school grounds are canceled:
  • extracurricular activities
  • interscholastic contests
  • team practices
  • field trips
  • middle school after-school programs
  • professional learning and training courses            
  • all adult and community education classes
  • recreation programs and community use by outside groups not affiliated with FCPS

School Age Child Care (SACC) centers are closed, but offices will be open. 

The Reston Community Center Early Bird swimming and all classes and workshops for Tuesday, Jan. 7 are canceled. Make-up classes will be scheduled if possible. No refunds will be issued for inclement weather cancellations. 

Rental activities are unaffected unless canceled by the rental client. For complete and up-to-date operational status, please call RCC at 703-476-4500. 

Fairfax County Park Authority programs, classes and events at park facilities and schools are canceled based on the closing decision of Fairfax County Public Schools. Since schools are closed all day January 7: 

  • FCPA events, scheduled classes and group fitness drop-in classes held and RECenters or other FCPA facilities are canceled. 
  • FCPA winter camps/workshops held at RECenters or FCPA facilities are canceled. 
  • Preschool programs at Lee District and Spring Hill will not operate. 
  • RECenters will open as scheduled. 
  • Visit their website for updates.

The National Weather Service has announced a wind chill advisory for Reston until 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 7. 

For the evening of Monday, Jan. 6, the forecast is "mostly clear, with a low around 7. Wind chill values as low as -10. Windy, with a northwest wind 24 to 29 mph, with gusts as high as 43 mph."

For Tuesday, "sunny, with a high near 15. Wind chill values as low as -12. Breezy, with a west wind 17 to 21 mph, with gusts as high as 31 mph."

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The Bratwurst King January 06, 2014 at 10:12 PM
embarrassing. raising a generation of wimpy kids
tom b January 07, 2014 at 03:07 PM
It is an embarrasment.
John G January 08, 2014 at 01:32 PM
Overprotective parents fueled by other overprotective parents all afraid of each other's criticisms raising a generation where any temporary discomfort - either physical or losing something in a competitive contest is never experienced...meanwhile, in China and the rest of the world kids are going to school learning algebra instead of sitting in circles of chairs talking about their feelings... I do believe Finland has one of the higher rankings in overall education and I am thinking it is a LOT colder there than here...
novatom January 09, 2014 at 02:37 PM
Agreed. Unless there's no heat at the school or a broken water pipe, there's no reason to cancel school. Snow or freezing rain? Sure, of course, but colder temps? Put some extra layers on. And at the risk of sounding like one of those "back in my day types," well... back in my day, we also had to wait for the school bus but when it was colder, we just put on extra clothes. And that's back before high tech made cold weather clothing lighter and less bulky. I just don't get it.


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