Back to School Information

 

August 1, 2022

 

Dear Parent/Guardian:

Welcome to the 2022-2023 school year!  We are excited to open our doors to our students on August 22.  Please take time to read all of the information in this letter. We all look forward to seeing you on the first day of classes, Monday, August 22, 2022.

 

Laptop Distribution 

Freshmen who attend orientation will receive their computer on August 18.

All other students will receive their computers during the first week of school.


Schedules 

Schedules will be available for viewing on August 18 at 6:00 am through ParentVue and StudentVue.


School Calendar

Here is a link to the FCPS school calendar which lists all school holidays.  We begin school on August 22 and here are other upcoming dates to start the school year:

September 2 and 5 - Labor Day - no school

September 9 - Celebrate McLean/First home football game

September 26 - Rosh Hashanah - Student holiday/teacher workday


Celebrate McLean - September 9 - 4:00-6:30pm

Come to Celebrate McLean on Friday, September 9.  We will have club information, games, food, and tours of the school.  Also, from 4:00-6:00 pm you will be able to meet your child(ren)’s teachers.   This is not a time to have a conference about a student’s progress in class.  If you would like to set up a meeting at any time during the school year to meet with teachers, please contact your student's counselor to set up a meeting.

Our football game will start at 7:30pm.  Games usually start at 7:00 but due to a shortage of referees, we will start our game at 7:30pm on this night only.


Freshman/Transfer Student Orientation Thursday, August 18 - 9:00am - 12:00pm

Our annual freshman orientation will be held on Thursday, August 18th, 2022 from 9:00 am - 12:00pm.  Transportation will be provided for all students with stops at Longfellow Middle School and base elementary schools.  Students will hear from administrators, counselors, McLeadership executives and Big Macs. We are looking forward to welcoming our Class of 2026 and our transfer students to the McLean community! Please see the McLean website - Announcements - for more information and bus information. 


Freshman and New Parent Information Night - Thursday, August 18 - 6:00-7:00pm

We will hold an information night for freshman parents and new parents to McLean.  We will review topics such as schedules, communications, extra-curricular activities, high school credits, and much more. 


Bell Schedule 

Here is the 2022-2023 bell schedule 


Back to School Night

Will be held virtually.  All videos will be posted to the website by September 2, 2022.


Schoology

Students will continue to use Schoology as our learning management system. Students will login using their student ID and FCPS network password. Parents who have a ParentVue account will have read-only access to view their child’s Schoology courses and will use their ParentVue username and password to login to Schoology. If you wish to access Schoology, but do not have a ParentVue account, please visit this site to register for a ParentVue account. View this video for an overview of how to navigate Schoology. Students will be able to access their courses via Schoology by the first day of school. 


Tutor.com

As students begin their course work, we want to be sure you are aware of a free-service that offers on-demand 24/7 access to tutoring support for all students in FCPS. Academic assistance for specific subjects can be accessed via the student’s courses in Schoology at any time of day. Students will also be able to schedule tutoring services in advance or submit papers for feedback prior to turning them into their teachers for grading. Tutor.com even offers prep for SAT/ACT testing - free of charge! For more information about Tutor.com and how to access this valuable resource, please review the information on the FCPS website. 


Grading 

  1. 50 as Grading Floor: FCPS has established 50 as the lowest grade on a 100-point scale.  This means that in classes that use the 100-point grading scale, the lowest grade on any assignment or assessment will be 50% of the MAX value.
  2. Late Work:  Late work will be accepted to document learning/mastery. For major assignments and assessments, late work will be accepted with a maximum penalty of 10 percent if submitted within two weeks after the due date.  

Students are fully responsible for completing any missed assignments.  Each day of absence affords at least one school day of makeup work opportunity. The period of time allowed to make up work may be extended at the discretion of the teacher/team.

If students are absent for an unexcused reason, they may not earn credit for classroom activities or labs missed as a result. Students may choose to make up work following unexcused absences and teachers may help the student and parent or guardian identify missed work, but teachers are not obligated to provide or grade makeup assignments.  Make-up work is encouraged so that students will be prepared for future instruction. 


Highlander Time/Advisory Period

To continue our efforts to build community, foster social-emotional health and build Portrait of a Graduate skills this year, students will be participating in Highlander Time and Highlander “Hot Topics." These meetings will occur on a rotating basis during 4th period (see our Red/Silver Day Calendar for more details). Highlander Time will provide students with an opportunity to meet with teachers or catch up on school work. Highlander Hot Topics will present students with a variety of information about their health and wellbeing in addition to providing a forum to discuss current school issues that are relevant to our school community. Any questions about Highlander Hot Topics may be directed to Emily Geary or Greg Olcott.


E-hallpass

After a successful pilot in the spring, students and staff will be fully adopting the use of E-Hallpass for the 2022-2023 school year. E-Hallpass is an electronic hall pass system that promotes the increased safety and security of all students. E-Hallpass does not collect personal data and is not an electronic tracking system. Rather, it provides a digital substitute for paper passes and allows the adults on campus to collaborate with one another to ensure the whereabouts of students and ensure their safety at all times during the school day. To learn more about E-Hallpass, please review the letter to our community.


ParentVue 

The SIS ParentVUE Account (Student Information System ParentVUE Account) is the FCPS secure solution for accessing information about your child's attendance, class performance, demographic data, and link to Schoology. It provides an additional conduit for communication with your child's school. Customized for Elementary, Middle, and High School students, your SIS ParentVUE Account login credentials can also be used to access Schoology.

[email protected]

Fairfax County Public Schools is committed to ensuring that the climate in all FCPS facilities is safe and secure. In support of this goal, FCPS provides [email protected] (weCare), an emergency care information system, available to FCPS parents and guardians who have registered for their own Parent account. WeCare helps manage emergency medical information by enabling parents to enter and update their children’s medical data at their convenience online. Messages are sent via e-mail, telephone, and SMS. Please note that weCare is only available via your SIS ParentVUE Account.


Late Buses and Library/Testing Center Hours

Late buses - Wednesday and Thursday starting the week of September 5

Library hours - Mon –Tues, Friday, 7:30 – 3:30, Wed & Thurs, 7:30 – 4:00

Testing Center Hours - 8:00 - 4:00


Parental Consent for Software/Applications

As part of our commitment to protect student data, FCPS is required to secure parental permission for student use of software/applications for which FCPS does not have a confidentiality agreement.  For ease of access, an online process has been developed to collect this information digitally and provide school-based reporting. 

To learn more about this process, please visit our website. The form to complete the parental consent process will go live on Wednesday, August 11th


Family Life Education Opt-out Form

McLean High School provides a comprehensive, sequential Family Life Education (FLE) program for students in grades 9-12.  Instruction is seen as a partnership among parents and guardians, the school, and the community in supporting the learning essential to the development of strong families, positive relationships, and a healthy community.  Here is the link to the programs.

Parents/guardians may choose to opt their child out of all or part of the Family Life Education program.  Students who are opted out are provided with age-appropriate, nonpunitive alternative health instruction, and every effort is made to foster respect for family choices.  If you wish to opt your child out of all or part of FLE for this school year, opt out forms are available online here. You or your student will need to drop-off the form in the main office, mail the form to the school, or scan the document in and email it to Jennifer Hill - @email 


Electronic Opt-Outs Available in ParentVUE

Paperless Opt-Outs Available!

As a part of our ongoing efforts to streamline paper processes, parents may now select a number of opt-outs electronically via ParentVUE.  Once you have signed into your ParentVUE account, simply select the “Student Info” tab and click on “Edit Information.” You will find opt-outs listed there.  Parents who do not yet have a ParentVUE account will still be able to use paper forms for notification. If you need to set up your ParentVUE account, you may create one online via the FCPS ParentVUE Registration page.

The following opt-outs are available electronically:  Tutor.com Access, SEL Screener Participation, Counseling Opt-Out, Transportation Intent, Accept FCPS Device, Home Internet Access.


Required Immunizations

All students are required to be immunized against certain communicable diseases to attend school in the state of Virginia. It is important for all students to receive the required immunizations. 

Please talk with your family health care provider about whether or not your children are up to date on their vaccines before the new school year begins. Submit updated immunization records to your school as soon as possible. Appointments are required for most vaccination clinics. Don’t wait until the last minute when you might not be able to find an appointment. Visit the Fairfax County Health Department website for a schedule of clinics or schedule with your family’s health care provider

More information on immunization requirements and the necessary documentation is available online.

You may drop the records off in Student Services between 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM during any weekday, mail the records to McLean High School Student Services, or email the records to:

Cindy Ramos, @email.          

703-714-5722 phone


Meningococcal Vaccine Reminder - Class of 2023

The Code of Virginia requires all students to be immunized against certain communicable diseases prior to entrance into one of its schools. All students in grade 12 are required to have been immunized with one dose of the Meningococcal Vaccine given at the age of 16 or older. Please read this information for submitting records to McLean.  Proof of immunization must be submitted to the school. These documents need to be returned prior to the start of the 2022-23 school year, preferably by July 1. For more information on this requirement, visit this FCPS website

You may drop the records off in Student Services between 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM during any weekday, mail the records to McLean High School Student Services, or email the records to:

Cindy Ramos, @email             

703-714-5722 phone  


Back to School Medication Drop-off

The Health Room will be open for drop-off of emergency and daily prescription medications before school starts on Thursday and Friday, August 18 and 19 from 8am-3pm

All medications may be dropped off after the start of school Monday-Friday 8am – 3pm.  All visitors are required to check in at the Main Office.

All medications are required to have a medication authorization. Asthma inhalers are now required to come with the Virginia Asthma Action Plan completed.

Epinephrine Authorization

Medication Authorization

Virginia Asthma Action Plan

Health Information Form

Emergency Care Form

As needed, over-the-counter medications may be transported to school (directly to the clinic) after the first day by high school students, however the medication must be in the original unopened container and accompanied by an appropriate Medication Authorization. We can no longer accept open containers of over the counter medications.

All prescription medications must be transported to school by a parent or designated adult.  Students are not allowed to bring in prescription medications.  Prescription labels must include a description of the medication.

Due to changes in the medication policy, it may take longer to drop off your student’s medication. Please allow time for this and thank you for your patience.


Student Rights & Responsibilities

The Student Rights & Responsibilities (SR&R) handbook is located online in ParentVue.  Parents and guardians are responsible for acknowledging they have received and reviewed the SR&R and should be prompted to do so when they log into their SIS Parent Account. Here is a video to show you how to complete the SR&R.  Students will be reviewing the SR&R during Highlander Time on Thursday, August 25.

Cell Phone Use

An important update made to the Student Rights & Responsibilities document (SR&R) for the coming school year is the regulation to prohibit cell phone use in classrooms. Students will not be permitted to use their cell phones during class unless permitted by the teacher for instructional purposes. We acknowledge this new policy will be a shift for many students and families this year, but research shows that managing phone use during class time will support students’ attention and ability to fully engage in their learning.  Schools are partnering with parents to help students understand the importance of putting their phones away to minimize distractions during class.  Please talk to your child(ren) before the start of the school year about these expectations for this upcoming school year.  Families may also review the parental controls available for all iPhone and Android users.


Parking Passes

Registration for parking permit requests is now live and can be accessed on our school website. Please review the information and complete the electronic registration form linked on our Student Parking webpage. Parking permits will be issued beginning Tuesday, August 16. Please note, completing the registration request form does not guarantee a parking permit. Please wait to receive a confirmation from Mr. Sekely before officially purchasing your permit. 


Free and Reduced-Price Meal Applications Available Later This Summer

For the past two years, the federal government has provided no-cost meals to all public school students without the need to complete the annual Free and Reduced-Price Meal application. Families must submit an application and be approved to be eligible for free and reduced-price meals for the 2022-23 school year. Learn more about the Free and Reduced-Price Meal program online.


News You Choose - The following weekly letters are sent to all members who have signed up for News You Choose.  If you are not receiving these messages, please go to this link to sign-up.  Below you will find which day messages are sent out to the community.

                        Sunday - Activities newsletter

                        Monday - General school information

                        Wednesday - PTSA newsletter

Naviance - Naviance Student is a comprehensive website designed for parents of middle and high school students who are making decisions about academic plans, colleges, and careers.  Student Services uses this platform to send out up-to-date information for your student.

[email protected]  - This emergency care information system is available to FCPS parents/guardians who have a SIS ParentVUE account. Parents can enter and update their children’s medical data at their convenience online. Contact information provided automatically enrolls parents to receive eNotify communications from the district and their child’s school.

Twitter - 

            School - @mclean_high

            Activities - @McLeanathletics

Instagram - 

School - @mclean_high

            Activities - @mcleanathletics

 

Helpful Links

Student Activities (changing to www.mcleanathletics.org in August)

Student Services

Attendance

Bell Schedule

Schoology Information

MySchoolBucks

ParentVue Information